How to write a great regulatory affairs medical device job description
If you’re wondering how to write a fantastic regulatory affairs job description, you’ve come to the right place!
Regulatory affairs professionals exist in a multitude of industries such as medical devices and IVDs, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food and cosmetics to name a few. They provide a service that allows companies to ensure that their products meet public health and safety standards and are compliant with various government regulations regarding the quality and safety of products and devices.
Great regulatory affairs professionals can ensure that your products stay compliant and can be launched without incurring costly delays – an exemplary regulatory affairs hire starts with a great regulatory affairs medical devices job description! If you want to learn more about how you should be tailoring your job descriptions to attract the best regulatory affairs medical devices talent on the market, and what you should not be including, then this is the right article for you!
First steps in writing a great Regulatory Affairs job description
Before you begin to write a great job description, it’s important to sit back and consider a few pointers that will allow you to stay focused and tailor it to the right sort of candidates:
(1) Keep the job title clear. Make sure the seniority and specialism that you are writing the job description for is accurately reflected in the title. For example, if you want candidates with specific medical devices experience it is important to include it in the title to avoid receiving applications from unqualified candidates. ‘Regulatory Affairs Manager – Innovative Sterile Products’ is a job title that conveys the role better than simply titling it as ‘Regulatory Affairs Manager’.
(2) Conduct job analysis before writing your job description. It’s important to ensure that your job description will be in line with what the market is offering, and what competitors are advertising. You don’t want to be seen as out of touch with your advertised requirements in relation to the offered salary. Conducting this analysis will ensure that you won’t be writing a job description that could harm your chances of attracting the right talent.
Opening your Regulatory Affairs job description
First impressions are key and it’s no different when it comes to job adverts – you’ll want to make sure that you write a snappy first paragraph. In your opening few lines it is a good idea to try and connect with the reader and hook them in so that they will read the rest of your job description. Think of it as a summary of the job role, the company, and the benefits, and include information that makes the role or your company unique in order for your words to resonate with the reader. Now that the candidate has read an attractive snapshot of the job and your company, they’ll be excited to see if they match up with the responsibilities and requirements.
How to sell your Regulatory Affairs job description
It’s important to use language throughout your job description that really hammers home why the candidate should be excited about the role on offer. After all, a candidate will often already be in a job, so they’ll need a strong reason to want to leave their current workplace. For example, instead of writing ‘you’ll be responsible for the regulatory affairs department’, you could instead phrase it like; “Do you want to help drive the direction of the company as the key decision maker in the regulatory affairs department?’. This use of language helps to present a more compelling case as to what the role and responsibility can offer the candidate.
You will also want to include details of your company that will allow the candidate to properly visualise the role and what working at the company would look and feel like (ie. working hours, working environment, how the advertised job functions with the wider company). Make sure the role and responsibilities are well defined and also include a list of soft skills that you are looking for to ensure that you will get the most suitable candidates applying for your job. Just remember not to overdo it!
Elemed’s Associate Director – Permanent Division Tamanna Gandecha advises:
Mistakes to avoid in your Regulatory Affairs job description
As important as it is to sell your role to the right candidates, it’s vital that you don’t put off qualified professionals from applying by having too many nice to haves in your criteria, and be careful about using language that speaks to one gender!
How to write the best Regulatory Affairs job description
Now you’ve learnt some great pointers on how to write your own regulatory affairs job description. Don’t want to do it yourself? Our recruitment team have extensive experience in placing RA/QA/CL jobs and can expertly tailor job descriptions to match the profiles that clients are looking for.
So why not download a free regulatory affairs job template from the form below, written by our recruiters with expert knowledge on MedTech hiring, to make your life a little bit easier!