Senior Technical Writer

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Scientific Advanced Degree
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Senior Technical Writer

(Scientific/Analytical report)


COVANCE is a leading global drug development services company and we provide support to the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries. 


We are recruiting for our Central Laboratory team in Geneva and are currently seeking to hire a Senior Technical Writer to lead the team in scientific and analytical reporting.


This is a full time position, based in our Geneva, Switzerland or Mechelen, Belgium office or working remotely from Paris, France


About the Job

The Senior Technical Writer provides technical leadership with responsibility for delivering Technical Writing services to clients, which maintaining optimal department processes and implementing effective project-specific strategies. Sr. Technical Writer works with the management team to provide leadership, guidance, mentoring, and training to Technical Writers to ensure best working practices are maintained.

Incumbent is customer-oriented and maintains high standards in all aspects of departmental and laboratory functions. Incumbent will be required to interact with all global laboratories, Quality Assurance, Global Study Management, Data Management, and Global Medical and Technical affairs.


Generals Duties:

    • Leads global and/or local projects with interaction with other departments, such as laboratory, Medical Affairs, Quality Assurance, and Project Management.
    • Demonstrates proficiency/expertise in assigned tasks.
    • Monitor and report individual performance metrics and take corrective actions when appropriate.
    • Acts as GLSS Subject Matter Expert (SME) on process improvement projects upon requires (for all specific duties in the section below).
    • Develop and promote best practices between GLSS departments globally.
    • Accountable for managing policies, procedures, and maintenance required for General Laboratory and LPTS.
    • Lead projects that will improve global processes. Individuals will be responsible for defining scope of project, prioritize tasks, create timelines, and provide detailed concise updates to management.
    • Accountable and responsible for developing global training as necessary in support of high-profile projects.
    • Accountable and responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and reporting performance metrics related to projects such as “process excellence.”
    • Lead, coordinate, and facilitate project functional meetings for GLSS.
    • Responsible for ensuring consistency on global process by identifying the differences, evaluating impact and implementing solutions.
    • Responsible for managing advanced global requests received from Laboratory Operation departments, determine the feasibility of the request, propose solutions to Manager and provide timeline required to implement the solutions.
    • Based on business need, supports colleagues as requested.
    • Individual is responsible for maintaining his/her complete up-to-date training file. Individual is responsible for ensuring he/she is trained and training is documented prior to performing a task. Individual is accountable for any deficiencies found in his/her training file
    • Actively promotes a team environment and support a culture of continuous improvement, quality, and productivity.
    • Provide a monthly report to the GLSS management


We Offer

Get ready to redefine what’s possible and discover your extraordinary potential at Covance. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to personally advance healthcare and make a difference in peoples’ lives with your bold ideas and unique point of view. With the support of exceptional people from across the globe and an energized purpose, you’ll be empowered to own your career journey with mentoring, training and personalized development planning.

Join us as we speed the delivery of groundbreaking therapies and anticipate tomorrow’s drug development challenges, creating new possibilities for our clients—and your career.

Covance is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Individual with Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). Your confidentiality and privacy are important to us.


Education / Qualifications

About You

To be successful in this position, you will need to hold a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in science or related field, a Master of Science (MS) degree, is a plus and you will need several experiences writing or reviewing technical documents.



  • Excellent technical scientific writing skills – Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, composition, and spelling. Writing should require minimal external review or edit.
  • Must have excellent command of the English language, both oral and written.
  • In-depth knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Clinical research/lab experience with strong knowledge of commonly used laboratory statistical measures (mean, coefficient of variation, standard deviation).
  • Ability to influence and negotiate.
  • Excellent prioritization, time management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledgeable in Method Validation processes.
  • Knowledgeable in Good Clinical Practices (GCP).
  • Knowledge of commonly used laboratory statistical measures (mean, coefficient of variation, standard deviation).



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