Clinical Trials Manager, Biomarker Operations (CTM)

Foster City, CA, United States
Mar 27, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Clinical Trials Manager, Biomarker Operations (CTM)
United States - California - Foster City

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

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Clinical Operations is an organization committed to the strategic execution of clinical studies in support of Gilead's clinical development programs. Clinical Trials Management (CTM) ensures effective design, implementation and management of global clinical trials covering all of Gilead's Therapeutic Areas from Phase I-IV. The CTM teams work with our many internal and external partners to ensure our studies are carried out following all regulatory guidelines, protect the safety of Gilead's patients and generate high quality data in a cost-effective manner. The groups direct every step of the clinical study management process from initial protocol development and study startup through management and closeout activities, providing oversight and project management throughout the process.

Biomarker Operations is part of Clinical Operations and provides functional support, overseeing operational implementation and execution of the biomarker strategy in clinical trials acrossall of Gilead's Therapeutic Areas from Phase I-IV. The Biomarker Operations team plans and coordinates all operational activities required for the collection, delivery and analysis of biomarker samples within a clinical trial.

Clinical Trials Manager, Biomarker Operations (CTM)

Specific Responsibilities and Skills for Position:

- Serves as the key biomarker operational contact with internal and external stakeholders, for successful implementation of biomarker strategy in Gilead (GS) and Collaborative (CO) programs

- Participate in multiple Phase 1-3 teams to manage biomarker implementation in clinical trials

- Plans and coordinates all operational activities required with the collection, delivery and analysis of biomarker samples within a clinical trial

- Provides sample management expertise to the Study Management Teams (SMTs)

- Accountable for ensuring biomarker samples collected are of good analyzable quality and are collected in adherence to the highest standards of ethics and informed consent.

- Collaborate with biomarker biology to translate sample processing and handling instructions from research setting to the clinical setting

- Primary interface for operational activities between the SMT and biomarker laboratory vendors; Provides the day-to-day operational management of biomarker vendors to ensure

delivery against contracted scope of work

- Has ability to critically evaluate scientific proposal or protocol, and budget for clinical operation feasibility

- Establishes strong cross-functional relationships and exhibits strong leadership skills with counterparts in other functional teams (e.g., Biomarker Sciences, CCF, Clinical Operations, and Data Management) to ensure efficient execution of the study biomarker strategy.

- Proactively identifies potential operational challenges and in collaboration with senior team members provides resolution plans to ensure biomarker strategy remains on track

- Organizes and leads biomarker operational meetings

- Maintains internal Biomarker Operations databases and document repositories

- Review of relevant documents including protocols, informed consents, and relevant study documents

- Must be able to understand, interpret and explain protocol requirements to others

- Creates and Maintains study timelines

- Assists in determining the activities to support a project's priorities within functional area

- Contributes to development of RFPs and participates in selection of CROs/vendors

- May be asked to train CROs, vendors, investigators and study coordinators on study requirements

- Contributes to development of biomarker budget

- May serve as a resource for others within the company for biomarker operations clinical trials management expertise

- Able to examine functional issues from an organizational perspective

- Participates in the recruiting and hiring process for CPA/CTMA/Sr. CTMA and support their professional development

- May contribute to development of abstracts, presentations and manuscripts

- Under supervision, may design scientific communications within the company

- Must be able to participate in multiple departmental or interdepartmental strategic initiatives under limited supervision

- Must have a general, functional expertise to support SOP development and implementation

- Collaborates with internal stakeholders on country specific studies and initiatives

- Provides knowledge and expertise on country specific regulations

- Travel may be required


- Excellent teamwork, communication, decision-making and organizational skills are required

- Thorough knowledge of FDA and/or EMA Regulations (or relevant local regulations), ICH Guidelines, and GCP governing the conduct of clinical studies

- Working knowledge and experience with Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Experience and Skills:

- At least 5+ years of experience and a BS/BA in a relevant scientific discipline (eg. Clinical Operations and/or Sample Management) or

- At least 5+ years of experience and an RN (2 or 3 year certificate) or

- At least 3+ years of experience and a Masters' degree or higher; scientific discipline preferred

-Clinical or biological laboratory experience with evidence of involvement in the

processing and/or analysis of biological samples is a plus
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