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Principal Statistical Programmers - Late stage CVRM

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden Job ID R-103172 Date posted 16/07/2021

Are you a Principal Statistical Programmer with deep knowledge within Clinical Development? Would you like to be part of a fast-paced and agile team who has direct strategic impact on drug development, empowered and trusted to innovate? If yes, join us at AstraZeneca Late-Stage CVRM (Cardiovascular Renal Metabolism) Biometrics and help us to achieve the next wave of breakthrough medicines aiming to make a difference for millions of patients!

At AstraZeneca Biometrics, we harness data and use the best technology solutions to positively impact science. We don’t accept the status quo, digging deep to see what the data is telling us, using cutting-edge methodologies and models to drive scientific breakthroughs. We put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality, by doing the right things.

We are more than 65.000 people in over 100 countries. Our aim is simple to positively impact lives together. Using the power of science and innovation, our people improve the impact medicine has on patients. Together, we explore the world of science through our remarkable product pipeline and we take our understanding of the CVRM therapeutic area to a whole new level by seeking new treatments.If your passion is science and you want to be part of a team that makes a bigger impact on patients’ lives, then there’s no better place to be.

We are now offering exciting opportunities for talented and highly motivated individuals to join us in the role as PrincipalStatistical Programmers within Late CVRM.

The role can be based at AstraZeneca’s dynamic R&D sites in Gothenburg (Sweden) or Gaithersburg (US).

What you’ll do

You will be part of a team of statisticians and statistical programmers and work with providing programming expertise to the design, conduct, evaluation, documentation and regulatory submissions of our clinical development programs. In the role as Principal Statistical Programmer, you will contribute to more strategic planning, quantitative decision making, act as specialist in our contact with external providers and collaborators, mentoring more junior staff, lead projects and be involved in adapting and developing programming tools, standards and praxis.

There are countless learning opportunities here. AstraZeneca is a rapidly growing business, that’s investing in all areas, especially technology. We get to explore and stretch our thinking in ways few could imagine. You will work in the Programming department that not only oversees and delivers the programming aspects of analysis and reporting but also manages and maintains our end to end standards and our analysis and reporting production tools. If you want to learn every day, this is the right place for you!


Reporting to a Director within the Statistical Programming group you will provide programming expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Lead and directs the full scope of project delivery and/or leads a technical project within the TA/Drug Project/study/function

  • Leads Implementation of statistical programming aspects of the of the protocol or clinical development program

  • Responsible for the high quality of all project deliverables, holding partners and providers accountable for the quality of their deliverable and/or technical subject matter expert for aspect(s) of the TA, Project, or function

  • Leads or contribute to cross-functional administrative or process improvement initiative(s)

  • Drives the development of best practices to improve quality, efficiency and/or effectiveness within the function

  • Drives standards development and implementation

  • Manages and escalate risk in complicated or novel situations within their study and/or projects

  • Contributes to the function by supporting recruiting and/or providing training and mentorship

  • Identifies opportunities to improve methodology and provides practical solutions for problems

  • Manages activities of our external partners (i.e. Contract Research Organisations)

  • Influences stakeholders by providing subject matter expertise on programming related items

  • Ensures compliance to standards and automation usage

  • Employs all project management practices in managing drug or technical projects

  • Provides input to capacity management for all projects in scope

  • Maintains own knowledge of latest industry and regulatory requirements to stay current

Essential for the role

  • BSc in a Mathematical (i.e. Applied Math, Engineering, etc.), Statistical, Computer Science, Life Science or equivalent

  • Excellent problem solving skills

  • Diligence – attention to detail and ability to manage concurrent projects and activities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to influence stakeholders

  • Extensive SAS programming expertise to an advanced level gained within a clinical drug development or healthcare environment

  • Comprehensive knowledge of technical and regulatory requirements with submission experience

  • Wide ranging knowledge of CDSIC standards and industry best practices

  • Travel – willingness and ability to travel domestically and/or internationally

  • Team centric approach: keen to take steps to understand and appreciate the roles, skills and strengths of others on the team

  • Planning and organizational skills

To succeed in this role, you’ll be an experienced programmer with good knowledge of technical and regulatory requirements related to programming within the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry. You’ll enjoy multitasking, collaborating as part of a global team, and have an appetite for solving problems. You will be an effective communicator, with a strong team focus who enjoys collaborating to achieve the best results.

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining us? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you! Welcome with your application (CV and cover letter).

Since we are hiring in both Gothenburg and Gaithersburg, please state in your application which location you are interested of.

We will review the applications continuously so please apply as soon as possible.

Where can I find out more?

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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