Clinical Trials Manager

Clinical Science Westlake Village (Los Angeles), California

We launched Atara Biotherapeutics in August 2012 to help patients with serious diseases and few therapeutic options. We’re named after Atara Ciechanover who suffered from cancer before passing away. We are considered a leading off-the-shelf T-cell immunotherapy company (Nasdaq ATRA) developing novel treatments for patients with cancer, autoimmune and viral diseases.

Position Summary

The Clinical Trials Manager is responsible for the execution of clinical trials from typically works on studies with moderate to high complexity (in terms of design, location, phase, etc.), and proactively identifies and resolves clinical project issues and participates in process improvement initiatives as required. 


Report to     Director, Clinical Ops

Location      Westlake Village (NW Los Angeles) preferred or South San Francisco, CA

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manages all clinical aspects of study, including: assesses operational feasibility and recommends study execution plans; manages study timelines and metrics; participates in selection and management/oversight of external vendors and develops vendor specifications; reviews vendor reports, budgets, and metrics; provides study-specific training and leadership to clinical research staff, including CRO, CRAs, sites and other contract personnel; prepares and presents project debriefings, as required; plans, executes, and attends/manages study-specific meetings (e.g., Study Management Meetings, investigator meetings, etc.) as applicable; participates in site monitoring visits as appropriate.
  • Uses operational and therapeutic expertise to optimize trial design and execution: works with the study team to design clinical trial protocols and assists in developing/managing an ongoing data review plan to ensure detection of data trends and to ensure study objectives are met; prepares study-related documentation; supports the creation of the ICF template, CRFs, etc.
  • Prepares and/or reviews study-related documents (e.g., Monitoring Plan, Laboratory Manual, Patient Diary, Pharmacy Manual, and CRF Completion Guidelines, etc.).
  • Prepares/reviews site study documents (i.e., site-specific informed consent, study tools/worksheets, investigator contracts, and site payments).
  • Selects sites and countries; develops relationships with investigators and site staff.
  • Assists in development and management of study budget and maintains it within financial goals; reviews and approves clinical invoices against approved budget.
  • Ensures all clinical trials are executed in compliance with ICH/GCP guidelines/regulations and applicable SOPs: participates in the planning of quality assurance activities and coordinates resolution of audit findings; ensures audit-ready condition of clinical trial documentation including central clinical files; reviews monitoring reports to ensure quality and resolution of site-related issues; coordinates and assists in the planning of regulatory or ethics committee activities, as appropriate.
  • Interface with cross-functional teams (e.g. Medical Monitor, Regulatory Affairs, CRO, vendors and Investigators/site staff).
  • Manages clinical monitoring activities (including approval of visit report templates, monitoring plan, etc.) ensuring compliance with ICH/GCP and applicable regulations. Includes management through resolution (CAPA) of any site or study level issues, deviations, etc.
  • Participates in the selection, training, and evaluation of study personnel (contract and internal) to ensure the efficient operation of the function. 

:                                    Travel may be required (up to 25%).

Physical Requirements

Subject to extended periods of sitting and standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in an office or clinical environment. Car and airplane (see above) travel is an essential part of the job.


Education & Professional Experience


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education/experience in science or health-related field required.
  • Minimum of 7 years of clinical trial experience required 5 of which would preferrably be within either the pharmaceuticals or biotechnology.
  • Strong understanding of ICH/GCP, and knowledge of regulatory requirements.
  • Strong clinical study management skills.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, along with problem solving, conflict resolution, leadership and team-building skills.


  • Neurology, CNS and Oncology experience
  • Global trial management experience

More About Atara Bio
Now in our sixth year, we’re proud of our team of 260+ Atarians co-located by design in South San Francisco (corporate headquarters) and Southern California (R&D and manufacturing headquarters in the northwest Los Angeles area) with a newly-established European headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. Atara also has a R&D site in the Denver, Colorado area and an office in New York City. Our Southern California hub is anchored by a new 90,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Atara T-Cell Operations and Manufacturing (ATOM) facility in Thousand Oaks, California.

One mission – “Transform the lives of patients with serious medical conditions through pioneering science, teamwork and expertise” – and a singular vision – “Cell therapy treatment for every patient, any time – provide inspiration and direction for all of us.”

The Company's off-the-shelf, allogeneic T-cells are bioengineered from donors with healthy immune function and allow for rapid delivery from inventory to patients without a requirement for pretreatment. Atara's T-cell immunotherapies are designed to precisely recognize and eliminate cancerous or diseased cells without affecting normal, healthy cells.

Atara's most advanced T-cell immunotherapy in development, tabelecleucel, or tab-cel™ (formerly known as ATA129), is being developed for the treatment of patients with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (EBV+ PTLD) who have failed rituximab, as well as other EBV-associated hematologic and solid tumors, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Tab-cel™ is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of EBV+ PTLD following an allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (MATCH study) or solid organ transplant (ALLELE study).

Atara is also developing off-the-shelf, allogeneic ATA188 and autologous ATA190 T-cell immunotherapies using a complementary targeted antigen recognition technology for specific EBV antigens believed to be important for the potential treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). A Phase 1 clinical study of autologous ATA190 in patients with progressive MS is ongoing. Atara is also advancing a Phase 1 clinical study of ATA188 in patients with progressive or relapsing-remitting MS across clinical sites in the United States and Australia. Atara's clinical pipeline also includes ATA520 targeting Wilms Tumor 1 (WT1) and ATA230 directed against cytomegalovirus (CMV).

Working at Atara Bio
People at Atara Bio are high integrity, roll-up-your-sleeves, get-it-done types who are keenly committed to putting patients first, advancing medical care and doing so with demonstrated urgency. At their core Atarians are people who work well with others and are “team-centric”, have purposeful curiosity and can’t wait to save patient lives. And similar to other biotech companies who have so many accomplished people, we expect humility (we are a “low hubris” sort of place), flexibility, respect, teamwork, good judgment and getting the most out of any dollar we spend. We also expect to enjoy the journey (and each other) as we move forward with a shared responsibility to teach and to learn from what we do and from our teammates.

Atara Bio is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and other lawful factors. In accordance with applicable law, the Company prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, expression or dysphoria, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, transgender status or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or because of the individual’s association with a member of a protected group or connection to an organization or group related to a protected group.

We comply with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Atara Bio in the United States.