Associate Scientific Director

Newark, New Jersey, United States expand job description ↓


Reports To: Scientific Director or Vice President

General Purpose/Summary of Job:

To lead the strategic editorial development and co-ordinate implementation of client communication programs (to Integrated Product Program [IPP] level), with a focus on marketing strategy, key messages, content and overall quality of all educational materials, in conjunction with relevant colleagues within the business units and external contacts.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement strategic communication plans in close collaboration with client/internal account teams.
  • Act as the primary editorial contact for the account team on large programs.
  • Design, develop, implement and manager publication plans.
  • Research, write (project briefs and actual project), edit and proof copy to the highest standard (scientific and grammatical) for a full range of educational materials and target audiences.
  • Manage/co-ordinate materials through internal/client/speaker approval, creative/design/production to print, according to internal procedures.
  • Check proofs and printer’s proofs (text, layout, color, specification) and sign-off for print/production.
  • Accurate/precise implementation of client/author corrections.
  • Mentor Medical Writers working on client program and assist in training of Associate Medical Writers.
  • Develop Editors/Editorial Assistants/Editorial Secretaries.
  • Provide on-site support to meet the client’s needs, e.g., on-site writing/editing, video interviewing, faculty support, competitor intelligence gathering, and moderating meetings.
  • Make presentations to clients/speakers/third party organizations.
  • Provide medical expertise/consultancy in areas of main strength (internally and externally).
  • Establish/develop and maintain opinion leader relationships.
  • Work closely with Editorial Unit Manager/Executive Editorial Manager to plan resource to match program needs.
  • Utilize and manage freelance and contract freelance assistance (commissioning and briefing freelancers).
  • Proactively develop new business for existing and new clients. Develop new ideas/products to add to our portfolio. Assist New Business Department with new pitches/presentations.
  • Quality Control checking of copy of other Medical Writers across department.


Job Qualifications:

  • Educated to degree level or higher in a biomedical science, with several years’ writing experience in a communications agency environment, including experience of good multidisciplinary teamwork.
  • Excellent scientific writing ability and ability to adapt for different target audiences.
  • Ability to ensure all writing meets the client’s strategic marketing objectives as well as being of high scientific quality/credibility.
  • Attention to detail, style, consistency, grammar, syntax, scientific accuracy, proof-reading, layout, etc.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills.
  • Problem solving/diplomacy skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to lead a small project team.
  • IT skills (including WP, database searching, graphics packages, Internet, etc.).
  • Understanding of media, including print, video, new media (CD-ROM and web-based)
  • Good understanding and implementation of internal operating procedures.
  • Good knowledge of print/production procedures.
  • Good knowledge of therapeutic areas and therapies, plus the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Familiar with code of practice guidelines for medical copy/copyright issues.
  • Familiar with drug development regulatory guidelines/issues.
  • Presentation, interview and appraisal skills.


  • Advanced life science (PhD, PharmD, MS) or medical (MD, DO) degree;
  • 3+ years’ medical/scientific writing/editing experience


Competitive salary and benefits package

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