Senior CRA (Clinical Research Associate)

Clinical drug research is a competitive and expanding space within Clinical Life Sciences. Therefore, it is no surprise that the demand for experienced Senior Clinical Research Associates (CRA) has never been more in-demand. At Meet, we know that Senior CRAs play a vital role in the Pharma, Biotech and Contract Research Organisation (CRO) sectors. 

Senior CRAs support the global population, finding new innovative solutions to help people lead healthier, happier lives. In addition, CRAs help pharmaceutical companies and CROs transform. This includes discovering life-saving drugs to developing essential over-the-counter medical products. 

A Senior CRA will oversee each stage of the clinical trial. They help determine the effectiveness and safety of medical products, taking Investigational Products (IP) from lab to market. In addition, they set up and close down sites used for clinical trials and collate data for research protocols. 

Additionally, a Senior CRA will have experience supporting site staff across Life Sciences. This involves training doctors, nurses and others within the healthcare pipeline. Their work is valuable to any CRO, and a career as a CRA is a rewarding one.

Responsibilities of a Senior CRA

Depending on the employer, a Senior CRA will typically be responsible for the following: 

  • Identify and set up sites suitable for clinical trials (clinics, hospitals) 
  • Oversee the closing down of sites on completion of the trial
  • Develop and document clinical research protocols. This may consist of:
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Articles 
  • Liaise with those conducting the trial (doctors, consultants, investigators)
  • Design tools for data collection
  • Write and document visit reports
  • Work across multiple research sites 
  • Train doctors, nurses and other staff to follow the protocol of the trial
  • Monitor ongoing research trials for total compliance. This may include:
    -Ensuring ethical treatment of human participants
    -Uphold participant data security and confidentiality
    -Verify the accuracy of data collection and documentation
    -Regulate the storage, dispensing and disposal of drugs 

Skills and experience needed

The best Senior CRA's will be required to have the below skills and experience: 

  • Independent monitoring experience (+12 months)- Essential
  • Previous CRA experience in CRO/Pharma Client focused approach to work
  • Flexible concerning work assignments and new learning
  • Ability to successfully work in a team environment
  • Work in a self-driven capacity, with limited need for oversight
  • Excellent communication (written, verbal, and interpersonal skills)
  • Ability to build effective relationships with trial centre staff and colleagues
  • Presentation skills
  • Project management skills
  • Have a flexible and adaptable approach to work
  • Organisational, IT and administrative skills
  • Understanding the importance of good clinical practice (GCP) - a legal requirement for all CRAs.


Any Senior CRA's will be expected to have the below qualifications: 

A degree or postgraduate qualification in Life Sciences, biolofical science, pharmacy, or other health-related discipline is preferred, This could include: 

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical science
  • Chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Pharmacology or pharmacy
  • Physiology
  • Toxicology


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