Sr. Clinical Research Associate (Sr. CRA), Oncology- California Job

San Francisco, CA, US
May 15 2017
Organization Type
Sr. Clinical Research Associate (Sr. CRA), Oncology- California-CLI005910


Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its 125-year legacy. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck’s Oncology organization is dedicated to delivering breakthrough innovations that extend and improve the lives of cancer patients worldwide. Our team of dauntless, forward-thinking individuals achieves this through an unwavering commitment to supporting accessibility to medicine, providing new therapeutic procedures, and collaborating with governments and payers to ensure that people who need medicines have access to them. At Merck, our focus is on innovation and launch execution excellence; we translate breakthrough science into innovative medicines that help people with cancer across the globe.

The Sr. CRA acts as primary site contact and site manager throughout all phases of a clinical research study, taking overall responsibility of allocated sites.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

- Develops strong site relationships and ensures continuity of site relationships through all phases of the trial.

- Performs clinical study site management/monitoring activities in compliance with ICH-GCP, Sponsor SOPs, Local Laws & Regulations, Protocol, Site Monitoring Plan and associated documents.

- Gains an in-depth understanding of the study protocol and related procedures.

- Coordinates & manages various tasks in collaboration with other sponsor roles to achieve Site Ready.

- Participates & provides inputs on site selection and validation activities.

- Performs remote and on-site monitoring & oversight activities using various tools to ensure:

- Data generated at site are complete, accurate and unbiased

- Subjects’ right, safety and well-being are protected

- Conducts site visits including but not limited to validation visits, initiation visits, monitoring visits, close-out visits and records clear, comprehensive and accurate visit & non-visit contact reports appropriately in a timely manner.

- Collects, reviews, and monitors required regulatory documentation for study start-up, study maintenance and study close-out.

- Communicates with Investigators and site staff on issues related to protocol conduct, recruitment, retention, protocol deviations, regulatory documentation, site audits/inspections and overall site performance.

- Identifies, assesses and resolves site performance, quality or compliance problems and escalates per defined CRA Escalation Pathway as appropriate in collaboration with CRM, PLM and RCPM.

- Manages and maintains information and documentation in CTMS, eTMF and various other systems as appropriate and per timelines.

- Contributes strongly to CRA team knowledge by acting as process Subject Matter Expert (SME), sharing best practices, making recommendations for continuous improvement and providing training as appropriate/required.

- Supports and/or leads audit/inspection activities as needed.

- Mentors / buddies junior CRAs on process/study requirements and performs co-monitoring visits where appropriate

*This is a remote/Home-based position.



- Required: BA/BS

- Preferred: BA/BS with strong emphasis in science and/or biology


- Minimum of 4 years of direct site management (monitoring) experience in a Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical or CRO company.

- Experience monitoring Oncology clinical studies

- Travel: 65%-75%

- Valid driver's license

CORE Competency Expectations:

- Fluent in Local Languages and English (verbal and written) and excellent communication skills, including the ability to understand and present technical information effectively.

- Excellent understanding and working knowledge of clinical research, phases of clinical trials, current GCP/ICH & country clinical research law & guidelines.

- Excellent understanding of Global, Country/Regional Clinical Research Guidelines and ability to work within these guidelines.

- Demonstrated ability to mentor/lead

- Hands on knowledge of Good Documentation Practices

- Proven Skills in Site Management including independent management of site performance and patient recruitment

- Demonstrated high level of monitoring skill with independent professional judgment.

- Good IT skills (Use of MS office, use of various clinical IT applications on computer, tablet and mobile devices) and ability to adapt to new IT applications on various devices.

- Ability to understand and analyze data/metrics and act appropriately

Behavioral Competency Expectations:

- Effective time management, organizational and interpersonal skills, conflict management, problem solving skills

- Able to work highly independently across multiple protocols, sites and therapy areas.

- High sense of accountability / urgency. Ability to set priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a changing environment.

- Works effectively in a matrix multicultural environment. Ability to establish and maintain culturally sensitive working relationships.

- Demonstrates commitment to Customer focus.

- Works with high quality and compliance mindset

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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Job: Clinical Research Monitor(CRA)

Job Title:Sr. Specialist, Clinical Research

Primary Location: NA-US-CA-San Francisco

Other Locations: NA-US-California

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): N/A

Company Trade Name:Merck

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