Associate Clinical Operations Program Leader II

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts Salary: competitive
Sector: Pharma & Biotech, Business Intelligence and Data Analysis, MR, Clinical Research, Datenmanagement und Biostatistik Type: Contract

Position Title: Associate Clinical Operations Program Leader II

Contract length: 6 months

Function: Translational Research & Early Clinical (TREC) or Global Development Operations Department: Early or Late Development Operations

OBJECTIVES of Associate Clinical Operations Program Leader II:

  • Lead study operational strategy and planning and oversee execution of clinical studies for an assigned clinical program(s), supporting clinical strategy defined in Clinical Development Plan.
  • Responsible for oversight of the execution of studies in assigned clinical program(s) in compliance with quality standards (including ICH GCP, local regulations and Takeda SOPs), on schedule and on budget.
  • Oversight of Strategic Partners and/or other CROs and other 3rd party vendors to meet Takeda's obligations described in ICH-GCP and Takeda's business objectives
  • The assigned clinical studies may be high complexity or high risk, e.g. multiple indications, data safety monitoring boards and/or endpoint review committees, interim analyses, requiring the coordination of multiple vendors, or other special assessments. More than one study and/or more than one program may be assigned.

ACCOUNTABILITIES of Associate Clinical Operations Program Leader II :

  • Accountable for planning and operational strategy for assigned clinical trials
  • Provides subject matter expertise and operational input into protocol synopsis and final protocol document
  • Challenges study team to ensure operational feasibility, inclusive of patient and site burden
  • Validates budget and ensures impacts are adequately addressed
  • Participates in country and site selection process, with a focus on providing country insights, corporate alignment and therapeutic expertise to ensure alignment between study execution plan and program strategy

  • Challenges study team to ensure timelines meet the needs of the clinical development plan
  • With Strategic Partner(s) and/or other CROs, support the development of the Operational Strategy in preparation for Operational Strategy Review; focus on ensuring accurate assumptions are applied and robust risk management plans are in place
  • Provide support/guidance to Strategic partners/CRO to ensure study issues are addressed and resolved rapidly
  • Responsible for study budget planning and management and accountable for external spend related to study execution. Works closely with Clinical Operations Program Leader(s) , Global Program Management, and Finance to ensure on a regular basis that budgets, enrollment, and gaiting are accurate; Communicates study status, cost and issues to Clinical Operations Program Leader(s) ; serve as escalation point for third party vendors managed by Strategic Partner and/or other CROs
  • Oversight of Strategic Partners/CRO/vendor selection, budget and contract negotiation, and proper supervision of performance for all activities assigned to a Strategic Partner/CRO/vendor for assigned studies, including escalation of issues to governance committees when warranted
  • Specific areas of sponsor oversight include, but are not limited to:
  • Review and approval of key risk based monitoring documents/plans, periodic review of outputs, decisions and actions related to risk based monitoring
  • Review and endorsement of Data Management Strategy and Operational Plan, a document which focuses on data concepts and data management principles at the study level
  • Study team (SET/CTWG) meeting attendance when necessary; regular review of meeting agendas and minutes
  • Review of outcomes/actions related to protocol deviations review; primary purpose of review is to support the identification of trends across sites and/or the study Documented review and monitoring of issues, risks and decisions at the study level In partnership with data management, review and pressure test all database timelines and plans; ensure strong linkage between the strategy (i.e., filing/registration, data generation, etc.) with the tactical plan for database lock and CSR.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS of Associate Clinical Operations Program Leader II:

Education: Bachelor's Degree or international equivalent required, Life Sciences preferred. Skills:

  • Expertise in global regulatory and compliance requirements for clinical research, including but not limited to US CFR, EU CTD, and ICH GCP. Awareness of local country requirements is also required.
  • Demonstrated excellence in project/program management and matrix leadership
  • Excellent teamwork, organizational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
  • Fluent business English (oral and written)

Experience: 5+ years' experience in pharmaceutical industry and/or clinical research organization, including 3+ years clinical study management strongly preferred. Experience must include early phase clinical studies or Phase 2 and 3 studies and global/international studies or programs. Experience in more than one therapeutic area is advantageous.


Requires approximately 10-20 % travel, including overnight and international travel to other Takeda sites, strategic partners, and therapeutic area required travel. Must work on site at least 3 days a week

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