Clinical trial managers are responsible for managing the clinical trial process by implementing effective strategies for their organization. They are in charge of reviewing trial results using strict clinical procedures. In all tasks, clinical trial managers must comply with safety standards and respect privacy and confidentiality. They interact with clinical staff, review trial progress, and make changes to the trial structure and processes based on subject or team feedback. Clinical trial managers also analyze data based on trial results, interpreting research information, and creating detailed documentation. Other tasks performed by clinical trial managers include mentoring junior staff in acceptable clinical practices, conducting performance reviews, participating in hiring activities, and interviewing prospective personnel. Clinical trial managers also prepare manuals and present conclusions at conferences and seminars. They assist with budget preparation, as well as oversee assessments that include screening and testing procedures. Additionally, clinical trial managers review data collection policies, storage, and inventory duties.
A bachelor's degree in business management, biology, health care management, or a related field is required for this job. Previous experience - including in a managerial capacity - is generally required or preferred. Industry certifications may be preferred as well. Clinical trial managers must possess excellent communication skills, the ability to multitask, and leadership skills. Clinical trial managers must be organized individuals that pay close attention to detail and are able to work in a fast-paced environment.
Clinical Trial Manager Tasks
Design, develop, and execute protocols for clinical trials that fit with existing regulations and standards.
Manage budget and schedule during clinical trials.
Write study documents, reports, and summaries of adverse events, progress, and employees.
Develop and implement enrollment strategies, monitoring to adjust for dropouts.
Monitor and track progress and obstacles during clinical trial, responding to day-to-day problems.