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Clinical Trial Manager, Associate Director

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Oct 3, 2022

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Would you like to be part of GSK's emerging clinical leadership, with an opportunity to accelerate quality efforts across clinical operations on national and global scale? If so, this could be an excellent opportunity to explore.

Provides leadership, oversight and manages the activities of within-country operational planning and delivery of Phase I-IV clinical trials in a specific country or cluster of countries; across all therapy areas (Rx and Vx) to the required quality standards, GSK written standards, local regulations and ICH GCP. In a senior capacity, will lead a portfolio of studies within-country or cluster of countries and act as a role model, coach, mentor for less experienced LDLs on processes, technical and behavioral competencies.

Job purpose and key responsibilities:
  • Leads the local study team consisting of within-country clinical operations team members, cross-functional experts (medical, regulatory, supply logistics, finance, legal, etc.), vendor staff and external clinical site staff involved in study preparation and delivery; providing both matrix leadership and project management of study activities within the countr(ies).
  • Serves as the operational point-of-contact between the central GSK study team and within-countr(ies) study team. The LDL collaborates closely with local medical and regulatory affairs staff to align on local medical and scientific requirements. As required, collaborates with the local and above-country teams for conducting study feasibility and site selection within countr(ies).
  • Accountable for within-countr(ies) delivery of assigned studies to time, budget and quality expectations as defined in the clinical development plan and study protocol as well as in local regulations, IND/GCP/ICHguidelines, GSK Corporate, Vaccines, and local SOPS and POLs.
  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and responsibilities of increased scope and complexity.
  • Ensures that critical study timelines related to study activities within-countr(ies) are accurately forecasted and achieved and that recruitment targets, patient recruitment cycle times, data and audit quality are met. Provides trouble-shooting and problem resolution support for within-country study team to ensure productive, efficient study delivery.
  • Accountable for the accuracy of study systems, including completeness of the trial master file, and reporting study delivery progress to study team and key stakeholders.
  • Identifies and resolves or escalates issues and risks that may impact study delivery. Takes a leadership role in identifying the root cause of issues, implementing/influencing corrective and preventative actions locally or at a broader study level.
  • Provides feedback on performance, capabilities and competencies of study members to line management. As required, will review and approve monitoring visit reports and ensure appropriate site monitoring activities have been completed per the study monitoring plan.
  • Has the accountability to estimate, track and deliver against the local budget for the studies within their scope of responsibility.
  • As required, advises on contract development with Sites/CRO/Vendors and may participate in budget/contract negotiations with study vendors or clinical investigator sites.
  • As required, prepares the local Informed Consent Form and coordinates the submission of the Clinical Study Application to Regulatory Authority (RA) and local Ethics Committees (ECs). Maintains communication with RA and ECs to ensure all regulatory requirements are met in a timely manner throughout the study.
  • Acquires and maintains an appropriate level of knowledge on the study compound, protocol, pathology of disease area being studied, competitive landscape within coutnr(ies), local treatment/immunization guidelines and local health care system requirements.
  • As required, assists with audits/inspections of local clinical operations department and study / sites in the countr(ies). Senior Local Delivery Lead (SrLDL)
  • Takes a leadership role in standardizing processes within and across countries, identifying and sharing best practices in support of continuous improvement. Represents local/regional clinical operations on global and cross functional initiatives. May serve in a subject matter expert (SME) capacity locally/globally.
  • Continuously develops knowledge in the areas of GCP, internal company guidelines, SOPs, new monitoring, site and project management skills and capabilities. Serves as an expert in ICH GCP and GSK written standards for LDLs.
  • Acts as a role model, coach, mentor for less experienced LDLs on processes, study, technical and behavioral competencies. Provides training for new and less experienced LDLs as required.
  • Available and willing to travel as job requires.

Why you? Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • Bachelors degree: Any general science degree e.g. life science, medicine, clinical research, pharmacy etc.
  • 5 years' experience in clinical operations

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Masters of Science, PhD or equivalent coupled with previous project management experience. Senior Local Delivery Lead (SrLDL)
  • Broad experience in clinical development or equivalent experience in the pharmaceutical or health-related field.
  • Excellent matrix leadership skills, promoting motivation and empowerment of others in order to accomplish individual, team and organizational objectives
  • Solid operational knowledge of clinical research with experience in all stages of study lifecycle (start-up, recruitment and close out) and understanding of R&D and drug/vaccine development process.
  • Effective at problem solving, negotiation and conflict resolution skills in a matrix environment
  • Stakeholder management skills required as the role includes interactions with external clinical site staff and senior stakeholders at a central or local level.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills are required in English and local language of the countr(ies).
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, with the ability to work efficiently and effectively in a dynamic environment. Works in an environment that is constantly evolving with new processes and systems, internally and externally and adapts to these changes quickly and efficiently.
  • Demonstrates track record in quality decision-making and problem resolution. Able to set and manage priorities, resource and performance targets of local study deliverables. Recognizes potential risks and can implement effective mitigation strategies.
  • Recognizes and reacts to changes that impact a study and/or program or practices, and has the skill set to assess the appropriateness of protocol/plans in the local environment.
  • Strong project management skills; comfortable projecting, managing, and reporting budget information (business and financial acumen) and able to develop scenarios and effective contingency plans.
  • Knowledge or ability to acquire expertise regarding use of multiple systems / tools related to clinical studies.
  • Deep knowledge of human research regulations in the countr(ies), IND/GCP/ICH-guidelines and GSK SOP/POL/guidelines

Why GSK?

At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader inConsumer Health, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we're making the biggestchanges we've made to our business in over 20 years. We're on track to separate and create two new companies in 2022: New GSK with a leading portfolio of vaccines and specialty medicines as well as R&D based on immune system and geneticsscience; and a new world-leading consumer healthcare company of loved and trusted brands.​

With new ambition comes new purpose. For New GSK, this is to unite science, talent and technology to get ahead of diseasetogether - all with the clear ambition of delivering human health impact; stronger and more sustainable shareholder returns; andas a new GSK where outstanding people thrive.​

Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it. How we do all this is through our people and our culture. A culturethat is ambitious for patients - so we deliver what matters better and faster; accountable for impact - with clear ownership ofgoals and support to succeed; and where we do the right thing . So, if you're ready to improve the lives of billions, join us at thisexciting moment in our journey. Join our challenge to get Ahead Together.​

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