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Initiation Clinical Research Associate I

China - Shanghai - Home Based Date posted 07/22/2021 Job ID 72525BR

Everything we do has the potential to impact patient lives, and our Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) take their work seriously, demonstrate empathy, and act with heart. They also perform with urgency, navigating our streamlined clinical operating model to drive effectiveness, reduce handoffs and increase employee, client and site satisfaction.

As a CRA at Parexel, you‘ll be joining a team with a wide variety of experiences and knowledge. We’re looking for people like you to take the initiative to do things better and smarter—people who want to grow personally and professionally. We recognize and uphold the importance of all people, the way we do things, our quest for innovation, and most importantly, our patients.

Success Profile

Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Innovative
  • Problem-Solver
  • Communicator
  • Tech-Savvy
  • Confident
  • Independent
  • "The last 4.5 years I had a steep learning curve and I am still learning via on-the-job challenges and solid management feedback. Next to my personal growth, I also enjoy our open atmosphere and the great collegiality."

    Stefanie – Sr Clinical Research Associate


  • Global Impact

    We are one truly global team working together to propel each client´s journey ahead faster.

  • Balance

    We value work-life balance. We try and keep regular hours and an emphasis on life outside the office.

  • Collaboration

    Work with industry leaders and subject matter experts.

  • Freedom

    The ability to innovate, ask “what if” and try new solutions without fear of failure.

  • Variety

    Opportunities to work on multiple accounts – never boring!

  • Compensation

    Competitive salaries and bonus structure based on individual metrics.


Act as Parexel’s direct point of contact with assigned sites, accountable
for quality and delivery during the start-up phase.
• Build relationships with investigators and site staff.
• Conduct, drive and manage country specific feasibility and/or site prequalification
and qualification activities, which may include:
o Preparation, negotiation, and facilitation of execution of
Confidentiality Agreements (CDA), Clinical Site Agreements
(CSAs) and any amendments.
o Conduct remote Qualification Visits (QVs).
• Generate visit/contact reports, using judgment to identify site issues
and problem solving to direct resolution.
• Develop strategy to configure, distribute, and collect, and review and
approve, high quality country specific and/or site specific documents or
essential regulatory documents (SRP) and any updated or amended
regulatory documentation.
• Customize, review, and negotiate as needed, country/site specific
Informed Consent Forms (ICF), translations (within parameters of
country/regulatory/client requirements), and customize and negotiate
any amendments.
• Prepare and submit IRB/IEC and MoH/RA (if applicable) application(s),
resolving conflicts, determining appropriate follow up until receipt of
final approval.
• Submit all pertinent documentation to the trial master file as per project
plans/sponsor/company policy.
• Forecast, develop, manage, and revise plans and strategies for:
o IRB/IEC and MoH / RA submission/approval,
o Site activation,
o Patient recruitment & retention.
• Update and maintain appropriate Clinical Trial Management systems
(CTMS) in a timely manner.
• Promptly identify, use judgment and knowledge to address and resolve
or escalate, any site question and/or issue, including but not limited to:
potential issues or risks with site activation timelines, issues with patient
recruitment strategy, deficiencies in training, data quality or integrity,
study non-compliance, etc.
• Facilitate and support allocated sites with access to relevant study
systems and ensure they are compliant with all project specific training
requirements prior to study start.
• Actively participate in Investigator and other external or internal meetings, audits & regulatory inspections.
• Work in a self-driven capacity, with limited need for oversight.
• Proactively keep manager informed about work progress and any


• Problem solving skills.
• Able to work independently, seeking/taking guidance when necessary.
• Sound presentation skills.
• Client focused approach to work.
• Ability to interact professionally within a client organization with the support of manager or CSMⅡ
• Flexible attitude with respect to work assignments and new learning.
• Ability to manage multiple tasks, to evaluate a variety of unpredictable scenarios, and achieve
project timelines; apply understanding of study protocol(s).
• Willingness to work in a matrix environment and to value the importance of teamwork.
• Strong computer skills including but not limited to the knowledge of a Clinical Trial Management
System (CTMS), Electronic Document Management System (EDMS), and MS-Office products
such as Excel and Word.
• Sound interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
• Sense of urgency in completing assigned tasks and ability to assist others to meet study/ country
• Developing ability for effective time management in order to meet study needs, team objectives,
and department goals.
• Developing ability to work across cultures.
• Shows commitment to and performs consistently high quality work.
• Ability to successfully work in a (‘virtual’) team environment.
• Able to accommodate travel time requirements, according to tasks allocation/phase of the study
• Attention to detail.
• Holds a driver’s license where required

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