Scientific Team Leader
UK - London
4d ago


Scientific Team Leader


  • Under the guidance of the Director, Scientific Services Manage a medical writing team Manage the resourcing of assigned accounts Provide writing / editorial support Contribute to the development of new business through scientific and strategic input into existing accounts and potential new business opportunities
  • To coach other more junior writers and trainees within the group on both writing and scientific / strategic aspects of projects, and act as a reviewer on such projects
  • To ensure that the writing aspects of all projects are completed on time, to the clients’ brief and within budget
  • To maintain the highest standard of written work by implementing quality control at all stages of a project
  • To liaise with designers and artworkers to generate layout of copy
  • To support the group in all aspects of administrative work (e.g. letters / faxes / general admin) when required to do so
  • Reports to

    Director, Scientific Services

    Key result areas

  • Excellence in medical writing for our clients
  • Deep understanding of client product(s) and therapy areas
  • Strong relationships with client contacts, representing Scientific Services as a valued client contact
  • Effective contribution to new business activities
  • Effective coaching and training of more junior writers
  • Effective management and training of designated writers
  • Roles and responsibilities

  • Day-to-day line management of designated medical writers (including objective setting, performance reviews and holiday approvals etc.
  • under the guidance of the Director, Scientific Services

  • To deputise for the Director, Scientific Services when required
  • To work closely with the Director, Scientific Services and account team to manage the writer resourcing of designated accounts
  • To provide scientific and strategic input into both new and existing accounts, in particular playing a key role in the development of publications strategy, and in the pitching process
  • The Scientific Team Leader will be responsible for writing and / or editing the whole range of projects undertaken by ApotheCom ScopeMedical, generally without guidance from other members of the writing team*
  • The Scientific Team Leader is also expected to facilitate completion of all projects, from first draft through to final page proofs, by undertaking such tasks as : Incorporating client / author changes to draft manuscripts up to final draft stage Undertaking necessary reference searches Referencing of documents and provision of marked-up references to the client Selecting appropriate figures and working with editors / studio to get them redrawn Working with client services / editors to ensure all copyright approvals are sought from authors and publishers for any previously published figures Liaising with designers / artworkers on design and page layout Reviewing page proofs and checking colour proofs Updating internal team and client with editorial progress Travel to client meetings throughout the United Kingdom and overseas as and when necessary to take a writers brief or to discuss progress with a project
  • The Scientific Team Leader is also expected to : Work with more junior members of the writing team in a coaching capacity Help advise on the content and flow of articles during the editorial process The Scientific Team Leader may also be required to provide scientific support at congresses / meetings throughout the United Kingdom and overseas (e.g. at slide previews)
  • Key Skills

  • Good managerial and coaching skills
  • Ability to rapidly assimilate scientific expertise in a given therapy area, and communicate this to both internal and external clients
  • Good awareness of marketing and ability to develop scientific strategy and incorporate it into written materials
  • Excellence in writing and editorial skills
  • Ability to write in a range of styles
  • Excellent project and personnel management skills
  • Excellent presentation / communication skills
  • Experience and qualifications

  • BSc (MSc) or PhD or other relevant experience
  • High quality writing : experience of developing the full range of materials in a variety of styles
  • High level of scientific expertise across a number of therapy areas
  • Previous experience of developing communications strategy
  • Good organisational and verbal communication skills
  • Directing less experienced writers : experience of coaching or training
  • Project and personnel management
  • Competence to deputise for the Director, Scientific Services as required
  • High level of client service experience from pitch, project meeting and event attendance
  • Written materials may include, but are not limited to : conference materials (abstract books, slides etc.), original research manuscripts, review articles, articles for proceedings in a supplement to a peer-review journal, advisory board reports, newsletters, highlights reports, slide kits and notes, product monographs / brochures, competitor profiles, product training manuals, electronic and multimedia writing / website material, video scripting / production, PR materials
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