This position offers the flexibility to work from home
QuintilesIMS are seeking an experienced medical writer to join their medical writing team at a senior level (Lead Medical Writer). The ideal candidate will have proven writing experience in the medical/scientific communications or clinical field, ideally with experience writing for patients, along with the ability to coach and train team members and lead the content development on projects.
The Lead Medical Writer will oversee development of Sponsor communication programmes (in patient recruitment or retention), demonstrating in-depth knowledge and understanding of relevant scientific and clinical data for the product and will have the ability to rapidly get up to speed. They will also act as medical writing lead on complex client programmes, co-ordinating medical writing resources, as required; Have the ability to think strategically and act as medical lead providing strategic insights to shape projects and proposals; have a keen attention to detail and be able to critically appraise and QC work from other writers for accuracy and relevance; work across a number of multi-functional teams from across the Scientific Affairs and Medical Writing (SAMW) team, Site & Patient Networks and other QuintilesIMS’ Divisions.
We try to involve our staff in as wide a variety of outputs as possible - no-one is limited to writing on one therapy area for one target audience. Equally, wherever possible, we empower our staff to develop a particular expertise if that is what interests them.
- Review written materials produced by team members on assigned accounts, coaching and mentoring staff, as appropriate. Ensure communication materials are delivered to a high quality, on time and within budget keeping relevant parties aware of the status of project activities.
- Proactively contribute creative ideas, concepts or suggestions to provide added value on assigned accounts and create business growth opportunities
- Advise and consult with internal and external stakeholders on areas of expertise. Lead meetings with relevant stakeholders, presenting scientific/clinical concepts and facilitating discussions as required. Cultivate strong, long-term working relationships with internal and external key decision-makers
- In conjunction with other senior medical team members forward-plan resource for the department, supervising staff and freelancers on assigned accounts, as appropriate
- Help to develop project specifications and cost estimates on assigned accounts, working closely with account teams
QuintilesIMS offers a competitive salary and great benefits, including a profit-related annual bonus, private health insurance and a generous company pension scheme.
Required Skills & Experience
A PhD and/or relevant bachelor’s degree in a scientific or medical field
Demonstrable knowledge/understanding of drug development and clinical trials
Proven experience in writing in the medical/scientific and/or clinical communications field, to at least Senior Medical Writer level
Some experience writing for patients and/or on clinical projects - preferred
First-hand experience of clinical trials communications – preferred
Excellent attention to detail
Concise and logical writing style
Ability to adapt writing style to meet the needs of different audiences (from lay to clinical)
Ability to write to a brief and meet the required specifications and objectives, and follow industry guidelines and style guides
Ability to perform multiple tasks and prioritise work effectively
Adaptable and able to concentrate and maintain focus under time pressure
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, managers, and clients
Ability to critically appraise the work of other writers, for scientific accuracy, appropriateness of content, flow and adherence/compliance with regulations
Proven ability to coach/mentor team members
Quick learner and self-starter
Good awareness of current industry code of practice guidelines and their implications
Strong presentation skills
Full eligibility to work full time in the UK
Why work for QuintilesIMS?
QuintilesIMS delivers integrated information and technology solutions to drive healthcare forward.
Around the world healthcare stakeholders are working to improve real-world patient outcomes through treatment innovations, care provision and access to healthcare. For the information, technology and service solutions they need to drive new insights and approaches, they count on QuintilesIMS. With a global team of 50,000, we harness insights, commercial and scientific depth, and executional expertise to empower clients to achieve some of their most important goals: Improving clinical, scientific and commercial results. Realizing the full potential of innovations. And, ultimately, driving healthcare forward. With extensive therapeutic, scientific and analytics expertise, we help biopharmaceutical and health sciences customers navigate the increasingly complex landscape with more predictability to enable better outcomes.