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Centralized Monitoring Analyst (I, II)

We are vital links between an idea for a new medicine and the people who need it. We are the people of PPD — thousands of employees in locations worldwide connected by tenacity and passion for our purpose: to improve health. You will be joining a truly collaborative and winning culture as we strive to bend the time and cost curve of delivering life-saving therapies to patients.    

PPD's data analytics group delivers a new approach to risk surveillance and centralized statistical monitoring, combining the power of statistical and analytical tools with expertise from operationally experienced staff to monitor and manage clinical study data. Data analytics staff explores study data holistically to pinpoint meaningful signals, resulting in more efficient and effective issue resolution and a proactive approach to risk detection. Using this data-driven approach, PPD can address study problems or site performance quickly, directing remediation activities where needed and positioning on-site monitoring activity in a targeted approach.

Data analytics is an integral part of PPD’s risk-based monitoring (RBM) strategy and supports centralized monitoring efforts. Ongoing data assessments from our data analytics group allows to adapt monitoring plans dynamically so that CRAs can focus on the factors that have the greatest impact on data integrity and subject safety. Regardless of the percentage of source data verification (SDV), the data analytics group's centralized statistical monitoring approach identifies risk signals that may be difficult to detect through traditional review methods, such as on-site monitoring.

Data analytics evaluates data within and across studies, sites, countries and regions. Our analytic approach provides insight into:

  • Data errors, deviations
  • Trends, outliers
  • Unusual variation (or lack of variation)
  • Potential data manipulation, fraud
  • Other systematic errors or data integrity issues.

As a Centralized Monitoring Analyst, you’ll be supporting centralized statistical and risk surveillance activities on assigned trials.

At PPD we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognize the power of being one team. We offer continued career advancement opportunities, award winning training and benefits focused on the health and wellbeing of our employees.   

Summarized Purpose:  

Identifies and characterizes issues and trends in operational and patient clinical trial data using analytical or statistical tools. Leverages operational experience and knowledge to evaluate issues and develop findings based on data analyzed to communicate issues and potential risks to project team members for follow-up action and participate in risk mitigation strategies.

Essential Functions:  

Reviews clinical trial data using a variety of tools and systems in alignment with the centralized monitoring plan.

Characterizes and tracks the evidence of issues, signals and potential risks.

Ensures results of reviews are appropriately documented per department procedures.

Participates in more complex analyses or deeper root cause analyses and begins to connect related signal to risks.

Participates in the development of risk characterization and reporting.

Supports review set-up, including updating department database, pulling reports, etc.

May provide training and guidance to junior team members.                              

Education and Experience: 

Bachelor's degree or equivalent and relevant formal academic / vocational qualification

Previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable to 2 years’). Prior experience in clinical monitoring, data management, biostatistics or related field in support of clinical trials is preferred.

In some cases an equivalency, consisting of a combination of appropriate education, training and/or directly related experience, will be considered sufficient for an individual to meet the requirements of the role

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Capable of applying fundamental knowledge and skills in a highly organized fashion while adhering to regulatory guidelines, global SOPs and client expectations

Strong attention to detail and skill with numbers

Solid analytical /problem-solving skills /judgment in decision making

Ability to work productively with direct supervision

Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality with clinical data and client's proprietary data

Demonstrated Flexibility and adaptability

Ability to work in a team environment and independently

Good oral and written communication skills (English) with the ability to communicate with a variety of internal customers, including project team

Good computer skills, with knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and the ability to learn and use interactive computer systems

Ability to extract pertinent information from standard study documentation, such as protocols, electronic study data systems with the ability to learn to identify trending of site/study data

Good Prioritization skills with ability to plan, monitor and manage workload fluidly in response to changing project demands

Good understanding of project protocol, project documentation including Centralized Monitoring Plan and other functional plans

Demonstrated proficiency in expanding analysis, knowledge and quality in findings

Good working knowledge of the roles, functions and process of conducting clinical trials

Good understanding of medical/therapeutic area knowledge and of medical terminology

Working Environment:   

PPD values the health and wellbeing of our employees. We support and encourage individuals to create a healthy and balanced environment where they can thrive.  Below is listed the working environment/requirements for this role: 

Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable manner. 

Able to work upright and stationary and/or standing for typical working hours.  

Able to lift and move objects up to 25 pounds  

Able to work in non-traditional work environments.  

Able to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency.  

May have exposure to potentially hazardous elements, including infectious agents, typically found in healthcare or laboratory environments. 

Able to perform successfully under pressure while prioritizing and handling multiple projects or activities.    

PPD Defining Principles: 

- 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.  






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