Clinical Research Manager (Animal Health), Madison NJ

Date: Jun 29, 2019

Location: Madison, NJ, US

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Requisition ID: CLI007751

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck’s Animal Health (MAH) Division works to improve the health of animals around the world through collaborative partnerships and a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and planet. This team of energetic, independent thinkers offers one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios of products, services, and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species both domestically and internationally.  

The primary function of the Clinical Research Manager (CRM) position is to design, coordinate, monitor, and report clinical laboratory and field studies that will support the regulatory approval of new companion animal and livestock products.  The position requires the candidate to be responsible for the conduct of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) studies, and occasionally Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) studies.

The CRM acts primarily as clinical study team leader and has overall responsibility for a study. Specifically, the CRM has the following tasks and responsibilities: 

Design and organization of paper and Electronic Data Capture (EDC) clinical studies that meet scientific and regulatory requirements. This includes the setting of objectives, budget, resources, timelines and the study protocol/related documentation  

Provide overall leadership and support to the study team

Identify and select Investigators, laboratories and/or CROs. 

Apply for the necessary study permits and licenses – with support of local regulatory staff – within the specified study timeline

Train the study team on the Study Protocol, as appropriate.  

Ensure the timely selection and ordering of study materials. 

Ensure compliance of the administrative aspects of the study (budgets and agreements) with the applicable laws and Merck policies and procedures. 

Plan and coordinate the monitoring and data management activities of each study. 

Ensure that the study is conducted according to legal requirements, GCP, and the applicable internal policies and procedures. 

Prepare the Final Study Report. 

Maintain contact with the all stakeholders (project leader, regulatory affairs, quality assurance etc.) and keeps them informed of the study progress. 

May be the GCR representative in the project team.

In addition the CRM: 

Can assume responsibility for certain monitoring and data management tasks (e.g. User Acceptance Test of electronic CRFs). 

Can monitor clinical studies under the leadership of other CSTLs. 

Develops and maintains a network of internal and external clinical and scientific contacts and key opinion leaders in relevant fields. 

Perform quality control inspections of study protocol, study documentation files and reports as appropriate. 

When required, serves as a contact and liaison with other internal departments on specific projects, and with external partners, such as universities or regulatory authorities.  

Prepares critical summaries and expert reports to management and/or for submission to regulatory agencies.  

Supervise trainees and provide mentorship and support to other GCR staff as appropriate. 

Provides scientific and technical support to the marketing groups for key molecules/products and clinical research expertise upon request.

Conducts post-marketing studies. 

Prepares scientific publications (articles, oral communications, posters) according to the need of the company.





  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, OR equivalent veterinary degree. 
  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience in clinical research or similar research role.
  • Experience in a clinical study related role.
  • Strong scientific writing ability.
  • Good written and oral command of English language.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications. 

Preferred Experience and Skills:


  • An advanced degree (e.g. PhD) and/or board certification by an AVMA-accredited organization.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in clinical research or equivalent role.

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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Job: Clinical Research (Non-M.D.)
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: New Jersey

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