Associate Director Clinical Operations


About this job

  • Market: Life Sciences & Health Care
  • Branch: Biotechnology
  • Area of Expertise: Clinical
  • Location: United States

What is required?

  • hours per week: 40
  • Education level: Academic Bachelor
  • Closing date: Friday, 22 September 2023

About this role: Associate Director Clinical Operations

The Associate Director, Clinical Operations is responsible for overseeing various stages of drug development or multiple complex projects. The successful candidate will play a leading role in establishing and nurturing relationships with investigators, study site staff, CRA’s, and CRO teams. They will closely manage all aspects of Clinical Trial Operations, including project management, study center activities, CRA monitoring, and vendor management, drawing from comprehensive understanding of clinical trial processes.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to manage CROs and vendors, escalating issues when necessary.
  • Directly supervise contract CRAs, CRO study teams, clinical sites, and vendors for assigned studies, ensuring alignment with company-sponsored studies.
  • Oversees study aspect including site feasibility, strategy, selection, enrollment planning, data review, and protocol deviations assessment.
  • Develop risk management and remediation plans aligned with project strategies.
  • Manage study timelines, provide regular progress updates to senior management, and ensure study finances are within budget.
  • Assist in protocol and document development, collaborate with Clinical Supply Management for supply forecasting.
  • Create study materials, conduct training, and enhance quality within the functional area.
  • Support inspection readiness and maintain filing systems.
  • Track essential study metrics and mentor team members.
  • Serve as Clinical Operations expert and ensure tasks follow GCP and SOPs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or healthcare discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 7 years of clinical trial management experience, including 2 years in clinical monitoring within biotech/pharma sector.
  • Proficient in GCP, FDA, and ICH regulations.
  • Skilled in international clinical trials, managing CROs, and overseeing external service providers.
  • Strong grasp of cross-functional areas (data management, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance).
  • Previous experience mentoring and supervising personnel
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities, enjoys regular interactions.
  • Self- sufficient task, prioritization and independent work capability.
  • Willingness to travel, averaging 20%, domestically and internationally.


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Brunel USA - Minneapolis