Regional Clinical Research Associate
Planet Pharma - Los Angeles, CA

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Job Description

Monitors the progress of clinical studies at investigative sites, and ensures that clinical studies are conducted, recorded, and reported in accordance with the protocol, standard operating procedures (SOPs), ICH-GCP, and all applicable regulatory requirements. To be successful in this role, CRA's must perform 8 Site Visits and/or 10 days out on site per month. This may require up to 75-80% Travel.


  • Implements and monitors clinical trials to ensure sponsor and investigator obligations are being met and are compliant with applicable local regulatory requirements and ICH guidelines
  • Visits sites to assess the qualification of potential investigative sites, initiate studies, instruct site personnel on the proper conduct of studies, to review data and ensure accuracy of data collected and to terminate studies
  • Provides regular clinical status information to team members and project management
  • Performs billable work in accordance with client policies, procedures, and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Works closely with other team members to ensure timely resolution of project and/or clinical issues and obtains direction from more senior clinical operations staff.
  • Communicates common site trends to Lead CRA and other project team members
  • Performs investigative site file reconciliation; requests any new or updated site-related essential and non-essential documents and reviews them for content, consistency with other documents, and compliance with appropriate local regulatory requirements, ICH guidelines, project
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and sponsor requirements
  • Performs source document verification, retrieves Case Report Forms (CRFs) and performs query resolution in a timely manner and oversees drug accountability and safety at investigative sites
  • Ensures Serious Adverse Event (SAE) reporting according to project specifications
  • Responds to requests from investigative sites in a timely fashion
  • Mentors junior level CRAs and serves as a resource for new employees
  • May serve as a resource for and interact with other functional areas to resolve site issues and facilitate project timelines
  • If assigned direct reports: Schedules and reviews project tasks, provides leadership in the delivery of services to clients, ensures that staff fulfill their responsibilities in accordance with client’s policies, procedures, and SOPs, and ensures HR processes are properly implemented
  • May be assigned Lead CRA accountabilities on non-global studies


  • Undergraduate degree in a clinical, scientific, or related field or its international equivalent, or equivalent work experience required
  • An advanced degree (e.g., M.S., M.B.A., PharmD, etc) preferred
  • Read, write and speak fluent English; fluent in host country language
  • Experience using computerized information systems, electronic spreadsheets, word processing and electronic mail preferred
  • Knowledge of ICH and local regulatory authority regulations regarding drug research and development required
  • 2 year regional monitoring experience is required