Global Data Operations (GDO) Lead Clinical Data Manager

Job Description

New hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

Under the direction of the applicable management, the Lead Clinical Data Manager (LCDM) is responsible for executing end to end data management activities pertaining to clinical trials, including but not limited to: data management tool and system development, validation and maintenance, data integrity review and reconciliation, query management, and database lock preparation/execution, in compliance with our Company's Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and ICH-GCP guidelines. Works with management to maintain the consistent execution of quality global procedures. If applicable, monitors workload and resource allocation. Supports the comprehensive development of junior staff and encourages effective interaction with business partners to achieve common objectives. Is accountable for the quality and timely execution and delivery of deliverables at the trial level.

Primary activities include, but are not limited to:
  • All responsibilities of a Senior Clinical Data Manager (SCDM) and a Clinical Data Manager (CDM).
  • Responsible for all protocol level start-up, in-life and database lock tasks and activities.
  • Interact and communicate with customers and stakeholders both internal and external to GDMS as well as our Company when needed.
  • Responsible to design, create, validate, review, approve and maintain data management tool specifications, including but not limited to: eCRFs, Time & Events Schedules, eCRF Entry Guidelines, Edit Checks, Data Review Plans (DRPs) and In-life Reports, Encoding and Data Management Plans (DMPs).
  • Coordinate &/or participate in the execution of user acceptance testing of data management tools.
  • Provide inputs into the preparation of the investigator meetings materials and makes him/her available for questions. May present data management instruction at investigator meetings based on business need and management decision.
  • Participate in relevant operational meetings to identify and incorporate global operational issues into the study design.
  • Execute and trigger communications and escalations at the protocol level within department, within function and cross-functionally.
  • Execute and maintain adherence to a metrics control plan and quality assessment indicators at the trial level.
  • Coordinate the database lock preparation and monitoring of checks, such as data flow and derivations monitoring, for clinical data repository and triage issues according to report output.
  • Accept and execute special responsibilities related to process maintenance, data quality assessment, staff training and mentoring and/ or other special activities, such as developing and delivering programs and materials to instruct staff regarding business processes, leading or participating in cross functional technical improvement projects, etc.
  • Continually monitor for opportunities to improve efficiency, effectiveness and quality and implement changes as appropriate at the trial level, program level, TA level and department Level.
  • Performs tasks with minimal guidance from manager(s).
  • Support and execute any role or task in the team when needed.
  • Primary responsibility in training new staff ; CDMs, SCDMs and new LCDMs.


At least B.A. or B.S. degree, preferably in life science, computer science, or health care related discipline. with at least 3 years' experience in clinical data management leading clinical trials and/or teams.


Associates Degree with at least 5 years' experience in Clinical Data Management leading clinical trials and/or teams.


High School Diploma (or equivalent) with at least 8 years' experience in Clinical Data Management leading clinical trials and/or teams.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we "follow the science" that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are ...

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for ...

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Requisition ID:R146071