Senior Medical Writer
UK - London
15h ago


Senior Medical Writer Job Description

We expect that the successful candidate will have demonstrable experience within the core responsibilities. ApotheCom ScopeMedical places a strong emphasis on professional development and is happy to plan for long term professional development of all employees.


  • To work with the Scientific Team Leader / Director, Scientific Services to provide writing / editorial support to the company
  • To ensure that the writing aspects of all projects are completed on time, to the client’s brief and within budget
  • To maintain the highest standards 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 coach writers and trainees within the group on a project-by-project basis, and act as a reviewer on such projects
  • To contribute to the training of Medical Writers
  • To support the group in all aspects of administrative work (e.g. letters / faxes / general admin) when required to do so
  • Reports to

    Scientific Team Leader (or Director, Scientific Services in the absence of a designated STL)

    Key result areas

  • Excellence in medical writing for our clients
  • Deep understanding of client product(s) and therapy areas
  • Strong relationships with client contacts
  • Effective coaching and training of more junior writers in relation to assigned projects
  • Represent editorial as a valued client contact
  • Roles and responsibilities

  • To write and / or editing the whole range of projects undertaken by ApotheCom ScopeMedical with limited guidance from more senior members of the writing team*
  • 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
  • Work with more junior members of the writing team in a coaching capacity
  • Help advise on the content and flow or articles during the editorial process
  • To manage their own workload under the guidance of the STL / DSS, and alert the STL / DSS to potential resourcing issues.
  • Project management responsibility also includes managing the editorial output of more junior members working on designated projects, under the guidance of the STL / DSS

  • To provide scientific support at congresses / meetings throughout the United Kingdom and overseas (eg at slide previews)
  • Key Skills

  • Excellence in writing and editorial skills
  • Ability to write in a range of styles
  • Ability to rapidly assimilate clinical information for a range of therapy areas
  • Awareness of marketing and ability to incorporate strategy into written materials
  • Project management skills
  • Presentation / communication skills
  • Coaching skills
  • Experience and qualifications

  • BSc (MSc) or PhD or other relevant experience
  • At least 2 3 years medical writing experience within an agency (or similar industry) environment
  • High quality writing : the full range of materials in a variety of styles, with minimum supervision
  • Good organisational and verbal communication skills
  • Directing less experienced writers : experience of coaching or training
  • Project management : competence to oversee the editorial process in the absence of other team members
  • 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
  • Benefits

    ApotheCom ScopeMedical is prepared to offer the successful candidate the opportunity to join a dynamic, growing business at a key stage of its development.

    As such, we anticipate that this role will develop in the medium term to encompass additional roles and responsibilities.

    ApotheCom ScopeMedical offers a good holiday package, including bank holidays, as well as a performance-related bonus scheme.

    A contributory pension and private health insurance also form part of the package.

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