Scientific Lead - CHC Group (North Wales, PA)

ICON Plc is seeking a Scientific Lead for the CHC Group (Complete Healthcare Communications) within our North Wales, PA office.
Title: Associate Scientific Director / Scientific Lead
Reports to: Scientific Director/Senior Scientific Director
The position of Associate Scientific Director (ASD) / Scientific Lead includes all of the duties of a Senior Medical Writer as well as additional project-level editorial and coordination responsibilities, some of which are comparable to those of a Scientific Director.
To qualify for the ASD position, one of two key elements must be fulfilled. One of these is the ability to work directly with the Scientific Director to assume primary editorial oversight and approval responsibility for selected projects/tasks and function with a greater level of responsibility and autonomy on those projects.
The second or alternative key element for qualification for the ASD position is the ability to provide a high level of strategic input and the ability to execute key strategic tasks with minimal oversight or input from the team scientific director. For both the review and strategic oversight elements, travel to professional meetings, client locations, and other project-related travel may be required.
Team Building
Team focused
Encourages and sets an example for cooperation, creating trust, and working toward common goals and values.
Creates interdependence of effort rather than building walls.
Able to adapt to changes in plans and priorities and exercises good judgment about what is important.
Consistently manages tasks to completion within deadlines.
Crisis Management
Able to identify important and critical issues in the context of overall priorities. Balances poise and a sense of urgency.
Within the context of the business strategy and objectives, works to identify and eliminate factors creating the crisis and to minimize recurrence.
Collaborative Problem Solver
Listens first and seeks to understand others.
Values differing views and opinions as a potential source of better decisions and solutions.
Focuses on solutions rather than placing blame.
Where necessary, seeks consensus and offers compromise solutions.
Driving Continuous Improvement
Seeks ways to work smarter and is willing to offer and accept alternatives.
Thinks innovatively and facilitates learning from successes and failures.
Work Ethic/Accountability
Maintains a strong work ethic.
Accepts responsibility and accountability for all areas of the job function. Manages work schedule to facilitate successful and timely completion of all job tasks.
Writing/Editing 35%
Researches assigned projects comprehensively (conducts literature searches using MEDLINE, EMBASE, R&D Insight; obtains reprints of articles; reads background material, including books, journal articles, study reports, etc)
Writes in a clear and concise manner, incorporating the following basic writing elements:
Good grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and spelling Use of appropriate scientific terminology
Good sentence flow; sentences are organized in a coherent and ordered manner
Information is presented in a logical, organized, scientific manner
Writing is scientific, not conversational, and appropriate for the target audience
Ensures that referencing is appropriate and correct:
Chooses appropriate, timely references
Chooses appropriate data from source
Cites data appropriately and accurately in text
Uses primary references preferentially; understands appropriate use of secondary references
Demonstrates an understanding of the various sections/segments of a project and their purpose:
Abstracts concisely summarize the key information for the project
Introductions provide the context and highlight the importance of the project
Methods contain sufficient information to help the reader understand patient population, experimental design, endpoints assessed and methods of assessment, and statistical analyses and presents sufficient information to allow replication of study
Results present relevant demographics, primary and secondary efficacy results, and safety information
Discussions summarize findings, present results in context with results from similar studies, and interpret the meaning of the results
Conclusions summarize the most important findings from the study
Incorporates messages in a scientifically appropriate manner:
Demonstrates good attention to detail
Works with Senior Medical Writers, Scientific Directors, editorial and operations managers, clients, and authors to incorporate changes to written materials: Uses version control appropriately, incorporates all changes and resolves conflicting instructions/revisions
Responsible for obtaining background material sufficient to complete projects successfully (eg, chasing data and client/author input and reviews)
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 (only relevant for evaluating employees with reviewer rather than strategic responsibilities).
Writes specific projects as assigned within the budgetary constraints of the proposal and project plan
Completes projects within the time frame allotted by the project plan
Staff and Client Liaison 15%
Asks relevant client queries that are appropriate in tone and quality
Establishes and maintains good relationships and direct communications with clients and authors on project-specific tasks
Responsible for timely and appropriate reporting to team and senior staff regarding all project-related communications with clients and authors
Responsible for assisting and working with graphics 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
Quality Control 10%
Qualified second set of eyes
Assumes the role of a central resource for product information pertinent to his/her client for selected projects
Functions as the last quality assurance sign-off in his/her product area for selected projects
Responsible for fact checking (including references) and spell checking manuscripts and project materials
Strategy Development 10%
Demonstrates significant grasp of therapeutic landscape and potential opportunities to improve product positioning or communications
Has ability to integrate disparate sources of knowledge to arrive at independent conclusions and make novel strategic suggestions
Efficiently performs gap analyses, landscape analyses, citation analyses, or other strategic projects with minimal oversight and direction
Data 10%
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)
Editorial and Company Processes and Procedures 10%
Responsible for familiarization with AMA and CHC styles of writing
Reviews and follows journal requirements, abstract submission guidelines, poster guidelines, and other relevant guidances
Uses editorial briefs and traffic sheets appropriately
Accurately and completely incorporates scientific director, client, and author comments as appropriate: Uses version control appropriately, incorporates all changes and resolves conflicting instructions/revisions
Accurately highlights appropriate parts of references and submits copies of all highlighted references with all projects
Follows all editorial procedures
Editorial Project Management 10%
Responsible for maintaining a working knowledge of all aspects of project development from initiation to completion for selected projects
Responsible for attendance at project meetings and for providing status reports at these meetings regarding projects in progress
Education/Technology 5%
Uses 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 SharePoint, PowerPoint, Word, Adobe Acrobat, Endnote, and Prism
Uses available software to produce draft figures where possible to facilitate work by the graphics department
General Duties 5%
Performs other duties as required or assigned
Correctly records all client project time and absentee time into Timekeeper and eTIME on a daily basis
Completes other administrative tasks (such as travel expense forms) in a timely manner
Performs responsibilities in professional manner, meeting company mission and goals
Enters weekly project and time commitments
Bachelors degree in science, with an advanced degree in a life science preferred
3 to 5 years' scientific writing experience in a medical communications agency or pharmaceutical company.
Excellent verbal and written communications and telephone skills.
Ability to prioritize and organize work, meet deadlines, multitask, and successfully function within a team setting.
Must have excellent problem-solving skills.
Must be detail oriented.
Computer Skills:
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, PowerPoint, E-mail, and the Internet.

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