JOB OPPORTUNITY
MANAGER, CLINICAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT

BRIEF COMPANY PROFILE

Our client is a global, research-driven pharmaceutical company focusing on the development of prescription-only-medicines, and they are a global market-leader within their therapeutic area. The company headquarter is in Greater Copenhagen, Denmark with subsidiaries, production facilities and distributors worldwide.

THE POSITION

Our client is looking to bring onboard a robust, people-first and high-caliber Senior Clinical Project Manager profile to take on the leadership of a team of approx. 5-7 Clinical Project Managers dedicated to the management, coordination and accomplishment of effective, successful and impactful global clinical studies.

The Manager, Clinical Project management will expectedly head up a comprehensive and coherent clinical program. The responsibilities of his/her team will incorporate end-to-end responsibility for the leadership and coordination of this global, comprehensive and groundbreaking global clinical trial at our client. The team will undertake scientific, strategic and executional involvement and responsibility ranging from protocol writing to CTR review and direct authority discussion/involvement.

Our client and the Global Clinical Development team offers a high degree of responsibility in an open, trusting and supportive environment within a flat hierarchy with few silos and where feedback is communicated in a direct and open manner. Being a pioneering and highly ambitious company and displaying healthy top-line growth rates, our client is investing more than 20% of their annual turnover into R&D all contributing to our client being the global leader within their field of expertise. Moreover, our client encourages a culture where there is always room for creativity and progressive thinking and where numerous employee ideas previously has turned into successful company projects.

POSITION PROFILE

Position title:

Manager, Clinical Project Management

Reporting line:

Global Head of Clinical Project Management

Location:

Greater Copenhagen, Denmark

Traveling:

10-20 days per year

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Leading the team to deliver on time, in right quality and on budget.
  • Developing and maintaining an appropriate level of competences and motivation within the team.
  • Taking decisive leadership of designated clinical projects from strategy to execution.
  • Ensuring the preparation of trial plans and timelines within the frames of the project plans and ensuring effective communication to the trial team and other relevant parties.
  • Defining and delegating responsibilities, including affiliate trial team members and field CRA’s in agreement with the trial team.
  • Following up on set trial related goals of the team members and ensuring effective monitoring progress against plan in agreement with the trial team.
  • Reviewing and approving trial specific procedures and documentation.
  • Ensuring the performance of any necessary adjustments to schedules, resource requirements, budgets and task assignments in agreement with line manager.
  • Ensuring an effective coordination, identification and selection of appropriate CRO’s in collaboration with the Outsourcing Manager and the designated team members.
  • Establishing clear communication lines and information within the trial- and clinical teams as well as with line management.
  • Ensuring effective coordination of trial plans, resource needs, etc. and staying abreast about issues and actions that could have any impact on quality and/or timelines.


Trial set-up and initiation:

  • Writing the clinical trial protocol.
  • Developing and documenting trial specific procedures and documentation i.e. oversight plans, monitoring plans etc.
  • Reviewing/participating in the preparation of CRF’s and other clinical documents.
  • Coordinating and driving the clinical trial submission process to relevant regulatory authorities, ethics committees, data protection authorities etc. in accordance with local rules and regulations.
  • Organizing CRA and/or investigator meetings.
  • Providing trial specific information to the team at the start and during the trial.
  • Coordinating and driving the identification and selection of appropriate sites.
  • Approving trial sites based on the site selection reports and recommendations from affiliate/CRO’s.
  • Ordering and coordinating the distribution of clinical trial supplies in collaboration with the Clinical Trial Supplies Manager.
  • Overseeing the setup and maintenance of the in-house trial master file in collaboration with the Clinical Trial Assistant.
  • Ensuring that field CRA’s are receiving trial specific monitoring information/training at the start and, if relevant, during the trial.
  • Planning and ensuring of site selection and initiation visits.
  • Ensuring that site selection/initiation reports are reviewed and, if necessarily, followed-up upon.
  • Ensuring that investigator site files are established.


Trial conduct:

  • Coordinating the writing and finalization of amendment(s) if applicable.
  • Monitoring and ensuring trial progress, quality and consistency according to the trial oversight plans and the monitoring plan – potentially including:
    • Performing review and oversight of patient recruitment.
    • Ensuring planning and conduct of monitoring visits.
    • Ensuring review of monitoring reports.
    • Ensuring that trial and monitoring oversight visits are performed.
  • Supporting the trial team (local affiliate/CRO staff) in the identification, tracking and resolution of issues and problems and, if necessary, in direct contact with investigators.
  • Reviewing and giving input to the data validation plan.
  • Reviewing coding of medication.
  • Reviewing and giving input to the statistical analysis plan.


Trial completion:

  • Monitoring the trial completion.
  • Ensuring the planning and conduct of site close-out visits, including archiving of the investigator’s site file.
  • Ensuring review of site close-out visit reports.
  • Ensuring the completeness, quality and archiving of trial master file.
  • Reviewing and giving input to the clinical report.
  • Organizing result meetings for investigators if relevant.
  • Preparing to participate in, and present at, internal results meetings in collaboration with the trial statistician.


Other work assignments:

  • In case of audit/inspection from health authorities:
    • Responding to any audit/inspection findings.
    • Overseeing that corrective actions are implemented.
  • Maintaining and updating trial information in the clinical trial overview.
  • Reviewing and giving input to investigator’s brochure.
  • If not a core development team (CTD) member, reviewing and giving input to the CDP.
  • Participating in relevant cross-functional teams.
  • Contributing to the development and maintenance of department procedures and guidelines.

Key success criteria:

  • Ensuring that clinical projects are delivered on time, on budget and at appropriate quality.
  • Successfully driving a high-performance culture.
  • Establishing team followership and employee engagement.
  • Ensuring improved alignment and matching of expectations between all stakeholders operating on the designated clinical projects.
  • Ensuring appropriate prioritization of tasks within the team.
  • Achieving operational excellence in clinical trial management.
  • Successfully driving broad cross-functional stakeholdercollaborations, alignment and communication.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Educational background:

Relevant education – minimum at M.Sc. level.

Language:

English – fluent (verbally and written).

Ideal experience and competencies:

  • Prior professional, line or project leadership experience.
  • Excellent theoretical and practical knowledge of clinical project management/clinical trials – ideally from an international context.
  • +7 years of experience with clinical trial conduct – ideally including experience in writing protocols.
  • Strong people and project management and coordination capabilities, including sound followership flair and proficiency.
  • Evident stakeholder management and people skills. 
  • Experienced IT-user.

Personal competencies:

Visionary/strategic mind

Defines a clear vision. Looks beyond the immediate difficulties and focuses on the far-reaching consequences; sees things in a broad perspective; takes tendencies in the environment into account when planning and developing strategies.


Coaching/support

Possesses a “people first” mindset. Actively trying to improve the skills and talent of the employees by giving positive and constructive feedback. Provides training and tasks with a view to challenging their skills and encourage development.


Take control/responsibility

Makes sure employees/co-workers have a clear understanding of the direction of the tasks; takes action; organizes resources and direct others toward successful execution of the tasks; drives projects forward to reach pivotal objectives; makes things happen and follows through.


Inspiration and followership

Inspires others, creates followership and encourages the achievement of joint set goals by promoting a sense of purpose. Provides inspiration for a positive work attitude and prompts a strong wish to succeed in the team.


Communication

Communicates the central issues in a discussion in a clear, fluent and precise manner, and is able to keep the recipients' attention. Is attentive to the needs of others when speaking and produces written material which is clear, fluent, precise and easy to understand.


Team orientation

Collaborates and works well with others with the view to obtain the team's joint objectives. Shares information and supports others.


Planning and structure

Plans a focused course of action for oneself and peers and ensures an appropriate assignment of tasks for employees. Schedules an optimal use of the available resources and is able to plan ahead. Works systematically, organizes work and effort and is methodical while holding on to commenced tasks and projects

For further information:

Please contact

Kristian H. Larsen

Head of Research

Albright Partners A/S at:

M: +45 7199 1504

E: khl@albright.dk

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