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Medical Writer - Telecommute - 896503

St Paul, MN 55102 Work Remotely
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Combine two of the fastest-growing fields on the planet with a culture of performance, collaboration and opportunity and this is what you get. Leading edge technology in an industry that's improving the lives of millions. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about making health care data available wherever and whenever people need it, safely and reliably. There's no room for error. Join us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)

A Medical Writer in the Health Economics and Outcomes Research Division of Optum will lead author teams to develop publication deliverables, primarily manuscripts, posters, podium presentations and abstracts. The MW is also responsible for developing the publication timeline and strategy and identifying and synthesizing relevant primary source literature for inclusion in publications. Additional writing tasks may occasionally include literature summaries, white papers and report writing.

You'll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepare publication deliverables (90%) may include (but are not limited to)
    • Responsible for drafting manuscripts (approximately 70%), abstracts/posters (approximately 20%) and miscellaneous written materials (approximately 10%)
    • Serve as the lead writer on publication projects. Lead author team meetings, help define objective(s) and scope, identify target journals/scientific conferences , provide perspective on significance of results, identify and incorporate relevant literature, critically revise in response to feedback from reviewers and internal stakeholders
    • Manage publication projects: develop timelines for publication development, adhere to standard operating procedures for publication development, adhere to contractual timelines and deliverables, monitor budget to actuals, work within budgeted project hours and identify need for additional funding as appropriate
    • Manage internal and external client relationships, aligning expectations with timelines and deliverables
  • Infrastructure projects (10%) may include (but are not limited to)
    • Work as a team to develop publication-related standard operating procedures, checklists, and training materials
    • Provide critical review of draft materials prepared by other writers/researchers as needed
    • Provide consultation on target journals to other MW writers as needed

You'll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:
  • A master's or doctoral"degree in a life sciences discipline
  • A minimum of 2 years'"experience as a medical writer or author, preferably in a CRO or pharmaceutical"setting, with a successful track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • Proven experience in"searching and synthesizing medical literature relevant to publication projects,"ability to interpret statistical analyses and grasp strengths and limitation of"study design
  • Strong written and oral"communication skills: ability to communicate effectively with clinicians,"researchers, and non-technical personnel
  • Ability to lead and manage"publication projects
  • Familiarity with AMA style
  • Proactive identification and"resolution of problems with minimal supervision
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft"Office product software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Must be able to perform most"tasks with minimal supervision
  • Must be detail oriented
  • Must be able to work in a"fast-paced team-oriented environment
  • If"you need to enter a work site for any reason, you will be required to screen"for symptoms using the ProtectWell mobile app, Interactive Voice Response"(i.e., entering your symptoms via phone system) or similar UnitedHealth"Group-approved symptom screener. When in a UnitedHealth Group building,"employees are required to wear a mask in common areas. In addition, employees"must comply with any state and local masking orders
Key Competencies:
  • Attention to"detail: Identifies and resolves"discrepancies related to source documents and case report forms (CRFs), and"discrepancies within CRFs with the investigator and site staff. Notes and resolves errors in written"documentation
  • Communication,"verbal: Conveys thoughts in a clear,"concise, and accurate manner. Uses"correct grammar. Listens carefully and"asks questions when necessary to ensure understanding
  • Communication,"written: Conveys findings in a clear,"concise, and accurate manner. Monitoring"reports and follow-up letters require few clarifications or editions by project"team
  • Computer literacy:"Uses computer hardware and software as"productivity tools in performing work-related tasks. Enters information into company-required"tracking programs with minimal outside assistance
  • Customer service:"Provides customers (Sponsors/Clients"and site personnel) with complete and accurate information. Quickly identifies needs and follows through"on commitments made. Maintains a high"energy level when interacting with customers."Demonstrates professionalism and presents a positive image of the"company
  • Development of"self and others: Identifies personal"career development goals and opportunities related to current job with"assistance of regional manager. Seeks"additional training and assistance with additional responsibilities and"feedback on performance
  • Planning &"organizing: Plans work effectively to"meet goals and ensure timely completion of assignments. Manages time effectively. Has a routine or system for completing work. Consistently meets timelines. Proactively notifies manager of any"difficulties with balancing workload
  • Problem solving"& decision making: Demonstrates"ability to make sound decisions. Focuses"on resolving problems and makes decisions in a timely manner. Promptly notifies project team of the problem"and any decisions made
  • Relationship"building: Maintains positive"relationships with site personnel and colleagues. Demonstrates honesty and integrity in dealing"with others. Resolves conflicts with"others promptly and effectively. Accepts"constructive feedback
  • Technical"knowledge: Displays full knowledge of"protocol, regulatory requirements, and company Standard Operating Procedures"(SOPs). Identifies, documents, and discusses"protocol violations, regulatory non-compliance, and issues involving subject"safety. Distinguishes between good"practice and regulatory requirements."Applies knowledge into practice on-site
  • Therapeutic"knowledge: Portrays good knowledge of"the disease under study. Discusses the"disease with site personnel and colleagues."Comprehends medical information received. If new therapeutic indication, learns the"vital aspects of the disease without major difficulty
  • Work habits: Demonstrates commitment, dedication,"cooperation, positive behavior, adaptability and flexibility with changes in"responsibilities and duties. Meets"timelines and follows up without being prompted. Plans travel time well and makes effective"use of time

Careers with Optum. Here's"the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make"health care work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the"world's large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and"lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is"to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the"UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest"minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach"its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams"against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one"incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best"work.(sm)


*All"Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group's Telecommuter"Policy



Diversity creates a"healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment"Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will"receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion,"sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual"orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic"information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


UnitedHealth Group is"a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before"beginning employment.


Job"Keywords: Medical Writer, Telecommute, UnitedHealth Group


Posted: 2020-11-03 Expires: 2020-12-25

UnitedHealth Group is the most diversified health care company in the United States and a leader worldwide in helping people live healthier lives and helping to make the health system work better for everyone.

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