Director, Medical Writing

Basking Ridge, NJ, United States
Nov 15, 2020
Pharm Country
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Join a Legacy of Innovation 110 Years & Counting!

With over 100 years of scientific expertise & a presence in more than 20 countries, Daiichi Sankyo & its 15,000 employees around the world draw upon a rich legacy of innovation & a robust pipeline of promising new medicines to help people. In addition to a strong portfolio of medicines for hypertension & thrombotic disorders, under the Group's 2025 Vision to become a "Global Pharma Innovator with a Competitive Advantage in Oncology," Daiichi Sankyo research & development is primarily focused on bringing forth novel therapies in oncology, including immuno-oncology, with additional focus on new horizon areas, such as pain management, neurodegenerative diseases, heart & kidney diseases, & other rare diseases.

Job Summary:

The primary responsibilities of this position are to establish strategies for document authoring, contribute strategically and scientifically at the project and/or study team level, manage CROs and external writers for document quality, and develop medical writing timelines, processes, and working standards. The position may independently serve as primary author of complex clinical documents (e.g., pivotal Phase 3 protocols and reports) and lead BLA/MAA submission document development. The Director, Medical Writing will possess advanced knowledge of BLA/MAA submissions, document management systems, relevant therapeutic areas, and other aspects of drug development (e.g., nonclinical, pharmacokinetics, biostatistics).


Provide leadership and establish strategies for document authoring to projects/study teams at the organization level; Plan and coordinate medical writing activities in collaboration with stakeholders within and across regions. Critically review documents produced by writers for scientific content and alignment with company position, clarity, accuracy, and consistency

Contribute strategically and scientifically at the project and/or study team level; Contribute to formation of key messages in consultation with functional area experts (e.g. Recommending data outputs for collection of specific data, proposing document strategy for filings or responding to health authority requests); Advise project and study teams regarding regulatory requirements and ICH guidance for clinical documents

Determine resource needs based on workload and project priorities and communicate in a timely fashion; Develop contingency plans to address the business needs based on current therapeutic area projects and anticipation of future therapeutic area projects

May write critical, complex clinical documents (e.g., pivotal Phase 3 protocols and reports, BLA/MAA submission documents) with minimal input from functional area experts; Ensure key messages are clear and consistent within and across documents; Able to independently search scientific literature to place study results in context with other relevant data

Represent Medical Writing on Global Medical Writing Committees; Liaise with Medical Writing Group in Japan to identify Medical Writing process improvement opportunities, potential collaborations and drive changes as needed etc.

Sourcing Strategy and Management of Outsourced Medical Writing; Provide strategic input on plans for outsourcing medical writing and collaborate with Outsourcing and Legal on CRO/niche CROs selection

Leads BLA /NDA/MAA submission writing strategy

Manage Medical Writers, assess performance, productivity, and development

Qualifications: Successful candidates will be able to meet the qualifications below with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Bachelor's Degree in a relevant science; Graduate Degree (Masters or Doctorate preferred) in a relevant science
  • Regulatory Medical writing & CTD Submission writing experience
  • 7+ years of experience with a Graduate Degree
  • 9+ years of experience with a Bachelor's Degree
  • Submission Lead experience highly desired
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Title
Director, Medical Writing

Basking Ridge

Functional Area
Regulatory Management Operations

New Jersey