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Associate Project Manager II, Start-up

Personal Genome Diagnostics

Personal Genome Diagnostics

Burlington, NC, USA
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2023

Associate Project Manager, Start-Up


As a leading global contract research organization (CRO) with a passion for scientific rigor and decades of clinical development experience, Fortrea provides pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device customers a wide range of clinical development, patient access and technology solutions across more than 20 therapeutic areas. With over 19,000 staff conducting operations in more than 90 countries, Fortrea is transforming drug and device development for partners and patients across the globe.

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Labcorp's Clinical Development and Commercialization Services business is now Fortrea in connection with its planned spin-off from Labcorp, which is expected in mid-2023. Fortrea’s spin-off from Labcorp is subject to satisfaction of certain customary conditions. This spin-off will position both organizations for accelerated growth and allow each to focus resources on distinct strategic priorities, customer and employee needs and value creation opportunities. As a provider of phase I-IV clinical trial management, regulatory guidance, patient access solutions and market access consulting, Fortrea will partner with both emerging and large pharmaceutical, biotechnology, device and diagnostic companies to drive healthcare innovation and improve the lives of patients worldwide.

Fortrea is looking for problem-solvers and creative thinkers who are passionate about breaking down barriers faced by sponsors of clinical trials, and who are committed to helping transform the development process to get promising life-changing ideas and therapies to patients faster. Join us as we cultivate a workspace where all employees have the opportunity to grow and make impacts on a global scale. For more information and questions related to Fortrea, please visit

The Associate Start-up Project Manager oversees and manages the start-up phase of domestic and/or international clinical trials, primarily on a regional level but can hold a lead role depending upon SUPM experience level. Responsibilities include project managing defined study start-up activities within timelines, scope, quality and budget, ensuring that client’s expectations are met. Job duties include overseeing the maintenance phase, as applicable. Depending on the scope of the project and experience level, job duties below may be performed independently as a Lead SUPM or in collaboration with a Lead SUPM as a Regional SUPM. Lead SUPM is accountable for all job duties below. Regional SUPM supports Lead SUPM by leading below job duties on a regional level.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Lead start-up team during study start-up phase liaising directly with Lead SUPM or Project Lead, core team members and the client, as applicable.
  • Serve as client’s contact for start-up and maintenance processes and oversight. Responsible for establishing a strong working relationship with client’s project teams.
  • Monitor and control start up project schedule, budget, and scope. Proactively engage in both quality assurance and risk management activities to ensure project deliverables are met.
  • Initiate improvements to enhance the efficiency and the quality of the start-up work performed on assigned projects.
  • In a lead role, develop a site activation and maintenance strategy in conjunction with the Project Lead, other functional groups and the client to ensure start-up and maintenance deliverables are completed within agreed project timelines and in accordance with client’s expectations.
  • Create or review required project start-up plans. Distribute, implement and monitor compliance to project plans and revise as necessary. Review Client vs CRO responsibilities related to start-up.
  • Understand client expectations for deliverables/milestones, and liaise with applicable functional teams in creation and modification of site activation timelines throughout the lifecycle of the project.
  • Review and provide input to core study documents, as applicable.
  • Proactively manage site activation and maintenance progress, expectations and deliverables to a Lead SUPM or the Project Lead/client, as applicable
  • Present at external and internal meetings including, but not limited to: project core team and client meetings, Chapter Meetings, Kick Off Meetings.
  • Distribute start-up and maintenance related documents to local start-up staff and oversee the customization to local requirements.
  • Oversee ethics and regulatory bodies submission and approval status. Coordinate addressing queries ensuring required timelines are met.
  • Ensure preparation and distribution of core and country specific contract and budget templates to applicable project team members
  • Oversee Investigator Package compilation and green light approval regionally and/or globally. Proactively identify and escalate any risks to meeting deliverables. Propose effective mitigation plan, as applicable.
  • Monitor Green Light (GL) approval regionally to ensure deliverables are met. Proactively identify and escalate any risks to meeting deliverables.
  • Oversee maintenance activities through the lifecycle of the project.


  • Ensure that work is performed within budget. Interpret billing guidelines for the functional area/region and schedule training for start-up team accordingly
  • Proactively identify risk of over-spend and track project progress against financial milestones using applicable financial systems.
  • Implement and follow pre-approved procedures for write off or budget overages.


  • Determine needs, request, and manage project start-up resources. Adapt/request resources as applicable to ensure project deliverables are met.
  • Ensure effective cross-functional teamwork among project team members including both internal and external ancillary services.
  • Resolve conflicts as needed.
  • For all Start-up staff, identify and escalate non-compliance related to maintaining professional standards, following processes and SOPs to respective line managers and/or QA,
  • Schedule and conduct start-up related trainings to project teams (both internal and external), as applicable.
  • Ensure local staff has access and are trained on applicable systems.
  • Provide performance feedback of team members to respective line managers and project management team.
  • Support RFP development and attend at Bid Defense Meetings, if required

Minimum Experience Required:

  • Four (4) or more years of drug development and clinical research experience (pharmaceutical, biotech or CRO), including demonstrated skills and competency in clinical project management tasks, especially regarding study start-up.
  • Preferably Local project coordination and/or project management experience, especially regarding study start-up.

Required Education:

  • University/college degree (life science preferred), or certification in a related allied health profession (i.e. nursing, medical or laboratory technology) from an appropriately accredited institution.
  • In lieu of the above requirement, candidates with four (4) or more years of relevant clinical research experience in pharmaceutical, CRO industries or experience in a health care setting will be considered.

Pay Range: $90,000 - $110,000/year

Benefits: All job offers will be based on a candidate’s skills and prior relevant experience, applicable degrees/certifications, as well as internal equity and market data. Regular, full-time or part-time employees working 20 or more hours per week are eligible for comprehensive benefits including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, STD/LTD, 401(K), ESPP, Paid time off (PTO) or Flexible time off (FTO), Company bonus where applicable. For more detailed information, please click here.


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