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Senior Study Lead

Durham, North Carolina Full time R1427337

Durham, North Carolina| North Carolina| Remote

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Job Purpose

Responsible, with per needed-bases oversight from the Study Director-community Lead, for the execution and delivery of the GCO supported clinical studies of standard to medium complexity and priority per the Operational Execution Plan (OEP) and clinical study protocol. The Senior Study Leader is the leader of the cross-functional clinical trial team, guides planning and management of the assigned clinical study/studies end-to-end to achieve Global Program Team, Global Clinical Team and GCO objectives. Accountable for proactive, iterative operational planning with effective contingencies and embedded risk management mindset in CRR. Oversee budget and people allocation within assigned study/studies. Contribute in promoting operational excellence through process improvement and knowledge sharing across studies. Fosters an empowered, psychologically safe organization that can navigate a matrix environment, learns, and adjust quickly to changing conditions and business needs.


Leader of the Clinical Trial team

  • Leads the clinical trial team with per needed-basis oversight from the Study Director-community Lead and support from the Clinical Operations Program Head, delivery of multiple medium to complex global studies and promotes learning, sharing, consistent performance, and operational excellence through an agile mindset, agile principles, and a team of teams’ model
  • Acts as the CTT product owner with duties and responsibilities per established ways of working
  • Guides planning and decision making at the study level and delivers assigned clinical study/studies per the Operational Execution Plan and clinical study protocol
  • Fosters an agile culture within assigned studies to achieve sprint goals and cycles, maximizing collaboration and minimizing dependencies to achieve long-term business impact
  • In collaboration with regulatory writing and clinical development, promotes operational excellence in the development of global clinical study protocol(s), by translating the approved study concept sheet(s) into efficient, high quality, executable clinical protocols, and study-related documents
  • Create effective CTT dynamics and achieve on performance, prioritization, and communication in close collaboration with CTT sub-team leaders
  • Proactive risk management and inspection readiness
  • Responsible for developing clinical study timelines with per needed-basis oversight from the Study Director-community Lead and support from the Clinical Operations Program Head, and overseeing assigned study budgets
  • Ensures systems are maintained with up-to-date study status, risks and issues
  • Fosters a close working relationship with SSO Clinical Project Managers to strengthen the relationship between the global and local teams
  • Oversees study recruitment and responsible for activating mitigation strategies in collaboration with the SSO Clinical Project Managers
  • Fosters a close working relationship with the Vendor Program Managers to strengthen the relationship between the vendors and CTT to deliver on clinical study objectives
  • Fosters a close working relationship with the CDO Trial Data Scientist to deliver on clinical study objectives
  • Ensures proper handling of all study close out activities including but not limited to site close out, final drug accountability and audit readiness of Trial Master File documentation
  • Promotes operational excellence and contributes to the development of Clinical Study Reports, reporting of clinical trial results and the internal/external publications, when appropriate
  • May deputize for the Clinical Operations Program Head as a leader and spokesperson for the CTT at sponsor internal meetings
  • Play a key role in achieving excellence in study operations and management through process improvement in collaboration with Study Leadership Community Lead/Host and GCO Process, Training and Compliance
  • External budget accountability for multiple clinical studies

CTT Coaching and Resource Management

  • Partners and collaborates with functional line leadership to ensure optimal people staffing of the study team
  • Build high-performing teams and create an empowered, psychologically safe culture to foster high performance in a matrix environment
  • Services as the single point of contact as the SSO representative in the CTT for internal/external customers

Community Participation

  • Active member of a community as a citizen within the study leadership organization
  • Apply and encourage new CTT mindset, values, and principles; be a catalyst for these CTT ways of working, including agile


  • Facilities CTT collaboration across the CTT to include sub-teams through agile events, meetings and workshops
  • Participates and reports study progress and issues/resolution plan at the GCO sub-teams and Global Clinical Team
  • Engaged and active participant in assigned Study Leadership Community

Leadership Capabilities

  • Demonstrated ability in building relationship and communication skills with experience leading diverse work teams, achieving study excellence, and engaging functional partners coupled with excellent problem-solving, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
  • Transformational and servant leadership capabilities with ability to role model agile leadership
  • Proven strategic capabilities; organizational awareness; advanced planning and project management skills as well as understanding of business processes
  • Establishment of successful external partnerships and collaborations
  • Proven ability to coach and motivate others


  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences/healthcare (or clinically relevant degree) is required. Advanced degree is strongly preferred.


  • 4+ years of recent involvement in clinical research or drug development in an academic or industry environment spanning clinical activities in Phases I-IV of standard to high complexity and priority
  • 3+ years of recent contribution to and accomplishment in all aspects of conducting clinical studies of standard to high complexity and priority (planning, executing, reporting and publishing) in a global matrix environment in pharmaceutical industry or a CRO, including expert knowledge of international standards (GCP/ICH), health authorities (FDA/EMA), local/National Health Authorities regulations and sponsor standards
  • Experience in managing people globally in a complex matrix environment preferred
  • Management of virtual teams. Proven ability and strong experience leading teams and building capabilities
  • Experience in developing effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent communicator and presenter; ability to communicate at all levels
  • Excellent organization and prioritization
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills and enterprise mindset
  • Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to meet timelines
  • Proven track record in trial operations process improvement(s) in some aspects of clinical trials
  • Superior strategic thinking with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of appropriate therapeutic area strongly preferred  

IQVIA is a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions and clinical research services to the life sciences industry. We believe in pushing the boundaries of human science and data science to make the biggest impact possible – to help our customers create a healthier world. Learn more at

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all, including veterans and candidates with disabilities.

IQVIA’s ability to operate and provide certain services to customers and partners necessitates IQVIA and its employees meet specific requirements regarding COVID-19 vaccination status.

The potential base pay range for this role, when annualized, is $82,400.00 - $228,800.00. The actual base pay offered may vary based on a number of factors including job-related qualifications such as knowledge, skills, education, and experience; location; and/or schedule (full or part-time). Dependent on the position offered, incentive plans, bonuses, and/or other forms of compensation may be offered, in addition to a range of health and welfare and/or other benefits.
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