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Clinical Project Manager (m/f/d)

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Clinical project managers: committed to optimising patient treatment possibilities

Clinical project managers conduct a variety of clinical studies, such as testing innovative drugs or verifying the effectiveness of new physiotherapeutic treatments. They work at the interface of scientists, doctors and patients.

Which opportunities do clinical project managers have on the labour market?

As the medical industry is largely independent of economic cycles, clinical project managers always have good career prospects. They can find challenging jobs with excellent development opportunities at international pharmaceutical groups or large university hospitals. Besides, it is possible to work as a freelancer in this profession.

What are the tasks and responsibilities of clinical project managers?

Clinical project managers focus on the development and testing of drugs and medical products. They manage clinical trials throughout all stages, taking over schedule control and budget responsibility.

The following tasks are also part of their responsibilities:

  • Communication with partners and sponsors
  • Cooperation with authorities, ethics committees and similar institutions
  • Publication of the results of trials and scientific studies in specialised media

Which hard skills and soft skills should clinical project managers have?

In addition to an academic degree in natural sciences (ideally in pharmacy, medicine or microbiology), first experience in the area of clinical trials is required. Besides, clinical project managers must have a scientific and precise way of working and must be able to explain complex matters to patients in a simple and understandable manner.

To master the challenges related to their job, they also need the following skills:

  • The ability to cooperate with other scientists in an interdisciplinary and structured way
  • Good organisational skills and stress resistance
  • Business fluent English language skills

What is the average salary of clinical project managers?

The average gross annual salary of clinical project managers is about EUR 60,000. While the starting salary amounts to a minimum of EUR 45,000 per year, senior clinical project managers with a lot of experience may earn EUR 80,000 or more.

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