Global Trial Lead

Location Leiden, Gemeente Leiden, South Holland
Job type: Permanent
Contact name: Benjamin Watts

Contact email:
Job ref: 13512
Published: about 1 month ago

I am looking for a Lead Clinical Trial PM (Global) with clinical research experience in the pharmaceutical industry or CRO. This is a permanent contract working remotely anywhere in Europe. 

Your Challenge:  

For one of the biggest leading pharmaceutical organisations, we are looking for a Lead Clinical Trial PM (Global). You will be involved in multiple roles in late stage (phase III and surveillance (priority) and early stages development. 


  • Responsible for providing global, regional or complex local management of a clinical trials or Medical Affairs data generation activity in one country or multiple countries
  • Includes operational oversight of assigned project(s) at the country level for end to end project management
  • Includes start-up, execution, close-out, analysis and reporting
  • Services will ensure the teams operational activities are in line with country specific regulations and trial teams are delivering high quality
  • Data and trial documents/records that are compliant with the assigned clinical trial protocol, company
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), International Conference on Harmonization for Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP), and regulatory requirements Partners with the Clinical Program Leader (CPL), Clinical
  • Ensure overall study delivery at the country or countries level
  • Prepare high level budget estimate in response to Request for Service’s followed by detailed budget proposal
  • Ensure accurate trial budget management, updates for scope changes and reconciliation of assigned trials for both Out of Pocket (OOP) costs and FTE costs
  • Responsible for overall contract management, including review and approval of external service provider (ESP) contracts, change orders and ensures services are delivered per contract
  • Act as primary company contact for assigned trial at the country level and ensures local/country team is tracking project progress against planned timelines and monitors patient recruitment rate to ensure that target enrolment will be met across the allocated countries. This may require development of local trial specific procedures and tools, recruitment planning, contingency and risk management, and budget forecasting
  • Drive study compliance by maintaining and updating trial management systems, using study tools and management reports available to analyze trial progress
  • Participate in preparation for and conduct of Health Authority (HA) inspections and internal Quality Assurance audits
  • Escalate corrective and preventive actions (CAPA) to GTL and CPL when the trial deviates from plans and communicates study progress and issues to study management teams and business partners
  • Contribute to site level recruitment strategy and contingency planning and implementation in partnership with other functional areas to achieve clinical research target and works with GCO/CRO staff in the set up and coordination of Investigator meetings, if applicable
  • Deliver competent vendor management at the country level to support the study and may submit requests for vendor services and support vendor selection. This includes reviewing and approving site and local vendor invoices as required
  • As required, manage the local study drug supply
  • Contribute to patient understanding of protocol and patient safety by contributing to the review of country specific informed consent in accordance with procedural document/templates. This includes creating, reviewing and managing site specific informed consent forms in accordance with SOPs, other procedural documents and applicable regulations
  • Ensure trial subject safety in that all AEs/SAEs/PQCs are reported within the required reporting timelines and documented, as appropriate. Ensures Inspection readiness by maintaining complete, accurate and timely data and essential documents in systems utilized for trial management (e.g. CTMS and VTMF) according to expectations (metrics) and archiving retention requirements where applicable
  • With focus on quality, participates in preparation for, and conduct of, HA inspections and Internal Quality Assurance (QA) audits. Works closely with CPL to ensure CAPA is implemented for audits/inspections or any quality related issues or concerns.
  • Ensures accurate finance reporting and trial delivered within budget by adhering to finance reporting deliverables and timelines. This includes forecasting and proactive management of country/local trial budget. If applicable, may assist in negotiation of trial site contracts and budgets
  • Keep the trial in compliance with local regulatory requirements by organizing and ensuring IEC/HA approvals, if applicable? Advanced.

Education and Experience Requirements:  

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required, preferably in Life Sciences
  • 8 years of clinical research experience in the pharmaceutical industry or CRO. Other relevant experiences and skills may be considered
  • Specific therapeutic area experience in oncology and/or strong working knowledge of ICH-GCP, company standard operating procedures, local laws and regulations, assigned protocols and associated protocol specific procedures
  • Strong IT skills in appropriate software and company systems
  • Willingness to travel with occasional overnight stay away from home according to business needs
  • Excellent decision-making and strong financial management skills
  • Proficient in speaking and writing the country language and English
  • Good written and oral communication skills as appropriate
  • Previous line management experience is a plus, but not required.

Project start date: Short notice preferred

Project Duration: 1 year or longer (potentially 2-4 years)

Location: EMEA


If you’re interested in the above description, please apply with your CV and a letter of motivation.

PS: Did you also know that we offer a generous referral scheme, because great people know other great people, right?

For further information, please contact Benjamin Watts at +31 (0)20 20 44 502 or by email at