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Clinical Research Associate

Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific

Diegem, 1831 Machelen, Belgium
Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2024

Additional Location(s): Belgium-Diegem

Diversity - Innovation - Caring - Global Collaboration - Winning Spirit - High Performance

At Boston Scientific, we’ll give you the opportunity to harness all that’s within you by working in teams of diverse and high-performing employees, tackling some of the most important health industry challenges. With access to the latest tools, information and training, we’ll help you in advancing your skills and career. Here, you’ll be supported in progressing – whatever your ambitions.

About this role:

The Clinical Research Associate (CRA) supports the Global Clinical Operations (GCO) Center of Excellence, conducting activities consistent with GCO’s mission of building a world class shared clinical technology, process innovation and clinical operations team, in partnership with the company’s divisions, through technology enablement, high-touch customer service, study acceleration, and high-quality data collection.

Driving principles and behaviors for this role are collaboration, accountability, innovation, adaptability, integrity and caring.

Through coordination with the Contract & Budget team, and collaboration with divisional and regional clinical teams, the CRA conducts clinical trial site start-up activities related to the preparation and approval of regulatory documents, ensuring they are conducted consistent with service level agreements, legal and regulatory standards, and applicable company policies and procedures. Specifically, these activities will include:

  • Ethics Committee (EC) submissions and approvals.
  • Site informed consent form (ICF) customizations & negotiations.
  • Essential regulatory document collection.
  • Collaboration with Regulatory Affairs for Competent Authority (CA) submissions and approvals and other site start-up support activities, as applicable.

The CRA also provides support in enrollment, follow-up, and closure of clinical trial activities.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Work independently and proactively to coordinate all necessary activities for site regulatory submissions and essential document collection for allocated clinical research sites.
  • Manage multiple sets of essential regulatory documents across several studies and division portfolios.
  • Partner with clinical sites to support the negotiation and customization of Informed Consent Form (ICF)
  • Develop and foster clinical research site relationships to become a subject matter expert in the site start up regulatory process across multiple studies.
  • Leverage knowledge of site regulatory processes and division priorities to meet clinical study goals and objectives.
  • Manage to achieve target IRB/EC timelines by assisting clinical research sites with the application submission process and approval tracking.
  • Manage and problem solve site start up challenges that arise to mitigate impact to service level agreement and study goals.
  • Develop, prepare, complete and track required regulatory, ICF and legal documentation.
  • Document clinical research site and investigator readiness for participation across multiple studies
  • Support internal quality audits, regulatory inspections, as applicable.
  • Update and maintain study-specific startup and close out trackers.
  • Update and maintain site specific metrics in Clinical Trial Management Systems, file and maintain site documents in eTMFs.
  • Provide updates to leadership on site start up activities, investigator readiness, regulatory submission, approval status, etc.
  • Escalate challenges and/or initiate outreach to Principal investigators, clinical research site coordinator, divisional clinical study leads and/or other stakeholders when appropriate.
  • Ensure compliance with appropriate regulatory requirements (ICH/GCP, MDR, GDPR, etc.) and internal SOPs/WI, policies & procedures.

What we are looking for in you:
Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Experience in study submissions to the Ethics Committee.
  • Fluency (written and spoken), in French, English, and Dutch.
  • Ability to multi-task: support several studies and/or personnel simultaneously, work in a very fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and possess clear, concise communication & presentation skills – written and verbal.
  • Must be comfortable interacting with clinical research site personnel via phone, email, and in person.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research Coordinator or In-House Clinical Research Associate / Clinical Research Associate /Study Start up specialist experience.
  • Experience working with Ethic Committee’s.
  • Experience working with clinical trial management systems (e.g., Siebel CTMS, Veeva) and clinical document control systems / eTMF.

Requisition ID: 586770


As a leader in medical science for more than 40 years, we are committed to solving the challenges that matter most – united by a deep caring for human life. Our mission to advance science for life is about transforming lives through innovative medical solutions that improve patient lives, create value for our customers, and support our employees and the communities in which we operate. Now more than ever, we have a responsibility to apply those values to everything we do – as a global business and as a global corporate citizen.

So, choosing a career with Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) isn’t just business, it’s personal. And if you’re a natural problem-solver with the imagination, determination, and spirit to make a meaningful difference to people worldwide, we encourage you to apply and look forward to connecting with you!

At Boston Scientific, we recognize that nurturing a diverse and inclusive workplace helps us be more innovative and it is important in our work of advancing science for life and improving patient health. That is why we stand for inclusion, equality, and opportunity for all. By embracing the richness of our unique backgrounds and perspectives, we create a better, more rewarding place for our employees to work and reflect the patients, customers, and communities we serve. Boston Scientific is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Boston Scientific maintains a prohibited substance free workplace. Pursuant to Va. Code § 2.2-4312 (2000), Boston Scientific is providing notification that the unlawful manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or marijuana is prohibited in the workplace and that violations will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Please be advised that certain US based positions, including without limitation field sales and service positions that call on hospitals and/or health care centers, require acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination status. Candidates will be notified during the interview and selection process if the role(s) for which they have applied require proof of vaccination as a condition of employment. Boston Scientific continues to evaluate its policies and protocols regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and will comply with all applicable state and federal law and healthcare credentialing requirements. As employees of the Company, you will be expected to meet the ongoing requirements for your roles, including any new requirements, should the Company’s policies or protocols change with regard to COVID-19 vaccination.