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Clinical Trial Leader / Biopharma


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      Title: Clinical Trial Leader

      Location: Tokyo

      Report to: Head of SBDO Japan

      Direct report: 0 (Single contributor)



  • Leads the development of the clinical trial strategy and delivers the clinical operational plan within the budget, timelines and quality standards agreed upon by Governance Committees.
  • Accountable for oversight of CROs in the execution of Phase I – III global clinical trial(s).
  • Represents Global Clinical Operations (GCO) within the Global Trial Team and serves as the key GCO operational point of contact for the trial.
  • Accountable for the successful preparation and presentation of operational content at key governance discussions
  • Key contributor to the development of annual trial/project objectives and communicating to relevant line management and Clinical Operations Team
  • Drives and leads the successful execution, oversight and approval of all clinical trial documents and operational plans of global clinical trials using strong project management, leadership, and organizational skills.
  • Ensures strong oversight, review and delivery of trial/project CAPAs in order to meet corporate compliance standards and timelines.
  • Accountable for partnering with CRO in audit responses and addressing quality issues.
  • Provides leadership and contributes to all operational aspects of the trial budget, including forecasts to ensure delivery within the R&D financial standards.
  • Performs review and provides strong operational input in the development of clinical trial protocols, ICFs and CSRs and contributes as a member to the CTM Internal Protocol Review Committee.
  • Filters, prioritizes, analyzes and validates complex and dynamic information from a diverse range of external and internal sources to respond to technical operational and organizational challenges.
  • Supports the development and implementation of department initiatives including input on SOPs, processes, and workstreams.
  • Ensures strong inspection readiness application for all assigned clinical trials.
  • Manages a small project or project stream with tasks of low to moderate complexity within a larger project. Leads a small project team with members typically from direct working environment and a straightforward project structure. Coordinates stakeholders from own area or even closely related areas or is partially or even fully responsible for the project’s management within small to medium sized projects. Applies technical expertise in the analysis of factual information and may even look beyond the immediate problem and use business acumen to understand the wider implications.
  • Accountable for projects within a clearly defined scope and milestones. Receives moderate to low level guidance and direction within broad guidelines.


Candidate Profile:

EducationBS/BA in life sciences/healthcare-related discipline or RN. 

Languages: Native level in Japanese and fluent in English


Industry Experience

  • Experience in all aspects of clinical study planning and start up (including budget and resource planning), and in executing the complete range of clinical study activities, from start up through final study report. 
  • Strong leadership competencies and influencing skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Proven team dynamic knowledge and skills and ability to foster partnerships across projects and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Growing expertise in drug development, including some knowledge of interfaces and interdependencies of clinical development with other functions (e.g., nonclinical & pharmaceutical development, regulatory, commercial/marketing)


Clinical Trial Lead

  • The candidate NEEDS to have led GLOBAL trials (either in Japan or overseas)
  • Minimum of 3 years in clinical research in a CRO, study site or Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Industry.  At least 2 years of in-depth knowledge and experience in clinical trial management.
  • Relevant professional experience or substantial professional experience in support/services/operations. Requires some previous project management experience. Require a substantial amount of professional experience and additional qualifications that also provide exposure to project management principals and fundamental concepts.



  • Handles, oversees and prioritizes multiple tasks simultaneously; good time management skills; works with moderate supervision; highly self-motivated and proactive.
  • Ensures studies are run according to plan and expectations, ultimately resulting in timely and high-quality delivery of projects; directs daily operations of clinical study(ies) to meet expected timelines and achieve milestones while ensuring quality and adhering to budget.  
  • Finds creative solutions to problems and make suggestions for the improvement of existing processes
  • Thinks beyond the confines of own function; considers interfaces and actively fosters cross-functional cooperation, ability to manage internal and external customers; Knows his/her customers, builds relationships and treats them with professionalism
  • Anticipates, recognizes, and manages issues: Analyzes clinical study and investigative site risks and implements corrective actions, where required. Applies critical thinking skills.
  • Collaborates with vendors and verifies each is meeting expectations according to scope of work and budget on assigned study.  Utilizes technology and available sources of data to verify vendors are on target for deliverables in an ongoing manner.


Recruiting contact: Fang LIU


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Job Requisition ID:  220500
Location:  Tokyo
Career Level:  E - Professional (10+ years)
Working time model:  full-time

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