Lead Clinical Research Associate Job

Novo Nordisk, Inc.
Job Location
Princeton, NJ 08536
Job Description

Responsible for the performance of assigned sites within assigned trials in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP), ICH guidelines, federal regulations and SOPs. Responsible for operational aspects of planning, managing and execution of site performance in accordance with departmental productivity expectations. Acts as primary liaison between In-House Clinical Research Associates (CRAs), Field-Based CRAs and the Project Manager (PM) for assigned trials. Close collaboration with other members within Clinical Trial Management (CTM) and with various representatives within Clinical Development, Medical and Regulatory Affairs (CMR).

Reports to the Line of Business (LoB) manager of Site Management (SM) within CTM. Accountable for actively participating in multiple internal cross-functional teams locally to ensure the effective delivery of assigned project milestones. External relationships are with clinical investigators, Contract Research Organizations (CROs), and other clinical research vendors as needed to support business objectives for the department and/or function.


Ensure compliance with the application and communication of all Novo Nordisk® policies, procedures and fundamentals
Participates in continuous improvement processes for function
Accountable for providing oversight of the entire site management process for the life cycle of the assigned trial, with the development of essential documents and tracking of site performance metrics
Accountable for reviewing and approving all trip reports for assigned sites. Accountable for ensuring that any issues are escalated in accordance with the CTM escalation pathway to the PM
Accountable for the quality of site performance for assigned trial. Responsible to collaborate with the CRA to develop any Corrective Action Plan (CAP)
Accountable for ensuring that the CAP is delivered and issues escalated to the PM in accordance with the CTM escalation pathway. Accountable to assist sites, internal staff and CRAs with the preparation for GCP audits, including file review according to the CTM Audit Management Plan
Determines and drives the SSV process (i.e., track and report progress, review data), ensuring that all sites are selected and supplies provided in accordance with study start expectations
Develops SSV/SIV and other training tools and training materials in support of the project for the project assigned CRAs
Develops study tools for sites and CRA use
Ensures that monitoring visits are performed in accordance with protocol/SOP requirements and that these are tracked, including report status and sign off
Accountable for the quality of the trip report content and sign off timelines for all assigned sites
Facilitates the review of the trial specific Monitoring Guidelines and ensures that a member of the CRA project team provides input
Generates potential site list from key stakeholders across CMR and drives site feasibility process in collaboration with the PM
May develop and finalize the country recruitment/retention strategy in collaboration with the Project Manager (PM)
Identify potential risks to the enrolment targets based on feasibility analysis in collaboration with the PM
May provide review of eCRF
Provides review of protocol and protocol amendments
Responsible for ensuring internal productivity metrics, especially for trip report completion within the assigned timeframes and to the expectations of CTM
Responsible for the development and maintenance of the project Q and A documents
Responsible for the development of any mass site communication as appropriate
Reviews and ensures all protocol deviations are entered in collaboration with the CRAs
Reviews and provides input to the Trial Materials Manual and ensure distribution to assigned sites and project team members as appropriate (CRAs)
May develop and maintain guidelines, training programs, policies and procedures for the functional locally
May provide active mentorship of CTM staff to build talent across the department
May support the identification of training gaps within function, may support the development of training materials to meet that gap, and then provide training as required to improve core competency and skill set of the department
Accountable for the compliance and quality of CATS reporting for self
Active membership on local project teams. Contributes to Clinical Team Unit (CTU) Meetings
Participates in cross-functional teams, locally, to assure timely attainment of project milestones
Responsible for ensuring that the mandatory trial entries are made in IMPACT, novoDOCs, EDC administration and updates, and ensure CSIM entries and updates are made
Responsible to conduct oneself in accordance with expectations as a project team member to ensure the success of a matrix management structure
Responsible to maintain focus, locally, for specific project activities within CMR priorities
Attends relevant symposia, conferences and scientific meetings, as necessary
30-40% overnight travel required
Not Applicable
A Bachelor’s degree required (science-related discipline preferred)
A minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible clinical trial experience within a pharmaceutical, biotechnology, CRO and/or healthcare setting is required
A minimum of 1 year of on-site monitoring experience is required
A minimum of 4 years of direct expertise of site management and logistical execution of clinical trials is required
Must have demonstrated computer skills (MS Office, MS Project, MS PowerPoint)
Must have the ability to demonstrate core understanding of medical terminology and clinical trial activities in relation to execution of a clinical development plan
Knowledge of GCP as relates to clinical trial management is required
Position Location US - Princeton, NJ
City Princeton
State/Provinces US - NJ

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