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Lead Centralized Monitoring Analyst (Senior I/Senior II/Principal CMA)

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 Senior 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:  

Acts as a subject matter expert and interdepartmental and client liaison for data analytics activities. Area of focus may be a data analytics specialty, focusing on the development of tools and processes to detect, investigate, diagnose and mitigate issues and risks, or a project lead for one or more projects, including set-up of functional plans, tools and delivery of review cycles.

Essential Functions:  

Ensures performance of assigned reviews with high quality, on-time results with more complex analyses or deeper root cause analyses to connect related signal to risks.

Provides training and guidance to junior team members.

May participate in a project lead or development specialist role, or a combination of both.

Project leadership activities include: Leads the design and setup of study specific tools and centralized monitoring plan for data review; manages review timelines, develops analysis assignments for team, and supports budget management; organizes, communicates with internal team, and delegates as appropriate to ensure reviews are completed on-time, on budget, with high quality; assists with report development, delivers reports, and leads centralized monitoring meetings; contributes to risk assessment through the completion of the department risk assessment tools. Participates in the cross-functional risk assessment review meetings and contributes to overall risk planning.

Specialist activities included focused efforts on the development of new tools and analyses within area of specialty.

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 5 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 enough for an individual to meet the requirements of the role.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Capable of applying in-depth 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

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

Ability to work independently and organize and coordinate activities across the team

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

Proven flexibility and adaptability

Ability to work and lead in a team environment and independently

Strong oral and written communication skills (English) with the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external customers, including project team, functional management and client contacts

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

Complete ability to extract pertinent information from standard study documentation, such as protocols, electronic study data systems and to identify trending of site/study data

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

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

Ability to serve as a subject matter expert and lead on projects cross-functionally

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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