Associate Director, Partner Direct

Chicago, IL

Company Description

PHM is the leading health media agency in the US. We are designed for—and dedicated to—delivering best-in-class solutions that connect people with meaningful health and wellness solutions every day. Guided by our genuine passion for health and wellness, our work across the entire media ecosystem helps real patients navigate the most pivotal moments of their healthcare journeys.  

While we have grown to be the No. 1 agency in our industry, at heart we’re still a startup. It’s that energy and spirit of innovation that allows us to create bold and meaningful “health media firsts” for our clients, and to do it all with #phmlove.  

Job Description

Manages day-to-day tactical plan needs. Develops strong relationships with internal & external media stakeholders. Plans, directs & coordinates media programs for clients. The goal for this role is to develop innovative, multi-channel, healthcare media plans while fostering strong media partnerships to expand marketplace skill set.  

Key Responsibilities 


  • Strong understanding of how the agency works and how jobs flow throughout  
  • Strong understanding of client’s business and goals  
  • Understanding of how client business objectives translate into media investment and management strategies  
  • Strong understanding of the planning process  
  • Strong understanding of the overall media marketplace and partner landscape  
  • Firm understanding of partnership opportunities, deals and terms 


  • Oversees the daily execution of Partner Direct team tasks  
  • Responsible for leading media planning process - team adherence to timelines, ensure partner recommendations ladder up to media strategies  
  • Responsible for leading tactical plan presentation with client teams 
  • Responsible for leading rate negotiations  
  • Responsible for developing POV's on new partners and media offerings  

Internal + External Relationships 

  • Responsible for developing talent, delegating appropriately, and ensuring teams are working smoothly   
  • Responsible for managing and prioritizing team assignments  
  • Provides clear, regular communication regarding client and project goals, prioritization, and measures of success to all key stakeholders  
  • Fosters a positive work environment    
  • Provides expertise and shares knowledge with junior team members   
  • Delivers constructive, actionable feedback to team  
  • Begins to develop working relationships with client contacts as necessary   
  • Continues to develop relationships with key media partners  
  • Collaborates internally with leadership across capabilities and teams  
  • Continues to develop relationships with key Groupe teams, such as APEX and PMX 
  • Able to navigate proper support for planning systems and tools  
  • Contributes to new business efforts as needed 


  • 6+ years of experience  
  • Pharma Experience Preferred 
  • Expertise in 4+ channels, audiences, and campaign types: 
  • Digital - Endemic/Lifestyle, Video, Audio - Terrestrial & Streaming, Print, OOH, HCP, Payer/Managed Markets 
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) 
  • Proven experience writing presentations, creative briefs, summaries of industry news and/or POVs 
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills 
  • Strong presentation abilities 
  • Superior organization skills and ability to lead and oversee execution of numerous projects at one time 
  • Strong client relations skills and ability to strategically think from a client’s perspective 
  • Ability to think conceptually and to translate concepts into actionable media plans  
  • BA/BS 


Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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