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Scientific Editor & Translator, Spanish

United States Pharmacopeia
Rockville, MD
Start date
Mar 20, 2023

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Clinical, Medical Writing
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Job Details


Who is USP?

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP's fundamental belief that Equity = Excellence manifests in our core value of Passion for Quality through our more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver the mission to strengthen the supply of safe, quality medicines and supplements worldwide.

Brief Job Overview

This is a non-supervisory, fast paced position responsible for performing various high-impact translations and editorial functions for the publication of USP Standards, internal and external documents, and web content in Spanish. This position's role combines different skills including professional translation, review, proofreading, content management and technology. The individual in this role, who must be a fluent speaker of Spanish, will translate content following USP guidelines for content, style, grammar, syntax and readability, The incumbent will collaborate with the scientific Spanish group as needed. The Scientific Editor and Translator will work closely with other on-site and off-site translators to provide feedback and produce high quality results on time and of the highest quality.

How will YOU create impact here at USP?


Translates official USP-NF content in compliance with approved USP terminology databases, Spanish USP Style Guide, and other in-house style guidelines

Participates in translation projects across internal departments to ensure that translated USP documentation and web content reflect key messages accurately and are appropriate to specific language audiences

Prepares files to be translated

Ensures correct file versioning and structure within Translation Management Systems (TMS) and XML based Content Management System (CMS)

Contributes to feeding and maintaining optimal translation memories

Converts DITA XML files into Word and vice versa as required in different steps of the workflow

Responsible for improving and maintaining high quality standards of USP publications

Conducts pertinent research for each translated document to guarantee that meaning is correctly interpreted, and that appropriate specialized terminology is employed


Edits, makes corrections, converts files, and formats content after scientific review, and before delivering to publishing platform

Contributes to final product reviews and quality control check

Displays critical thinking using their knowledge and expertise when reviewing scientific content and collaborates with science experts as needed to ensure accuracy of scientific data. Uses diplomacy and tact to build consensus and bring open items to closure

Performs other duties as assigned

Who USP is Looking For?

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of our mission, commitment to excellence through inclusive and equitable behaviors and practices, ability to quickly build credibility with team members, along with the following competencies and experience:


Bachelor's degree in Translation, Linguistics and/or Foreign Language Studies or an equivalent combination of years of training, professional translator experience and translation certification from a recognized translation-related association or University may be considered

Minimum of 3 years of proven experience as a professional translator English to Spanish either as a freelancer or in-house

At least 2-3 three years of combined experience in the following areas: professional experience using CAT tools (MemoQ preferred); and editing of scientific, pharmaceutical, technical, or medical materials


Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish (knowledge of another language a plus)

Mastery of text translation/revision/reviewing/editing and proofreading techniques, standard processes, and theories

Ability to work independently with minimal direction

Highly developed attention to detail

Ability to work effectively under pressure

Proven time management and multitasking skills

Demonstrated digital literacy and ability in computer applications including Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Adobe Acrobat and HTML or XML editor

Knowledge of scientific research concepts and terminology and understanding of scientific data analysis

Enjoys working with others in a collaborative and respectful environment

Additional Desired Preferences

Master's degree in translation studies and/or Foreign Languages

Experience working in support of ISO 17100:2015

Experience coordinating with other Language Service Providers

Experience providing training and feedback to freelance translators/editors as needed

Supervisory Responsibilities



USP provides you with the benefits you need to protect yourself and your family today and tomorrow. From company-paid time off, comprehensive healthcare options to retirement savings, you can have peace of mind that your personal and financial wellbeing is protected.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (will apply to the selected candidate(s) hired):

As a condition of employment with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention's (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021, must be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of our workfrom the standards we make to the partnerships and conversations we cultivate. An environment where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, and family status. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

Note: USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Publications

Job Type Full-Time


USP is an independent, scientific nonprofit organization focused on building trust in the supply of safe, quality medicines. We are working to strengthen the global supply chain so that the medicines people rely on for health are available when needed and work as expected. We do this through establishing public scientific standards and programs that help ensure billons of people around the world have access to safe and quality products.

USP aspires to be a diverse, inclusive, innovative, and engaging organization that empowers and engages staff and volunteers to contribute to its mission to improve global health. We are committed to creating a culture where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, family status, and where they can contribute their full potential to accomplish our mission.

At USP, you’ll join a talented and diverse team of 1,200 scientific, technical and public health professions, working in state-of-the-art facilities and collaborating with the world’s leading experts from industry, academia, healthcare, and government to address public health challenges and advance cutting-edge innovation.

Whether you’re helping to establish new USP standards, creating key resources to address emerging health issues, or providing critical technical assistance in the developing countries, you’ll be inspired by the positive impact your work has on building public trust and a healthier tomorrow.

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