Principal Clinical Scientist, Clinical Development

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. - Malvern, PA (30+ days ago)3.6

Job Description

Job Title

Principal Clinical Scientist, Clinical Development




Clinical Development


Malvern, PA


Research & Development

Direct Reports (list)


Reports to (title)

Head Clinical Development

Date Submitted


To be completed by Corporate Compensation:
Job Code


Date Reviewed




FLSA (USA only)


Job Summary - a concise overview of the job

The Principal Clinical Scientist, Clinical Development participates in the Clinical Development (CD) strategy and plan and contributes to various deliverables necessary for effective and efficient execution CD plan for all studies/projects. This role has primary responsibility for contributing to CD activities including the design and development of clinical studies, writing various clinical documents such as, but not limited to, clinical study synopsis, clinical study protocol, investigator brochures etc.

The Principal Clinical Scientist, Clinical Development will represent CD on various sub-teams, acting as a primary point-of-contact for questions and inquiries to CD regarding CD studies or other programs, contributing to ongoing study data reviews, and providing CD inputs on clinical study designs. This role is likely to join in regular interactions with clinical sites/Investigators, external vendors supporting the work of CD, and Clinical Operations colleagues in support of the overall CD strategy. It will also work closely with the project management team and will be responsible for overall tracking of projects/departmental activities and provide timely updates to Head Clinical Development.

All incumbents are responsible for following applicable Division & Company policies and procedures.

Scope of Authority - span of control (work unit, site, department, division, etc.), monetary value of budget/spend authority ( capital, operating, etc.), P&L responsibility, etc.

Endo Branded – domestic and international; reviews budgets; oversees contractors

Key Accountabilities - key outcomes/deliverables, the major responsibilities, and % of time


Key Responsibilities

% of Time

Clinical Lead

Lead cross-functional clinical development teams.
Lead development of study designs.
Lead writing of protocols, and amendments, ICFs, and clinical sections of other documents.
Interact with thought leaders in various therapeutic areas.
Track and update CD team on the CD deliverables across the all clinical studies/projects.
Oversee regular maintenance and update of the CD project folders/drives.

Clinical Study Planning Development, Data and Reports

Author and/or provide operational input into study documents such as Protocol Synopses, Protocols, Protocol amendments, Administrative Change letters etc.
Ensure trial implementation according to the protocol.
Provide CD contributions to trial-related documents such as the IBs, ICF, CRFs, CRF Completion Guidelines, Study Execution and Monitoring Plans, Clinical Data Review Plan, Clinical Database specifications, statistical analysis plan, the data management plan, the medical monitoring plan, Clinical Study Report (CSR) etc.
Provide regular and ad-hoc data reviews and interpretation; prepare and present summaries/documentations of these reviews.
Support the development of program-level documents, including, but not limited to, abstract and manuscripts, presentations, and various other internal and external documents and communications as needed.
Support identifying, contracting and engaging subject matter experts/thought leaders in advisory board meetings, consultancy etc.

Clinical Operations

Assist Head Clinical Development with developing the operational strategies for clinical research studies and development programs (e.g. PI selection, CRO selection, budgets).
Participation in vendor selection, specification development, and management/oversight.
Facilitation of country and site feasibility/selection processes.
Develop/coordinate study training for study team, investigational sites, and vendors.
Assist Clinical Leads with scientific and data-related queries.

Safety & Efficacy

Collaborate with the medical monitor to identify any trial-related safety trends, and as needed, generate reports to interpret, analyze and summarize the data and trends.
Collaborate with the statistician to identify any trial-related efficacy trends, and as needed, generate reports to interpret, analyze and summarize the data and trends.




Education & Experience

Minimal acceptable level of education, work experience and certifications required for the job

Advanced Scientific degree (Master’s degree-level or higher, Immunology background preferred)
At least 8 years of experience in clinical development within Industry (pharmaceutical, CRO)
Previous experience designing and developing phase 1-3 protocols.
Broad therapeutic area experience (typically demonstrable with 2 or more years relevant experience).
Broad experience in the principles and techniques of data analysis, interpretation and clinical relevance (e.g., ISS, ISE, competitor data, etc.).
Data listing review experience.
Experience working on a clinical team.
Previous project management/clinical operations experience desirable.

Proficiency in a body of information required for the job

e.g. knowledge of FDA regulations, GMP/GLP/GCP, Lean Manufacturing, Six-Sigma, etc.

Has extensive knowledge of clinical research and has successfully worked across Phase I – III drug development projects.
Comprehensive understanding of product and safety profiles.
Well-versed in medical aspects of GCP, ICH, FDA, EMEA, and other relevant guidelines and regulations.



Often referred to as “competencies”, leadership attributes, skills, abilities or behaviors that may be enterprise, functional or job specific e.g. coaching, negotiation, calibration, technical writing etc.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) bridging scientific and business needs – integrating clinical science, disease area knowledge, and operational requirements. Incumbent must be able to work with colleagues at all levels of responsibility and authority.
Ability to work on multiple projects with aggressive timelines
Action oriented, flexible, able to adapt to changes in priorities, projects, and daily activities.
Strong presentation skills
Strong MSP skills
Physical Requirements

Physical & mental requirements e.g. lift 40 pounds, walk across plant/warehouse, business travel (% of time), driving as part of work responsibilities, etc.

Up to 10% travel

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. Management reserves the right to change or modify such duties as required.

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