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Principal Medical Writer

  • May 21, 2019
  • Manchester, Manchester


We're hiring! DRG Abacus is looking for a Principal Medical Writer to join the expanding value communications centre of excellence. We will consider applicants who are looking for flexibility of remote working. Working within a successful medical writing team of 15 members across two locations, with an excellent reputation, the role of Principal Medical Writer will report to the Director of Medical Writing.

The Principal Medical Writer will act as lead writer and undertake high-quality writing and research activities, contributing to the timely delivery of project objectives. As a senior member of the medical writing team, the Principal Medical Writer will act as a primary client contact for medical writing projects, which will include the planning and writing of market access documents and journal articles in collaboration with in-house teams of specialists to achieve project objectives.

The Principal Medical Writer will be responsible for the mentoring and line management of team members, promoting and solidifying their recognised strengths, and identifying areas that need development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the intellectual design, planning and organisation of projects
    • Invoice generation
    • Project planning
    • Proposal writing
  • Line management responsibilities to include conducting annual staff appraisals, planning, implementation and monitoring career progression plans as required, management of work absences and holiday approvals of line reports, addressing any personal or professional issues people may have, implementation of measures to optimise and maintain team morale
  • Take a lead role in delivering high quality writing projects
  • Primary point-of-contact for clients, advising on strategy, content and project progress as required
  • Undertake or contribute to project management duties such as
  • Meet project deadlines in a timely manner
  • Work with in-house specialist teams and other staff, as well as external associates, to achieve project objectives
  • Telephone, email and in-person liaison with colleagues and clients
  • Conform to house styles and processes (including project tracking, timekeeping)
  • Assist the Director of Medical Writing in the implementation and maintenance of quality control measures to optimise the quality and accuracy of the writing and research deliverables of the department
  • Responsibility for the management and implementation of medical writing SOPs, style guides, templates etc., culminating in optimisation of in-house research and writing practices
  • Routinely edit and proof written material produced by the department, ensuring optimal standards are met at all times
  • Leading medical writing team initiatives


  • Extensive medical writing experience
  • Line management/mentoring experience (or willingness to undertake these tasks)
  • Significant experience within a similar role or as a Senior Medical Writer (or similar writing role)
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Good knowledge of the pharmaceutical/medical device industry and operating environment
  • Ability to work proactively and on own initiative and actively solve problems when required
  • Excellent organisation and attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Solution-focused approach
  • Highly skilled in use of Word, PowerPoint and EndNote and competent user of Excel
  • Skilled at basic research and literature reviews (knowledge of PubMed functions required)
  • Experience of working in a client facing role and presenting to senior teams
  • Ability to interpret and understand the client product and strategic needs and objectives
  • Self-motivated and organised and able to prioritise in a multi-task environment
  • Confidence in the design, management and delivery of complex writing projects for clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry
  • Proven experience in the preparation of message-driven market access materials including value dossiers
  • Proven experience in the preparation of HTA submission dossiers


Competitive salary in line with experience and benefits package, including:

  • 25 days’ holiday (increasing with length of service)
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Pension scheme (6% employer contribution, and 3% employee contribution with the option to opt out)
  • Bonus scheme

Grade 8 / Management 3

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If you fulfil the criteria and are interested in this exciting opportunity, please submit your CV and covering letter to complete your application.

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