1920- Principal / Senior Statistical Programmer - DMC / CRO (Remote, US / Canada West Coast)

Cytel Statistical Software And Services
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Date: Jul 8, 2020

Company: Cytel Inc


As member of the Project Based Services (PBS) department, and reporting to the Global Head of Statistical Programming or to the local manager (Director statistical programming or Associate director of statistical programming), the main responsibilities of the Senior Statistical Programmer will be to:

  • Lead, or contribute to, statistical programming activities on PBS projects (development or QC of deliverables):
  • delivering exemplary performance and solving complex technical problems to inspire other programmers,
  • ensuring an efficient collaboration with PBS global teams (Europe, India, and US)
  • being accountable for the quality, traceability, reproducibility and timeliness of statistical programming deliverables,
  • being accountable for overall client satisfaction with these deliverables,
  • maintaining a detailed project and validation plan,
  • efficiently communicating with internal and external clients,
  • ensuring budget monitoring and adherence
  • Ensure the statistical programming systems, processes and deliverables are aligned with the relevant regulatory requirements, for instance:
  • Clinical study reporting, e.g. ICH E3
  • Electronic records handling, e.g. Chapter 21 of the US Code of Federal Regulation - Part 11
  • Electronic submission of clinical data to agencies, e.g. e-CTD guidance and CDISC SDTM and ADaM standards
  • Provide input into, and mentor statistical programmers to provide input into documents produced by other functions (e.g. biostatisticians, data managers, medical writersโ€ฆ)
  • Understand, follow and ensure adherence to all BDM SOP as well as any other relevant SOPs.
  • Keep abreast of current and new statistical programming techniques and other applicable technical advancements while assisting in their implementation

    Occasionally, responsibilities will also include to:

  • When needed, interact with regulatory agencies regarding specifications for electronic submissions, and direct/develop statistical programming electronic submission deliverables Contribute to budget evaluation for proposal writing purpose.
  • Lead, or contribute to, the design of new statistical programming processes or optimization of existing ones to reach the best productivity, to ensure the best quality of the statistical outputs, and to reach the best customer satisfaction (internally and externally) with flexibility, reliability and responsiveness.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum Education: BSc or equivalent with research experience, and/or MS (in a numerate discipline preferably in Statistics, Computer Science, or Mathematics)
  • Minimum Work Requirements:
  • 8+ years of experience in biostatistics or statistical programming activities in the Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology industry in clinical development, with 2+ years of CRO experience.
  • Experience as a lead statistical programmer on several concurrent projects
  • Strong SAS programming skills
  • Good understanding of drug development, including knowledge of interfaces and interdependencies with other functions.
  • Good knowledge of relevant regulatory and data submission guidelines.
  • Project management skills
  • Fluent in English (French and/or German is a plus)
  • Ability to work effectively in international teams, effectively operates within a matrix organization and with multi-disciplinary groups, excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills contributing to building the team spirit
  • Ability to rapidly understand and anticipate the needs of internal and external customers, and respond to their inquiries
  • Good negotiation and issue resolution skills
  • Ability to educate internal and external interfaces (providers and customers) on the statistical programming processes, and the underlying regulatory requirements
  • Mentoring skills

Cytel Inc. is an Equal Employment / Affirmative Action Employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristics protected by law.Cytel does not accept referrals from employment businesses and/or employment agencies in respect of the vacancies posted on this site. All employment businesses/agencies are required to contact Cytelโ€™s human resources department to obtain prior written authorization before referring any candidates to Cytel. The obtaining of prior written authorization is a condition precedent to any agreement (verbal or written) between the employment business/ agency and Cytel. In the absence of such written authorization being obtained any actions undertaken by the employment business/agency shall be deemed to have been performed without the consent or contractual agreement of Cytel. Cytel shall therefore not be liable for any fees arising from such actions or any fees arising from any referrals by employment businesses/agencies.

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