Principal Programmer/Analyst
Waltham, MA 
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Site Name: USA - Massachusetts - Waltham
Posted Date: Feb 18 2021

Are you an experienced clinical programmer looking to advance in your career? Interested in supporting Oncology projects? If so, this Principal Programmer/Analyst role might be the ideal opportunity to explore!

The Biostatistics division includes a Clinical Programming department, covering all phases of clinical drug development and commercialization in a wide range of therapeutic areas. Programming's deliverables form the core of all regulatory submissions, health authority assessments, safety updates and publications (for peer review journals and scientific meetings).

In recognition of the developing sophistication and technical requirements of the role, Clinical Programming was formed as a standalone department distinct to Clinical Statistics. Programming asset teams are now stepping up to achieve the goal of being the Biostatistics' leaders of delivery and execution, in a way that optimizes, expedites and delivers to the highest quality. In addition to the group's activities supporting GSK's pipeline of drugs, key accountabilities include developing and implementing strategies for programming resourcing using both internal and external resource; driving CDISC implementation for the reporting of clinical trials; and identifying and implementing IT solutions to offer further benefit and efficiency for the group's activities.

The Clinical Programming team at GSK has a strong focus on innovative ways of working and we are leading the way to implement these innovations and embracing an evolution for increased data science skills; this is already resulting in the introduction of new programming languages, technology and software. Some of these initiatives include the pathway for adoption of R and Python open source coding into day to day programming tasks, exploring machine learning to drive efficiencies for clinical reporting, developing desktop visualization capabilities and we even have an annual challenge for Programmers who are rewarded for bringing new innovations into the department. But it's not just about the tech! We also encourage involvement in other initiatives too and we focus on your personal development path, building your project and leadership skills, your inter-departmental liaison and collaboration skills and we provide you with opportunities to get closer to the science and decision making.

Within the clinical programming team Senior Programmers and Principal Programmers support, guide, or make a major contribution to the planning and execution of multiple programming activities for GSK clinical trials. They are accountable for creating, verifying, and documenting analyses of clinical data while adhering to study protocols, analysis plans and GSK / industry standards.

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career. These responsibilities include some of the following:

* Act as a subject matter expert and work as a guide within own discipline to investigate newtechnology as directed.
* Provide technical contribution to complex tasks.
* Ensure the collection of programs/outputs and issues are adequately managed for programming activities to achieve business outcomes.
* Apply learning from previous activities to result in quicker and more efficient completion of the current task.
* Share learnings with peers and contribute to internal technical discussions/forums.
* Initiate new directions and novel strategies to achieve department goals.

Why You?Basic qualifications:
  • BS or higher in mathematics, statistics, data science, computer science or related discipline.
  • Five or more years of industry experience.
  • Five years experience in SAS programming and SAS macro code development. Understanding of other SAS products (e.g. SAS/GRAPH, SAS Output Delivery System).
  • Three or more years experience and understanding of the pharmaceutical regulatory and publishing processes (e.g. 21 CFR Part 11).
  • Three or more years experience in the application of CDISC data and standards, primarily the creation and use of ADaM datasets.

Preferred qualifications:
  • Two or more years experience in Oncology trials.
  • Experience with non-SAS programming packages/languages, particularly R, Python.
  • Project management or relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • A thorough understanding of the end to end clinical trial process.

Why GSK?

Our values and expectationsare at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture. These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Operating at pace and agile decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigor and risk.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations.
  • Budgeting and cost-consciousness.

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Job Summary
Company
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 years
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