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Clinical Research Associate I

Pfizer


Location:
San Diego, CA
Date:
03/24/2017
Job Code:
1045688-1852
Pfizer
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Job Title Clinical Research Associate I

JobID 1045688-1852

Location: San Diego, CA

Description *About Pfizer*

A career at Pfizer offers opportunity, ownership and impact.All over the world, Pfizer colleagues work together to positively impact health for everyone, everywhere. Our colleagues have the opportunity to grow and develop a career that offers both individual and company success; be part of an ownership culture that values diversity and where all colleagues are energized and engaged; and the ability to impact the health and lives of millions of people. Pfizer, a global leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, is continuously seeking top talent who are inspired by our purpose to innovate to bring therapies to patients that significantly improve their lives.



*Role Description*

This is a non-locational position open in the Unites States and Canada. There is a preference for this position to sit close to a major airport.The Clinical Research Associate I is responsible for the identification, evaluation, selection, initiation, monitoring and close-out of assigned clinical trials investigator sites to ensure patient safety and quality study execution in accordance with applicable prevailing laws, Good Clinical Practices, and Pfizer standards. The Clinical Research Associate I role is accountable for clinical trial monitoring and managing investigator site relationships to ensure effective delivery of clinical trials (e.g. study site activation, enrollment, database release), to safeguard the quality of investigator sites (e.g. patient safety, site health), to maintain investigator and site staff engagement and satisfaction, and to enhance the company's image with its external stakeholders.The Clinical Research Associate I is responsible for the resolution of all protocol-related issues for assigned investigator sites and will work closely with study team members as required in activities associated with the set-up, running and close out of a clinical trial.



*Responsibilities*

Responsible for investigator site management and monitoring for assigned sites: Clinical Trial Monitoring*Ensure proper conduct of clinical trials in accordance with the Monitoring Plan and applicable prevailing laws, Good Clinical Practices, and Pfizer standards to achieve project goals, timelines and quality*Manage assigned operational aspects for implementation of clinical trial activities at assigned investigator sites from study start-up through database lock, ensuring relevant timelines and quality deliverables are met*Identify, evaluate and select investigator sites as needed*Serve as the primary point of contact for assigned investigator sites*Interface with the study team as needed, facilitate information flow between members of the study team, vendors and assigned investigator sites*Perform site qualification/Pre-Trial Assessment Visits and ensure selected sites have appropriate capabilities and access to patient populations to meet protocol and timeline requirements*In collaboration with the Clinical Research Site Assistant conduct or oversee investigator site activation activities, including Investigator Initiation Package (IIP) completion, site budget and contract negotiation, and ensure timely management of emerging issues that may compromise time to site activation*In collaboration with Clinical Research Site Assistant and Outsourcing Lead, oversee site payments per contracts and work with the appropriate groups to resolve issues*Perform investigator site development, coaching and training of site personnel to ensure ongoing compliance with protocol and the safeguarding of patients; provide protocol training to, and address protocol related questions from the investigator site staff when required, including discussions on known/anticipated operational and clinical trial risks*Attend investigator meeting when required*Conduct site initiation visits in collaboration with study team members as needed*In collaboration with appropriate study team members, develop and implement effective site recruitment plans that are consistent with the global plan and local requirements*Provide enrollment support and ensure progress by responding to site activation and recruitment issues from investigators. Partner with study team to define and support recruitment initiatives at site level*Conduct onsite, remote/electronic monitoring as needed for study site initiation, routine monitoring and study site closure visits and ensure these are conducted accordance to Monitoring Plan, SOPs and commensurate with emerging issues and technologies.*Perform centralized/risk-based monitoring as required*Submit all required reports, documentation, updates and tracking within required timeframes, including but not limited to Trial Master File documentation, monitoring visit reports, site visit follow up letters, protocol deviations, patient recruitment, clinical supply management, study progress and metrics*Identify and resolve investigator site issues within required timeframes; agree and develop corrective and preventative actions with investigator and site personnel to close open issues and to prevent recurrence/persistence of issues*Provide support to investigator sites and study teams in preparation for and providing responses to site audits/inspections *Support study team as needed with Regulatory, Central, and Local Ethics Submissions and responses.*Resolve data queries within required timelines, prepare investigator site close-out plan and conduct close-out visit within required timelines*Ensures adequate oversight of the investigational product at the investigator site, including receipt, handling, accounting, storage conditions, and destruction activities.*Support database release as neededClinical/Scientific and Site Monitoring Risk:*Maintain thorough understanding of the product, protocol and therapy area in sufficient details to have appropriate discussions with the investigator and site team*Interact with investigator site heath care professionals in a manner which enhances Pfizer's credibility, scientific leadership and in order to facilitate Pfizer's clinical development goals*Support the study clinician in ensuring patient safety, eligibility and providing clinical guidance to investigators *In partnership with appropriate study team members contribute to the study level risk plan; mitigate for known/anticipated risks proactively -Monitor site performance using appropriate tools and resources (e.g. metrics, site health, Risk Based Monitoring signals, etc.) and take appropriate targeted action-Apply knowledge of data and analytics to target site level actions for mitigation and control-Proactively identify, manage and escalate site issues-Create, update and manage a site risk plan as needed that is aligned with study level risk plans-Identify and address Significant Quality Events or other quality issues at patient and/or site level-In collaboration with appropriate study team members, create and implement corrective actions and preventative actions (CAPA) as needed-Ensure resolution of investigator site issues in order to maintain sound investigator relations-Communicate with investigators, study coordinators and other site staff on a regular basis to build and maintain productive relationships and support investigator engagement through medical and scientific discussion



*Qualifications*

*Bachelor's degree in life sciences or professional degree in life sciences such as nursing, pharmacy, medical background or equivalent*Extensive knowledge of clinical trial methodologies, ICH/GCP, FDA and local country regulations*Monitoring Experience: Minimum 2 years relevant experience in clinical research site monitoring*Required therapeutic experience in oncology (solid tumor, including tumor response using RECIST)*Preferred therapeutic specifically in immuno-oncology with experience in monitoring a) safety events commonly associated with immunotherapies and b) tumor response determinations using both RECIST and immune-related RECIST*Must be fluent in English*For individuals based in Canada: Bilingualism (French, English) is an asset*Ability to legally work in both Canada and USA.PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS*Demonstrated knowledge of clinical research and development processes and ability to gain command of process details*Demonstrated knowledge of global and local regulatory requirements*Demonstrated understanding of key operational elements of clinical research (e.g., site selection, monitoring, data acquisition and cleaning, reporting, etc.)*Demonstrated knowledge in disease and technical areas pertaining to clinical studies, including knowledge of company direction, investigational product(s), and associated development plan(s)*Demonstrated ability to participate and support sponsor regulatory interactions/inspections*Demonstrated knowledge of the processes around protocol design and feasibility assessment*Demonstrated understanding of region/country, culture, and medical practice and how they affect clinical trial delivery*Proven ability to work in a matrix team environment with the ability to influence, drive / lead and work through others for successful delivery of clinical trial*Ability to evaluate, interpret and present complex issues and data to support risk management and mitigation*Effective verbal and written communication skills in relating to colleagues and associates both inside and outside of the organizationNON-STANDARD WORK SCHEDULE, TRAVEL OR ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS *Significant travel (60-80%) within area is required. May require some international travel and some weekend travel*Valid driver's license



*EEO & Employment Eligibility*

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.





*Clinical Research Associate I*
*San Diego,California*
*1045688-1852*


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