Principal Medical Writer

Irvine, CA, United States
Nov 09, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Position Overview

Responsible for assisting authors in the writing of scientific publications and effective implementation of the writing process. Provides medical writing expertise for multiple compounds and/or projects within a therapeutic area. Interfaces with external groups (eg, PK, Statistics, Health Outcomes, Regulatory, Medical writing) to ensure accurate and timely completion/delivery of information and review of scientific publications. Also required to coordinate the efforts of Medical Writers and Sr. Medical writers in the same or other therapeutic areas. As a principal medical writer, it is expected that the writer be able to communicate fluently regarding statistical analysis and to frequently suggest ways to improve the readability and scientific content of medical communications.

Other activities, special projects and assignments may be given as required. As a result, the percentage of time spent across roles for which the employee is responsible for or assisting with will vary depending on project assignments, current development projects and the requirements within the organization as a whole.

The employee must conduct their work activities in compliance with all relevant regulations, ICH, PhRMA, and CFR guidelines as well as all Allergan policies, and procedures. Allergan policies include compliance with ethics, environmental health and safety, financial, human resources, and general business policies, requirements and objectives

Main Areas of Responsibilities
  • Writes and edits the content of scientific abstracts, posters, and manuscripts supportive of business and scientific objectives, with direction and/or guidance on medical data interpretation, publication strategy, and statistical data analysis from the PPT and external authors, as appropriate. Adhere to standardized publication processes and SOP requirements for all publishing projects. Coordinate the review, approval, submission, and production of publishing projects.
  • Act as subject matter expert regarding computer-based technologies utilized by the department. As assigned, maintain publication-tracking documents, ensuring accurate, appropriate, and timely data entry.
  • Learn and continually maintain therapeutic area and product knowledge and apply to publication projects. Maintain current awareness of good publication practices and editorial policies and apply to publication projects
  • Communicate effectively across functional areas and within the Publications Group to accomplish project objectives. Present information to appropriate individuals in a concise, clear, and objective manner.


  • Ability to assimilate and interpret scientific content and translate information for appropriate audience.
  • Superior attention to detail. Ability to find and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, consistency, clarity, and accuracy.
  • Experience in working with collaborative, cross-functional teams, including project management experience.

  • Bachelor of Science required, with 10-years industry medical writing experience, or Bachelor's degree in English or communications, with relevant science experience.
  • Master of Science with 6+ years industry medical writing experience
  • Doctoral degree with 4+ years industry medical writing experience
  • American Medical Writing Association (AMWA) certification or other is preferred, with a specialty in Editing/Writing or Pharmaceutical.
  • 3 yrs relevant industry experience in medical writing in the healthcare industry or academia required or in a related area such as quality, regulatory, clinical research, or product support/R&D.
  • 3 years experience in experimental design and clinical/preclinical data interpretation preferred.

Job Type


Equal Employment Opportunity
At Allergan, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.