Associate Principal Statistical Programmer - Oncology

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Job Title: Associate Principal Statistical Programmer - Oncology
Location: New York, NY, Mid-Atlantic United States,

Company: Merck
Industry Sector: Agribusiness

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In BARDS (Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences), a distinguished department within our Company's renowned Research and Development division, quantitative scientists, in partnership with other subject matter experts, apply state-of-the art scientific methodologies and tools to enable the discovery, development, regulatory approval, manufacturing, and marketing of medical drugs and vaccines for the benefit of patients and global human health.

This position provides high quality statistical programming analysis and reporting deliverables for global stakeholders. The Associate Principal Programmer will gather and interpret user requirements for analysis and programming requests in close collaboration with stakeholders (statisticians/modelers) and clinical colleagues, retrieve the required data, transform the data into analysis/modeling datasets, and develop tables and figures according to statistical/modeling analysis plan. This position will partner with stakeholders to solve problems; reduce the amount of programming task being completed by stakeholders to facilitate an increase in efficiency and compliance for statistical/modeling analyses. The Associate Principal Programmer will write programs to analyze data with statistical methods which are not currently available through commercial software packages. The incumbent will be a key collaborator with statisticians, modelers, and colleagues in other related function areas.

Primary Activities :
  • Lead programming deliverables for multiple studies
  • Provide technical consultation and analytical support to statisticians for exploratory and unplanned statistical analyses
  • Prepare compliant programming code for regulatory submissions including analysis/modeling datasets, tables, listings, figures and associated documentation
  • Ensure programmatic traceability from data source to analysis/modeling result
  • Maintain and manage a project plan including resource forecasting
  • Support the development of programming standards to enable efficient and high-quality production of programming deliverables
  • Represent statistical programming on process improvement activities
  • Enforce the compliance with SOPs in all the deliverables
  • Identify opportunities and develop tools to improve team efficiency

Educational Qualifications :
  • BA/BS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related field plus 9-12 years SAS/R programming experience in a clinical trial environment
  • MS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related field plus 7 or more years SAS/R programming experience in a clinical trial environment

Department Required Skills and Experience:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate and collaborate effectively
  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills
  • Broad knowledge and significant experience in developing analysis and reporting deliverables for clinical trial projects (data, analyses, tables, graphics, listings)
  • Strong project management skills; leadership at a program level; determines approach and ensures consistency and directs development of others when opportunities arise; ability to engage key stakeholders

Position Specific Required Skills and Experience:
  • Significant expertise in SAS and clinical trial programming including data steps, procedures, SAS/MACRO, SAS/GRAPH
  • Designs and develops complex programming algorithms
  • Ability to comprehend analysis plans which may describe methodology to be programmed; understanding of statistical terminology and concepts; Implements statistical methods not currently available through commercial software packages.
  • Experience in CDISC SDTM and ADaM standards
  • Thrives in an exploratory environment, handling non-standard data in a variety of formats with minimal requirements; knowledge of pharmaceutical development processes
  • Efficiently manipulates very large databases including complex data preprocessing, filtering, and manipulation;
  • Programming expertise with clinical endpoint data (efficacy and safety) and pharmacokinetic data (raw concentration data, derived PK parameters).

Preferred Skills and Experience:
  • Familiarity with oncology, clinical pharmacology concepts and pharmacokinetics concepts
  • Experience with at least one other software than SAS (e.g., R, Splus)
  • Good working knowledge of reporting processes (SOPs) and software development life-cycle (SDLC)
  • Utilizes and contributes to the development of standard departmental SAS macros
  • Ability and interest to work across cultures and geographies
  • Ability to complete statistical programming deliverables through the use of global outsource partner programming staff
  • Experience providing technical and/or programming guidance and mentoring to colleagues
  • Experience in process improvement
  • Active in professional societies





We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we "follow the science" that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are ...

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for ...

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us-and start making your impact today.


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Expected salary range:
$130,960.00 - $206,200.00
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Job Post Date: 01/12/23
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