• Medical Copy Editor

    Job ID
    US-NY-New York
    DDB Health
  • Overview



    Title: Medical Copy Editor


    Company/Location: DDB Health


    Department/Discipline: Editorial


    Overview:  The Medical Editor’s primary responsibility is to ensure the overall quality and factual accuracy of all assigned materials by working in concert with other departments across DDB Health (especially Copy/Art/Account/Project Management) from project initiation through final production.


    Materials will include both print and digital jobs, such as core visual aids/eDetails and journal ads as well as interactive conference panels and iPad applications.



    • Serve as lead editor on assigned brands and as backup for other editors as necessary
    • Become thoroughly familiar with the therapeutic area, drug profile, primary reference material/data, indication, core claims, and client particulars for each assigned brand; serve as the “go-to” Editorial ambassador for assigned brands
    • Attend all brand status meetings and any other relevant or required team meetings
    • Perform cold reads (sense/spell/grammar reads without back up), initial edits (styling per AMA and/or client style, proofreading of references, proofreading approved ISI, checking that the piece meets FDA reqs, etc), and fact-checking (annotations of claims vs references), and correction checks/slugs of materials
    • Work closely and professionally with account executives, copywriters, art directors, and other team members to ensure that materials are of the highest quality in terms of accuracy, utility, clarity, readability, and appeal; resolve any content/referencing issues
    • Work proactively with project management to communicate any issues on projects and brainstorm solutions
    • Regularly review project timelines and hotsheets to ensure ED steps are included and anticipate and communicate any potential editorial conflicts or issues that might impact timing
    • Create and maintain comprehensive style guide for each assigned brand
    • Assist fellow editors with their brands by reviewing any overflow work when possible
    • Model core values of Courage, Curiosity, Generosity, and Grit
    • Participate in department trainings and new initiatives




    • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications or a related field (or equivalent experience); health or science courses a plus
    • Experience (2-3 years) copyediting in a pharmaceutical advertising agency, in-house agency, or medical publishing company preferred, but will consider candidates with editing experience in other fields
    • Basic knowledge of the pharmaceutical advertising industry
    • Understanding of FDA regulations for prescription drug marketing
    • Knowledge of AMA Style, 10th Ed preferred
    • Ability to analyze abstract data from high-science support material and ensure its accuracy in the current assignment
    • Knowledge of Adobe Acrobat markups/commenting for electronic reviews
    • Skills in organization and attention to detail
    • Curiosity/interest in medical topics desirable


    DDB Health is an equal opportunity employer and offers a comprehensive benefits package to its employees.


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