Clinical project managers conduct and supervise clinical trials. They are responsible for managing a group of clinical professionals during the trial phases and create progress reports based on the team's findings.
They develop schedules for staff to complete tasks, as well as provide assistance as required by the team. Another of their main duties is identifying obstacles that can prevent effective research processes. They analyze trial information and propose creative solutions to trial issues. In addition, they monitor trial progress and make policy changes when needed. They actively participate in staff meetings to coordinate clinical responsibilities. Clinical project managers incorporate new procedures into the trial process, and they are responsible for training other staff members and following strict safety regulation when conducting trials. They must also sign and respect confidentiality agreements. Most of the time, clinical project managers work in a combination of office and laboratory settings and use a personal computer as one of their main tools.
Clinical project managers should have previous experience conducting clinical trials. A minimum of a bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the research is needed for this position. Additional managerial experience is required, and industry and leadership certifications may be preferred. Clinical project managers must also possess clear understanding of contracts and the scope of research being conducted. They also must have strong leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to multitask effectively when handling several projects at the same time.
Clinical Project Manager Tasks
- Scope projects with an eye towards client expectations as well as current capabilities and competing deadlines.
- Coordinate between clients, in-house teams, vendors, and other groups.
- Track and study all available metrics on progress, finances, and obstacles to make recommendations.
- Develop and implement project plans with milestones, schedules, and communication mechanisms.