Shire Clinical Research Associate Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Under supervision of the Head of Clinical Study Support, manage staff in accordance with organization’s policies and applicable regulations. Responsibilities include hiring FTEs and contractors, planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance and guiding professional development; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing employee relations issues and resolving problems.

  • Liaise with Head of Clinical Study Support and/or Global Clinical Operations Leads to ensure allocation of CRA staff are aligned with department priorities.

  • Participate in the allocation of resources to clinical research projects by assigning staff to clinical studies/programs that are appropriate to their experience and training.

  • Identify and ensure all necessary training is provided to CRAs on an ongoing basis to optimize job performance and knowledge of Shire procedures, ICH-GCP and other local regulations.

  • Demonstrate leadership to direct reports, ensuring employees adhere to corporate policies and following up with management as appropriate.

  • Monitor and evaluate assigned CRA workloads ensuring timely completion of project deliverables as requested by the Clinical Program Managers.

  • Ensure compliance with pre-defined roles and responsibilities matrix for the management of CRAs.

  • Serve as an ongoing liaison with the relevant clinical study teams, and provide feedback regarding corporate goals and objectives as well as performance of direct reports.

  • Maintain a positive, results orientated work environment, building partnerships and modeling teamwork, communicating to the teams and stakeholders in an open, balanced and objective manner.

Directly support Clinical Program Manager(s) with regards to

Study Start-Up Activities:

  • Lead Clinical Operational Excellence & Support service Plan meetings and assists the study team(s) to ensure CRO Scope of Work is in alignment with the study oversight necessity.

  • Provides clinical study start up expertise and ensures identified efficiencies within study start-up are implemented.

  • Assists in providing oversight of CRO for site identification and selection activities..

  • Provides oversight of Clinical CRO activities regarding Legal review/negotiation/execution of confidentiality and site agreements.

  • Provides oversight of Clinical CRO activities regarding country and site specific informed consent documentation tracking, finalization and approval.

  • Ensures effective communication between Shire and the Clinical CRO.

  • Provides oversight of Essential Documents for Investigational Medicine Release as per relevant SOP.

  • Manages escalation of study related issues and communicates as appropriate with Clinical Project Manager.

  • Assists and/or participates in planning and conduct of Investigator’s Meetings as necessary.

Study Maintenance & Close out Activities ( as Necessary ):

  • Assists Clinical Project Manager in tracking study related activities which are not appropriate to be outsourced.

  • Reviews a percentage of monitoring visit reports for oversight and escalates issues to Clinical Project Manager.

  • Assists with agenda distribution & minute taking for internal clinical study team meetings where formal documentation is needed and the Clinical CRO is not present.

  • Assists study team with preparation for audits/inspections

  • Reviews clinical close out monitoring visit reports for oversight and escalates issues to the Clinical Project Manager.

  • Liaises with Transparency group to ensure and results are updated/distributed accordingly.

Departmental and Process Related Tasks:

  • Maintains knowledge and acts as team super user or subject matter expert for Shire systems and processes.

  • Support department wide process training and awareness initiatives

  • Participates in inter-departmental workgroups to create or enhance processes.

  • Maintains up to date training record attending internal/external training(s) as necessary.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required (Advanced degree or certification prefered but not required)

  • Minimum 5 year's experience in relevant role (eg. Sponsor, CRO or Clincal Study Vendor)

  • Prior experience in line management and/or experience as a mentor/coach to staff members

Other Job Requirements

  • Minimal travel may be required

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