Principal Medical Writer

Highly Competitive     London or Manchester

Principal Medical Writer, London or Manchester

Purpose of role:

To undertake and supervise high-quality writing and research activities in contribution to the timely delivery of project objectives




  • To undertake and supervise high-quality writing and research projects as required
  • Substitute for the Specialist Team Lead at the weekly resource allocation meeting (RAM), and host the preceding MW team meeting, as required
  • Meet project deadlines in a timely manner
  • Communicate with colleagues and clients in a transparent and reliable manner
  • Work with in-house specialist teams and other staff, as well as external associates, to achieve project objectives
  • Contribute to the intellectual design, planning and organisation of projects
  • Telephone, email and in-person liaison with co-authors, colleagues and clients
  • Conform to house styles and processes (including CMAP, timekeeping)
  • Attend work in a timely and dependable manner

Project delivery

  • Take a lead role in designing and delivering high quality writing projects
  • Primary point-of-contact for clients, advising on strategy, content and project progress as required
  • Undertake or contribute to project management duties such as
    • o Invoice generation
    • o Project planning
    • o Proposal writing

Quality assurance

  • Assist the Specialist Team Lead in the implementation and maintenance of quality control measures to optimise the quality and accuracy of the writing and research deliverables of the department
  • Responsibility for the management and implementation of medical writing SOPs, style guides, templates etc., culminating in optimisation of in-house research and writing practices
  • Routinely edit and proof written material produced by the department, ensuring optimal standards are met at all times

Training & development

  • Mentoring of team members, promoting and solidifying recognised 'strengths', identifying areas that need development and liaising with the Specialist Team Lead as appropriate
  • Assist the Specialist Team Lead in the provision, identification, and maintenance of the training and development of the department through:
  • o General advice on day-to-day project activities

Line management

  • Identifying and addressing any personal or professional issues people may have, referring these to senior management where appropriate
  • Responsibility for conducting annual staff appraisals and reporting outcomes to senior management; planning, implementation and monitoring career progression plans as required
  • Management of work absences and holiday approvals of line reports
  • Implementation of measures to optimise and maintain team morale


  • PhD


  • Minimum significant experience as a Senior Medical Writer (or similar writing role)
  • Good knowledge of the pharmaceutical/medical device industry and operating environment
  • Experience of working in a client facing role and presenting to senior teams


  • Ability to interpret and understand the client product and strategic needs and objectives
  • Self-motivated and organised and able to prioritise in a multi-task environment
  • Ability to work proactively and on own initiative and actively solve problems when required
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • High levels of organisation and attention to detail
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Proof-reading and editing of written material (own and others)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Excellent presentation skills, including comprehensive knowledge of PowerPoint
  • Skilled with Microsoft Word and proficient Microsoft Excel
  • Skilled at basic research and literature reviews
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