Associate Director Medical Writing

Medical Writing Bothell, Washington US Field Based Seattle, Washington South San Francisco, California



The Associate Director, Medical Writing will be responsible for overseeing the authoring and/or directly authoring clinical and regulatory documents for submission to the FDA and other agencies, and to oversee and/or support other clinical communication efforts including abstracts and presentations for medical congress meetings and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.  

The medical writing program leads will oversee medical writing deliverables and staff at the program level. Late stage program leads will oversee these activities and staff for one program that is either an approved product with significant ongoing activity and expansion or a product that is moving towards or already has a registrational study that is ongoing.  The early stage program lead will oversee programs in which an IND is in progress to conduct a first-in-human study and/or has ongoing studies that are not yet registration.  As a program moves from early stage to late stage a medical writing program lead and supporting writers will be assigned to that program.  The medical writing program lead is a manager or above and reports into senior medical writing leadership (Director/Senior Director). 

Principal Responsibilities: 

  • Manages medical writing activities across studies and projects 
  • Prepares Investigational New Drug (IND) applications, amendments, annual reports, New Drug Applications (NDA) and/or Marketing Authorization Applications (MAA), and other documents to support global product development 
  • Leads the development and authoring of clinical protocols, clinical study reports, investigator brochures, and clinical summaries in support of regulatory filings in collaboration with clinical study teams 
  • Leads the development and authoring of abstracts and slides or posters presenting clinical study data at medical congresses and the development of primary manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals including direct collaboration with internal and external authors. 
  • Under limited supervision lead the activities of multiple contributors to medical writing projects/submissions 
  • Participates in the strategic publication planning process and implementation of publication plans, including working with author groups to develop and author manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations for scientific congresses 
  • Provides project teams with expertise and strategic guidance on analysis and presentation of 
    clinical and safety data and on benefit-risk assessment in documents 
  • Organizes, conducts, and leads cross-functional document development meetings 
  • Develops the strategy for document preparation and manages the overall document development process including timelines, document reviews, and approvals in adherence with company standard operating procedures and regulatory guidance, including the escalation of issues when required 
  • Closely interacts with statistics and programming departments in the development of statistical analysis plans and design of statistical outputs demonstrating advanced problem solving ability 
  • Routinely engages clinical research and biostatistics to gain comprehensive understanding of compound and the design, objectives, and results of clinical trials to enable accurate and effective communication to varied audiences 
  • Represents medical writing on multiple study/project teams and contributes to program strategy, through collaborative engagement with personnel from other clinical disciplines, regulatory affairs, and scientific departments 
  • Leads the development of medical writing processes and infrastructure development 
  • Contributes to clinical trial registry postings and results disclosures on US and EU platforms. 
  • May coordinate the activity or serve as internal contact for contract medical writers and other providers 
  • Develops and implements templates, style standards, and standard operating procedures to ensure consistent and high quality deliverables 

Program Lead Responsibilities: 

  • Member of the medical writing leadership team 
  • Oversees the development of all clinical/regulatory documents and publications for program(s)
    • Forecasts resourcing needs and works with medical writing senior leadership to secure additional resources when needed
    • Tracks status of all ongoing deliverables with the program to identify potential risks to quality and/or timeliness
    • Addresses potential issues with direct intervention or though escalation to line management  
  • Leads group of core regulatory and publication writers for program
    • Supervises FTE staff writers assigned to program
    • Maintains direct line of communication with full writing team assigned to program (FTE staff, ICs, and FSPs)
    • Ensures full writing team (FTE staff, ICs, and FSPs) is properly trained on Seagen medical writing processes and standards  
  • Represents medical writing on program-level teams (eg, GPTs), providing expertise and strategic guidance on document preparation and the analysis and presentation of clinical and safety data in documents 
  • Routinely engages program-level leads of relevant disciplines (e.g., GRL, GDL) to maintain strategic alignment between functions and to foster collaboration to proactively address issues before they occur 
  • Develops and implements program-specific templates and processes to ensure consistent and high-quality medical writing deliverables 


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with 7 years of direct medical writing experience; advanced degree/academic research may be considered in lieu of industry experience 
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with 5 years (MS/PhD) to 8 years (BA/BS) direct medical writing experience; post-doctoral research may be considered in lieu of 1-2 years industry experience for doctoral level candidates 
  • Minimum of 5 years supervisory experience with in-house and/or contract medical writers 
  • Expertise in preparing clinical regulatory documents and scientific publications is crucial 
  • Adept at engaging with senior management and executives 
  • Prior NDA/BLA/MAA submission experience, including eCTD, required 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Expert ability to interpret and present statistical and clinical data to varied audiences. 
  • Advanced knowledge in therapeutic area 
  • Ability to influence and reach compromises cross functionally to produce a quality document 
  • Has a thorough understanding of other cross-functional departments/disciplines and how they contribute to the drug development process 
  • Expert abilities in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; experience with Adobe Acrobat preferred 
  • Advanced knowledge of FDA regulations, ICH guidelines, Good Clinical Practices and the drug development process 
  • Must have the ability to independently coordinate and prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced environment 
  • Flexible with the ability to learn new medical/clinical therapeutic areas and/or indications quickly 
  • Familiarity with clinical trial transparency requirements, including and EudraCT standards, preferred 
  • Background in oncology drug development is a plus 


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a life sciences field with pharmaceutical industry experience in safety, regulatory, or clinical areas is required. Transferrable skills in other clinical settings may be considered. Masters or doctorate degree qualification in life sciences preferred 


As the leading employer in our industry in the Pacific Northwest, Seagen is proud to offer a competitive total compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the whole lives of our employees and their families. Benefits include medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more. To learn more about Seagen, please visit  

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