Monday, April 5, 2010

Medical Communications Position

The role of the Medical Writer, within the Medical Communications Department, has three primary components consisting of (1) Research – taking sole ownership of subject matter through guidance from internal subject matter experts or individual researching; (2) Organizational Skills – maintain a structured, disciplined process and organization to produce consistently high quality, on-time work product; and (3) Communication – impart the value and progress of projects to other members of the Ora team, interact in a professional manner with multiple layers of educated individuals, know your audience and write accordingly.

Ensure a top-tier quality-product required to satisfy both very demanding internal and external clients.

• Set Strategic Growth Direction –
o Work with Manager of Medical Communications to plan future individual growth.
o Recognize potential business building opportunities with current clients.

• Lead the Writing –
o Take ownership of project subject matter through expert seeking of resources.
o Define the objectives and key messages clearly and concisely to all parties involved, prior to commencing project work.
o Ensure that all materials submitted to journals/clients/regulatory agencies are accurate and complete according to guidelines/requirements
o Write like your life depends on it.
o Maintain and track review process to ensure on-time completion and identify timeline problems prior to missing deadline.
o Provide constructive feedback to authors, reviewers and subject matter experts to constantly improve the workflow and product quality – do not be a stenographer, be a writer!

• Build and Maintain Relationships
o Interact with journal editors to place articles that are both requested by editors and those that are not requested.
o Interact with internal and external clients to gain an understanding of business needs and marketing initiatives to enhance the messaging platform.

• Flexibility Across Mediums
o Own project subject matter across and produce work across the entire life cycle of information including:
 Peer Review Journals (New England Journal of Medicine style)
 Presentation Slides
 Product or Therapeutic Category Fact Sheets
 Trade Journal Articles (Review of Ophthalmology, Ocular Surgery News)
 Scientific Meeting Abstracts and Posters

At Ora, your values, abilities, and track record of success are more important than direct experience. That being said, an ideal candidate would have the following:

• Advanced Degree preferred, but not required.
• Strong competencies in the following areas: intellect (the ability to learn, understand, innovate, and apply analytical rigor), personal skills (integrity, candor, excellence, etc.), and interpersonal skills (oral and written communication, emotional intelligence, customer service, etc.)
• Prior experience writing in the non-regulatory pharmaceutical space (Medical Communications, Medical Education) in the Ophthalmology or Allergy therapeutic areas.
• Proven ability to multi-task and follow-through and work both independently or as part of a larger team.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office and presentation software programs (PowerPoint, Keynote).
• Enjoy and love writing, do not use it as a stepping stone.

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