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Delve Deeper - Clinical Data Management

A job in clinical data management involves organising and supervising the collection and analysis of the large amounts of data that are gathered throughout a clinical research trial.

In general, clinical data management posts are within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Positions can also be secured in clinical research organisations (CROs) and in national healthcare organisations such as hospitals.

In the last few years, many pharmaceutical companies have outsourced their clinical data management teams and there were a high number of redundancies in the field. However, these trends have recently begun to turn around.

Today, more and more clinical data management jobs are becoming available and some pharmaceutical companies are bringing clinical data management back to their in-house remit. Additionally, contractors with experience in clinical data management are in increasing demand, particularly in Eastern Europe and Asia.

As a leader in global pharmaceutical recruitment, Hays Life Sciences has a detailed understanding of the clinical data management jobs market. We provide innovative and client-specific hiring solutions that enable our clients to fill vacancies quickly and effectively, while helping applicants find positions that fit their specific skill sets and job requirements.

Careers in clinical data management

Clinical data management is an integral part of a clinical research project and a person in a clinical data management job will have a diverse set of responsibilities. Depending on the phase and status of the project, duties will range from study start up - including coordinating case report form designs, setting up databases, validation programming and creating data quality plans - through to database lock, clinical evaluation and statistical analysis.

For candidates seeking positions in clinical data management, qualifications should generally include a BSc within a scientific or related field, as well as relevant experience in clinical research. A background in computer sciences can also be beneficial.

Knowledge of various of software packages is also crucial for securing a position in clinical data management. Candidates should be familiar with Oracle Clinical, Medidata Rave, Phase Forward, Clintrial, SQL and PL / SQL and they should have a basic understanding of SAS programming. Experience in the development of clinical trial databases in both paper and electronic data capture (EDC) environments is also helpful. Additionally, IT skills - with the ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel and MS Access - are essential.

The salary for a clinical data management job depends greatly on the employer, the responsibilities of the specific role and the location. The applicant's previous experience could also have an impact on the amount of remuneration received. Thus, a role in clinical data management can pay anywhere from £30,000 to upwards of £90,000 per year.

Typical jobs in clinical data management

The various roles in clinical data management involve a variety of activities, but whatever the position, a keen eye for detail and good leadership skills are essential.

Clinical data managers develop and execute data testing and analysis plans, ensuring robust data quality and identifying ways to improve processes.

Clinical data project managers act as team leaders, coordinating project tasks and ensuring studies meet their objectives, timescales and budgets.

Database and EDC designers are responsible for configuring and implementing methods for capturing electronic data and analysing it effectively.

Hays Life Sciences - experts in clinical data management recruitment

As a pharmaceuticals recruitment specialist, Hays Life Sciences works with employers and applicants in around 25 countries to fill vacancies in clinical data management, as well as other specialist fields in the industry.

Our specialist team of staffing consultants is highly trained, ensuring they have a complete understanding of the pharmaceuticals industry, as well as the specific requirements of each role. This expert knowledge means that we can successfully fill clinical data management vacancies with the most qualified applicants.

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