A global biotherapeutics leader was looking for a Senior Medical Writer in the Greater Philadelphia area. Regulatory medical writers are notoriously difficult to recruit for, a major reason being that medical writers often desire freelance and remote work only. As a very large company with a sizable workload, the client had a number of similar, non-freelance openings that they were struggling to fill.



The client came to Ashton Tweed with specific requirements for this position. The candidate needed a minimum of 5 years medical writing experience within the biopharmaceutical industry or a contract research organization (CRO) in addition to a solid understanding of the clinical development process, including the documents that are required at each stage. Prior experience with submissions in Common Technical Document (CTD) format was vital, as well as expert MS Office skills with a special focus on word processing, tables, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and templates.

Medical writer typingDue to Ashton Tweed’s prior experience with difficult roles like this, the team knew to cast their nets wide when kicking off the initial research. In total, 350 qualified contacts were evaluated and contacted. Of these candidates, the team was able to narrow down the list to 7 interested professionals who fulfilled all the position’s mandatory specialties. Within this small group, the client hand-selected their ideal choice for the open role.

The hired candidate was a PhD with 6 years of biopharma and regulatory submission experience. This professional had a deep understanding of the clinical development process, pharmacovigilance, and CRO management in addition to prior experience with submissions in CTD format. The client was pleased with this person’s advanced knowledge of clinical documentation; GLP, GVP, GCP, and ICH/FDA regulatory guidance; and ICMJE, GPP3, publications guidelines and authorship requirements.



Ashton Tweed took just 3 months to find a candidate for a role that the client had ongoing difficulties trying to fill. This particular hire required extra negotiation including relocation and a visa transfer, which Ashton Tweed helped execute with the client before the candidate’s start date. Due to the success of this search, the company retained Ashton Tweed for two similar medical writer roles which were filled with increasing speed, and future openings are to follow.


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