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Associate Director, Clinical Programmer

Location Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Job ID R-204585 Date posted 09/07/2024

About the role:

The Associate Director, Clinical Programming is a subject matter expert within the Programming discipline and is accountable for quality, timely and efficient delivery of project programming tasks and quality information management. This position requires seasoned programming experience and extensive industry knowledge to independently lead implementation of programming activities as well as collaborate with and potentially lead other programmers. May involve collaboration on cross-functional teams with a focus on process improvement initiatives.

Role & Responsibilties:

  • Provides oversight for the full scope of programming deliveries for outsourced studies with our external partners (i.e. Contract Research Organizations)

  • Responsible for the high quality of all programming 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 internal technical programming activities for internal projects

  • Leads or contributes 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 escalates risk in complicated or novel situations within their study and/or projects

  • Provides tactical input and/or drives ideas and improvements

  • Supports recruiting efforts and/or provides training and mentorship

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

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

  • Ensures compliance to standards and automation usage

  • Employs best project management practices in managing technical projects

  • Provides input to capacity management for all projects in scope

  • Maintains current expertise of relevant industry and regulatory requirements


  • Degree in a quantitative discipline, i.e., Mathematics, Engineering, Statistics, Computer Science, or equivalent knowledge

  • Minimum 5 years industry clinical programming experience

  • Advanced SAS programming skills

  • Thorough knowledge of the clinical development process

  • Thorough knowledge of industry standards and ability to implement them

  • Ability to apply programming expertise to problem solving and troubleshooting for teams

  • Current knowledge of technical and regulatory requirements relevant for the role

  • Demonstrated multitasking, planning and organizational skills

  • Proficient ability to influence relevant stakeholders on programming related items

  • Ability to manage risk in complicated or novel situations

  • Stakeholder relations skills

  • Collaboration skills

  • Team player mindset

Desirable skills:

  • Statistical modelling experience

  • High degree of proficiency in SAS macros

  • Other programming languages e.g. S-PLUS, R, Python, XML, SQL, etc.

  • SAS Certification

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AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion and providing a workplace that is free from discrimination. AstraZeneca is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities. Such accommodation is available on request in respect of all aspects of the recruitment, assessment and selection process and may be requested by emailing

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 authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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