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Senior Clinical Scientist - Novartis (homebased roles in the UK) (R1068069) in Reading, UK at IQVIA™

Date Posted: 3/28/2019

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Job Description

Join us on our exciting journey! IQVIA™ is The Human Data Science Company™, focused on using data and science to help healthcare clients find better solutions for their patients. Formed through the merger of IMS Health and Quintiles, IQVIA offers a broad range of solutions that harness advances in healthcare information, technology, analytics and human ingenuity to drive healthcare forward.

Accountable for all aspects of the management and clinical execution of early phase clinical trials within Translational Medicine (TM). The Senior Clinical Scientist (SrCS) leads the planning and implementation of all operational aspects of TM clinical trials from study concept to reporting according to timelines, budget, operational and quality standards (ICH/GCP/Novartis SOPs and procedures). Responsible for program level activities; may also function as a project lead (lead Clinical Scientist).

Major Accountabilities:

  • Clinical Scientist for Phase I/II including multi-country / multi-centre trials. The main focus will be on high complexity studies leading to clinical Proof-of-Concept or NDA registration.
  • Responsible for leading and matrix managing the multidisciplinary Clinical Trial Team (CTT) and support functions to ensure all trial deliverables are met. Chair CTT meetings, manage team actions, and actively track study progress to ensure completion according to specified timelines, budget and quality standards. Communicate study progress to CTT, CS&I Management, TA Heads and Project team members.
  • Lead all aspects of study planning and in collaboration with outsourcing/feasibility personnel, CTT members, local country office representatives and CRAs. Identify sites and manage study set-up, including responsibility for organizing and chairing investigator meetings, or site initiation meetings.
  • Interact with investigator sites and CRAs/CROs/vendors to ensure smooth study set up and smooth study conduct, reviewing site performance, protocol deviations, and maintaining awareness of issues raised.
  • Author of the Clinical Study Protocol, amendments and related documents, Informed Consent Form, Study Operations Manual, monitoring plan, and other study essential documents. Train and support CRAs/CROs on study protocol and related questions and serve as point of contact for managing/answering questions relating to trial procedures and subjects’ eligibility.
  • May support the Medical Expert on project documentation e.g. briefing books, IBs, Annual Safety Reports, responses to Health Authority questions, etc.
  • Lead the ongoing medical /scientific review of the clinical trial data (in collaboration with the Medical Expert and CTT), coordinate the data analysis and interpretation of first interpretable results, publications and internal/external presentations. Direct the data review and interactions with the Data Manager, Statistician, and third parties to ensure high quality data are transferred/available in a timely manner.
  • Accountable for Clinical Study Report writing and publication of studies, either directly contributing to and managing the report writing, or by liaising with the medical writing/narrative group to ensure report is completed according to current requirements.
  • Accountable for the set up and maintenance of the Trial Master File (TMF) for studies, ensuring all relevant study documents are filed and archived at the end of the study according to the appropriate guidelines.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of clinical sites and external service providers for performing TM studies in healthy volunteers and patients.
  • Responsible for the coordination of pre-audit activities for nominated projects ensuring a satisfactory outcome is achieved and address corrective actions.
  • Oversee and coordinate the work of assigned support Clinical Trial Associate(s) and Clinical Scientist(s) at the study/project level ensuring clear delegation/assignment of duties are documented.
  • May function as a Lead CS on one or more projects. Additional responsibilities of a Lead CS may include: contributing to project level documentation, coordination and consistency of activities across TM studies within a project, development of program specific standards, assisting in the coordination of TM related submission documents, and attending and participating in project team meetings, as required.
  • Provide expert advice to other departments and line functions and to cross- functional working groups as required. Function as a Subject Matter Expert as assigned.
  • Identify and help implement areas for process improvements.
  • Contribute to talent and career development of CS&I and TM staff through active participation in on-boarding, training and mentoring activities of new CS&I or TM hires. In collaboration with CS&I management, contribute to the hiring/interview process for new CS&I or TM hires.
  • Responsible for implementation of best practices and standards for trial management within TM, including sharing lessons learned.
  • Maintain knowledge of ICH-GCP, external regulations and procedures, and supplement by training and practice of Novartis SOPs and internal policies. Assist or perform training for CTAs and Clinical Scientists.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Management of studies to ensure execution according to timelines, budget and with high quality, ensuring adherence to international and local regulations.
  • Effective risk management in design of trial synopses/protocols and operational planning.
  • Contribution towards objectives set for the department.
  • Feedback of external and internal customers.
  • Role model the Novartis Values and Behaviours.


PhD level scientist with life sciences background; PharmD; BSc or MSc in life sciences.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • At least 6+ years experience in clinical trials/drug development.
  • Extensive knowledge of Good Clinical Practice.
  • Track record of successfully managing multiple concurrent phase I and IIa, complex clinical trials.
  • Office and clinical trial software IT computer literacy.
  • Demonstrated leadership and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong operational project management experience including excellent planning, prioritization, problem solving and organizational skills. Used to managing multiple priorities.
  • Clear written and verbal expression of ideas, an active/proactive communicator.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, with a proven track record of successfully interacting with and influencing with a wide range of people, building strong positive relationships.
  • High level of customer orientation awareness and focus.
  • Used to working independently and in a team environment, being flexible
  • Business-level written and oral English

We know that meaningful results require not only the right approach but also the right people. Regardless of your role, we invite you to reimagine healthcare with us. You will have the opportunity to play an important part in helping our clients drive healthcare forward and ultimately improve human health outcomes. Whatever your career goals, we are here to ensure you get there! We invite you to join IQVIA™

Job ID: R1068069