Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Date: Feb 7, 2019

Location: Montreal (Kirkland), QC, CA

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Requisition ID: CLI008352

The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its 125-year legacy. With a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products, Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare. 


Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. MRL is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

 

Right now, we are in the process of assembling our dream team—a group of scientifically diverse individuals inspired to invent in an environment of relentless curiosity and spirited collaboration. The best of the best. Is this you? 


Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

 

 

Location: home based

 
 

The Clinical Research Associate acts as primary site contact and site manager throughout all phases of a clinical research study, taking overall responsibility of allocated sites.

 

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Develops strong site relationships and ensures continuity of site relationships through all phases of the trial.
  • Performs clinical study site management/monitoring activities in compliance with ICH-GCP, Sponsor SOPs, Local Laws & Regulations, Protocol, Site Monitoring Plan and associated documents.
  • Gains an in-depth understanding of the study protocol and related procedures.
  • Coordinates & manages various tasks in collaboration with other sponsor roles to achieve Site Ready.
  • Participates & provides inputs on site selection and validation activities.
  • Performs remote and on-site monitoring & oversight activities using various tools to ensure:
    • Data generated at site are complete, accurate and unbiased.
    • Subjects’ right, safety and well-being are protected.
  • Conducts site visits including but not limited to validation visits, initiation visits, monitoring visits, close-out visits and records clear, comprehensive and accurate visit & non-visit contact reports appropriately in a timely manner.
  • Collects, reviews, and monitors required regulatory documentation for study start-up, study maintenance and study close-out.
  • Communicates with Investigators and site staff on issues related to protocol conduct, recruitment, retention, protocol deviations, regulatory documentation, site audits / inspections and overall site performance.
  • Identifies, assesses and resolves site performance, quality or compliance problems and escalates per defined CRA Escalation Pathway as appropriate in collaboration with CRM and CRA Manager. 
  • Manages and maintains information and documentation in CTMS, eTMF and various other systems as appropriate and per timelines.
  • Contributes strongly to CRA team knowledge by acting as process Subject Matter Expert (SME), buddy/mentor and sharing best practices as appropriate/required.
  • Supports and/or leads audit/inspection activities as needed.
Qualifications

Qualifications:
  •  B.A./B.S. required with strong emphasis in science and/or biology.
  • Oncology monitoring experience is highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years of direct site monitoring experience in a bio/pharma./CRO. No compromise on minimum monitoring experience.
  • Good understanding and working knowledge of clinical research, phases of clinical trials, current GCP/ICH & country clinical research law & guidelines.
  • Good understanding of Global, Country/Regional Clinical Research Guidelines and ability to work within these guidelines.
  • Hands on knowledge of Good Documentation Practices
  • Proven Skills in Site Management including management of site performance and patient recruitment
  • Demonstrated high level of monitoring skill with independent professional judgment.
  • Good IT skills (Use of MS office, use of various clinical IT applications on computer, tablet and mobile devices) and ability to adapt to new IT applications on various devices.
  • Ability to understand and analyze data/metrics and act appropriately
  • Effective time management, organizational and interpersonal skills, conflict management, problem solving skills.
  • Able to work highly independently across multiple protocols, sites and therapy areas.
  • High sense of accountability / urgency.  Ability to set priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a changing environment.
  • Works effectively in a matrix multicultural environment.  Ability to establish and maintain culturally sensitive working relationships.
  • Demonstrates commitment to Customer focus.
  • Works with high quality and compliance mindset.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally approximately 65%-75% of working time. Expected travelling ~2-3 days/week.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Language:  Quebec, Bilingual (French and English), other provinces: English (French would be an asset).
 

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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