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Senior Medical Writer


Company Summary - Succinct Medical Communications

Succinct attracts highly-qualified, passionate and creative professionals. The team enjoys challenging convention, pushing the boundaries and delivering bespoke solutions in complex therapy areas.

Succinct has offices in Marlow, London and Newcastle. While there is flat structure, there is the opportunity to work on interesting projects in a variety of therapy areas. Sometimes there projects span across the OPEN Health family.

You will love this role if

  • Have a strong scientific background and are passionate about medical communications
  • Are keen to learn about new therapy areas and are able to critically appraise published information to underpin your understanding

Are looking for a dynamic role involving interaction with a range of internal teams, clients and scientific experts

You will be a success if you

  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Can communicate complex scientific ideas in an accurate and innovative way
  • Are able to work under pressure, independently and as part of a team to deliver high-quality work

Key responsibilities

  • Take full responsibility for and manage the day-to-day delivery of all assigned editing / writing projects
  • Develop and deliver written materials in line with client requirements (internal/external), timelines, Succinct editorial policy, ABPI Code of Practice and key product messages
    • o To include editing as well as writing
  • Ensure all written material is:
    • o Appropriately pitched
    • o On brief when delivered
    • o Delivered on time
    • o Fully referenced and, where applicable, in accordance with the ABPI Code of Practice
  • Attend conferences and meetings
  • Coordinate effectively and efficiently with appropriate members of the Succinct team
  • Ensure the Succinct team is continually updated on project progress
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the various client brand and disease areas
  • Provide strategic input and direction (e.g. publication plans, consultancy) to clients, as needed
  • Develop relationships and interact with clients and key opinion leaders (clinical, industry, NHS), as appropriate
  • Agree review and feedback processes with clients / key opinion leaders
  • Undertake or direct research into therapy areas, as needed
  • Liaise with clients and key opinion leaders (including face-to-face meetings)
  • Provide support for all colleagues whose roles involve writing
  • Participate in the cross checking of editorial work written by other members of the writing team
  • Identification, liaison and management of freelance medical support, as required
  • Provide in-house editorial review of work undertaken by freelance writers
  • Advise on publishing activities
  • Support in new business initiatives, including attendance at pitches

Key attributes / skills / competencies

  • Work within the Succinct core values at all times
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interpret and fulfil client briefs in a creative and technically accurate manner
  • Sound understanding of science and medicine, the healthcare environment and the Medical Education industry
  • Working knowledge of the publishing industry
  • Ability to seek out, critically appraise and appropriately cite published information
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness / ability to learn and apply new skills and new scientific / therapeutic / regulatory information
  • Adaptability / flexibility
  • Management / mentoring
  • Sound project management skills
  • Able to multitask and prioritise; excellent time management skills
  • Plan, organise and complete multiple tasks and deal with changes in project timings and specifications
  • Manage workload in line with the changing demands of the business
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to communicate and negotiate effectively to achieve agreed objectives
  • Able to produce documents in Word, PowerPoint and Excel to an advanced standard, and in compliance with the appropriate style guide (e.g. Succinct, client or external publisher)

Sound understanding of the ABPI Code of Practice


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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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