Associate Principal Programmer, Statistical Programming

Requisition ID: STA000947

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its¬ legacy for over a century. Merck's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world's premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we're doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck's leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.¬ 

The Associate Principal Programmer, Clinical Trial Analysis and Reporting leads the statistical programming activities for multiple and/or large/complex late stage drug/vaccine clinical development projects.¬  Accountability predominantly includes the development and execution of statistical analysis and reporting deliverables (e.g. safety and efficacy analysis datasets, tables, listings, figures), the span of which range from individual clinical trials to world-wide regulatory application submissions and post marketing support.¬ 

The incumbent is responsible for the design and maintenance of statistical databases that support multiple stakeholder groups which include clinical development, outcomes research and safety evaluation.¬ 

The position is a key collaborator with statistics and other project stakeholders in ensuring that project plans are executed efficiently with timely and high quality deliverables.¬ 

For assigned projects the position serves as the statistical programming point of contact and knowledge holder through the entire product lifecycle.¬ 

Key areas of focus include:

The assurance of deliverable quality and process compliance,

Effective deliverable development utilizing global and TA standards that optimize analysis and reporting and promote a strategic knowledge-base data model,

Maintaining and managing a project plan including resource forecasting,

Coordinating the activities of a global programming team that includes outsource provider staff,

Membership on departmental strategic initiative project teams such as new statistical computing platform evaluation and development.

Required Experience and Skills:

BS with a minimum of 9 years or MS with a minimum of 7 years of SAS programming experience in a clinical trial environment
Experience leading large and/or complex statistical programming projects that include coordinating the activities of a programming team

Broad knowledge and significant experience in developing analysis and reporting statistical programming deliverables (datasets, statistical analyses, report tables, and graphics) using global and TA standards and according to quality, compliance and timeliness requirements.¬ 

Expertise in SAS and clinical trial programming including data steps, procedures, SAS/MACRO, SAS/GRAPH; systems and database expertise. Familiarity with statistical analysis methods and clinical data management concepts.

Experience in CDISC and ADaM standards

US and/or worldwide drug or vaccine regulatory application submission experience at the leadership level, including the development of electronic submission deliverables

Strong project management skills;

A program leader who can determine appropriate programming methodology, assure programming consistency across protocols and projects, complete programming tasks, and direct the program development effort of other programmers; an experienced programming mentor; ability to engage key stakeholders

Ability to comprehend statistical analysis plans which may describe statistical methodology to be programmed;¬ 

Understanding of statistical terminology and concepts. Design and develop complex programming algorithms

Excellent communication and negotiation skills with a demonstrated history of teamwork and collaboration; deals well with change and seamlessly assimilates to new projects and stakeholders.

Strategic thinking - ability to turn strategy into tactical activities; design of statistical databases with the end in mind that optimize analysis and reporting and leverage departmental standards and industry best-practices

Demonstrate success in the assurance of quality and process compliance deliverables

Ability to anticipate stakeholder and regulatory requirements

Preferred Experience and Skills:¬ 

Strong working knowledge of reporting processes (SOPs) and software development life-cycle (SDLC)

Ability and interest to work across cultures and geographies.

Experience providing technical and/or programming guidance and mentoring to colleagues

Experience partnering with globally outsourced programming partners to complete statistical programming deliverables

Experience developing and managing a project plan using Microsoft Project or similar package

Active in professional societies

Experience in process improvement

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we're counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we're inventing for life.¬ 


If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Job: Statistical Programming
Other Locations: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: No
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: No
Company Trade Name: Merck

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