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Astellas Pharma Associate Manager Clinical Science Center of Excellence (Clinical Trial Patient-Centered Support) in Northbrook, Illinois

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture.

There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company.

Astellas is announcing an Associate Manager Clinical Science Center of Excellence (Clinical Trial Patient-Centered Support) opportunity in Northbrook, IL.

Position & Scope:

This Clinical Science position is responsible for the planning and execution of projects and process improvements focused on Patient Centricity and Clinical Trial Support improvements. This role will be researching, recommending and executing new ways to include the patient voice in study development planning, will bring the patient perspective into process improvements of clinical trials.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the day-to-day operations of assigned activities within relevant support function to ensure completion per established goals and objectives in compliance with applicable GCP/ICH guidelines and other regulatory requirements. This includes effective communication and coordination with key business stakeholders (e.g. study teams) to support timely completion of both drug and non-drug program goals and objectives
  • Support management of cross-functional internal teams

  • Provide accurate and up-to-date project status and financial information (where appropriate) within relevant tracking systems/tools

  • Proactively identify and escalate issues that arise related to support functional deliverables

  • Responsible for assigned activities associated with relevant support function. This may include:

  • Provide operational support in the creation, implementation, maintenance and optimization of patient centered approaches for clinical trials inclusive of Clinical Science approaches to Decentralized trials and/or

  • Provide support for Clinical Science Compliance related activities inclusive of completion of process related effectiveness checks, and CS inspection readiness activities (including preparation and responses) for audits, inspections and regulatory findings and/or
  • Support Clinical Science Vendor oversight/performance activities inclusive of support for vendor governance meetings, review of key performance measures, vendor related documentation etc. and/or
  • Provide operational support of the global study operating model inclusive of development and maintenance/optimization of various CS business processes and service provider related operating models (CRO, IRT, Central Lab) and/or
  • Support the sustainability and optimization of the CRO/Sponsor Partnership processes for Clinical Science and/or
  • Provide operational support related to technology and data enablement for the CS organization and/or
  • Support maintenance of CS QD changes and training related assignments/curriculum

Quantitative Dimensions:

Responsible for input on the functional budgets and resources (where appropriate) and management of related components of assigned activity budgets, timelines and resources.

Organizational Context:

Reports to the Sr. Manager, Clinical Science or above. This position has no direct reports.



  • BA/BS degree with at least 3 years of experience (or 2 years direct experience with an advanced degree (MS/PhD/PharmD)) in pharmaceutical drug development
  • Must have knowledge of clinical trial conduct
  • Must have knowledge of ICH/GCP guidelines
  • Requires proven project management skills
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, administrative skills and computer ability.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Minimal (0-5%) travel required


  • Prior experience with patient engagement during full life cycle of clinical trials; from planning to execution.
  • Prior experience with Health Literacy
  • Provide innovation/technology options to improve patient engagement and clinical trial experience.


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Category Clinical Science