Careers in Clinical Trials


A Clinical Trial Manager usually progresses in his/her career to senior management positions such as Associate Director or Director


A Clinical Trial Manager is a key position in the management of clinical trials. A CTM should have good people management skills and the ability to anticipate problems and have back-up plans ready so that there is minimal impact on time, cost and quality of the project.

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Career as a Clinical Trial Manager


A career as a Clinical Trial Manager is very challenging and demanding. A Clinical Trial Manager (CTM) has a significant role in the management of clinical trials and thus in the development of new treatments. A Clinical Trial Manager provides leadership in clinical trial activities and ensures that clinical trials are completed within budgets, in time and with the highest quality. A Clinical Trial Manager is responsible for managing the planning, implementation, and tracking of the clinical monitoring process, administration of clinical trials and maintaining an overview of ongoing clinical trials. A CTM acts as a guide to Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) and Clinical Trial Assistants (CTAs). Often CRAs and CTAs working on a project directly report to the Clinical Trial Manager. A Clinical Trial Manager eventually gets promoted to Director and Senior Director levels.

Some common roles and responsibilities performed by the Clinical Trial Manager (CTM) are:

- Supervise in-house clinical trial staff
- Guide in the creation of important study documents
- Conduct feasibility studies
- Develop study budgets
- Oversee patient recruitment
- Ensure compliance of staff with the organizations Standard Operating Procedures
- Conduct team meetings and staff training programs
- Overall responsibility of the ongoing studies
- Participate in protocol development, CRF design and clinical study report writing
- Optimize costs and resources to help improve the organizations profitability

Competencies & Skills:

Various competencies and skills are required to become an efficient Clinical Trial Manager. Some of them are:

- Thorough understanding of the drug development process with extensive knowledge of ICH-GCP
- Extensive knowledge of clinical trial regulations such as those of US FDA, EMEA, DCGI etc
- Influential & assertive communication skills
- Excellent leadership skills
- Good record keeping skills
- Ability to motivate
- Self Confidence
- Ability to think Out-of-the-box
- Problem solving skills
- Conflict management skills
- People management skills


- Bachelors or Masters degree in Pharmacy or any Science related field is highly recommended


To work as a Clinical Trial Manager (CTM) we suggest you consider the following online program(s):

- Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research
- Professional Diploma in Clinical Trial Management
- To increase the number of opportunities for you, you may also choose one of the Advanced Post Graduate Diploma Programs in Clinical Research based on your preferred specialization

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