Editor - Medical Communications - Reading

Initial 6 month fixed term contract

QuintilesIMS, the world’s largest service company to biopharma, has an award-winning Health Engagement & Communications group, with offices in the UK (Reading) and the US (New Jersey and North Carolina).

We develop and produce a broad range of programmes and materials for pharmaceutical clients. Our activities include organising international meetings and exhibitions, creating educational programmes for doctors and patients, and developing recruitment materials to encourage both patients and investigators to join clinical trials.

We are looking for a first-class editor, with hands-on copy-editing and proof-reading experience, to assist in the production of high-quality medical communication programs and materials for pharmaceutical clients. And to handle the editorial progression of jobs from approved copy to print stage, ensuring that optimum communication is achieved through effective use of language and design.

Responsibilities include:

Edit and proofread copy for a range of educational and promotional items – including printed materials, slide presentations, and digital media projects – to agreed style/specification, checking content, clarity, accuracy, consistency, syntax and grammar.

Liaise with creative designers to develop appropriate design options for all materials.

Mark up approved copy/draw up page plans for typesetting. Set up editorial/production job sheets, ensuring all relevant information is included, and liaise with typesetters to ensure that medical information is clearly conveyed in text, tables and figures.

Check all proof stages from initial layouts to printers’ proofs, liaising with typesetters at each stage, incorporating client/author corrections as required.

Liaise with internal staff to ensure full input and approval of copy, keeping team informed of project status, and attending status/priority meetings as appropriate.

Assist in delivering projects in accordance with budgeted hours and agreed deadlines.

Manage submissions for journal manuscripts, including preparing submission packs and obtaining information from authors.

This position will suit a highly organised individual who is looking for a varied and challenging role that involves working across multiple projects in addition to day-to-day editorial tasks. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of bespoke communications (including digital materials) for all levels of target audience – from healthcare professionals to patients and consumers.

What next

Please visit www.quintilesims.com to apply job ref: 1620640

Key Skills & Experience Required:

Familiarity with publication planning databases an advantage.

Strong communication skills (written and verbal).

Excellent command of English language and attention to detail.

Eye for design and layout.

Good copy-editing and proofreading skills.

Knowledge of Content Management Systems – preferred

Knowledge of standard copy-editing/proof correction marks.

Familiarity with standard scientific copy preparation/styling conventions.

Sufficient knowledge of life science for critical review of copy.

Demonstrated ability in briefing typesetters and designers.

Knowledge of print production procedures.

Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Ability to perform multiple tasks and prioritise work effectively.

Ability to work to tight timelines.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, managers, clients and suppliers.

Budgetary awareness/ability to assist with hours estimates for projects.

Good computer skills, including MS office, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Internet and reference management programs.

Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in English or Life Sciences (preferred) or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Full eligibility to work full-time in the UK

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