Group Creative Director (Pharma)

Irvine, California | Permanent | Job ID #62940 |
Posted Last Month

Our client, a highly regarded advertising agency, is looking for a Group Creative Director to join their team!


Creative/Hands-on Work (40%):

  • Oversees a group of brands and manages a team of writers and art directors
  • Actively participates in client meetings; co-leads strategy sessions with Account
  • Shares responsibility with Account for shaping strategy and positioning
  • Leads creative presentations
  • Leads (and wins) new business pitches
  • Attends market research as appropriate
  • Understands that advertising is a service industry that sometimes requires extra time and effort to meet client commitments

Management (30%)

  • Supports ACDs and CDs in securing resources and assigning brands/projects to maximize productivity and ensure that everyone is billable
  • Troubleshoots personnel issues; identifies solutions for challenging deadlines and budgets
  • Leads award-worthy creative execution with constructive feedback and clear direction
  • Provides written and face-to-face feedback for annual performance reviews, as well as ongoing feedback throughout the year
  • Identifies and interviews prospective creative candidates

Leadership (30%)

  • Rallies the team with their presence
  • Leads by example and contributes to the greater good of the agency
  • Fosters excellent client relationships
  • Works with Account partners to grow business with existing clients
  • Proactively addresses performance, workflow, and quality issues
  • Effortlessly absorbs entire brand situations to deliver meaningful insights that influence strategy
  • An agency ambassador at client meeting


  • 15-20+ years’ pharmaceutical advertising agency experience
  • BA degree or greater.
  • A proven track record of creative ability and judgment
  • Highly successful client contact experience
  • An excellent presenter, collaborator, manager, and mentor
  • Exceptional marketing and strategic abilities
  • A deep understanding of science and healthcare
  • Expert understanding of MLR review processes and requirements
  • Award-winning copywriting skills in all media

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • Onward Search offers medical, dental, vision benefits, as well as a 401k program, for all eligible full time temporary assignments.
  • Onward Search is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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Onward Search helps connect creative, marketing, and technology talent with top jobs at the nation's most recognized companies and digital agencies. We offer a full range of recruitment and staffing solutions to include freelance / contract, temp-to-perm, and permanent placement.