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SuccinctChoiceMarlow, Buckinghamshire

Company Summary – Succinct Medical Communications

Succinct is a world-class agency that offers fully comprehensive medical communications capabilities across the product lifecycle, at a strategic and operational level. We attract highly qualified, passionate and creative professionals who manage and deliver a wide variety of global, regional and local medical education and publications programmes covering a vast array of therapy areas.

At Succinct, our teams enjoy challenging convention, pushing the boundaries and delivering bespoke, game-changing solutions in complex therapy areas. Always thinking beyond communication and education, our goal is to motivate and inspire our audiences. A key component of our work is the delivery of accurate, relevant content that is grammatically and factually flawless, and that complies with applicable styles and regulations. We pride ourselves on the delivery of materials and programmes for our clients that are of the highest scientific integrity and quality.

Succinct is a rapidly growing business with over 110 people across all teams based in offices in Marlow, London, Newcastle and Chicago. The role involves working across all offices, with the opportunity to work on a wide range of interesting and exciting projects in a variety of therapy areas.

Succinct are part of the OPEN Health group

Succinct are the medical communications agency within the OPEN Health group of healthcare companies.
We have the feel and culture of a small agency with all the benefits of being part of a larger group. Our sister agencies within Open Health include:

  • OPEN Access (Specialists for the development and delivery of value strategies for medicines, devices and diagnostics)
  • LEC (Experts in creative, advertising and brand communications)
  • Reynolds Mackenzie (Public relations specialists for the healthcare industry)
  • The Earthworks (Experts in award-winning digital marketing communications)
  • Harvey Walsh (Leading supplier of bespoke IT solutions, healthcare intelligence and consultancy services to the NHS, pharmaceutical and device industries)
  • pH Associates (Strategic real-world data consultants)
  • Accretio (Specialists marketers focused on brand optimisation and breathing life back into often mature products)

Being part of the OPEN Health group provides us with many opportunities for collaboration with these specialist teams, enabling us to leverage skills and experience across all aspects of healthcare communications. Our wide-reaching offering is not only of benefit internally, in terms of collaboration and training, but is also a great benefit to our clients. Our clients rely on us to assign the best teams to their programmes for seamless delivery of projects with integrated multi-modal elements.

You will love this role if you:

  • Have an exceptionally keen eye for detail
  • Are passionate about science and the English language
  • Are looking for a dynamic role involving interaction with a range of teams

You will be a success if you:

  • Demonstrate an extraordinary attention to detail and are able to apply this across a variety of content formats
  • Possess a strong command of the English language which you utilise to add quality to all deliverables
  • Can perform multiple tasks and prioritise work effectively
  • Have a flexible and proactive working attitude

Key responsibilities

  • To ensure that quality control is paramount within all materials produced across Succinct by providing editorial support
    • Materials include, but are not limited to: abstracts; scientific posters; manuscripts; PowerPoint presentations; training programmes; meeting materials; newsletters; monographs; value dossiers; patient and healthcare professional education materials; proposals; websites
    • Editorial support includes, but is not limited to: proofreading; copy editing; document formatting; ensuring style guides (internal and external) are maintained or adhered to; reference / fact checking; creation of reference packs; uploading materials and reference packs to approval systems (e.g. zinc); submission of materials to journals and congresses; KOL, literature and conference searching; ensuring copyright restrictions have been adhered to and necessary permissions have been sought
  • To coordinate effectively and efficiently with appropriate members of the Succinct team (scientific, editorial and creative / digital) on a wide range of projects
  • To work closely with other members of the editorial team to manage workflow and allocation of projects
  • To develop and maintain an understanding of the various client brand and disease areas
  • To create and maintain comprehensive style guides for all assigned accounts, and keep relevant style guidelines up to date
  • To keep abreast of all relevant industry guidelines including publication industry guidelines (e.g. Good Publication Practice)
  • To champion editorial processes and be a good source of information on these processes for colleagues
    • This includes training current Succinct personnel as well as all new team members on editorial function and processes

Key attributes / skills / competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g. English or Life Sciences) (BSc or higher is preferred)
  • Exceptional eye for detail
  • Aptitude for the English language and excellent written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Excellent team skills – as a member of a central resource, you must be able to communicate / interact effectively with all functions in the company
    • Strong interpersonal skills with the confidence to liaise and build relationships with all internal teams
  • Editorial experience gained from working in a medical communications / medical education agency (or related field)
  • Demonstrated editorial skills across a range of core tasks including: top-line proofing / quality control checks (e.g. assessing for sense, consistency, spelling and grammar), editing (thorough structural review and assessment of clarity), proofing of artwork (e.g. checking layout, design, consistency of colours versus original copy)
  • Capability to apply core editorial skills across a variety of written and electronic materials including, but not limited to: PowerPoint presentations, manuscripts, proposals / pitch presentations, marketing materials, websites and printed artwork materials
  • Strong project management and organisational skills with a proven ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and changing deadlines
  • Knowledge of relevant industry guidelines, including publication industry guidelines such as Good Publication Practice (e.g. CONSORT, PRISMA)
  • Knowledge of reference management software (e.g. EndNote / Reference manager)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • An understanding of the purpose / aims of healthcare marketing / communications


Marlow is without a doubt one of the loveliest locations on the River Thames, set amongst the rich meadows of the river valley and alongside the woodlands of the Chiltern Hills. The vibrant Georgian market town is made up of historic streets and an abundance of boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and bistros all adding to the town’s unique charm, as well as being the host to OPEN Health’s headquarters.

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About SuccinctChoice

SuccinctChoice is a world class medical communications agency with offices in the UK and Chicago. Our teams manage and deliver a wide variety of global and regional medical education and publications programmes covering many different therapy areas.

Our clients include the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies through to smaller start-up biotechs and medical device companies.  We are scientifically driven and passionate about communicating solid and cutting-edge data in a clinically meaningful and commercially sound manner.  We work in partnership with our clients to deliver impactful communications at all stages of the product life cycle from pre-launch through to maturity. Variety is key here at SuccinctChoice with a fantastic balance of accounts including publications, medical education and meetings. 

At SuccinctChoice, we are entirely dependent on our people. They are the basis of every contract we win, every service we provide and every project we deliver. As a result, we are always on the lookout for the brightest, most enthusiastic and ambitious individuals to join our team. Our team of 30 are a really friendly group of individuals with team-work at the heart of everything we do.  We have an uplifting, supportive working environment with plenty of opportunities for collaboration and personal development. If that sounds like the sort of business environment in which you would thrive, then we would love to hear from you.

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