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Science Writer - brand communications Full Time

at Open Health in London (Published at 11-01-2019)

You are not just a science writer. Since leaving the world of academia behind, you?ve settled well into healthcare communications. You could stay where you are and muddle on through. But the problem is, you?re not a ?settle and get comfy? type ? you?re a boundary-pusher, game-changer, forge-your-own path kind of science writer.
We are looking for an experienced science writer who demonstrates the desire to work within a fast moving, variable and exciting creative department with the clear aim to create engaging, relevant and audience motivating work. Your expertise might have been honed in an agency environment or within pharma. Either way, you'll want to work closely with creative writers, the wider brand communications team and across the other specialist companies within our group.
You?ll love this role if you:
  • Have a passion for writing, and the ability to think innovatively about health and wellbeing communication

  • Can make complex data seem both simple and exciting

  • Are confident at working both independently and with others, but always collaboratively

  • Enjoy pulling together as a team to deliver on fast-paced timelines

  • Have pride in your work that shows both in your faultless attention to detail and your ability to stand up for the data you recommend and the words you write

  • Last, but by no means least, you enjoy the odd bit of office banter (and booze, if you?re so inclined)

You?ll be a success if you:
  • Excite and support your colleagues and clients

  • Add value to our high quality creative and innovative science communications

  • Consistently deliver writing projects on brief, in line with our house style, and on time

  • Demonstrate through 360° feedback that you?re a team player

Key responsibilities:
  • Working closely with the team of science and creative writers and the design, art direction and account handling teams to provide innovative communication solutions and bring scientific content to life

  • Developing an in-depth understanding of allocated brands and disease areas
    • Undertaking research into therapy areas, as needed

    • Translating technical content into crib sheets for colleagues

  • Liaising with clients (including face-to-face meetings) and developing good working relationships with client medical teams

  • Actively participating in new business development/pitching

  • Taking full responsibility for the day-to-day delivery of assigned writing, referencing and editing projects

  • Working with our traffic manager to manage your workload and prioritise tasks in line with changing project timings

  • Delivering written materials to meet client requirements (internal/external), ensuring all content is:

  • On brief

  • Appropriately pitched for the target audience

  • In-line with key product messages

  • Delivered on time

  • Fully referenced

  • In accordance with the ABPI/EFPIA Code of Practice (where applicable)

Key attributes/skills/competencies:
  • Genuine motivation to work in the pharmaceutical marketing and healthcare environment and make people?s lives healthier

  • Willingness to think innovatively and creatively and to be adaptable/flexible

  • Super slick written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to research, critically appraise and appropriately reference published information

  • Impeccable attention to detail and time management

  • Ability to learn and apply new skills and new scientific/therapeutic/regulatory information

What experience and qualifications you?ll need to have:
  • Life science degree - 1st class or 2.1 maybe a PhD (awarded or on its way)

  • At least 2 years writing experience in a medical or healthcare brand communications agency

As a team we are all inquisitive, embrace challenge, seek adventure and always sweat the small stuff. Great people are fundamental to our business and we want people to love their work and love coming to work. We create a positive, open and fun environment in which individuals can flourish and grow. Alongside a great working, we ensure a competitive salary, fantastic benefits, flexible time and a generous holiday allowance.

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