Senior Clinical Data Scientist Lead

Job Locations (All) | Canada-Remote | US-Remote
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/16/2021 2:46 PM)


ICON plc is a world-leading healthcare intelligence and clinical research organisation. From molecule to medicine, we advance clinical research providing outsourced services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and government and public health organisations.


With our patients at the centre of all that we do, we help to accelerate the development of drugs and devices that save lives and improve quality of life.


Our people are our greatest strength, are at the core of our culture, and the driving force behind our success. ICON people have a mission to succeed and a passion that ensures what we do, we do well.




  • Leads end-to-end data review activities performed on a clinical trial. Accountable for achieving clinical data management deliverables on-time, with high quality and to agreed financial metrics.
  • Responsible for applying advanced analytics to centrally aggregate and analyze data from disparate sources to identify risks and issues impacting data integrity, patient safety and/or regulatory compliance.
  • Triages and assigns data review findings to the appropriate project team role for follow-up and resolution.
  • Communicates trending analyses and a summary of findings to internal and external stakeholders to support the on-time delivery of data fit for analysis.


  • Serves as the primary contact for internal and external team members regarding clinical data management data review activities
    and leads these review activities to ensure the delivery of data fit for analysis.
  • Provides input into clinical system development activities, to ensure systems support the data review needs of the study, focusing
    on critical data and processes, and identified risks.
  • Ensures clinical data management review requirements are put into production per the study’s protocol risk evaluation and
    integrated data review plan (IDRP), and that ongoing data review activities are compliant with study plan requirements.
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of study plans documents specifying data review strategy and applicable
    procedures on assigned protocols/projects, including but not limited to data management plan.
  • Develops and oversees timeliness of clinical data management activities during the life cycle of studies as it relates to data review
    and data delivery milestones.
  • Centrally reviews clinical data at aggregate level, using analytic reporting tool(s) to support the identification of risks and data
    patterns/trends. Mitigates risks by using signal detection and quality indicators.
  • Communicates and triages issues to appropriate roles for follow-up and action to address root cause.
  • Proactively identifies out-of-scope clinical data management activities to the study project managers to be implemented in required
    change orders.
  • Leads and hosts the data monitoring meetings, communicating issues to the internal and external stakeholders in a meaningful
    way such as summarizing the data and representing the information visually.
  • Leads clinical data management activities on more complex projects with diverse scope.
  • Leads clinical data management activities on projects with diverse scope.
  • Accountable for creating and maintaining clinical data management timelines, to oversee and achieve high quality interim and final contractual deliverables for complex projects.
  • Using high level knowledge of the protocol, identifies critical data and processes from protocol review, and supports protocol risk evaluation process.
  • Works with assigned project teams to communicate, address and resolve data-related issues and recommends potential solutions; escalates issues
    which potentially impact patient safety or study analysis.
  • Trains and mentors new and less experienced team members.
  • Participates in sponsor and/or third party audits as required.
  • Develops tools/analytics used to monitor compliance and identify trends.
  • Supports business development as needed.
  • Develops and maintains data review study documentation as appropriate to facilitate data validation and analytics.
  • Performs analytic reviews as defined in the scope of work and functional plan, focusing on errors that matter or have a meaningful impact on the safety of the subject or interpretations of the final analysis. Identifies root cause to systematically resolve data issues.
  • Sets expectations and ensures consistency in data review approach and compliance and identifying trends.


  • Bachelor’s degree in quantitative, scientific or health related field required.*
  • 5 years of relevant experience required. 
  • Basic knowledge and/or understanding of analytic open source and/or enterprise level extract, transfer, load (ETL) and analytic tools and practices
  • Aptitude for understanding analytic modeling methods such as regression, classification and clustering
  • Basic programming skills in applicable systems, e.g., R, SQL, Python, SAS
  • Skill to efficiently navigate through large volumes of data, to interpret data problems, and to apply technical solutions
  • Ability to analyze a data issue and design paths to effective potential solutions, understanding the impact of suggested solutions and to help the
    project team make better decisions
  • Strong knowledge of the drug development process including risk-based monitoring principles, clinical and biometrics procedures, workflows, and
    software systems
  • Strong skills in interpreting protocols and identifying risks and appropriate mitigation strategies for clinical studies
  • Skill in aggregate data review and interpretation using visualization/ analysis software, e.g., JReview, Tableau, SAS. 
  • Strong leadership and project management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a cross-functional and culturally diverse team
  • Strong ability to proactively, represent clinical data management internally and externally for all study related items and find pragmatic solutions in
    compliance with regulatory requirements and policies. 

* Equivalent combination of education, training, and relevant experience may be considered in place of the education and experience stated
above. All employees must read, write and speak fluent English and host country language.


To qualify for a role located in the U.S., applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not (now or in the future) require sponsorship for employment work visa status. 


Benefits of Working in ICON:
Our success depends on the knowledge, capabilities and quality of our people. That’s why we are committed to developing our employees in a continuous learning culture – one where we challenge you with engaging work and where every experience adds to your professional development.

At ICON, our focus is to provide you with a comprehensive and competitive total reward package that comprises, not only an excellent level of base pay, but also a wide range of variable pay and recognition programs.  In addition, our best in class employee benefits, supportive policies and wellbeing initiatives are tailored to support you and your family at all stages of your career - both now, and into the future.

ICON, including subsidiaries, is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please let us know.


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