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Job Title: Contract Analyst I - Laboratories

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ICON plc is a world-leading healthcare intelligence and clinical research organisation. From molecule to medicine, we advance clinical research providing outsourced services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and government and public health organisations.

With our patients at the centre of all that we do, we help to accelerate the development of drugs and devices that save lives and improve quality of life.

Our people are our greatest strength, are at the core of our culture, and the driving force behind our success. ICON people have a mission to succeed and a passion that ensures what we do, we do well.

ICON's Client Contract Services team are responsible for the coordination, development and execution of all client contracts and change orders for newly awarded and on-going projects.

As a  Contract Analyst I , you will be responsible for developing the budgets in collaboration with Finance, Legal and Operational teams at ICON. This role requires strong excel skills as you will be negotiating the budgets for clinical trials.

This is a busy and rewarding position, which plays a vital role at ICON.

We would be particularly interested in applications from people with strong Laboratory experience who would like to combine this experience with their interest and/or experience in a more business focussed role. Full training will be given.

To be successful in the role, you will ideally have:

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Our success depends on the knowledge, capabilities and quality of our people. That’s why we are committed to developing our employees in a continuous learning culture – one where we challenge you with engaging work and where every experience adds to your professional development. At ICON, our focus is to provide you with a comprehensive and competitive total reward package that comprises, not only an excellent level of base pay, but also a wide range of variable pay and recognition programs.  In addition, our best in class employee benefits, supportive policies and wellbeing initiatives are tailored to support you and your family at all stages of your career - both now, and into the future. ICON, including subsidiaries, is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please let us know through the form below.

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ICON began its journey to international success from humble beginnings in Ireland in 1990.Started by Dr John Climax and Dr Ronan Lambe, the first office had five team members and since then has grown to employ over 10,000 people working in 79 offices based in 37 countries around the world. The fact the company has continued to grow and develop even during the economic downturn in Ireland is testament to its strength and the talent of the people who work here. The Irish HQ is now based in Leopardstown on the outskirts of bustling Dublin. Among the facilities based here are one of our five global central laboratories, which contains state of the art instrumentation, analytical platforms, QC materials & reagents to support our large global studies. The main building is very modern with a fantastic cafeteria and ample parking. It is within easy to reach of the city centre, by train or car. Our office space here is open plan, creating the opportunity for learning and collaboration between the different parts of the business. There is a real focus here on helping team members to progress, through internal and external training and development opportunities. Many of our senior team members have grown their careers here at ICON, and we continue to hire young people whom we provide with opportunities to enhance their skills and move up in the business. ICON is a fast paced, energetic company where decisions have to be reached quickly and accurately. This sense of pace, community and professionalism permeates the whole office. There is also an emphasis on work/life balance, with flexible working options, including working from home where this matches business requirements. We also have an active social club, open to all employees for a small monthly subscription, and there are trips, events and other activities organised throughout the year. There are a number of different functions – and a range of job opportunities – in the Dublin office. On the clinical side, we’re always looking for candidates at entry level, as well as those with more experience and expertise, such as clinical training subject matter experts. We also offer roles in customer facing and support functions, including Finance, IT, Data Management, Project Management, Legal, Human Resources and many others. The business has grown enormously since its creation in 1990 and there’s no stopping us now! The Dublin office remains at the heart of the company and as we continue to grow globally, there will be on-going opportunities for those with a passion to share in our journey towards trusted partner in the clinical industry.

ICON began its journey to international success from humble beginnings in Ireland in 1990.

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ICON has been providing outsourced development services on a global scale to the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and medical device industries for 25 years. Employing over 10,000 employees across 38 countries, it’s critical we maintain a coordinated approach to ensure we achieve our ultimate goal: to help bring life-changing and saving drugs to the market. We want to be the global CRO of choice through the quality of our reputation, work and values. How do we ensure this? Innovative training, superb communication and excellent data capture is priority to us: ICON’s Firecrest support system has taken much of the increasing burden away from investigators, resulting in up to 40% fewer protocol deviations, half as many data queries and a 12% increase in patient recruitment. Not to mention, a thriving workforce. We understand that employees perform at their best when they enjoy their work and feel valued. When joining ICON, people typically already have a strong interest in the effecting positive change in the medical industry. When everybody is united in our goal, we are more productive, more effective and more committed. We caught up with some of our employees to find out what motivates them, what they enjoy about working at ICON and whether they share similar goals and purposes to our company aims:   Genalyn Lorezca, Senior CRA Having been here for a number of years, I've come to enjoy the flexible working hours and compressed working weeks, leaving me with time for a good work-life balance. The CRA incentive, bonus and employee recognition programmes are all great for motivation and you can notice the difference, my study teams both globally and locally are amazing to work with. Working with them on projects that result in highly beneficial drugs coming to market and helping people is highly stimulating.       Philip Deane, CRA Senior Manager As a CRA Senior Manager, I strongly encourage team-working within my group, but it is equally important to be able to work independently when required. I'd recommend anyone joining ICON to be committed to the company goal and to have closely aligned goals themselves and it enables all of us to stay motivated and care about our work. A sense of humour doesn't go amiss too!    John Walker, Revenue Supervisor It's quite easy to feel like a small cog in a machine when working for a large company but, with ICON, everybody is treated individually on their own merits. It means when we hear about ICON's mission, values and strategy, it doesn't sound like typical corporate narrative. I value development and am happy that ICON does too & it definitely helps me stay motivated and feel like my career is progressing.    Jebamani Banu, SAS Programmer “I feel proud to be a part of an organisation which is working for the well-being and welfare of the people across the world.”    Shawn Foran – IT Senior Manager One of the great things about working here is that the company cultivates a culture of individual growth whilst keeping the overarching theme of team mind set intact.    Tamara Miller – Project Management Director My favourite thing about my role as Project Management Director is the level of communication required and the real diversity of the people I get to meet and interact with day-to-day. I’m also very lucky because I have one of the best line managers at ICON who is consistently supportive to me. The excerpts above are just some of the feedback we get from our employees from a variety of sectors. We know that a combination of a great team and mutual objectives are what stimulate the majority of our employees. In response to this, we offer a number of fully accredited training courses that help people learn key skills in management and leadership. We promote the value of teamwork and have consequently found a higher-than-average retention rate of our employees. It’s critical for both us and the wider pharmaceutical industry to ensure our staff are highly trained and kept up-to-date in their specialisms. Our managers are highly supportive of those working underneath them, encouraging them to take advantage of our iLearn online learning system, as well as setting out career paths. One of our Senior CRAs documented her progression with ICON and how her manager enabled her to do so. It’s just one example of the way we try to inspire our employees strive for excellence.

ICON has been providing outsourced development services on a global scale to the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and medical device industries for 25 years.

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“Leadership is a choice; it is not a rank." In a recent TedTalk, leadership expert Simon Sinek discussed the ideal behavioural traits that came with being a good leader. Not only is it essential to value trust and co-operation, but you also need to have the right attitude: one that prioritises the well-being of your team members. Being able to develop and execute a strong workplace leadership strategy has never been more important. At ICON, we value ongoing learning and development so much that we have factored it into our key strategic pillar of Talent and Leadership Development. Whether you’re a manager or somebody who’s not yet developed their leadership style and is looking to move into a leadership position, here’s what you need to know to create and nurture a workplace culture of ongoing learning and development. Do you value team members who learn new skills? Having an Employee Development Process is vital if you want to retain your workers. Millennials now make up 40% of the average company’s workforce, and as 87% of them say opportunities for professional development within the workforce are extremely important to them, it pays to invest money into bettering your team’s skills and capabilities. Indeed, at ICON we believe that leadership can be learnt and so we encourage our leaders to engage with our People Leader Academy, which is an internal toolkit of resources, courses and information designed to nurture growth and encourage the best leadership possible. From our Leading for Growth module, which helps leaders to turn resistance into co-operation and maximise new opportunities, to articles that address re-inventing employee performance management, we make sure our leaders are equipped for anything that the challenges of growing employees and developing their workforce can throw at them. Are you thinking teamwork? Having a strong, well-performing team is hugely beneficial to any business. As well as encouraging productivity and bringing different viewpoints to the table, teamwork makes for a healthy workplace atmosphere, and it’s something that any great leader should be encouraging. To do this, leaders need to provide a clear sense of direction for workers, and encourage an open, collaborative workplace culture where communication and teamwork are encouraged. Give your teams the freedom to pursue projects without micromanaging: as a leader, you should provide a steady hand and guidance when needed, but everybody should feel included and like a valued contributor. Are there projects that will stretch people and develop them? Employees who feel their voice is heard at work are 4.6 times more likely to feel motivated and produce better-quality work than their counterparts. Keeping teams engaged is all about challenging them at work, and pushing them to learn and develop within their roles- something that we at ICON take extremely seriously when it comes to effective leadership. Take the time to conduct regular one-on-one sessions with your employees, where you can give them feedback about how they’re performing in the role, open the floor to any questions they may have, and provide guidance on development. Not only will this motivate team members but it also boossts employee engagement. HTML Image as link Are mistakes and failures reflected upon and valued as learning opportunities? An effective leader should give their team the freedom required to flourish within their role- even if it does sometimes mean letting them make mistakes. This is where leadership and management are different. Though mistakes in the pharmaceutical industry are largely unwanted, it's important to give people the opportunity to learn from what they’ve done wrong, then to develop within their role as a result. Having a work environment which lets people own up to a mistake rather than keeping it secret- and potentially causing more damage as they do so- will go towards creating a happy team that ultimately performs better. Leading a team remotely As the working world changes, managers are now faced with the challenge of motivating a team of remote workers. The UK’s Office for National Statistics reveals that 49.2% of the workforce have traded in their daily commute and are now working from home due to social distancing measures. With no clear timeline as to when workforces will return to the office, or if the working model will ever return to what it was before the outbreak of Covid-19, strong leadership skills are more essential to an organisation than ever before. In order to promote teamwork, leaders must utilise online collaboration tools such as Trello, Slack and Google Documents. Online tools can also help keep employees on track with their goals and managers should use them to reassure their team that career develop remains a priority. Alongside this, leadership pay attention to how remote working is affecting the members of their team and those regular one-on-one sessions are a great way to uncover difficulties and simply to check-in. Make your next career move with ICON At ICON, we think that creating a happy, well-performing team is the cornerstone of leadership. As Sinek said, leadership is a choice- and one that we take extremely seriously, alongside our commitment to creating a culture within our organisation that fosters learning at every opportunity. Thinking of joining the ICON family? Browse our clinical research jobs here or search through our wider job categories to find the opportunity that’s right for you. 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The core terms of employment

You must get the core terms of your employment, in writing, within 5 days of starting your job. These include:

Your right to get the core terms of employment (in writing) is set out in the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 and updated by the European Union (Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions) Regulations 2022 . Employers can face serious penalties if they do not comply. See ‘How to make a complaint’ below.

The remaining terms of employment

You must get a written statement of your remaining terms of employment within 1 month of starting work. This includes:

Your right to get the remaining terms of employment in writing is set out in the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994–2014 as amended by the European Union (Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions) Regulations 2022 . However, this does not apply if you:

Your employment contract may contain more details than set out in the ‘written statement of terms of employment’.

Yours and your employer’s signature

Your employer must sign and date the ‘written statement of terms of employment’, but there is no legal requirement for you to sign it.

Your employer must keep a copy of the written statement throughout your employment, and for at least a year after it ends.

Disciplinary and grievance procedures

Employers must have written grievance and disciplinary procedures, as set out in the Workplace Relation Commission (WRC) Code of Practice: Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures . Your employer must give you a copy of these procedures at the start of your employment.

Within 28 days of starting work, your employer must also give you written details of the procedures to be followed before you can be dismissed. This is set out in the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977–2015 .

Specific provisions

Some employers add specific provisions into contracts of employment. For example, they may limit your ability to work in a certain sector, or with certain suppliers or clients of a former employer, for a certain length of time.

If you have any concerns about this, you should get legal advice before signing the contract. You can also get legal advice after signing it.

Find contact details for solicitors throughout Ireland on the Law Society website. Solicitors' fees are not fixed and can vary considerably, so you are advised to shop around.

Parallel employment

Your employer cannot restrict you from taking up additional employment outside your work for that employer (unless they have objective grounds, see below). You are protected from being penalised for taking up other work.

Your employer can only restrict you from taking up parallel employment if this is proportionate and based on objective reasons. The reasons could include:

You must get details of any restriction and the objectives reasons for the restriction, either in your contract of employment or a written statement.

Probationary period

Your contract can include a ‘probationary period’.

From 1 August 2022, probation periods can’t be more than 6 months. In exceptional circumstanced your probation can be extended for up to a further 6 months (up to a maximum of 12 months in total).

The probation can be extended where it in your interests or where you have been on extended leave, such as sick leave, during your probation. It can also be extended where it is justified by the nature of the work, for example public service employment.

If you are dismissed while you are on probation or undergoing training, the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1997–2015 will not apply, once:

However, the Unfair Dismissals Acts will apply if you are dismissed due to:

If you are dismissed during probation

If you are being dismissed during a probation period due to misconduct, you have a right to ‘natural justice’, which means due process and fair procedures . However, this right does not generally apply to a dismissal for poor performance, particularly where your contract expressly allows for dismissal for poor performance during probation.

You may be able to take a claim for ‘wrongful dismissal’ during your probation period if you have less than 12 months service. Wrongful dismissal happens when an employer does not meet an implied or an express term in your contract of employment, or does not give you adequate notice. You can sue the employer for breach of your contract in the civil courts .

Changes to your contract of employment

If there is a change in employment law (such as an increase to Parent’s leave), this automatically changes the terms in your contract of employment.

Any other changes to your contract (changes not set out in law), must be agreed between you and your employer. This means your employer cannot change the terms of your contract without your consent.

Read more about changes to your employment contract .

The difference between ‘express’ and ‘implied’ terms

Express terms.

‘Express terms of employment’ are agreed between you and your employer. They are either:

Express terms generally include pay, hours of work, a notice period, and so on.

Implied terms

‘Implied terms of employment’ are terms which are not verbally agreed to or set out in writing, but are still legally binding.

Implied terms can come from many sources, such as:

Statutory employment rights and your contract

Terms of employment that are set out in employment legislation replace (or override) any earlier agreement that you may have had with your employer. For example, your statutory right to take maternity leave overrides any agreement between you and your employer that you will not take maternity leave.

If your employer does not give you written details of your terms of employment, you should speak to them about this directly.

If you cannot resolve your complaint informally, you can complain to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) using their online complaint form . You must have at least one month’s continuous service with the employer before you can complain to the WRC.

Read more about how to make a complaint , including details of the WRC adjudication process.

Read more about contracts of employment on the Workplace Relations Commission’s (WRC’s) website. You can also download their explanatory booklet on the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts (pdf) .

Or, contact the WRC’s Information and Customer Services .

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If you have a question about this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0818 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

You can also contact your local Citizens Information Centre .

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Fears for Irish jobs as Meta plans to cut 10,000 workers globally

Facebook and instagram parent to cut 10,000 jobs, won’t fill 5,000 open roles.

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Facebook’s parent company Meta is to cut 10,000 jobs Photograph: Tony Avelar/AP/PA

There were new fears for jobs at Meta’s Irish operations after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced a new round of lay-offs that will see 10,000 people leave the organisation.

The latest round of cuts, which had been widely expected, will impact the company’s recruitment teams initially, with some cuts backs being announced on Wednesday. But further cuts will be announced in the company’s tech group in April, with other business groups to follow in May.

A spokesperson for the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment said it had not received fresh notification from Meta, adding: “The Department last received a notification of proposed collective redundancies from Meta on 9 November 2022.”

In a post on Facebook, Mr Zuckerberg said it would not fill 5,000 roles that are currently open throughout the organisation.

Initial number of job losses at Meta’s Irish arm could be up to 50

Initial number of job losses at Meta’s Irish arm could be up to 50

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Number of ICT workers shrinks as tech job cuts feed through

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Fresh round of job cuts at Meta comes as no surprise

Fresh round of job cuts at Meta comes as no surprise

Meta is currently undertaking a reorganisation that the company has dubbed its “Year of Efficiency”. Its cutbacks have already seen 11,000 jobs cut throughout Meta, including around 350 in Ireland.

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The plan will also see the company cancel lower priority projects, and reducing hiring rates.

“With less hiring, I’ve made the difficult decision to further reduce the size of our recruiting team. We will let recruiting team members know tomorrow whether they’re impacted. We expect to announce restructurings and lay-offs in our tech groups in late April, and then our business groups in late May,” he said.

“Overall, we expect to reduce our team size by around 10,000 people and to close around 5,000 additional open roles that we haven’t yet hired.”

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Mr Zuckerberg said the timeline for changes would be different for international teams In a small number of cases, but it may take through the end of the year to complete these changes.

“After restructuring, we plan to lift hiring and transfer freezes in each group. Other relevant efficiency timelines include targeting this summer to complete our analysis from our hybrid work year of learning so we can further refine our distributed work model,” he said.

He warned the new economic reality could continue for many years. “Higher interest rates lead to the economy running leaner, more geopolitical instability leads to more volatility, and increased regulation leads to slower growth and increased costs of innovation,” he said. “Given this outlook, we’ll need to operate more efficiently than our previous headcount reduction to ensure success.

Mr Zuckerberg said the plan would allow the company to invest heavily in the future while also delivering sustainable results.

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The Tánaiste Micheál Martin responded to the Meta announcement in New York by emphasising that there were many job vacancies in the tech sector.

Mr Martin, however, said that “for any individual worker [who] loses their job, that’s a huge blow to the worker, to their families”.

But he said that state agencies were all reporting that “companies had significant vacancies in the technology area.”

“Talent is extremely competitive in that field,” he said.

“Every company we’ve met for the last two years, in the context of working with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland, have said labour shortages are a big issue so we would like to think that there is some capacity within the sector, within the industry to absorb those who may lose their jobs,” Mr Martin told journalists in New York, where he is attending a series of events for St Patrick’s Day.

“And we will work with Enterprise Ireland, the IDA and with Solas to make sure, which we’ve done before, that alternative employment is found or indeed, in terms of startup companies that some people who leave technology companies very often can now be in a position to start new companies in the technology sphere.”

Meta, which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, has seen a slowdown in advertising revenue, leading to its first-ever annual sales decline in 2022.

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Mr Zuckerberg has shifted Meta’s focus and investment in the past year to virtual reality technology and the so-called metaverse, which he envisions as the next big computing platform.

The firm’s employee ranks expanded dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic as demand for the company’s digital services increased and Zuckerberg leaned into the moment.

The social media giant’s headcount grew 30 per cent in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, and then 23 per cent in 2021. By the time Meta starting eliminating jobs last November, the company had more than 87,000 employees.

During the pandemic, Facebook was one of the first tech companies to offer all of its employees the ability to work from home. But Mr Zuckerberg is now encouraging his staff to “find more opportunities to work with your colleagues in person.”

Other tech companies including Twitter, Apple, and Amazon have also begun calling employees back to the office at least a few days a week, walking back earlier policies that were more lenient.

As the Menlo Park, California-based company pares staff, workers have described heightened anxiety and low morale among colleagues. But Mr Zuckerberg’s focus on efficiency has been well received by Wall Street. Meta stock has gained nearly 58 per cent since the beginning of the year. (Additional reporting by Bloomberg)

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Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist


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