Editorial Assist
KnowledgePoint360 - Manhattan, NY

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Key objective To assist the Medical & Scientific Services (M&SS) teams in the implementation of tactical elements of client medical education programmes.

Main duties · Proof-reading, styling and copy-editing of word-processed documents.

· Marking up/styling figures and copy prior to typesetting.

· Liaison with internal studio (creative, traditional typesetting, PowerPoint and new media sections) for production of typeset material. To include proof-reading, style, consideration of layout, colour and format issues.

· Liaison with external contacts (e.g., healthcare professionals, clients, congress secretariat, publishers) on behalf of Medical Writers and Editors to settle queries or obtain materials/approvals.

· Tracking progress of projects, providing internal and external updates where necessary.

· Inputting/typesetting PowerPoint slides when necessary.

· Liaison with other Editorial Assistants (EAs), Editors and Senior EAs to optimally manage support staff workload across the division.

· Manage MSS team administrative tasks (e.g. collation and copying of data packs, reference ordering, obtaining copyright permissions, maintaining team filing systems).

· Undertake basic information searching.

· Writing projects where appropriate, e.g., biographies, minutes, correspondence etc.

· Perform or assist others in the role of publication co-ordinator where necessary (where publication planning is an element of the client’s medical education programme). This may involve some or all of the following responsibilities:

· Co-ordinate activities with MSS team, client and authors to ensure successful delivery of all planned publications (manuscripts, posters and abstracts)

· Proactively develop/manage/update publication plan charts or databases based on team/client/author responses/feedback

· Flag issues proactively, inform/drive team re impending deadlines (abstract due dates, author/client comments due etc), proactively chase comments etc

· Liaise with Team Leader to ensure that incoming comments on manuscripts/abstracts/posters are allocated to and actioned by Medical Writers/Editors in a timely manner

· Be main source of information for status of all ongoing publications

· Be main source of information for congress and journal information in specific therapy area

· Actively interrogate databases/charts to provide relevant statistics on publication planning (metrics etc) to team/client

· Be an integral part of the publication plan team and contribute to pub plan meetings (including client) – make a confident contribution to publication plan teleconferencess

· Based on knowledge of planned publications and status of all items, generate draft agendas and write minutes and actions from publication plan calls/meetings without heavy reliance on wider team.

· Undertake basic information searching for publication plan and liaise with Med Info to initiate more complex searches.

Skills/knowledge required

· Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative.

· Attention to detail.

· Ability to multitask and prioritise tasks.

· Excellent word-processing skills.

· Good copy-editing skills (grammar, style considerations – familiar with in-house style and client product style preferences).

· Proficiency in the use of common computer software (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and willingness to learn about new systems/other software (e.g. Access, online search facilities, Internet and other databases).

· Willingness to perform a variety of tasks – from simple administrative tasks to more complex projects.

· Scientific/medical background or interest is an advantage.

· Previous publishing company experience is an advantage.

· Previous TGCG, communications agency or healthcare company experience is an advantage.

Key result areas
  • To relieve the Medical Writers of areas of their work where minimal medical/scientific input is required, in order to maximise output from the editorial team.

Reports to:
  • Senior Editorial Assistant/Senior Medical Writer/Team Leader

Key contacts

· Team Leader, VP Medical & Scientific Services

· Scientific Directors, Principal Writers, Senior Medical Writers, Medical Writers, Editors, Editorial Assistants,

· Medical Information Department

· Account Directors/Account Managers/ Account Executives

· Creative/Production and Exhibition Departments

· Clients and healthcare professionals

· Third party suppliers, e.g., contracted writers, slide outsourcing, publishers, congress secretariats

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