Study Start-Up Specialist – sponsor-dedicated

Covance Published: July 13, 2021
Vienna, Austria
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Job Overview:

Labcorp Drug Development has supported the pharmaceutical industry in developing more medicines worldwide than any other company, including the top 50 best-selling drugs on the market today. Join us and see why more than 90% of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies are repeat customers.

If you are looking to take on responsibility and leverage your know-how in the start-up phase of clinical trials - ensuring a successful start of important clinical studies -, this is the perfect opportunity. You will be working alongside a dedicated and supportive team of SSU experts and for world class pharmaceutical companies, in a role that allows you to have a real impact on people’s health and lives.

What we have to offer: a strong international support network, flexible working solutions that facilitate a genuine work-life balance, a highly competitive compensation package and the opportunity to significantly raise your profile in the industry.

Sounds exciting? Then we would love to hear from you!

As Study Start-Up Specialist, you typically will:

  • Serve as the primary contact for investigative sites, proactively managing site activation and providing guidance for your sites during the start-up phase of your assigned studies
  • Ensure that all assigned maintenance and start-up activities are on track and in accordance with client expectations, ICH / GCP, SOPs, budget, quality and all applicable Austrian laws and guidelines
  • Collect, track and perform a quality review of all essential and investigator documents required for effective and compliant study site activation and maintenance
  • Liaise with our regulatory department regarding document submission requirements and ensure documents required are collected and submitted on time. Ensure high quality documents are filed and systems are updated on an ongoing and timely basis, taking ownership for compliance and audit readiness
  • Escalate any issues with submissions and / or approvals for your assigned studies appropriately and in a timely fashion, both to internal departments and to external stakeholders such as Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), Independent Ethics Committees (IECs) and Austrian regulatory authorities
  • Customize country and site specific patient Informed Consent Forms to ensure compliance with local requirements and protocol
  • Support the negotiation of site contracts and budgets with study sites and track progress of contract and budget milestones / developments, intervening and escalating as appropriate


  • Degree in a relevant field such as pharmacology, life sciences, clinical trial management, (veterinarian) medicine, health care (management), nursing, chemistry, biology, oecotrophology etc.,
  • In lieu of the above, an equivalent completed vocational education or equivalent professional experience


  • Solid expertise in clinical trials within a CRO or a pharmaceutical company with a specialization in clinical study start up / regulatory processes
  • Demonstrated understanding of research protocol requirements as well as the ability to communicate them / educate others about them
  • Proven track record collaborating successfully with operational project teams as well as external investigative sites and Austrian regulatory authorities (including IRBs and IECs)
  • In-depth experience with submissions to the Austrian regulatory authorities - observing all local regulations and guidelines as well as international standards such as ICH and GCP
  • Familiarity with investigator start-up documents and contract / budget negotiation processes with study sites
  • Autonomous work style with excellent time and project management skills
  • Business fluency in German and English – both spoken and written – is a must


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