Associate Project Vendor Manager 1

US-NJ-Princeton | US-Nationwide
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Job Overview

Associate Project Vendor Manager

Job Summary:

Are you ready to redefine what’s possible, and discover your exceptional potential at Covance? A career here provides the unique chance to create a lasting impact and difference in our patient’s lives. Joining our team will offer you a rewarding career, an opportunity to work in a high-energy & collaborative work place, along with access to comprehensive benefits. Your work will be meaningful, the patient outcomes are real, and the results are lasting. With the support of exceptional people from across the globe and an energized purpose, you’ll be empowered to own your career journey with mentoring, training and personalized development planning.

Our mission is to help our clients bring the miracles of medicine to market sooner -- join us for your next career move.

Essential Job Duties:

The CRM provides oversight of contract workers (CRAs, CTC) and works closely with external vendors, site investigators. She/he will have a significant impact on the ability to effectively conduct clinical studies and develop the pipeline, while maintaining local regulatory and compliance requirements in countries. They will also impact on how a country can deliver country-specific trial commitments and objectives. As a customer-facing role, this position will build business relationships and represent client with investigators, functional outsourcing partners and other external partners and therefore have a significant impact on country-level customer relationships.

  • Requires ability to make decisions independently and oversee important activities relevant to clinical research activities in the country according to predetermined global policies and commitments with the support, oversight and supervision of the Country Research Director. Requires strong understanding of local regulatory environment for the individual to weigh pros and cons of key decisions with input from manager.
  • Strong scientific and clinical research knowledge is required for this position. A deep understanding of clinical trial planning, management and metrics is critical as well as the ability to focus on multiple deliverables and protocols simultaneously. Requires skills to effectively build and maintain professional relationships with investigators and other external stakeholders, requiring strong communication, educational/pedagogic, diplomatic and empathic skills. The role will require proven ability to collaborate and lead high performing cross-functional teams also in a virtual environment.
  • The position requires strong leadership skills (scientific and business) and ability to coordinate and lead local teams to high performance. Oversee country commitments, compliance and training needs. Additionally, business leadership and alignment with corporate requires that individual has ability to lead across several dimensions at a time.
  • Works reciprocally with Country and Regional Operations; Pharmacovigilance, Regulatory, Global Medical Affairs and Global Human Health internally; and with external functional outsourcing vendors. Requires coordination and alignment with the regional and broader organization. Additionally, will work to build and maintain relationships with investigators and other external partners and promote Client’s reputation. In collaboration with CRD, represents Client in Pharma industry issues and in seeking influence in external R&D environment.

Essential Job Duties:

  • PERFORMANCE: Accountable for performance and compliance for assigned protocols in a country in compliance with ICH/GCP and country regulations, Client policies and procedures, quality standards and event reporting requirements internally and externally.
  • MANAGEMENT: POC for assigned protocols. Actively drives/tracks execution and performance of deliverables/timelines/results to meet country commitments for assigned protocols. Strong collaboration with local CO roles. Forecasts country resource needs. Serves business needs (signs contracts, runs budgets as delegated).
  • QUALITY OVERSIGHT: Responsible for quality and compliance in assigned protocols in country. Leads CRAs and CTCs. Oversees training compliance. Performs quality control visits. Reviews Monitoring Visits Reports and escalates performance issues and training needs to vendor and management as needed.
  • EXTERNAL CUSTOMER FACING: Responsible for collaboration with functional outsourcing vendors, investigators, other external partners. Handles country and site validations, site selection and recruitment in assigned protocols. Responsible for clinical trial education to sites. Country POC for programmatically outsourced trials for assigned protocols.
  • INTERNAL COLLABORATION & STRATEGY: Collaborates internally with local PV, Regulatory, GMA/GHH to align on key decisions in countries. Supports local and regional strategy development consistent with long-term corporate needs in conjunction with CRD and Regional Operations.

Required Experience:

  • Bachelors in Science
  • Masters in Science (or comparable preferred).
  • Advanced degree (MD, PhD) preferred, but not required.

Minimum Preferred:

  • 8-10 years of experience for a MS/MBA/JD.
  • 3-6 years with a MD/PhD.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Knowledge in Site Management.


Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience 
Degree in life sciences preferred


Related Experience: 4-6 years


Experience Desired:

  • Independent CRO project management experience
  • Clinical trials industry experience
  • Client management experience
  • Vendor specialty experience

• Clinical trials industry experience required
• Vendor specialty experience preferred
• Operational team project management experience preferred
• Strong presentation skills required
• Ability to handle multiple priorities and work well under pressure
• Ability to meet tight deadlines
• Ability to think ‘out of the box’
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (intermediate level)
• Pro-active (self starter)
• Quick learner
• Multi-tasker
• Creative problem solver
• Tenacious in follow-up/follow-through 
• Well Organized
• Team Player


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