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Octagon, Inc. Senior Vice President, Client Experience, Healthcare in New York, New York

Weber Shandwick's New York office works with some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, communicating about some of the most pressing health concerns.

We deliver innovative, impactful work for our clients that has resulted in significant growth of the practice and earned our teams multiple awards. This success is due to our people, our relationships, a culture that inspires, an incredible team of experts in scientific communications, and an embedded digital/social team who make our clients stand out. We are also well-connected to the large Weber Shandwick network, partnering daily with clients and colleagues globally.

About the Role

We are looking for a new SVP for the New York office.

This role will lead two major accounts in the New York office reporting to an EVP. This is a unique, career-enhancing role on large accounts, and an opportunity to partner with exceptional senior account leaders across the company.

This new leader's overall responsibility is to be the day-to-day strategist for the clients, manage the overall relationship, deploy the teams in the most efficient and productive way to execute flawlessly, and be a supportive coach. The client relies on us to deliver not only the best PR work possible, but to lead their digital and social brand communications. The successful candidate will have experience with consumer programs, passion, never-ending curiosity, a desire to always be better, and the ability to inspire and connect with teams across offices. S/he will be a hands-on leader that fits with our overall culture. We are a company of doers even at the most senior level.


Build and nurture client relationship and grow business by providing leadership, direction and strategic guidance to colleagues, day-to-day teams and senior level clients

Lead, develop and coach a team of 15-20 people

Guide and inspire clients to continue expand the kinds of communications work they are doing digitally directly tied to meeting their business challenges

Develop quality standards and ensure client satisfaction

Draw on our total agency resources and bringing our clients the best what and howpossible for every project

Educate client teams to ensure that they are delivering state-of-the-art counsel and content to their clients

Deliver above expectations, continuing to fulfill the trusted partner role we have had with them for years

Stay ahead of the shifts in the healthcare environment and provide guidance to teams and clients

Participate in new business pitch development and/or presentations

Participate as part of the practice leadership team on the operations of the group

Actively engage in the culture of the agency to lead by example

Work with peers to further the mission, goals and culture of the agency

Mentor individuals so that they are able to achieve their professional goals

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree required

11+ years of experience in PR inclusive of agency experience working on large scale integrated communications campaigns

Additional Qualifications

Deep knowledge of the pharma regulatory landscape

Consumer Health/Women's Health experience is a plus

Experience, at an agency or in-house, managing a large pharmaceutical account (over $1 million in billings) and the keen organizational skills needed to do so. Experience on accounts that span multiple cities with integrated account teams preferred

Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

Great track record of success leading teams and developing talent

Proficiency in MSOffice, advanced proficiency in PowerPoint and other presentation platforms

Desired Qualifications

An entrepreneurial spirit, strong leadership qualities, and a collaborative attitude

Propensity to organize thinking, break down complexity and manage shifting priorities at a fast pace

Employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and, if hired, present proof of vaccination prior to start date, unless eligible for a medical or religious accommodation or other accommodation required under applicable law.

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Weber Shandwick is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Weber Shandwick recruits qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or citizenship status.