Sr Medical Writer

Job Locations US-CA-La Jolla
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Marketing, Market Access



The Sr. Medical Writer’s primary responsibility is to provide full medical and clinical content support for assigned agency accounts. Job responsibilities include researching and developing material for multiple pharmaceutical clients and biotech business projects; participating in strategic development and brainstorming sessions; and writing on a broad range of therapeutic and promotional areas.

The Sr. Medical Writer performs independent research and works with a variety of scientific materials to develop a range of pieces for professional, industry, and patient audiences, as well as sales-force training pieces.



Patient Minded I act with the patient’s best interest in mind.

Client Delight I own every client experience and its impact on results.

Take Action I am empowered and empower others to act now.

Grow Talent I own my development and invest in the development of others. 

Win Together I passionately connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime to achieve results.

Communication Matters I speak up to create transparent, thoughtful and timely dialogue.

Own It I hold myself and others accountable for results.


Our employees are tasked with delivering excellent business results through the efforts of their teams.  These results are achieved by:


  • Writes and edits engaging, relevant, original copy; sets an example with consistently high standards of writing
  • Participates in strategic, creative brainstorming sessions that produce innovative, medically sound ideas
  • Performs independent research and works with a variety of scientific materials to develop a range of promotional and informational pieces
  • Helps to build and maintain reference library for copy group
  • Prepares materials for med-legal submission
  • Works as part of agency team to achieve the client's objectives through strategically sound concepts and impactful message strategies
  • Works closely with Medical Director and Client Services, on assigned accounts to produce effective themes, campaigns, etc
  • Maintains consistently high standards of writing with minimal supervision
  • Uses presentation skills to enhance the agency-client relationship
  • Proactively monitors the progress of assigned projects through each phase of development, ie, research, draft, layout, and production
  • Participates in client-agency meetings when appropriate; uses client-facing skills to enhance agency relationships
  • Maintains a reasonable library of reference materials relating to assigned clients
  • Ensures brand-specific style is consistent throughout jobs
  • Directs appropriate queries to Creative and/or Medical Director
  • Assesses day-to-day medical writing needs and alerts supervisor to coverage gaps within the agency
  • All other duties as assigned


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.



People leaders must possess both the skills to effectively accomplish these tasks and the emotional intelligence to do so in alignment with our cultural values.  In addition to the critical management and leadership tasks listed above, this role also includes the following unique responsibilities:


  • Develops strong internal and external relationships with creative supervisors, art partner, and account counterparts
  • Actively listens and encourages an environment of open dialogue
  • Coach teammates by providing regular feedback, development opportunities, and training as needed to enhance team's skills and performance
  • Supervises and mentor’s various team members
  • Helps set priorities and manages workloads so that assignments are completed within agreed upon time frames



  • Travel (10-15%)
  • Hours (40-45 Hours per week, 5 days of the week)



The requirements listed below are representative of the experience, education, knowledge, skill and/or abilities required.


  • Education
    • MA or PhD preferred
    • 3-5 years of agency/medical writing experience



  • Experience and/or Training
    • Working knowledge of HCP and Patient issues, trends, and medical terminology and a strong command of the English language
    • Proficient in American Medical Association (AMA) style
    • Familiarity with FDA/DDMAC regulations and guidelines


  • Skills
    • Effective oral and written communications skills
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Ability to work well within a team setting
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and learn quickly
    • Exhibits decisive problem-solving abilities
    • Established editing and proofreading skills
    • Strong verbal communication and presentation skills
    • Ability to think both creatively and strategically
    • High-level interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively
    • Ability to obtain the necessary direction on projects and set expectations accordingly



  • Technology/Equipment
    • Workflow tools (ex. Workfront, ProofHQ), MS Office Suite (Word, Powerpoint)



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