English medical writer

Sherbrooke, QC

The medical writer is an important part of the creative team, contributing to the development of impactful and creative advertising campaigns. In this role, you’ll be responsible for writing different forms of copy (promotional, educational, scientific) for health care professionals, patients, and consumers in various media formats (print, digital, web, social media, etc.). The medical writer must be able to understand, interpret, and synthesize scientific information. You will be called upon to work with members of the strategic and creative teams, as well as freelancers. You will also liaise with the Pharmaceutical Advertising Advisory Board (PAAB) and agency clients.

Skills

  • Keen interest in and understanding of science
  • Solid writing skills and understanding of medical concepts and terminology
  • Meticulous work ethic to ensure accuracy of information and supporting sources
  • Strong organizational skills and sense of responsibility
  • Good composure under pressure and ability to meet very tight deadlines
  • Ability to multitask and work in a team effectively

Requirements

  • Bachelor or Master of Science, Pharmacology, or a related discipline
    OR
    Degree in English writing, journalism, or any related discipline, with a strong interest in science
  • Mastery of written and spoken English; knowledge of French is a plus 
  • 2–3 years’ experience as a medical writer in an advertising agency on different accounts
  • Knowledge and application of PAAB Code and Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) Code
  • Mastery of MS Office suite software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Main responsibilities

  • Write an outline and copy (scientific, clinical, medical, or creative) based on a project brief
  • Source/reference documents and upload them using different client portals for medical/legal/regulatory internal review
  • Work with the creative team to develop concepts and impactful layouts
  • Edit or re-work copy based on client or internal comments until copy approval is obtained
  • Ensure that consistent terminology is used in different tools for the same brand
  • Be a master of the PAAB Code and ASC Code in order to:
    • Guide the work of the creative team and validate the feasibility of proposed tactics/layouts
    • Suggest content that will limit the number of rounds with PAAB/ASC while seeking approval of the most impactful message possible
    • Negotiate with PAAB/ASC and determine the best POA for response letters
    • Educate/explain the limitations of the codes to clients
    • Represent the client’s voice and interests when speaking with PAAB/ASC

Other benefits

  • Office located in Sherbrooke, in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Québec (work is currently entirely remote)
  • Competitive salary
  • Group insurance coverage (50% of premiums are employer-paid)
  • A flexible 37.5-hour work week
  • Proximity to nature = being able to hit the ski hills by 5:00 p.m. on a work night
  • Annual partial refund of enrolment in a fitness class or health club/gym membership
  • Access to a voluntary retirement savings plan (VRSP)
  • The opportunity to work with a dynamic, really nice group for a company that values its people
  • The satisfaction of a short (or no!) commute

The Work Well Agency

By working at Lemieux Bédard, you will be joining a dynamic, caring, and passionate team. We’ve been in this business for over 30 years, and our steady growth is a testament to our excellent relationships with both our clients and our staff.

We believe in work-life balance, which is one of the reasons we have maintained our headquarters in the Eastern Townships, one of the most beautiful regions of Québec. Although our clients are primarily located in Montréal and Toronto, we value the lifestyle that Sherbrooke affords us, and we are more than happy to visit our clients whenever necessary.

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