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Initiation Clinical Research Associate II

Job ID R0000005734 United Kingdom, Remote

When our values align, there's no limit to what we can achieve.

At Parexel, we all share the same goal - to improve the world's health. From clinical trials to regulatory, consulting, and market access, every clinical development solution we provide is underpinned by something special - a deep conviction in what we do.

Each of us, no matter what we do at Parexel, contributes to the development of a therapy that ultimately will benefit a patient. We take our work personally, we do it with empathy and we're committed to making a difference.

The Initiation Clinical Research Associate II (iCRA II) specialises in performing all study start up activities for a clinical trial. You will participate in Pre SIV activities and be assigned & accountable for managing and driving the strategy for the Pre SIV / start up tasks of the study. The iCRA I can also support protocol amendments if applicable. This role involves performing all study start up activities for a clinical trial.

Key Accountabilities:

Start-Up (from site identification through pre-initiation)

- 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 pre-qualification and qualification activities, which may include:

- Preparation, negotiation, and facilitation of execution of Confidentiality Agreements (CDA), Clinical Site Agreements (CSAs) and any amendments.

- 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:

- IRB/IEC and MoH / RA submission/approval,

- Site activation,

- Patient recruitment & retention.

- Update and maintain appropriate Clinical Trial Management systems (CTMS).


- Educated to degree level (biological science, pharmacy, or other health-related discipline preferred) or equivalent nursing qualification or other equivalent experience.

Knowledge and Experience:

- Previous experience in study set up / site initiation / study start up experience or equivalent experience in clinical research environment, with understanding of clinical trials methodology and terminology.

- Good previous Clinical Site Agreement (CSA) and site contracts experience is desirable


- Strong problem-solving skills.

- Able to take initiative and work independently, and to proactively seek guidance when necessary.

- Excellent presentation skills.

- Client focused approach to work.

- Flexible attitude with respect to work assignments and new learning.

- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and achieve project timelines; utilizing strong analytical skills to make decision autonomously due to the unpredictable nature of the issues that arise.

- 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.

- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

-Fluent command of English (written and oral).

- Sense of urgency in completing assigned tasks and ability to assist others to meet study/ country deliverables.

- Excellent time management in order to meet study needs, team objectives, and department goals.

- 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 assigned.

- Attention to detail.

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