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Program Overview

You’re the kind of person who strives to be the best you can be. Motivated, 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 defining principles 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 one PPD, 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.

Who is eligible for CRA Drive?

Recent Graduates

If you hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in life sciences or clinical research field, 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), remote site monitor (RSM), or country approval specialist (CAS) and advance to the CRA role.

Established Clinical Professionals

Should you seek a new way to apply your skills, you may thrive in this role. Your credentials should include a registered nursing certification or equivalent and/or relevant formal academic/vocational training; related experience; and/or clinical research coordinator experience.

Benefits of Becoming a CRA at PPD

If you want to be part of a global team while you focus on professional development, Drive is the career vehicle of choice. The program offers flexibility, empowering you to gain diverse professional experience.

CRA Academy Program Highlights

Six weeks of high-quality training

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.

Ongoing support and development

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.

Enhanced learning opportunities

These include core therapeutic area training and professional training modules.

Successful Results

Proven winners and game-changers

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!

Future leaders at PPD and beyond

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.

Established quality and performance standards

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.

CRA SUCCESS STORIES AT PPD

We invite you to listen to global clinical development Executive Vice President David Johnston, 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.

We encourage you to hear what Daniel Jones, vice president of clinical operations, North America Regional Head has to say about the importance of being a CRA at PPD.

Flexible Entry Points

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 experienced 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 resources, training and development resources and support essential to realizing your most important goals throughout each phase of your CRA career. And you’ll have options for future development no matter where you are in your career journey.

“We are one PPD and have a culture committed to the growth, development, and happiness of our team members.”

- Vice President of clinical operations, North America regional head

Start on the path to your dream job: CRA

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.

Clinical Trial Coordinator (CTC)

Perform quality control for and revise documents, distribute compliance reports, route documentation, and coordinate meetings/agendas.

Country Approval Specialist (CAS)

Provide site selection support for awarded projects and be responsible for pulling regulatory country submissions together in order to activate investigative sites.

Remote Site Monitor (RSM)

Complete remote site management and monitoring activities on assigned projects in accordance with all regulations, guidelines, and procedural documents.

COUNTRY APPROVAL SPECIALIST (CAS)
CAS
CLINICAL TRIAL COORDINATOR (CTC)
CTC
REMOTE SITE MONITOR (RSM)
RSM
CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (CRA)
CRA
EXPERIENCED CRA
EXPERIENCED CRA

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

EAGERNESS TO ADVANCE INTO A CRA ROLE, 1+ YEARS IN CLINICAL RESEARCH, CLINICAL MONITORING CLASSWORK OR TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE IN A DIFFERENT CAPACITY AT PPD

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

Embark on your future today.

It all begins with Drive.

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