Syneos Health

Senior Study Start Up and Regulatory Specialist Hungary

7 days left

04 Feb 2021
06 Mar 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)

Syneos Health is looking Sr SSU & Regulatory Specialist to our internal department located in Hungary. You will be responsible for performs assigned activities within the country that lead to start-up of investigative sites in all phases of clinical trials. 


Main responsibilities:

  • General – Responsible for quality deliverables at the country level; follows project requirements and applicable country rules, with minimal oversight from the SSU Country Manager.  Forecasts submission/approval timelines, ensures compliance and tracks milestone progress in agreed upon SSU tracking system in real time; if forecasted timelines are not reached analyses data to provide clear rationale for delays, provides contingency plans to mitigate impact, and escalates the issue as soon as identified.  Monitors financial aspects of the project and the number of hours/tasks available per contract; escalates discrepancies in a timely fashion.  Reviews and complies with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Work Instructions (WI) in a timely manner, keeps training records updated accordingly and ensures timesheet compliance.  Ensures all relevant documents are submitted to the Trial Master File (TMF) as per company SOP/Sponsor requirements.  Ensures continuous improvement of quality in all Site Start-Up (SSU) components at the country level where assigned (submissions, essential document collection, communication to Competent Authorities and ECs, etc.).  May be involved in vendor management.

            Responsible for one or more of the following functions at the country level:

  • Local Submissions Specialist - Follows the project direction and expertise provided by the designated country start-up advisor (CSA) and PM/SSUL.  May serve as the primary point of contact for the PM/SSUL (or designee) during start-up on allocated projects.  Compiles and/or reviews essential document packages for site activation and may also be involved in essential document collection from site.  Prepares and submits Central EC Applications, Local EC Applications, RA Applications, and other local regulatory authorities or hospital approval submissions as required.
  • Oversees ongoing submissions, amendments, and periodic notifications required by central and local EC and RA, and other local regulatory authorities as needed within the country; includes safety notifications as required by local rules, with minimal oversight from the SSU Country Manager.
  • Country Start-Up Advisor - Acts as Subject Matter Expert for in-country performance within the Site Start-Up.  Acts as country-level intelligence on start-up (SU) and clinical trial regulatory (CTR). 

Ensures that local country regulatory intelligence, as it pertains to the activities of the local SU and CTR team, is maintained on the central repository, e.g., Competent Authority submissions, EC submissions, notifications to data protection authorities, notifications/applications to any other local/federal/national body, and import/export license applications where these are obtained with RA applications.  In absence of legal advisor or subject matter advisor for data protection at the country, provides clear data protection guidance at a country level on data protection statements that need to be included on those documents which the Sponsor has contracted to the Company start-up group to adapt to local requirements.  This will typically include the Principal Investigator/Informed Consent and the Confidential Disclosure Agreement/contract template.  Provides input in local SOPs and WI.   Support for the creation of internal training materials on for local legislation requirements.  Responsible to identify solutions with EC or CA issue resolution at the country level. 

  • Local Site ID and Feasibility Support – Provides support site selection lead and PM/SSUL to ensure that the appropriate sites are selected for individual studies based on the requirements of the clinical trial. 
  • Local Investigator Contract and Budget Negotiator - Produces site-specific contracts from country clinical trial agreement (CTA) template.  Reviews and owns site-specific contracts from country template.  Submits proposed CTA and investigator budget for site review.  Negotiates budget and contract with site and via Site Contracts Service Centre and SSUL with Sponsor until resolution of issues.  Performs quality control and arranges execution of CTAs as well as archival of documents into repositories and capture of metadata.
  • Line management / mentoring responsibilities – As part of developmental plans, it may be requested to provide support to management in activities such as interviewing and selection, professional development, performance management, and employee counseling and separations.  Advises junior team members on administrative policies and procedures, technical problems, priorities and methods.
  • Ensure all relevant documents are submitted to the Trial Master File (TMF) as per Company SOP/Sponsor requirements.




  • Bachelor's degree
  • Excellent understanding of clinical trial process across Phases II-IV and ICH GCP
  • Good understanding clinical protocols and associated study specifications
  •  Excellent understanding of clinical trial start-up processes
  • Project management experience in a fast-paced environment
  • Good vendor management skills
  • Strong organizational skills with proven ability to handle multiple projects
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Quality-driven in all managed activities
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to mentor, lead and motivate more junior staff
  • Demonstrate an ability to provide quality feedback and guidance to peers
  • Contribute to a training and Quality assurance plan within SSU and update SOPs/WI



Why Syneos Health? Join a game-changing company that is reinventing the way therapies are developed and commercialized. Created through the merger of two industry leading companies, INC Research and inVentiv Health, we bring together more than 22,000 clinical and commercial minds to create a better, smarter, faster way to get biopharmaceutical therapies into the hands of patients who need them most. Evolve in a global company that is always looking for ways to work smarter and more efficiently as the only fully integrated Biopharmaceutical Accelerator. You'll be supported with comprehensive resources based on today's emerging technologies, data, science and knowledge - instead of practices from the past. Teaming with some of the most talented professionals in the industry, you'll gain exposure and work in a dynamic environment to over-deliver and outperform. A career with Syneos Health means your everyday work improves patients’ lives around the world.



Tasks, duties, and responsibilities as listed in this job description are not exhaustive. The Company, at its sole discretion and with no prior notice, may assign other tasks, duties, and job responsibilities. Equivalent experience, skills, and/or education will also be considered so qualifications of incumbents may differ from those listed in the Job Description. The Company, at its sole discretion, will determine what constitutes as equivalent to the qualifications described above. Further, nothing contained herein should be construed to create an employment contract. Occasionally, required skills/experiences for jobs are expressed in brief terms. Any language contained herein is intended to fully comply with all obligations imposed by the legislation of each country in which it operates, including the implementation of the EU Equality Directive, in relation to the recruitment and employment of its employees.