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IxRS Project Manager
The role of an IxRS (Interactive Voice / Web Recognition System) or IRT (Interactive Response Technology) Project Manager entails specifying and/or building, providing and/or supporting clinical trial specific systems to manage the clinical supplies to clinical study investigational sites. The IxRS system can also be used to managing the randomisation processes in blind and double-blind clinical studies.
Clinical IxRS or IRT systems can be accessed via the telephone network or the web from anywhere and operate in multiple languages to enable access by non-English speaking Project Managers and other users who may not have access to the system by a dedicated computer terminal. It is a very customisable system which enables users to proactively manage the key aspects of their clinical trials including enrolment, randomisation, dosing, drug dispensation, clinical supplies and drug inventory management. The Project Manager would work closely with key stakeholders including Study Managers to tailor the system to meet the specific needs of each phase of the clinical trial in keeping with the clinical study protocol. This could involve leading IxRS project sub-teams, project coordinating all aspects of specification, development, user acceptance testing, implementation and training.
Similar job titles include IVRS Project Manager, IWRS Project Manager and IRT Project Manager.
Skills and Experience required to become an IxRS Project Manager
- Experience of specifying and project managing IxRS / IRT solutions
- Knowledge of related clinical trial supplies
- Experience in a Pharmaceutical or service provider environment
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- Project management expertise
People with experience in the specialist area of IXRS Project Management tend to be paid quite well because their expertise is in demand. Permanent salaries tend to start in the £35k - £40k range and can become a great deal higher for senior-level people, especially in Global Project Manager roles. There is also a buoyant contract market in this sector, especially within Big Pharma companies, paying rates in the region of £300 - £450 per day.