Associate Director, Statistical Programming

Canada - Mississauga

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing life-changing therapies for people living with rare disorders.

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This is what you will do:

The Associate Director of Statistical Programming will be primarily responsible for supervising statistical programming activities for multiple clinical studies, maintaining programming infrastructure and ensuring compliance with SOPs to produce quality and timely results. He/she must possess extensive experience and proven skills in the use of SAS within a Statistical Programming environment and complete knowledge and understanding of the statistical programming processes, procedures, and roles.  He/she will use knowledge of CDISC SDTM and ADaM standards to support Biostatistics in statistical analysis, including generating analysis data listing, tables, and figures and build all files vital to support an electronic submission in the eCTD format. Additionally, the successful candidate will use his/her strong people management skills and supervisory skills to provide direct line management to the statistical programmers,  identify training needs and opportunities for optimizing staff utilization and employing the most efficient practices.

You will be responsible for:

Serve as the Lead Programmer and Manager of the statistical programming efforts. This may include additional responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Develop and validate technical programming specifications for analysis datasets using Alexion or ADaM standards.
  • Independently develop and validate programs that generate analysis datasets based on Alexion or ADaM specifications.
  • Develop and validate technical programming specifications for protocol specific efficacy tables, listings, figures/graphs.
  • Independently develop and validate programs that generate protocol specific efficacy tables, listings, figures/graphs using Alexion specifications.
  • Ensuring that the filing of study documentation is maintained to the standard required according to processes and acceptable for audit.
  • Directly support the Clinical and Statistical Programming Director in all aspects of the management and development of the Statistical Programming team.
  • Participate in the ongoing review of the processes used by the Statistical Programming group to ensure processes are continually complied with and updated as vital.
  • Build and/or review programming plans, and ensure appropriate prioritisation and prioritization.
  • Act as the primary department contact, when vital, to ensure that department standards are implemented in all studies.
  • Manage adherence to all company policies, SOPs, and other controlled documents; and ensure all programming activities adhere to departmental standards

You will need to have:

  • 7+ years statistical programming experience in the CRO or Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • 2-5 years people and project management experience
  • Experience with CDISC SDTM and ADaM models and transforming raw data into those standards.
  • Strong people management skills and supervisory skills gained from direct line management or supervisory experience. Proven abilities to lead and manage cross-functional projects, and people, from concept to completion.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills - ability to clearly and effectively present information.
  • An excellent understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all related disciplines, in particular Biostatistics, Clinical Data Management, and Pharmacovigilance.
  • Sophisticated knowledge of SAS/Base, SAS/Macro, SAS/STAT, SAS/Graph, and SAS/SQL in a window's environment with a demonstrated proficiency in SAS/STAT procedures.
  • Extensive experience and proven skills in the use of SAS within a Statistical Programming environment to develop and validate analysis datasets, tables, listings, and figures/graphs.
  • Knowledge of clinical database design, specifically electronic data capture using Inform, Medidata, and Oracle.
  • Sophisticated experience with:
  • Constructing technical programming specifications.
  • Relational Databases.
  • Good Clinical Practices.
  • Good Programming Practices.
  • 21CFR Part 11 Standards.
  • Coordinated Summary Safety/Efficacy Analyses.
  • Crafting all files vital to support an electronic submission in the eCTD format.

We would prefer for you to have:

  • BS/MS/MA in Statistics, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Mathematics or related area.
  • Proficiencies
    • Accountability
    • Teamwork
    • Decision Quality
    • Drive for Results
    • Perseverance
    • Problem Solving
    • Informing
    • Peer Relationships
    • Time Management
    • Building Effective Teams
    • Managing Through Systems

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Alexion is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to fostering a culture of belonging where every single person can belong because of their uniqueness. The Company will not make decisions about employment, training, compensation, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment based on race, color, religion, creed or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, (including childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), parental status (including adoption or surrogacy), military status, protected veteran status, disability, medical condition, gender identity or expression, genetic information, mental illness or other characteristics protected by law. Alexion provides reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of candidates and employees. To begin an interactive dialogue with Alexion regarding an accommodation, please contact Alexion participates in E-Verify.

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Tags: Biostatistics Computer Science Data management Mathematics Oracle Pharma RDBMS SAS SQL Statistics

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Region: North America
Country: Canada

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