Account Director - Pharmaceutical and Health Technology Sector

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Location: Woking, GB

McLaren Applied Technologies

McLaren Applied Technologies is a high-performance technology company which combines fresh thinking and innovation to solve crucial challenges and improve people's lives in industries as diverse as health, public transport, automotive and motorsport.

Our team

We believe in the power of smart healthcare to deliver meaningful improvement to lives around the world. This is an exciting opportunity to deliver on that promise within the pharmaceutical sector as a key part of our thriving healthcare team. McLaren Applied Technologies has proven the application of advanced design, technology and data-led simulation throughout the pharmaceutical ecosystem - from the use of biotelemetry in clinical trials, through to the use of simulation tools for decision support in the production process.

The role

The role is to build on our rich base of technology and customer relationships to create a growing and sustainable line of business within the sector. To drive the development and growth of McLaren Applied Technologies through developing strategy, propositions and customer engagements in the health, wellness and life sciences industries. McLaren Applied Technologies has a number of long standing relationships focussed on delivering step change performance across all areas of business, from early R&D through to manufacturing and supply. These cornerstone partners will occupy a significant part of the Business Development Directors focus, in the first instance, evolving to incorporate other Pharmaceutical and Medical Device accounts in the fullness of time.

You will have a strong and proven track record of building long term growth relationships with clients in the pharmaceutical and / or health technology sector. Having formed those relationships, you will be proactive in developing and managing these relationships for long term growth and mutual success. You will be adept at understanding products and capabilities, matching those with client needs and then communicating those propositions clearly and coherently as a portfolio to the client and the market. You will be a highly focussed, high-energy individual, capable of operating autonomously with minimal direction and able to interact quickly and easily with our own multi-disciplinary team and those of customers and partners.


  • Educated to degree level – 2:1 minimum (preferably in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics discipline)
  • Demonstrable and strong commercial experience directing for growth one or more major relationships in the pharmaceutical and / or health technology sector, with experience in a technology-based company with strong brand presence, values and ambition

Skills and expertise

  • Building and maintaining key relationships at all levels with GSK other multinational pharmaceutical businesses
  • Experienced in solution sales of technical products in complex technical and business environments
  • Account management for long term value development
  • An appreciation of the growth and communication of brand value
  • Working effectively and proactively within and supporting multi-disciplinary technical and commercial teams, and in an international environment
  • Experience of strategy / management consulting an added benefit

Personal attributes

  • You will have a passion for excellence, a hunger to learn and the flexibility to adapt to novel situations outside of your area of expertise.                                    



  • Ability to articulate ideas to both customers and team members
  • Excellent written and presentation skills for a wide variety of communications
  • Ability to tactfully challenge without alienating
  • Adaptable and flexible in communication styles to effectively transfer key and complex information to others of varying degrees of knowledge and experience


  • Seeks ideas and inputs from colleagues to make best use of team expertise
  • Proactively shares knowledge and findings with others


  • Works with confidence unsupervised in a manner which represents the McLaren brand
  • Adept at managing multiple concurrent and complex workstreams


  • Identifies issues and takes a proactive approach to dealing with them
  • Thinks creatively to produce workable ideas and novel solutions
  • Has the dedication and commitment to drive activities to completion


  • Manages own development and performance
  • Strives to improve and keep knowledge and skills up to date
  • A passion for the work

The work environment

You will be based at the world-renowned McLaren Technology Centre. Our campus includes a subsidised restaurant, a café, a gym with a pool, break-out spaces, bicycle storage facilities and more.
Our environment is designed to encourage collaborative working across all teams. You will be within one hundred metres of a specialist within their field, whether it’s in design, modelling and simulation, software development, data analytics, electronics hardware, finance and marketing.

McLaren’s Product Innovation Framework

Take the unique opportunity to bring your own ideas to life, whether it’s a software package or a tangible product. If the application for your idea is successful, it will be backed by a significant pledge from the business to fund time and materials costs. Our ambition is that we continue to foster the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship within Applied Technologies.

Recruitment process 

  • If your application is successful, you’ll be invited for a phone interview with one of our experienced technical recruiters.
  • If our recruiter believes you’re suitable for the role, you will then be invited for a phone interview with one of the hiring managers.
  • The final stage is a face to face interview at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey.

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