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Senior Medical Writer

Australia, Homeworking
Start date
21 Feb 2024
Closing date
21 Mar 2024

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Medical Communications, Medical Writing
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)

Job Details

The Role:

We are looking for conscientious, resilient, and inspiring individuals to join our team. As a Senior Medical Writer (SMW), your primary responsibility will be to provide scientific and medical/clinical writing support as part of a dedicated team servicing an assigned client. While the ability to work independently is key, the SMW will work closely with the Scientific Manager (aka Scientific Director) and other members of the client account team to help ensure the timely delivery of high-quality and scientifically/medically accurate assigned projects. As a Senior Medical Writer, your review of junior writers’ work will also be a key part of this role. Your participation in internal company initiatives, as required, offers additional potential opportunities for growth.

What you will be doing:

As a Senior Medical Writer, prior in-depth experience with background researching, developing, and writing for the diverse array of deliverables within medical publications and medical communications is expected and will be an integral foundation for this role. Based on this and the overall description, the SMW role will fall broadly across the following approximate allocations (individual client account teams may have, from time to time, specific needs that may alter these allocations as may be necessary/required)

• 75% of your time will be devoted to content development and writing, from inception to delivery, including but not limited to, responsibility for:

1. the accurate interpretation of clinical data (e.g., from clinical study reports, safety summaries, biostatistical tables, published articles, etc), and its accurate, concise adaptation to meet assigned projects’ stated objectives
2. all compliance requirements for medical publications and medical communications, as relevant and appropriate (e.g., authorship guidelines, journal requirements, client confidential materials, etc)
3. representing assigned work at internal and external (client) meetings as required (e.g., project status, author interactions, client publication committee meetings, etc)
4. understanding and contributing to client publication and communication plans as required (e.g., impact on project timelines, appropriate congress and journal venues for assigned client/therapy area, relevance to client drug development planning, etc)

• 20% of your time will be devoted to assisting in the management of medical writing resources, including but not limited to, responsibility for:

1. monitoring and helping to manage the medical writing workload, including for junior/other writers, as required
2. collaboration with the SM (SD) and account managers to help ensure adherence to agreed-upon timelines (e.g., project status reports, proactive flagging of problems, resource limitations/availability, etc)
3. assisting in the onboarding and mentoring of new and junior medical writers, as required

• 5% of your time may be devoted to assisting the SM (SD) and/or GMC Senior Leadership in business development activities including but not limited to, responsibility for

1. Background research and writing support for new business proposals
2. Background research and writing support for assigned account(s) organic growth opportunities

To be successful in the role, you will have:

• Advanced degree, preferably PhD but PharmD and MD may also be considered

• Prior relevant experience in a medical publications/medical communications agency preferred

• Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience of high-level content development; applicants with 1- 2 years’ experience as a Senior Medical Writer while at a medical communications agency preferred

• Proven history of relevant high-level writing support, including: proficiency with ICMJE and GPP guidelines; ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journal content; ability to develop and write to prescribed styles and formats

• Ability to work efficiently with network directories/databases

• Familiarity and ability to work with industry standard resources (e.g., PubMed/Medline,, various market intelligence/data analytic providers, etc)

• Ability to work with cross-functional teams (e.g., editorial/library services, graphics/digital services, presentations support, etc)

• Proficiency with commonly used software including but not limited to word processing (e.g., MS Word), graphics (e.g., PowerPoint or Prism), and bibliographic software (e.g., EndNote), and adaptability to other applicable software as may be required from time to time

• Experience in resource organizing and mentoring strongly preferred

• Must have demonstrable command of the English language (read, write and speak)

• A strong desire to be a key part of a global network of services that lead to better outcomes for its clients, its people and for patients...apply now and Own IT@ICON!




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