Associate Editor

Updated: May 3, 2022
Location: London, ENG, United Kingdom
Job ID: 141029


Meticulous doesn't begin to describe your dedication to accuracy.

You are diligent and punctilious, with an absolute understanding of the tone and structure of writing. You can turn a sprawling explanation into one clear and concise message without affecting the underlying meaning. You are laser-focused on grammar and phrasing, and more reliable than spell check. Do you feel like this paragraph could be improved? This Associate Editor role with Litmus may be just place for you.

We are looking for individuals to join our team who bring forward thinking, a solutions focused approach, innovation and energy to the forefront of everything they do. We are now lookng to take on a Editor to join our team to assist teams in the implementation of tactical elements of client medical education programmes. 

Litmus Medical Communications acts as a catalyst to accelerate uptake and embed the value of therapies across the product lifecycle, bringing business strategy to science and scientific expertise to your business. With our base in Europe, we are cognizant of the diverse healthcare systems, regulations and market dynamics of the region; however, we are not limited by geography and support our clients at a local, European and global level. Whatever the reach required, we specialize in building relationships, understanding and collaboration between the biopharmaceutical industry and medical/healthcare professionals. We develop a range of strategic solutions based on an understanding of both the objectives and issues of our clients as well as their stakeholders, focusing on facilitating peer-to-peer and scientific communications through a range of channels. As effective and compelling communication is key, whether for a marketing story, scientific data or market access support, we have a dedicated editorial excellence team providing content that can be syndicated to deliver solutions to enhance patient care.


  • Proof-reading, styling and copy-editing of documents (especially in Word and PowerPoint).
  • Marking up/styling figures and copy
  • Liaison with internal studio/studio trafficker (creative, traditional typesetting, PowerPoint and new media sections) for production of typeset material. To include proof-reading, style, consideration of layout, colour and format issues (where needed).
  • Liaison with external contacts (e.g., healthcare professionals, clients, congress secretariat, publishers) on behalf of Medical Writers and Editors to settle queries or obtain materials/approvals.
  • Tracking progress of projects, providing internal and external updates where necessary.
  • Inputting/typesetting/formatting PowerPoint slides when necessary.
  • Liaison with other Editorial Assistants and Editors to optimally manage support staff workload across the division.
  • Help to manage team administrative tasks (e.g. collation and copying of data packs, reference ordering, obtaining copyright permissions, maintaining team filing systems).
  • Undertake basic information searching.
  • Writing projects where appropriate, e.g., biographies, minutes, correspondence etc.
  • Perform or assist others in the role of publication co-ordinator where necessary (where publication planning is an element of the client’s medical education programme). This may involve some or all of the following responsibilities:
    • Co-ordinate activities with team, client and authors to ensure successful delivery of all planned publications (manuscripts, posters and abstracts)
    • Proactively develop/manage/update publication plan charts or databases based on team/client/author responses/feedback
    • Flag issues proactively, inform/drive team re impending deadlines (abstract due dates, author/client comments due, etc.), proactively chase comments etc.
    • Liaise with teams to ensure that incoming comments on manuscripts/abstracts/posters are allocated to and actioned by Medical Writers in a timely manner
    • Be main source of information for status of all ongoing publications
    • Be main source of information for congress and journal information in specific therapy area
  • Undertake copyright enquiries and permission requests

Job Requirements

  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise tasks.
  • Excellent word-processing skills.
  • Good copy-editing skills (grammar, style considerations – familiar with in-house style and client product style preferences).
  • Proficiency in the use of common computer software (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and willingness to learn about new systems/other software (e.g. EndNote, Access, online search facilities, Internet and other databases).
  • Willingness to perform a variety of tasks – from simple administrative tasks to more complex projects.
  • Good communication skills – need to be comfortable talking to and liaising with teams on a day to day basis
  • Previous publishing company experience is an advantage.
  • Previous communications agency or healthcare company experience is an advantage.


Litmus is part of Syneos Health Communications, a purpose-built collective of agencies focused on supporting health and biopharmaceutical innovators. We work in scalable, collaborative teams that partner across disciplines and geographies to deliver integrated communications strategies that accelerate brand performance. In today’s fast-changing and complex environment, success lies in making connections: between science, emotion and technology; between data, design and human insight. We are able to make those connections because our advertising, public relations, medical communications, digital, data science, research and market access specialists work closely with each other and with healthcare experts, including physicians, pharmacists and advocates. Together, we are the connected healthcare partner tapping rich insights to drive innovation, change behavior and pioneer a new era of accountable marketing.

Syneos Health Communications is powered by Syneos Health, a global professional services organization designed to help the biopharmaceutical industry shorten the distance from lab to life.

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