Senior Clinical Research Associate


Reference Number: 896029-W
Type of placement: Permanent
Location: DE


Our client is a leading biopharmaceutical company, specialized in the discovery and development of small molecules which continuously invests in innovation and growth.  They are looking for a Senior Clinical Research Associate to monitor assigned study sites (currently in Germany, Austria and Switzerland) to ensure subjects’ safety, and timely, high-quality data in compliance with study, protocol, ICH GCP and local regulations.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Conduct all type of site visits (e.g. Feasibility assessment, Site Selection Visit, Site Initiation Visit, Monitoring Visits and Close-Out visit) and write reports and follow-up letters within the timeframe agreed at study start
  • Attend CRA and Investigator meetings; if required, assist with training of investigative site personnel in GCP and local regulations and ensure sites are conducting clinical research according to the protocol, local regulatory requirements and other appropriate regulations
  • Attend and participate in study team meetings/teleconferences as well as country meetings/teleconferences; ensure information in the Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) is up to date
  • Identify/evaluate potential Investigators for future studies; build effective and positive relationships with Investigators
  • Assist in the preparation for site audits and inspections and in responding to any issues identified within the timeframe specified
  • Keep medical and clinical knowledge for assigned therapeutic areas up to date; mentor/coach new CRA’s, and maintain annual training records
  • Audits/Inspections: Support in responding to company, client and federal regulatory requirements/audits, Respond to audit findings
  • Support the Clinical Monitoring Manager in all aspect of his/her responsibilities, as required
  • When monitoring outsourced to a Clinical Research Organization (CRO):
  • Support the Clinical Monitoring Manager in the management and oversight of the CRO
  • Perform site visits with the CRO-CRA (in Europe, if necessary also in specific countries outside of Europe) to ensure protocol and procedures are correctly understood
  • Perform Site Quality Visits (in Europe, if necessary also in specific countries outside of Europe) as outlined by the Clinical Monitoring Manager
  • Support the study team in resolving quality issues linked to monitoring deliverables
  • Perform spot checks of monitoring visit reports, TMF documentation or any other document/activity as defined in the oversight plan, if requested by the Clinical Monitoring Manager.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • University degree in Biological Science/Pharmacy/Nursing or qualification in Nursing
  • Minimum of 5 years' CRA experience or combination of CRA and other clinical research relevant experience
  • Position requires international travel (50 – 60% travel time)
  • Knowledge of the Clinical Development process
  • Proficient knowledge of regional healthcare environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of International Conference on Harmonization-Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP) guidelines and applicable local regulations
  • Experience in working with electronic data capture, electronic Trial Master File (eTMF), and Clinical Trial Management Systems
  • Experience in participating in internal audits, external audits, and/or investigator site audits
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and German
  • Highly self-motivated and proactive, with a keen attention to detail
  • Goal oriented, able to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional team environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent relationship-building and negotiation skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to manage multiple clinical project activities
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills as well as working flexibility.