21 Aug My Response to a Sr Director Medical Writing Wanting to be a VP. Am I wrong???
*** BACKSTORY: While conducting a Senior Director Medical Writing search for a client, a very respected and longtime contact of ours emailed that they would be interested, if it was above Senior Director. I automatically responded that I’ll ask my client about Executive Director. Their response was to be VP. Well, my response below. ***
I understand that they are important to the process and are deserving of that level. I’d love to help you blaze that path, but this is what I also know. Most VP’s that oversee medical writing under are in a CRO or are a VP of Biostats, but have taken on medical writing under them.
There are 3 people (that I know of) that are currently VP of Medical Writing, in a biotech/pharma, and have come up through a medical writing path.
1. Was with her company, or some iteration of, for over 30 years and was promoted into it
2. Was with his company for over 15 years and promoted into it
3. Started as the first medical writer in her company and was promoted over a 13 years into VP
Things are changing, but right now, statistically, it’s extremely low (never seen it done) that a company would create a VP Medical Writing and then give a promotion to an outsider for the role.
I hate to sound negative, but I live in this recruiting world everyday in these departments and at these levels. I see a LOT. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but I wanted to just point out the gravity of what you’re requesting. It’s not a (candidate) vs. (our client) negotiation, it’s a Medical Writing vs. the Industry negotiation. I’m good, but I can’t make that guarantee.
Agree? Disagree? Thoughts?