Clinical Operations Lead III


Job Description

Clinical Operations Lead #21-04474
Chicago, IL

Job Summary:
Partners with Medical Research and other functions to develop operationally feasible and clear protocol concepts and final protocols. Leverage Phase and operational expertise to establish study level operational strategy in alignment with the Clinical Development Plan (CDP) and program level strategy. Independently oversees one or more trials by establishing the operational strategy and securing excellence in execution through the CRO partner.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Partners with Medical Research and other functions to - Develop scientifically robust, operationally feasible and clear protocol concepts and protocols, and feasible protocols and robust data monitoring plans - Leverage appropriate on going data review to identify and mitigate patient, study design, data or study conduct issues - Ensure all operational aspects support end point integrity and data validity. Has a robust understanding of the study design including rationale, end points and patient population, and will ensure that the operational strategy supports both feasibility and scientific integrity. Develops and leverages Phase expertise (e.g. Phase I, II, III, IV), therapeutic knowledge, as well as internal and external data to develop protocols and expert’s operational strategy for one or more clinical studies.
  • Secures operational excellence and delivery for one or more clinical studies by: - Developing operational strategy (including ancillary vendors) aligned with the program strategy and incorporating country input through the study Clinical Country Lead - Overseeing the tactical execution of the operational strategy by the partner CRO; effectively leads the study through oversight of the CRO - Driving performance, quality, timelines and relationships through the CRO partnership model - Chairs the [Study Management Team] in partnership with the CRO study Lead of the [Study Management Team]; ensures the CRO creates appropriate risk mitigation plans and is effective in proactively identifying and resolving issues. - Partnering with GCO Vendor Management to escalate issues, sharing best practices and leveraging the Vendor Operations Relationship Manager for issue resolution.
  • Strives for effective, consistent, efficient and compliant processes by: - Championing best practice development in Phase planning and seeks opportunities for innovation and efficiency with the Clinical Operation Management group - Seeks interdependencies and synergies with other trials and programs to enhance superb planning and execution across all studies in a phase - Follows established procedures and SOPs; seeks ways to improve and streamline processes to support the GCO CRO outsourcing model - Embodies a culture of continual improvement by seeking consistency and efficiency in processes and fully supporting the new CRO partnership model.
Job Requirements:
  • B.A. or B.S. in a scientific discipline; advanced degree preferred. Scientifically and clinically astute with very strong project management skills.
  • Minimum of 10 years of clinical research study management experience of which at least 4 years has been with a sponsor company managing outsourced clinical trials within quality, timeline, and budget expectations.
  • **Prior CRO or investigator site and/or monitoring experience is a plus.
  • Deep understanding of clinical development within one or more Phases of trials (Phase I, II, III, IV) and a working understanding of cross functional drug development.
  • Scientific learning agility to quickly develop a sound working knowledge of new therapeutic areas.
  • Ability to establish operational plans and support the CRO in the execution of the plans.
  • Requires a balance of scientific and operational/project management and team leadership expertise.
  • Must be able to build effective relationships across and up and down the organization.
  • Excellent project management skills, including risk assessment and contingency planning.
  • Must have effective prior CRO management skills and be able to adapt to the GCO outsourcing model.
  • Able to partner with other functions and both internal and external stakeholders. Excellent leadership, communication, management and organizational skills, along with problem solving, conflict resolution, and team building skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of GCP, ICH guidelines and regulatory requirements for clinical development.

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