SSR are experts in healthcare communications, our staff have worked at many of the large global agencies in the roles you will be applying for. They have had first-hand experience of working in an agency and are in a position to offer excellent advice to prospective candidates on healthcare communications jobs.
Please submit your CV to be considered speculatively for any roles, we’ll be in touch to see what experience you’ve had and where you could fit in. If you’re a (life) sciences graduate, or with a degree in media relations/PR/advertising and looking for medical communications jobs – we’d love to hear from you.
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SSR receive a lot of candidates for creative roles looking to enter the marketing and advertising sector, many are curious about career progression and the opportunities available for a creative in the healthcare communications industry. We have compiled this brief summary of creative positions within an agency which should give you a fair indication of where you’d fit in and where you could end up. Creatives are the core of any communications industry and are pivotal in its long term success.
Creative Roles within Advertising
If a creative role appeals, whether your passion lies in originating ideas or in a role where you can utilise planning and organisational skills there are several options to consider:
This is the lead creative role in an agency where you will be responsible for shaping and developing the creative work, whilst mentoring and guiding the creative teams, in liaison with the account handling teams and clients. You will most likely have started out as an art director or copywriter and progressed over a number of years and responsibilities to achieve this esteemed position.
This is a conceptual role creating ideas and concepts across a range of materials and involves working closely with a copywriting partner to generate ideas. You will also be responsible for briefing and directing artworkers, photographers, illustrators and other suppliers as necessary. Good computer and presentation skills are advantageous.
This is a conceptual role working alongside your art director partner, creating ideas and concepts. You’ll also generate the copy for headlines and text across a range of materials. A life sciences degree or a keen interest in science will help you understand the complexities of the many therapeutic areas you’ll work across. Many copywriters start out as medical writers and migrate to this more creative role.
This role involves origination of designs across all media and also working closely with art directors to bring their ideas to life whilst ensuring brand and style consistency are met across all of the materials within a campaign. You will have an excellent eye for detail and most likely a passion for typography.
Creative Services Director
This is the lead creative services role overseeing the project managers and studio manager in scheduling and progressing multiple projects through the agency from client brief through to delivery whilst ensuring that quality is maintained and delivery achieved. Team management skills and the ability to multi-task are essential attributes.
This role involves working closely with the creative and account handling teams ensuring projects are progressed in a seamless and timely manner. You will be responsible for creating timing schedules and estimates, driving the process and making things happen, flagging up any issues and coming up with solutions. The ability to multi-task effectively, act with diplomacy and with a focus on getting the job done with the minimum of fuss are key attributes.
The responsibilities for this role include scheduling and planning the workload of the art workers and designers who create the files for the marketing materials from design origination through to print ready documents. You will also monitor the hours worked against estimates and be involved in the reconciliation process to ensure budgets are adhered to.
This role involves taking the layouts of the art director or designer to a finished standard, ensuring that files are accurately created to client style guidelines and supplier specifications. You will need to be highly computer literate and possess solid software programme skills. A good eye for detail and a high level of accuracy is required to fulfil this role.