Principal Medical Writer- Rare Disease at PRA Health Sciences

  • Other Remote Services
  • Full Time
  • 6 months ago
  • USA
  • Job Qualifications Bachelor
  • Number of vacancies 1 opening
  • Job level Executive

Job Description

Principal Medical Writer – Home based – Rare disease

  • Job Locations(All) | US-Remote
  • ID 2020-63477


Within a designated therapeutic or functional area leads a single team that formulates the writing strategy for key response documents and regulatory submissions guides medical writing document preparation, including coordination of assignments to contract writers, review and substantive editing of documents. As necessary, may assume primary responsibility for preparation of key regulatory response documents and documents supporting major regulatory submission. Formulates writing approach, develops timelines, and assesses resource requirements for key documents and regulatory submissions within designated therapeutic or functional area. Participates on relevant project teams and task forces, and provides functional and cross-functional guidance on a wide range of issues related to document preparation, including US and international regulatory guidance and requirements for content and format, requirements (style, electronic integrity, and process), and project- or therapeutic area-specific guidance related to content and organization of specific documents. Leverages internal and external resources to achieve quality, timely and cost-effective compound level submission deliverables. Participates in the training, guidance, and mentoring of the medical writing junior staff and may oversee junior staffs’ deliverables.


  • Leads a single team that guides medical writing activities within a designated therapeutic or functional area for key response documents and regulatory submissions.
  • Leads the writing strategy providing expertise including organization, content, timelines, and resource requirements.
  • Provides more complex advanced input for study designs, analysis plans, sections of INDs and marketing applications
  • Coordinates the activities, contract employees and vendors (on-site or external), provides review and substantive editing of contributions, and ensures resolution of issues.
  • Within designated therapeutic or compound function, manages deliverables and preparation of documents for submission to FDA or other regulatory agencies, ensuring consistency of content within therapeutic areas and adherence to regulatory requirements and processes across development programs.
  • Represents Medical Writing on cross-functional teams and task forces (related to projects, process, and standards).
  • As required, serves as lead writer for important regulatory response documents and key components of regulatory submissions.
  • Provides leadership on functional teams that address requirements or issues related to document preparation and production.
  • The Principal Medical Writer is seen as an expert in medical writing and performs work independently with minimal supervision



  • Bachelor’s degree in science, health profession, or journalism required.
  • At least 5 years experience writing for pharma or biotechnology required. 3+ years of electronic documents and submissions required.
  • Experience as lead writer for key documents included in major US and/or international regulatory submissions required
  • Experience managing writing activities for a major US or international regulatory submission (project or people management) preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Clear understanding of clinical development, including the phases, processes, and techniques used within a clinical development environment from protocol design through regulatory submission and support for marketed products.

To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and should not require, now or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.

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