Scientific Team Lead

Job description

We are currently hiring in our UK office for a scientific team lead to support expansion of the business. The successful candidate will be a dynamic individual who has the necessary skills to lead a team of writers from both an editorial and a strategic perspective. As well as exceptional writing ability, the scientific team lead must demonstrate sound scientific knowledge and understanding, keen commercial acumen, an ability to think creatively and a talent for getting the best out of people.

Key duties will include:

  • Leading and managing a team of medical writers
  • Managing the delivery of a range of high-quality medical communication materials, including slide kits, meeting reports, websites and apps
  • Allocating resources, including freelancers, to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget
  • Providing strategic direction to team members and other colleagues, based on commercial needs of the business and thorough understanding of clients’ needs and objectives
  • Ensuring maintenance of high editorial standards through review of other writers’ work
  • Developing specialist knowledge in specific therapy areas as directed
  • Coordinating with design, production and account management teams for project delivery
  • Identifying opportunities for new business within existing accounts
  • Supporting new business initiatives, including attendance and presentation at pitch meetings
  • Recruiting scientific team members
  • Training and developing associate medical writers
  • Conducting performance reviews and appraisals

Desired background and skills

We are looking for the very best life sciences graduates in order to maintain our reputation as a first-class medical communications agency delivering scientific programmes of the highest quality. Specifically, we are looking for individuals with the following skills and qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree (2:1 or higher) in a life science (biological sciences, biomedical sciences or biochemistry, or a closely related subject), and ideally also an MSc and/or PhD
  • At least 4 years’ experience as a senior medical writer or scientific team lead in a medical communications agency, with proven experience of line management
  • Experience of managing and developing a team of medical writers, and proven leadership and influencing skills in a commercial environment
  • Excellent organisation and project management skills, and a full understanding of industry regulations and guidelines underpinning medical communications activities

 

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