Start-Up Manager - Clinical Operations

Ivry, France
22 Feb 2021
23 Mar 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
Start Up Manager in Clinical Operations - France

PPD's mission is to improve health.  It starts as an idea to cure. It becomes a life saved. All in-between, it's you! We know that meaningful results not only require the right approach, but also the right people.  We invite you to re-imagine health promoting protocols with us, working alongside our talented, bright and energetic teams.  

Our goal-driven teams combine and deliver startup activities for the clinical trials, collaborating to improve processes, cycle and flexibility. We partner with our sites, businesses and colleagues around the world to decrease startup timelines and exceed expectations.

As a Line Manager at PPD, you will select, train, coach and manage staff across study start up and, potentially, the wider clinical department. You will focus on end results using metrics and key performance indicators to manage performance. You may also lead or contribute to initiatives
that enhance the department's performance or lead to process improvement across PPD. Responsibilities include:
  • Direct line management of a team (up to 15 staff, mainly accross SSU and potentially Clinical)
  • Manage start-up and monitoring activities and may act as the lead for an area of focus.
  • Provide input based on expertise/experience to internal customers resulting in internal/external customer satisfaction.
  • Manage the contractual aspects of studies in collaboration with project teams.
  • Manage operational delivery by monitoring the progress of studies against the established project plan and coordinating with client sponsors.
  • Ensure that risks and issues are properly routed and resolved in coordination with other departments and key stakeholders.
  • Develop or contribute to local WPDs and leads/participates in process improvement initiatives.
  • Alert management to quality issues and facilitates client and internal quality assurance audits as required.
  • Provide input into the bidding process and contributes to the procurement of new business.
  • Manage the allocation of staff to projects.
  • Ensure all staff CVs, training records, position profiles and experience profiles are complete and up to date.


Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's Degree in a life science related field.
  • Significant clinical research experience (min 5+ years) including experience in all phases of study life cycle, including start up, interim and close out.
  • Previous line management experience is essential
  • Experience managing staff across start up and clinical departments is beneficial

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent mentoring/leadership/supervisory skills
  • Strong knowledge of SSU process in France, including EC & Regulatory submissions
  • Advanced knowledge of clinical trials monitoring; Remote and on-site (beneficial)
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate medical research data
  • Strong organizational and negotiation skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Good knowledge of English language and grammar
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Excellent team player with team building skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques applicable to constantly changing environment
  • Solid knowledge of medical/therapeutic areas and medical terminology

At PPD we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognise the power of being one team. We understand that you will want to grow both professionally and personally throughout your career, and therefore at PPD you will benefit from an award-winning learning and development programme, ensuring you reach your potential.  

As well as being rewarded a competitive salary, we have an extensive benefits package based around the health and well-being of our employees. We have a flexible working culture, where PPD truly value a work-life balance. We've grown sustainably year on year but continue to offer a collaborative environment, with teams of colleagues eager to share expertise and have fun together. We are a global organisation but with a local feel. 

- We have a strong will to win - We earn our customer's trust - We are gamechangers - We do the right thing -We are one PPD - 

If you resonate with our five principles above, and ultimately wish to accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics for some of the world's most urgent health needs, then please submit your application - we'd love to hear from you.  

If you have the necessary skills and experience please apply, alternatively contact Adam Davis, Senior Recruiter, adam.davis@ppdi.com for more information.


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