You’re the kind of person who strives to be the best you can be. Motivated and eager to learn, grow and push yourself forward, you are inspired by a passion for improving health. You now have a chance to pair your personal traits with the vast resources at PPD to become a world-class clinical research associate (CRA). Build a rewarding career through Drive, our unique CRA training program within the clinical monitoring career area.
Fueled by the 4i Values that shape our engaging work environment, Drive empowers and prepares you to pursue our goal of delivering life-changing therapies to improve health on a global scale. We are devoted to the success of our employees and clients alike. Drive offers multiple points of entry for individuals at various levels of experience and is a great way to pursue your career goals.
If you hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in life sciences or a clinical research field, have completed coursework in medical terminology and anatomy/physiology, and have a strong interest in the pharmaceutical industry, you may qualify. You can join PPD as a clinical trial coordinator (CTC), assistant clinical research associate (ACRA), or country approval specialist (CAS) and advance to the CRA role.
Should you seek a new way to apply your skills, you may thrive in this role. Your credentials should include a clinical or medical certification/license (i.e. RN, PharmD, M.D.) or equivalent and/or relevant formal academic/vocational training, related experience, and/or clinical research coordinator experience.
You’ll learn soft skills, attend instructor-led live sessions and receive role-play and field training to ensure the confidence, critical-thinking and relationship-building skills essential to success.
You’ll be supported by local line management and mentoring before, during, and after the program. Within our unique CRA community, you’ll experience a collaborative, engaging environment where you can be yourself and realize your full potential.
These include core therapeutic area training and professional training modules.
Academy CRAs have earned PharmaTimes Clinical Researcher of the Year finalist, bronze, silver and gold awards as well as multiple PPD Peak Performance Team awards within their first years after graduation!
Graduates of our CRA Academy have excelled in their field and risen to leadership roles within the CRA workforce at PPD and throughout the CRO industry, ascending to such roles as clinical trial manager, project manager and other key positions.
Performance metrics for Academy CRAs are reviewed regularly to closely monitor quality standards. On average, these individuals achieve similar or better results compared to their non-Academy peers.
We invite you to listen to global clinical development David Johnston, senior vice president and president of the Clinical Research business of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Emma Sealey, senior clinical team manager based in Australia, Amber Lee, senior vice president of clinical operations, and several graduates of the CRA Academy around the world. Consider the career growth you could achieve through CRA Drive and PPD’s CRA Academy.
“After graduating, I was more grounded in the knowledge and application of clinical research tenets, could identify my strengths and felt empowered to reach out to my trainers and peers.”
-Enoh, current Senior CRA II
“They truly care about my career goals and where I want to be, and they motivate me to meet those goals.”
-William, current Senior CRA II
“I was promoted to CTM in October 2019, with the same client who accepted me as a brand-new CRA. It has been an incredible opportunity, and I have learned a lot. I love the CRA role.”
-Rachel, current Principal CRA
“What a huge contribution to PPD, bringing all these talented people into our workforce, while offering them great growth opportunities.”
-Jan-Maarten, current Senior Director of Project Management
You can leverage the Drive program from any point in your career development, such as CTC, CAS or RSM and pursue a CRA career. If you’re an ACRA, CRA I, CRA II or senior CRA, you can use it as a platform for further professional development.
Whether you participate as an existing employee or a new, external hire, you’ll find the extensive training and development resources and support essential to realizing your most important goals throughout each phase of your CRA career. You’ll have options for future development no matter where you are in your career journey.
“We are one united organization and have a culture committed to the growth, development and happiness of our team members.”
If you’re enthusiastic and committed to success, here are three roles to consider at PPD. Each could eventually lead to your goal of becoming a CRA.
Perform quality control for and revise documents, distribute compliance reports, route documentation, and coordinate meetings/agendas.
Provide site selection support for awarded projects and be responsible for pulling regulatory country submissions together in order to activate investigative sites.
Complete remote site management and monitoring activities on assigned projects in accordance with all regulations, guidelines, and procedural documents.
STRONG INTEREST IN GLOBAL PHARMA, BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN LIFE SCIENCES OR CLINICAL RESEARCH, AND/OR EXPERIENCE IN ANOTHER AREA OF PPD
ENTHUSIASM FOR CLINICAL RESEARCH, BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN LIFE SCIENCES, COURSEWORK IN MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY AND ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY, AND/OR EXPERIENCE IN ANOTHER PPD DEPARTMENT
SUPPORT SITE MANAGEMENT AND REMOTE MONITORING ACTIVITIES ON ASSIGNED PROJECTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURAL DOCUMENTS
UNQUESTIONED PROFICIENCY AS AN ESTABLISHED CLINICAL RESEARCH PROFESSIONAL AND/OR EXPERIENCE WITHIN ANOTHER PPD DEPARTMENT
BACKGROUND AS A SUCCESSFUL CRA AT PPD AND/OR DEMONSTRATED CLINICAL MONITORING EXPERTISE AND DETERMINATION TO BECOME A CRA II, SENIOR CRA, OR PRINCIPAL CRA