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Principal Medical Writer for MedComms Agency in Amersham

The Bridge Consultancy
Closing date
9 Feb 2022

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Marketing & PR
Contract Type
Full Time
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  • Experience of working in a healthcare communications agency
  • Life Science degree or higher
  • Occassional client-facing required
  • Understanding of the ABPI and other international MLR requirements
  • Junior Writer management and mentoring
  • Salary £65- £80k
  • Financial management
  • Amersham location
  • Hybrid working

A successful award-winning healthcare communications agency based in Amersham has an exciting opportunity for a Principal Medical Writer to join its award-winning Editorial team. This unit creates global communication programmes to assist many of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. Our client is recognised as one of the leading agencies in this field and has achieved international recognition for its creative work. The company is based in offices in Amersham, although home working is now part of the norm, and handles campaigns for some of the biggest brands from some of the best-known pharmaceutical companies in the world.

They are looking for a Principal Medical Writer with to join a dedicated group within their busy MedComms editorial team. The role will require the writer to write for around 50% of their time, but in the remaining time they would lead the evolution development and management of the editorial team which is currently a mix of around 12 writers and editors of different seniorities. They see this as a great opportunity for an experienced writer who wants to develop their role and has a flair for team leadership. Their writing team in particular remains in growth phase, and increasing the size and capability of this team together with the ability to swell capacity with a good freelance capacity is essential here.

Brief synopsis of the qualities required for the role:-
  • Establishing a team identity for the editorial group
    • Looks for ways to help the team work together acknowledging different roles and skill sets
    • Is the obvious 'flag bearer' for the editorial team
    • Inspires trust from the team
    • Delegates effectively up and down
  • Developing, implementing and monitoring QC and writing process
    • Ensures that effective QC and writing processes are developed
    • Delegates process development to editing and writing teams
    • Is aware of how the processes are working in practice
    • Reviews practices and ensures any necessary modifications are identified and implemented
  • Developing roles and opportunities
    • Works with the Editorial team to identify general development needs/updates
    • Ensures introductory training plans and mentoring are in place
    • Recommends adaptations to the structure of the editorial team and working practices
  • Managing internal and freelance resources
    • Ensures that internal resources are used effectively to spread workload across the company
    • Keeps an up to date list of preferred freelancers based on feedback from EAs and writers
    • Builds a positive rapport with key freelancers
    • Is involved and advises on recruitment needs and decisions
  • Finance management
    • Ensures that processes are in place to capture and bill editorial work including freelance use
    • Has an overview of the financial contribution/viability of the editorial team to the business
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