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Posted on : 10 April 2017

Project Description

Associate Principal Programmer, Clinical Trial Analysis and Reporting-STA000832


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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.


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.


Education Minimum Requirement:

- Bachelor's or Master's (preferred) Degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Biological Sciences, or Engineering.

Required Experience and Skills:

- BS plus 9-12 years or MS plus 7+ years 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.

- 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; Determines appropriate programming methodology, assures programming consistency across protocols and projects, completes programming tasks, and directs 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 Designs and develops 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.

- Experience in CDISC and ADaM standards.

- Demonstrated success in the assurance of deliverable quality and process compliance.

- 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.

- Ability to complete statistical programming deliverables through the use of global outsource partner programming staff.

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

- Active in professional societies.

- Experience in process improvement.

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Job: Statistical Programming

Job Title:Assoc Prin.Scientist Stat.Programming

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Other Locations: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: No

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): 1st

Company Trade Name:Merck

Nearest Major Market: New York City
Nearest Secondary Market: Newark

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