Shire Lead Medical Writer in Lexington, Massachusetts


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Job Function and Description


  • Leading the MW activities for assigned project(s) including writing key deliverables.


  • Leading or participating on non-project related initiatives

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Advanced degree in a relevant scientific/clinical/regulatory field preferred; Bachelor’s degree required.

  • 5-7 years experience in clinical/pharmaceutical development with directly related medical writing experience.

  • Global regulatory submission experience preferred.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Ability to understand and interpret clinical and scientific data with minimal oversight; ability to define data presentation to meet key messages developed by the clinical team.

  • Ability, with some oversight, to lead the development, review, and approval of all clinical document types (ie, those typically developed by MW)

  • Basic project management skills including understanding of clinical timelines (study and submission level) and working knowledge of roles of other functional areas and the interdependencies among groups

  • Ability to manage work timelines within assigned program(s).

  • Strong written presentation skills and ability to present information to others

  • Effective oral presentation skills (ie, ability to effectively lead a meeting and present issues)

  • Ability to interact effectively with team members/leaders

  • Ability to assess issues and develop potential solutions

  • Working knowledge of current global regulatory requirements/guidelines applicable to clinical research (eg, GCP)

  • Working knowledge of the regulatory guidances regarding content for various document types including, but not limited to, ICH E3 (CSRs), ICH E6 (IBs), ICH M4, ICH E2E, EMA guidance on RMPs)

  • Strong knowledge of MS Word (required), Excel (preferred), Project (preferred), Powerpoint (preferred), and Outlook.

  • Working knowledge using an electronic document management system; ability to use document templates; ability to work with multiple document template styles and types.

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Ability to multitask and work under time constraints

  • Ability to work on complex problems in which analysis situations require in-depth evaluation of various factors and resulting in solutions.

Other Job Requirements

  • Less than 5% travel

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