• Location London / Kent
  • Salary Negotiable
  • Posted Date 16-02-2021
  • Expires 09-04-2021
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Job Summary

We are looking to add an Editor to our team to act as a central resource for Obsidian, to support the delivery of materials that are compliant, accurate and meet the high standards expected by our customers and clients; to mentor and train junior members of the Central Editorial Team (CET) and independently initiate necessary training in relation to editorial services/practices and processes; to assist in overseeing work schedules and resource planning within the CET/providing cover for senior members of the CET in managing work schedules as necessary (eg during annual leave).

Main tasks and responsibilities:


  • Quality Control (QC)/editing:
    • Undertakes a variety of QC/editing tasks to ensure clarity of meaning, accuracy of content, correct spelling and use of grammar, consistency of style and format
    • Works independently (with the exception of novel tasks or see next point about more substantive/linguistic editing) and assists in training junior members of the CET in QC-related tasks
    • Undertakes more detailed editing of drafts under the writer’s guidance – eg linguistic editing for correct use of English/word cutting
    • Assists in reviewing and ensuring the accuracy of the work of junior/new members of the CET (eg biographies)
    • Participates in knowledge sharing (eg writing weekly Group tips)
  • Editorial Services:
    • Along with delivery, provides training and advice on a range of editorial services
  • PowerPoint (PPT):
    • Along with high-quality delivery of all types of PPT projects and tasks, provides bespoke PPT training for the whole Group and participates in knowledge sharing (eg PPT tips for weekly Group email)
  • Project management and adherence to process:
    • Adheres to and champions all relevant processes to ensure quality and accuracy of all deliverables
  • Budgeting and scheduling:
    • Provides estimated timings for budget development and reviews relevant budgets/timelines for teams alongside the Principal Editor (PEd)/Central Editorial Team Leader (CETL)
    • Works within budgeted times/demonstrates knowledge of budget requirements/timelines
  • Developing relationships:
    • Ed/Senior Editor (SrEd) are the main points of contact for project-related emails received in the team and manage responses accordingly, acknowledging that most interactions will be with internal colleagues rather than external clients
    • Ed/SrEd usually represent CET at internal kick-off/debrief/other meetings
    • Engender/cement effective working relationships in the CET and with all internal/external colleagues ensuring that each member of the team is taking the required level of responsibility for their role
  • Line management, mentoring and coaching:
    • Assists in mentoring/training junior and new CET members
    • Provides comprehensive PPT training across Obsidian
  • Knowledge of medical communications:
    • Has broad experience in medical communications/a relevant agency/industry (eg publishing)
  • Compliance:
    • Advises other members of the CET as necessary
  • Business Development:
    • May be required to assist with proposal/pitch development – eg research or document QC/formatting
  • Group Development:
    • Maintains ongoing consideration of ways in which processes could be improved and discusses suggestions/ideas with PEd/CETL
  • Resourcing:
    • Assists senior CET members in overseeing work schedules and resource planning as required


Qualifications and Experience:


  • Degree in a relevant subject (eg English, BSc) and proficiency in Microsoft Office (in particular Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel)
  • At least 1 years in an editorial role in a medical communications agency or another relevant agency/industry
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