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Sr. Clinical Research Associate (CRA), Oncology- Massachusetts Job Boston United States,  

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Posted on : 13 April 2017

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Sr. Clinical Research Associate (CRA), Oncology- Massachusetts-CLI005715


Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company  one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

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

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to
the following:

- 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
- Gains an in-depth understanding of the study protocol and related
- 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, PLM and RCPM.
- Manages and maintains information and
documentation in CTMS, eTMF and various other systems as appropriate and per
- Contributes strongly to CRA team knowledge by acting as process
Subject Matter Expert (SME), sharing best practices, making recommendations for
continuous improvement and providing training as appropriate/required.
- Supports and/or leads audit/inspection activities as needed.
- Mentors / buddies
junior CRAs on process/study requirements and performs co-monitoring visits
where appropriate

*This is a remote/Home-based position.



- Required: BA/BS
- Preferred: BA/BS with
strong emphasis in science and/or biology


- Minimum of 4 years of direct site management (monitoring) experience in a
Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical or CRO company.
- Experience monitoring Oncology clinical studies
- Travel: 65%-75%
- Valid driver's license

CORE Competency Expectations:

- Fluent in Local Languages and
English (verbal and written) and excellent communication skills, including the
ability to understand and present technical information effectively.
- Excellent understanding and
working knowledge of clinical research, phases of clinical trials, current
GCP/ICH & country clinical research law & guidelines.
- Excellent understanding of
Global, Country/Regional Clinical Research Guidelines and ability to work
within these guidelines.
- Demonstrated ability to
- Hands on knowledge of Good
Documentation Practices
- Proven Skills in Site
Management including independent management of site performance and patient
- 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

Behavioral Competency Expectations:

- Effective time management,
organizational and interpersonal skills, conflict management, problem solving
- 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

Our employees are the key to our company s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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Job: Clinical Research Monitor(CRA)

Job Title:Sr. Specialist, Clinical Research

Primary Location: NA-US-MA-Boston

Other Locations: NA-US-Massachusetts, NA-United States

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

Nearest Major Market: Boston

Job Segment: Oncology, Clinic, Clinical Research, Medical Research, Research Associate, Healthcare, Research


Boston, MA, US

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