Senior Medical Writer

Lake County, IL, US
Aug 14, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
  • Provide scientific publications writing/editing support, ensuring successful preparation of high-quality submission/presentation-ready documents at the direction of publication authors. Provide medical writing support for multiple assets within a therapeutic area(s).
  • Execute all activities related to the preparation of scientific publications (ie, clinical manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and oral presentations). Coordinate the review, approval, and other applicable activities related to the development of scientific publication projects.
  • Interface with external experts (eg, physicians, other health care professionals) and staff from other functions (eg, Clinical, Medical Affairs, Statistics, Data Management, PK) to ensure accurate and timely completion/delivery of information, including addressing conflicting demands, and review of scientific publications.
  • Serve as a department representative on product teams. Communicate deliverables needed, writing process, and timelines to team members. Provide direction and guidance to external medical writers, as assigned, ensuring a high-quality and timely work product, and adherence to Publication Policy and associated Procedures.
  • Serve as medical writing lead on scientific publications, and work with the Publications Team(s) on publication strategies. Learn and apply knowledge of therapeutic area and asset to scientific publishing projects. Perform literature searches, as needed, for drafting publication content. Interpret literature information and make recommendations for application to scientific publications.
  • Understand, assimilate, and interpret sources of information with appropriate guidance/direction from authors and product team members. Interpret and explain data generated from a variety of sources, including internal and external studies, research documentation, charts, graphs, and tables, and verify that results are consistent with study data. Convert relevant data and information into a form that meets publication needs, ensuring required documentation is obtained.
  • Explain data in manner consistent with the target audience(s) and journal/congress requirements. Confirm completeness of information to be presented. Understand/comply with appropriate conventions, proper grammar usage, and correct format requirements per journal/congress guidelines, and follow applicable company Publication Policy and Procedures.
  • Identify and propose solutions to resolve issues and questions arising during the writing/review process, including resolution or elevation as appropriate. Ensure project information in publication records and resourcing tools are accurate and up-to-date.
  • Act as Subject Matter Expert for assigned teams regarding publications-related computer-based technologies (eg, Datavision). May mentor and provide guidance to more junior medical writers or external vendor/agencies.
  • Contribute to department initiatives/activities that impact medical publishing practices/processes. Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate Policies and procedures. Must continually train/be compliant with all current industry and company requirements as they relate to scientific publications .

  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree required. PhD, PharmD, Master's Degree preferred. Relevant professional certification/credential (eg, CMPP, AMWA) is a plus.
  • 3 years of medical/scientific writing experience in the pharmaceutical/health care industry, academia, or related experience (eg, medical communication agency, clinical/scientific research) required.
  • Knowledgeable of US and international regulations, requirements, and guidances associated with scientific publications.
  • Ability to assimilate and interpret scientific content, and translate information for appropriate audience.
  • Working knowledge of statistical concepts and techniques required.
  • Expert in word processing, flow diagrams, and spreadsheets. Excellent working knowledge of software programs in Windows environment. Microsoft Office and Internet navigation proficiencies essential. Working knowledge of Datavision publication management system is a plus.
  • Experience in working with collaborative, cross-functional teams, including project management experience. Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance. Good business communication skills.
  • Learns fast, grasps the 'essence,' and can change the course quickly when needed. Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo.
  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement. Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation, and manages innovation to reality .