Market Access Medical Writer

Job Title: Market Access Medical Writer

Location: Yardley, PA - preferred

As a Market Access Medical Writer, you will be responsible for the development of content communication solutions consistent with marketing and clinical strategy that are compelling to the payer, hospital/health system, and organized customer audiences in the US and global markets. You will be expected to complete a variety of tasks from unbranded disease education materials to branded pull-through initiatives. Specific assignments may include payer presentations, publication pieces including reprint carriers and disease state supplements, sales collateral, print ads, reimbursement materials, web content, e-mails and other presentation materials.

Who Are We?

US Market Access and Reimbursement (formerly MediMedia Managed Markets), an Icon plc company, is a strategic managed care marketing and communications agency that develops and deploys access and reimbursement solutions that unlock payer barriers and pave the way for brand success. For over 20 years, we've partnered with leading pharmaceutical and biotech clients to assess payer landscapes, identify and build relationships with key influencers, drive managed markets strategies, and weave clinical and economic data into compelling value stories and programs that give key decision makers the evidence-based information they need to make informed decisions about the management of care. Given the unprecedented changes in today's healthcare landscape—and our acquisition by Icon plc, a fast-growing global provider of outsource development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries—there's never been a more exciting time to join the team and become part of a global organization that offers the industry's most integrated product development, clinical communication, and market access solutions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required with suggested percentages of time to be allotted (where applicable). Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Competencies

* Researches assigned projects (familiarity with and ability to conduct literature searches using tools such as PubMed; reads background material, including books, journal articles, study reports, etc)

* Writes in a clear and concise manner, incorporating the following basic writing elements:

o Good grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and spelling

o Use of appropriate scientific terminology

o Good sentence flow; sentences are organized in a coherent and ordered manner

o Information is presented in a logical, organized, scientific manner

o Writing is scientific, not conversational, and appropriate for the target audience

* Ensures referencing is appropriate and correct

o Chooses appropriate, timely references

o Chooses the appropriate data from source

o Cites data appropriately and accurately in text

o Uses primary references preferentially; understands appropriate use of secondary references

* Demonstrates an understanding of the various sections of a project and their function

* Incorporates messages in a scientifically appropriate manner

* Demonstrates good attention to detail

* Works with account teams and clients to incorporate changes to written materials

o Uses version control appropriately

o Incorporates all changes, and resolves conflicting instructions/revisions

* Responsible for obtaining background material sufficient to complete projects successfully

* Responsible and accountable for producing manuscripts and other project materials at a high level of writing and technical accuracy (eg, organization, syntax, grammar, clarity, focus, messaging) that require a minimum level of editing/rewriting

* Coordinates with and reviews the work of other medical writers as a "qualified set of eyes" as needed

* Completes projects within the timeframe allotted by the project plan.

* Asks relevant client queries that are appropriate in tone and quality

* Establishes and maintains good relationships and direct communications with account teams and clients on project-specific tasks

* Responsible for timely and appropriate reporting to team and senior staff regarding all project-related communications

* Responsible for assisting and working with creative and editorial support staff to provide necessary background and technical information required to complete tasks and for review and approval of work

* Responsible for providing support staff with feedback in a manner that facilitates improvement

* Responsible for attendance, as required, at project meetings and for providing status reports at these meetings regarding projects in progress

* Attends off-site meetings with client as required

* Demonstrates a clear understanding of scientific data and statistical methods

* Demonstrates a clear understanding of commonly encountered study designs

* Selects the most important data for presentation

* Accurately presents the data

* Prepares drafts of graphics (tables, hand-drawn figures, and charts)

* Utilizes in-house educational resources

* Actively participates in staff training sessions

* Actively participates in departmental staff meetings

* Demonstrates proficiency in software required for scientific writing and presentations, including PowerPoint, Word, Adobe Acrobat, etc.

* Uses available software to produce draft figures where possible to facilitate work by Presentation Services and others

* Responsible for familiarization with AMA and Company styles of writing

* Reviews and follows internal guidelines, client guidelines, and other relevant guidance

* Uses trafficking software appropriately

* Accurately and completely incorporates account, client, and management comments as appropriate

* Uses version control appropriately

* Incorporates all changes, and resolves conflicting instructions/revisions

* Accurately annotates appropriate parts of references and submits copies of all highlighted references with all projects

* Uses the time reporting system reporting system on a weekly basis.

* Completes other administrative tasks in a timely manner.

* Performs responsibilities in a professional manner, meeting the Company's mission and goals.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications

Education and/or Experience

Advanced science degree (PharmD, PhD or MD) or Masters in Education or Bachelors degree (B.A./B.S.) in Science, with an advanced degree in a life science preferred from a four (4) year college or university and three (3) or more years related experience and/or training are required for this position. These requirements may be substituted for an equivalent combination of education and experience where applicable.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.

Must demonstrate a command of the English language (read, write and speak).

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of MS Suite, Adobe Acrobat, e-mail/Internet, PowerPoint and any other software or system necessary for fulfilling the requirements of this position.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Other Skills and Abilities

Other Qualifications

Regulated employees participate in training and continuous improvement required for each employee as outlined in QMS 180, Training of Personnel, and identified in the Master Training Matrix. This, in accordance with The Business' Quality Management System, ensures compliance and assures adherence to applicable government regulations.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Business travel required.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

What's Next?

Following your application, you will be contacted by one of our dedicated recruiters and if successful we will be able to provide you with more details about this opportunity.

ICON is an equal opportunity employer - Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans and committed to providing a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment #LI-AA1.