Associate Director - Health

MHP is one of the UK’s leading communication companies. We specialize in creating and implementing scalable, integrated communications programmes for organisations operating in complex and regulated environments.

Headquartered in London, we are an agency of 160-strong brand, financial, corporate, health and public affairs specialists and joined-up thinkers, with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, underpinned by a fully serviced affiliate network which allows us to implement impactful communications campaigns on a global scale.

MHP offers clients a unique balance of mindset, capability and people. It’s an approach that over the past year has attracted clients such as L’Oréal, Talk Talk, Saga, Cobham and Bupa. It also delivered the global multi-award winning Missing Type campaign for the NHS. The impact of our communications programmes saw MHP shortlisted for the Holmes Report 2017 UK Consultancy of the Year.

MHP Health is one of the highest performing practices in MHP, with an industry-leading roster of clients including the life sciences industry, healthcare professional associations, service providers, and patient organisations. Our clients include AstraZeneca, Bayer, Boots Opticians, the Cancer Campaigning Group, Kidney Research UK, and Roche – to name but a few. We work at UK, European, and Global levels across a broad range of communications disciplines including policy, government affairs, media relations, patient advocacy, and corporate communications.

We are part of Engine, a global marketing and communications group operating across 4 continents with over 2500 staff.

Thanks to Engine's unique collaborative model, at our Great Portland Street HQ, many of us sit, work and play together under one roof. Other businesses within the group include WCRS, Trailer Park, ORC International, Partners Andrews Aldridge, Deep Focus, Synergy, Mischief, Fuel, Transform and Slice.

What is the role?

MHP Health, the multi-award winning specialist health policy consultancy, is looking for an Associate Director to further expand our talented team to support business growth across our broad client base. As an Associate Director you will shape and deliver strategic advice to clients, provide senior counsel, direction and advice to clients and colleagues and assist Exec/Board in fulfilling management responsibilities. You play an integral part in new business growth and strategic development of MHP.

You will be an ambitious healthcare public affairs/communications consultant with a genuine interest and passion for health policy and public affairs. You’ll be committed to working and thinking hard, as well as having fun, delivering the outcomes that really matter for a range of commercial, voluntary and public sector clients – all of whom have an interest in health and care.

You will have experience of health public affairs or policy development through work in a previous agency/consultancy or in-house in a charity, commercial or public sector environment. The key requirements will be a solid understanding of health policy and passion for healthcare and a desire to apply these in a busy commercial environment and contribute to the success of a hard-working and passionate team. As an Associate Director you will be responsible for managing and guiding junior team members ensuring effective team working and quality of work.

What are the main responsibilities?

  • Act as senior counsel to clients, supporting the development of their communications strategies as a whole
  • Oversee all client contact whilst shaping and steering programme strategy and delivery and responsibility for servicing, profitability, forecasting and billing
  • Lead and sign off on policy engagement programmes
  • Identify and extract data for analysis, generate hypotheses for investigation and identify top lines
  • Responsible for growing existing and winning new business, leading on pitches and networking for leads.
  • Oversee full account team, providing leadership example and guidance to peers and colleagues including resourcing issues, account performance and delivering internal training
  • Confident in articulating analysis of the overall shape and role of social media and frequently contributing new content.

    What we offer

    At MHP you can expect a great working environment, a blue chip client list and superb benefits including: pension, private healthcare, gym discounts, childcare vouchers, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, free breakfast at the in-house cafe and much more!

    Our unique structure and culture has meant we’ve featured in The Sunday Times’ Best Company To Work For Top 100 list six years in a row too.