Medical Writer

Chicago, Illinois, United States expand job description ↓


Key objective

To assist internal account and MSS teams in the production of high-quality materials for the pharmaceutical industry and other educational bodies through careful management and execution of quality control SOPs related to the job description. The production of error/free, high quality materials will enhance understanding of the product/disease area for physicians, thus helping our clients meet their objectives of educating physicians about their new products.

Main duties:

  • Edit and proofread copy to the highest standard for a full range of educational materials for various audiences. Including slides for oral presentations, print items, multimedia. Ensuring the material meets the project objectives.
  • Manage/coordinate materials through design/production to print-ready stage, according to internal procedures.
  • Check proofs/printer’s proofs (text, layout, color, specification) and sign-off for some print/production items.
  • Accurate/precise interpretation and incorporation of client/author corrections.
  • Assist in directing the development of creative designs.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of production schedules.
  • Edit new copy generated within the team(s), to assist in maintaining the highest quality output.
  • Implement production of the editorial items according to the budgeted hours and deadlines agreed. Monitor and feedback progress to editorial colleagues and account teams.
  • Research and writing projects where appropriate, e.g. abstracts, biographies, chairperson invitation letters.
  • Manage discrete projects alone and work as part of a team.

Key result areas:

  • Production of materials/end-products to the highest standard (from pre-written copy), fulfilling the requirements of the client and direct manager, while meeting all objectives and deadlines.
  • Effective interaction with clients, speakers, opinion leaders and internal staff at an appropriate scientific and professional level.

Reports to:

  • Editorial Manager

Key contacts:

  • Editorial Manager, Editors, Medical Writers, Scientific Directors
  • Account Directors, Account Managers, Associate Account Managers and Project Assistants
  • Production and Creative Departments
  • Third-party suppliers, e.g. freelance editors, vendors


  • Bachelor’s degree, and at least 1 year’s editorial experience within a communications agency or scientific publishers.
  • Excellent command of English and attention to detail (eg, style/consistency, grammar, syntax, layout).
  • Excellent copyediting skills.
  • Ability to handle own projects as well as support assigned editorial team.
  • Excellent project/time management and organizational skills.
  • Aptitude for critical review of copy, questioning client/author corrections.
  • Sufficient scientific understanding of product and disease area and awareness of marketing objectives to allow critical review and editing of copy without the need for routine involvement of Medical Writer/similar.
  • Ability to train/mentor staff within the editorial unit on copy editing, proofreading and other editing skills.
  • IT skills (including WP, databases, graphics packages, Internet, etc.).
  • Good understanding and implementation of internal operating procedures.
  • Knowledge of print/production procedures.
  • Budgetary awareness.
  • Excellent inter-personal/communication skills, including client/opinion leader contact skills.
  • Familiar with code of practice guidelines for medical copy/copyright issues (e.g. AMA guidelines/copyright clearance rules).


Competitive salary and benefits package

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