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.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
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


REQUIRED SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES:
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.

To apply, go to http://www.oraclinical.com/

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