Sr. Manager Study Management - Medical Affairs

Northbrook, Illinois

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Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at

This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

  • The Senior Manager Study Operations will mainly be asked to manage less complex studies; i.e. Observational studies, secondary use of data
  • Responsible for operational planning, oversight and/or execution of Medical Affairs data generation activities, including Company Sponsored Research (interventional, non-interventional, and HEOR studies) and Collaborative Research (CR).
  • Plan, initiate and execute assigned studies with operational excellence:
  • Accountable for effective management of budgets, timelines and resources for assigned clinical studies, and implementation of appropriate standards and processes to ensure clinical study quality
  • Responsible for effective training and management of interactions with study team, study sites and vendors for assigned clinical studies
  • Participate in best-in-class initiatives to improve study execution standards and processes and to ensure quality of study deliverables
  • The scope of this position is post approval data generation research studies including Phase IIIb/IV. This position may oversee management of multiple studies.
  • [Japan Only: accountable for each process (Planning, Data management, Stat, Medical writing) to carry out the Post-Marketing Study (PMS) of assigned product. Responsible for implementing the PMS in accordance with GPSP regulations and company procedures. Cooperate with PV/RA to prepare the study plan as a part of RMP (Risk Management Plan) and reexamination application materials.]

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Evidence Generation Execution

  • Lead feasibility assessment and selection of countries and sites for study conduct
  • Manage and lead cross-functional study teams, including vendors
  • Responsible for financial oversight of the program(s), requiring a strong financial acumen; proactively partners cross-functionally for updates to timelines and budgets.
  • Development of RFPs, selection of CROs/vendors

  • Provide accurate and up-to-date study information within CTMS and other relevant tracking systems and provide regular updates of study progression to MA leadership and other stakeholders; proactively identify and resolve issues that arise during study conduct; manage escalation of study-related issues
  • Lead development of study plans and system set-up; participate in preparation and ensure operational excellence of protocol, CRF, CSR and other key study team deliverables
  • Implement appropriate systems, standards and processes to ensure quality at the level of investigative sites, vendors and data
  • Oversee the clinical aspects of timely data cleaning, data analysis and the availability of top line results; participate in data reviews and review of statistical analysis plans
  • Ensure set-up and implementation of effective investigator and site monitor training; coordinate operational and therapeutic area training for internal and external study team members
  • Provide oversight and direction to study team members for study deliverables


  • Lead vendor oversight, as applicable to study type, in the management of day-to-day operations of assigned studies to ensure completion per established project team goals and objectives in compliance with applicable GCP/ICH, GPP guidelines and other regulatory requirements, as applicable
  • Participate in process improvement and quality-related initiatives associated with study execution and deliverables; participate in establishment of best-in-class processes and standards for study conduct

Quantitative Dimensions:

Annual budget responsibility

  • $4MM (MA-Sponsored Studies)
  • $1MM (CRs)

Organizational Context:

Reports to Sr. Director / Director Evidence Generation Operations

  • Collaborate within M&D:
    • Development
    • Regulatory Affairs
    • Pharmacovigilance
  • Collaborate with divisions outside of M&D:
    • AIA
    • Legal
    • Ethics & Compliance

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