Clinical Trial Leader I

Sep 16, 2021

Job Description

500+ Ongoing clinical trials;160+ Projects in clinical development;80+ Major submissions planned 2020- 2022. Novartis GDD (Global Drug Development) oversees the development of new medicines discovered by our researchers and partners. It drives breakthrough innovations to improve and extend the lives of millions.
Your key responsibilities:
Your responsibilities include, but not limited to:
• Lead the clinical protocol development process in collaboration with the Clinical Program Leader (CPL): responsible author for clinical protocols, amendments and related documents; contribute to the medical/scientific input given for the development of trial-related documents and processes which reside in other line functions; obtain approval from internal review boards. Collaborate with the Medical Directors of the Novartis local organizations (CPOs) and investigators to ensure their feedback is adequately integrated into protocol.
• Contribute to the development of clinical sections of regulatory documents like Investigators’ Brochures, briefing books, safety updates, IND/NDA submission documents, responses to Health Authorities questions.
• Investigator/site relationship management is vital; must develop effective working relationship with key investigators in assigned therapy area to optimize scientific quality/innovation of clinical study design, execution, reporting and publication. Contribute to trial-related advisory boards. Lead investigators meetings. Lead protocol training meetings and support CPOs in the conduct of regional meetings. Accountable for all internal clinical meetings related to the clinical trial(s).
• Lead and matrix manage the global multidisciplinary CTT to ensure all trial deliverables are met according to timelines, budget, and resource requirements; speaks up against unrealistic timelines. Energizes CTT to adhere to global performance and quality standards: chair CTT meetings, report study progress and issues with their resolution plan. Engages the input of line functions at the appropriate time. Leads trial level interactions with Global Monitoring Operations (GMO) and other relevant functions including Integrated Medical Safety and Drug Supply Management.
• In collaboration with the CPL lead the clinical trial data ongoing medical/scientific review, final analysis and interpretation including the development of clinical trial reports, publications and internal/external presentations.
• Prepare and run dose escalation meetings with investigators. Coordinate the real time availability of quality clinical trial data, including safety, efficacy, pharmacokinetic, imaging and biomarker data, to provide consolidated information for dose escalation meetings with investigators.
• Forecast trial resources needs (external costs): accountable for the development, management and tracking of trial budget working closely with CRO Management, with Clinical Trial Budget Managers and TCO Global Program Managers. Accountable for accuracy of trial information in all trial databases and tracking systems.
• Sits on Early Program Team (EPT) to contribute to program strategy.
• Ensure that program specific standards (e.g., CRFs, outsourcing specifications including imaging, biomarkers PK, data monitoring, validation plans and data transfer specifications) are applied to the clinical trial, where applicable.
• Develop clinical outsourcing specifications to facilitate bid templates and selection of CROs and other 3rd parties including central lab and imaging vendors; manage interface with external vendors in cooperation with the CRO Management Department as well as with the Assay Research Lab. This also includes the set-up, logistics, documentation and clinical supplies needed
• For TCO trials, function as local trial leader (LTL), supported by the CPA, for all US activities including working closely with US GMO for all study start-up activities including regulatory documents, budget, contract agreements and all activities pertaining to updates as dictated by amendments. As the LTL, be the primary contact for US sites for clinical conduct of the trial.
• CTLs based in TCO Shanghai, support local CTA submission including validation of translation of protocols, amendments, ICFs, IBs etc. for TCO trials with sites in China, supported by the CPA.
• May participate in the on-boarding and mentoring of new TCO staff.
• Contribute to the implementation of best practices and standards for trial management, including sharing lessons learned

Minimum Requirements

What you’ll bring to the role:
• Advanced degree or equivalent education/degree in life science/healthcare strongly recommended.
• Fluent English (oral and written).
• ≥ 4 years technical, operational and managerial experience in planning, executing, reporting and publishing clinical studies in a pharmaceutical company or contract research organization.
• Good knowledge of Good Clinical Practice, clinical trial design, statistics, regulatory processes, and global clinical development process.
• Basic knowledge of oncology and/or hematology, or experience in early clinical development preferred.
• Hands-on experience in patient data review, cleaning and analysis recommended.
• Good communication, organization and tracking skills.

Why consider Novartis?
799 million. That’s how many lives our products touched in 2019. And while we’re proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Novartis embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration, and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

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