About Ogilvy

Ogilvy was founded in 1948 by David Ogilvy. David created a culture that deeply respects and cares about its people and clients. Our mission is to inspire people and brands to make an impact and we are committed to attracting, growing, and retaining the best talent in the industry. In Medical Education, our approach is founded on expertise that combines biomedical science, learning theory and behaviour change to create impactful medical and professional education. We’re ‘Scientifically Grounded, Creatively Driven’.

About the Role  

We're looking for a Principal Medical Writer with a passion for publications to join us! 

This is an amazing opportunity to join the Ogilvy publications team and help our clients to publish their emerging data for two soon-to-be-launched medicines for rare diseases. We are at an exciting, dynamic time in the development of these two candidate drugs - both of which promise to bring life-changing benefits to patients who currently have few options and little hope of clinical improvement. Here at Ogilvy, we understand the trust and responsibility placed in us by our clients/authors - to help them to craft these foundational publications that will underpin all of their communications - and we constantly look to improve what we do. If you share our passion, apply today.

Our publications team work closely with our Brain Sciences Centre of Excellence to apply 'Data Comprehension Design' (DCODE) and utilise cognitive neuroscience principles to improve accessibility and understanding of key data within our clients' publications - ultimately to enable physicians and patients to take better informed decisions. 

With your passion for storytelling and scientific accuracy, you will play a pivotal role in creating engaging medical publications and materials that resonate with the target audience. 

This account is home to around 16 colleagues so you will receive lots of support, especially upon stepping into the role but beyond this too. You'll have the chance to develop and mentor more junior writers and eventually, the opportunity to lead a workstream.

We work on a hybrid basis, with 2 days in the office and 3 from home (or wherever you work best) and we're happy to speak to candidates who can comfortably travel to our London, Oxford or Manchester offices

What You’ll Need  

  • It's essential that you have experience as a Senior Medical Writer in a healthcare, medical communications or medical education agency environment
  • You'll be familiar with the lifecycle of publications reviewing and the process of development liaising with authors and clients 
  • We'd love to see details of agencies, clients, therapy area experience, project types and the audiences for which you have written (e.g. specialists, GPs, nurses, pharmacists and patients)
  • Strong communication skills, high emotional intelligence, the ability to adapt your approach according to the needs of clients and teams, and the ability to respond rapidly to situations and manage internal/external issues
  • A good understanding and working knowledge of the publishing industry
  • You have a learning mindset and are comfortable knowing that you might not know everything all at once! 
  • Knowledge of Datavision would be helpful 
  • You like to read and interpret technical documents (clinical study reports, regulatory submissions, clinical papers).
  • Familiar with pharmaceutical regulations, e.g. ABPI, GPP3, ICMJE 


  • 25 days holiday + your birthday off and a paid volunteering day - after 2 years service you can purchase up to an additional 5 days per year
  • Flexible working 
  • Enhanced parental leave 
  • A generous pension scheme - you pay in 4% we pay 6%, following probation contributions are matched up to 10.5% (17.5% in total)
  • Private medical cover (Bupa) OR Dental cover OR a monthly leisure allowance of £45 to spend on your health & wellbeing 
  • A fantastic EAP provided by LifeWorks which offers brilliant support, expert advice and specialist counselling
  • Help at Hand - quick free access to a remote GP, mental health support, physio or a medical 2nd opinion
  • Free 1-2-1 Coaching - online coaching for your professional or personal growth provided by Thrive Partners
  • A comprehensive L&D programme 

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