Medical Writer

Develop client communication programs (in medical communications, patient recruitment or another functional area), demonstrating understanding of relevant scientific and clinical data for the product, therapy area and market and, where appropriate, brand marketing strategy and promotional key messages. Act as main medical writer on client programs, producing high quality outputs that are delivered within timelines. A self-starter who demonstrates initiative and has excellent organizational skills. Work across a number of multi-functional teams from across the Medical Direction Team, HE&C and other Quintiles’ Divisions.

Required capabilities

Excellent attention to detail

Concise and logical writing style

Ability to adapt writing style to meet the needs of different audiences (from lay to clinical)

Ability to write to a brief and meet the required specifications and objectives, and follow industry guidelines and style guides

Ability to perform multiple tasks and prioritize work effectively

Adaptable and able to concentrate and maintain focus under time pressure

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

Required experience

A PhD and/or relevant bachelor’s degree in a scientific field, or medical qualification

Demonstrable knowledge/understanding of drug development and clinical trials

Preferred experience

Ideal candidate would have some experience writing for patients and/or on clinical projects, but not essential as training will be given on the job

Ideally approximately 1 year of medical writing experience


  • Research and develop written materials to the highest scientific and grammatical standards, according to internal/client brief, displaying excellent technical accuracy and attention to detail and the ability to tailor materials appropriately for a range of educational needs and target audiences, with adherence to timelines and budgeted hours
  • Incorporate internal/client/author comments using a scientifically accurate and balanced approach, and with senior support resolve any conflicts in a professional and compliant manner
  • Maintain broad awareness of developments in relevant therapeutic areas to ensure scientific and clinical relevance of written materials in specific project activities. Develop understanding of the needs of clients, including the marketing/clinical relevance of key data, and work with account team to offer solutions, as appropriate
  • Exercise good interpersonal/communication skills for effective and professional liaison with the internal team, clients, healthcare professionals and other key stakeholders. Actively participate in meetings with relevant internal and external stakeholders, and respond effectively to questions relating to allocated areas of responsibility
  • Contribute to the development of proposals/pitches, offering scientific research expertise, as required
  • Monitor and manage own projects; anticipating workload issues and working with senior medical team members to deliver to required budget and time specifications
  • Diligently follow all company standard operating procedures (SOPs)


  • Strong computer skills, including MS office, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Internet
  • Experience with research tools and approaches, such as reference management/publication planning databases. Good research skills and ability to interpret scientific and clinical data
  • Strong, versatile medical writing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to generate grammatically correct, consistent, scientifically accurate copy, using appropriate writing styles for different audiences
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks and prioritize work effectively
  • Ability to be self-directed and manage time efficiently
  • Ability to work to tight timelines
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, managers, clients and suppliers
  • Familiarity with current industry code of practice guidelines
  • Budgetary awareness


A relevant bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 1 year of medical writing experience in a medical communications agency or related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Quintiles offers a friendly, progressive work atmosphere and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance and vision coverage, tuition assistance, bonus plan and 401(k).

We look forward to the prospect of working with you! To be considered for this position, please click Apply. For more information about Quintiles, please visit our website at: www.quintiles.com

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