Study Start Up Specialist- 1 Year Contract

Canada, Ontario, Mississauga

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Title: Study Start Up Specialist- 1 Year Contract
Division: Country Clinical Operations
Location: Mississauga

Duration: 1 Year Contract

The Study Start-up (SSU) Specialist functions as a subject matter expert on all SSU-related activities in the country/region, oversees and leads SSU activities in collaboration with other clinical research stakeholders and serves as a leader for local/global SSU process improvements and patient recruitment strategies.


  • Updates knowledge on related regulatory requirements, ensures adherence and compliance with local regulations and internal procedures.

  • Executes all start-up activities prior to site activation on assigned studies, according to Roche standards and aligned with study/project requirements and timelines.

  • Prepares country level Informed Consent Form (ICF) and obtains ethics committees’ and local regulatory authorities’ approval. Prepares ongoing submissions, amendments and periodic notifications required by ethics committees and regulatory authorities as needed within the country.

  • Maintains and analyzes study start-up data (metrics) on assigned studies, ensuring optimal efficiency to reduce start-up timelines and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

  • Partners with Clinical Study Managers (CSMs) and Clinical Study Specialists (CSSs) to provide guidance on regulatory/ethics requirements, to track and drive site activations and trial amendments submissions, by regularly reviewing and monitoring status of submissions/activations.

  • Supports drug label preparation and approval (as local label representative) for studies in collaboration with local Regulatory/Quality department, as required.

  • Liaises and collaborates with relevant authorities/bodies to further enhance clinical trial process, government policies laws, via innovative approaches

  • Submits, according to local regulatory requirements, all Suspected Unexpected Serious Adverse Reactions (SUSARs), Six Monthly SUSAR Reports (SSRs) and Development Safety Update Reports (DSURs).

  • In collaboration with CSMs, identifies and tracks new investigator sites performing feasibility, as applicable, and develops and supports effective patient recruitment and retention practices, as required.

  • Responsible for study budget and contract negotiations in collaboration with Contracts Manager/Associate, as required and ensures compliance with Fair Market Value (FMV) in the country.


  • 4 years’ University Degree or Equivalent preferably in a medical/science-related field

  • 5 years’ work experience demonstrating knowledge and understanding of clinical trials, such as that obtained in a clinical trial monitor capacity, and experience managing projects.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of ICH-GCP, the regulatory, ethics and contractual requirements for starting clinical trials in relevant country.

  • Experience negotiating contracts or study budgets is desired

  • Demonstrated competence in analysis, planning and problem solving.

  • Experience with starting up Canadian sites preferred

  • The successful incumbent must be legally permitted to travel to the United States for business purposes

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit cover letter and resume no later than January 22nd, 2021.


This position is not eligible for relocation support.
This position is open to applicants legally authorized to work in Canada.

NOTE: All employment is conditional upon the completing and obtaining a satisfactory background check, including educational, employment, references and criminal records (for which a pardon has not been granted) checks.


Roche is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits unlawful discrimination based upon any legally protected ground. Roche will make a good faith effort to accommodate the individual needs of applicants with disabilities in our recruitment process


AGENCY NOTICE: Please note that Roche Canada does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Services Agreement with agency/recruiter, Roche Canada will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, Roche Canada explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.

Roche is an equal opportunity employer.

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