Employment at CTA

Cancer Trials Australia (CTA) is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation whose vision is to be an international leader in clinical trials, playing a pivotal role in developing new therapies and the advancement of patient care.

Our mission is to be the clinical partner of choice, for members, industry, research organisations and patients, to provide excellence in clinical trials thereby contributing to Australia’s developing knowledge and innovation economy.

This will be achieved by:

  1. Creating a quality clinical trial framework that delivers competitive advantage to members and sponsors;
  2. Attracting and advocating for clinical trials to be hosted in Australia, specifically within member organisations;
  3. Ensuring that every trial has the potential to improve patient care and to build clinical knowledge;
  4. Striving to ensure every clinical trial is conducted to the highest ethical and clinical standard; and
  5. Advancing the acquisition and sharing of knowledge in clinical trial management, design and implementation across the member network.

CTA is an equal opportunity employer and provides the additional benefits of 5 weeks annual leave per annum, access to attractive salary packaging arrangements, a free and confidential Employee Assistance Program, and a friendly and supportive work environment. Several of our staff are located at member sites.

Our job vacancies are advertised on Seek, as required, from time to time. To search for an existing vacancy, please click on the following link http://www.seek.com.au or refer below for current vacancies.

For additional information about working at CTA, please contact us at [email protected]

Clinical Trials Budget Specialist

·       Are you passionate about numbers, analytical, and self-motivated?

·       Does the thought of contributing to the fast-paced world of clinical research spark your interest? 

·       If so, our Clinical Trials Budget Specialist position is the role for you!

Based in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) building in Parkville, Cancer Trials Australia (CTA) is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation that has provided a comprehensive clinical trials administrative service for its clinical members for over 15 years.

We are looking for an experienced and passionate self-starter who can lead the review, negotiation, and approval of clinical study budgets for our service sites participating in global sponsored clinical trials. You are respectful in your negotiations and constantly look for efficiencies in the process to facilitate quick study start-up.

Reporting to the Clinical Trials Contracts Manager, as Clinical Trials Budget Specialist, you will act as the main contact with the study site/institution for contract and budget negotiations and have the responsibility for contract finalisation to ensure timely initiation of the study. You are expected to be organised, while maintaining a flexible and adaptable approach to unexpected changes.

Key responsibilities of the role:

  • Managing the review, negotiation and approval of site-specific budgets in compliance with Fair Market Value, internal legal and accounting principles, and ethical standards
  • Working cross-functionally within CTA and the study site in support of timely start up for the conduct of clinical trials, including accurate forecasting of contract execution timelines
  • Reviewing and evaluating site/institution contract changes and escalating any deviations, as appropriate
  • In partnership with the Clinical Trials Contracts Manager and others as necessary, evaluating priorities and quickly readjusting them with the changing needs of the business
  • Tracking all site interactions via a database in a timely and accurate manner, ensuring that status updates are appropriately descriptive
  • Being the subject matter expert on budget processes and procedures, including guiding various stakeholders in understanding these, as needed.

 The successful candidate will have:

  • At a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in appropriate scientific or business disciplines (e.g., finance, business administration, or healthcare)
  • A minimum of 12 months’ experience and/or equivalent competencies in hospital or pharmaceutical industry/clinical research budget negotiation
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Excel
  • Ability to understand medical procedural terminology
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills
  • Good collaboration and interpersonal skills
  • Good negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Highly developed organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to look for, and champion, more efficient and effective methods/processes

 The benefits of working for us:

  • Competitive salary including provision for appropriate professional development;
  • Generous salary packaging provisions;
  • 5 weeks annual leave; and
  • A free and confidential Employee Assistance Program

For more information about this role or to obtain a copy of the position description, please email [email protected]

CTA is an equal opportunity employer and this position is open to people with a valid full-time working visa.  The successful applicant will also be required to supply a current National Police Clearance.

To submit an application, please go to the Seek advertisement here, click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button and include a cover letter that addresses all of the essential requirements listed above, along with your curriculum vitae.  Applications without a cover letter will NOT be considered.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 13th July 2020

Clinical Trials Ethics Submission Specialist (Start Up)

    • Want to gain in-depth experience in the expanding clinical trial sector?
    • Are you able to quickly and effectively develop and nurture constructive working relationships?
    • This fixed-term, 2-year contract role could be what you’re after

    Located in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Building in Parkville, Cancer Trials Australia (CTA) is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides a comprehensive clinical trial administrative service for single and multi-site trials for its clinical members located in several states.

    Due to business growth, a vacancy has arisen for a full-time Ethics Submission Specialist, with a focus on start-up trials – working primarily at CTA’s offices in Parkville, this role is expected to operate fairly autonomously and so requires a motivated and enthusiastic self-starter to prepare and coordinate clinical trial ethics & governance submissions for CTA’s newly signed member sites. The incumbent in the role will also be required to liaise with stakeholders to gain Human Research Ethics Committee and Research Governance approval for oncology and non-oncology clinical trials, as well as to develop new and/or improved processes where required.

    Working in a friendly and supportive environment, this role provides an excellent opportunity to gain highly sought-after and in-depth experience in the administration and operation of clinical trials while also developing skills in relationship management. The option to undertake this role part-time is also available and requests for such will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Essential Requirements:

    • A tertiary qualification in science, pharmacology or related field
    • Demonstrated experience in IT skills, particularly in the use of MS packages such as Word and Excel
    • An ability to quickly develop & maintain a high standard of professional relationships
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Highly developed organisational and time-management skills, required to meet strict deadlines
    • An ability to work autonomously and proactively to meet and exceed agreed service levels
    • An ability to actively participate and contribute to both internal and client-based teams
    • At least one year’s experience in ethics and governance administration in a clinical trial environment, would be very highly regarded
    • Previous experience in a customer service-type role in an office environment role, which included the coordination of multiple documents at any one time, is an essential requirement.

    CTA is an equal opportunity employer and the successful candidate will receive a competitive remuneration package, in line with their skills and experience, including:

    • Base salary plus superannuation;
    • Generous salary packaging provisions;
    • Opportunities for professional development; and
    • 5 weeks annual leave.

    For more information about this role or to obtain the associated position description, please email

    This position is open to people with a valid full-time working visa.  The successful applicant will also be required to supply a current National Police Clearance.

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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