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APEX Clinical Research Associate

Milan, Lombardy, Italy Date posted 06/21/2022 Job ID 83771BR

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. Explore opportunities within our core Clinical Development, Biotech, or Functional Service Provider (FSP) teams below.

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.


Join the APEX CRA Program!

Are you a recent graduate and do you have 1 year or less of clinical experience?

Did you study in the life sciences/data sciences/data analytics/clinical/nursing area?

The Accelerated Program of Education, Exposure, and Experience for CRAs (APEX CRA) provides foundational clinical research training - including project and system experience - to new CRA hires who are recent college graduates and have less than a year of monitoring experience. Through this program, you'll transform into a credible and experienced CRA I.

As you progress, APEX CRAs perform billable project tasks to support the CRAs and Clinical Operations Leads (COLs) with a focus in three developmental areas: Project Support, Initiation CRA support, and Site Facing support. You'll be required to complete the ACRP Entry Level Knowledge Assessment and are enrolled in a 1-year membership to the ACRP. You'll also work closely with CRAs to gain exposure to and experience with the CRA role and its responsibilities across a period of three to six months.

During this experience, you'll have the opportunity to practically apply in-class concepts with day-to-day application by working with clinical systems including Clinical Trial Management Systems (CTMS), Electronic Data Capture, Safety Information Systems, and TMF platforms, and benefit from both instructor-led trainings and ongoing coaching and support of Line Managers and COLs.

Finally, APEX CRAs accompany CRAs for observational and co-monitoring support on-site or during remote visits which combines learning for the APEX CRAs and workload aid for their CRA colleagues. Upon completion of the program, you're well-positioned to independently function within the CRA role and to immediately begin successful monitoring!


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in life sciences/data sciences/pharmacy/nursing or other health related disciplines.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills within a matrixed team.
  • Experience working in a self-driven capacity, with a sense of urgency and limited oversight.
  • A client-focused approach to work and flexible attitude with respect to assignments/new learning.
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks, evaluate a variety of unpredictable scenarios and achieve project timelines while being able to apply your understanding of study protocol(s).
  • An honest and ethical work approach to promote the development of life changing treatments for patients.
  • Strong computer skills with aptitude to learn new systems quickly.

Travel expectations:The CRA role is a largely field based role that requires frequent travel multiple times per month. Investigator sites participating in studies span the country, from large research centers to smaller offices so traveling to them is a part of the CRAs role. You can expect at least 5 trips per month that are multi day overnight stays in different location. Also travel time can vary widely depending on the location of the site, flights, proximity to the airport and travel delays. There are other factors that will impact the travel times including your location, the study you are working on and the location of the sites. During the first six months, travel will be limited but, as your development continues, travel will increase.

Parexel is proud to be a leading Clinical Research Organization with colleagues across the globe. As a member of our team, you’ll get to know your coworkers on a personal level. Have a question? A clinical research leader, project team member, technology “super user” or collaborator are a phone call away. Our clinical research teams meet regularly to have discussions in an open environment, allowing our team members to share their expertise and promote learning within the team. Management supports and encourages career growth through consistent performance discussions and evaluations. Whether your interest is to progress into a more senior level CRA role, into line management, Quality, Project Leadership or a variety of other positions, Parexel prides itself on career opportunities for our employees.

This role may be subject to government and/or customer requirements regarding vaccination against COVID-19 that are more stringent than Parexel policy. Accordingly, successful applicants may need to be either vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved religious or medical exemption. Employment is contingent on disclosure of your COVID-19 vaccination status and, if relevant, proof of vaccination

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