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Merck & Co, Inc

Statistical Programming Director (Hybrid PA/NJ)

Science and Research

Clinical Research Director


North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

We are seeking a Growth and Improvement minded Statistical Programming Director that can help drive our Strategic Operating Priorities.

  • Invent | Pursue the Most Promising Internal and External Science to Address Significant Unmet Medical Needs

  • Execute | Prioritize Resources Behind Our Key Growth Drivers (Oncology, Vaccines, Select Specialty Areas, Animal Health) While Optimizing Our Base Business)

  • Adapt | Develop Our People, Culture and Business Model to Evolve with a Dynamic Landscape

  • Diverse Talent | We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment with supporting leadership behaviors because having a high-performing, engaged workforce is critical to our ability to deliver innovative solutions to patients and customers around the world

  • Values and Standards | Our Steadfast Commitment to Our Values and Standards will Continue to Guide Us as We Take on New Challenges and Will Always be Fundamental to Our Success – They are a Competitive Advantage for Us

Summary, Focus and Purpose

The BARDS Statistical Programming Director navigates both people and project management responsibilities and is accountable to set strategy for the delivery of high-quality and compliant statistical analysis and reporting.

Key Functions

  • Work Independently and as a Team member with Integrity | Precision | Accomplishment | Motivational Ambition | Respect | Inclusion

  • Direct the activities of programmers whose predominant accountability is the development, validation, and execution of programs creating analysis datasets, tables, listings, figures, and submission deliverables for drug and vaccine programs

  • Interact with cross-functional Research & Development Division scientists including, Statistics, Clinical, Regulatory, QP2, CSRM, Data Management, and Statistical Programming to plan for the statistical analysis and reporting of clinical drug and vaccine projects

  • Set direction for the analysis and reporting deliverables | Negotiate and prioritize resource assignments with staff and stakeholders at a regional or global level ensuring that project plans are executed efficiently with timely and high-quality deliverables

  • Manage the analysis and reporting deliverables of Functional Sourcing Partners

  • Ensure appropriate and consistent application of SOPs, standards, and quality and compliance measures

  • Engage with cross-functional stakeholders to identify areas for improvement and solve business challenges; Establish strong partnerships with statistical stakeholders in BARDS LDS, EDS, CSS

  • Provide technical and/or scientific guidance to employees and colleagues

  • Manage staff resources including resource allocation and forecasting; identify solutions to address resource and operational challenges

  • Contribute to building and fostering group capability for the delivery of expertise, and behaviors required to deliver success on projects

  • Hire appropriate, qualified staff

  • Complete performance management and employee development including coaching and mentoring

  • Manage training plans

  • Lead and actively contribute to departmental strategic objectives

  • Represent Statistical Programming at a leadership level; be a visible contributor and decision maker

  • Interface externally in industry activities


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Biological Sciences, or Engineering


  • Bachelor with twelve to fifteen years SAS programming in a clinical trial environment or Master with ten plus years SAS programming in a clinical trial environment

  • Seven plus years of project management in the development and execution of statistical analysis and reporting deliverables

  • Prior people management experience with demonstrated ability to lead and develop people

  • Expertise managing and forecasting programming resources at the project and therapeutic area level

  • Broad knowledge and demonstrated experience in developing analysis and reporting statistical programming deliverables using global and TA standards and according to quality, compliance and timeliness requirements

  • Expertise in SAS and clinical trial programming, systems and databases including advanced knowledge of CDISC data standards

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

  • For directors in ESD, a deep understanding of ESD business needs and regulatory requirements

  • Knowledge of regulatory agency requirements pertaining to statistical computing and programming issues

  • Principled communication and negotiation skills with a demonstrated history of teamwork and collaboration; deals well with change and seamlessly assimilates to new projects and stakeholders; ability to engage key stakeholders

  • Demonstrated success in the assurance of deliverable quality and process compliance. Strong working knowledge of reporting processes (SOPs) and software development life-cycle (SDLC)

  • Experience leading the activities of a programming team that includes functional sourcing partners, domestic contractors, and global resources; ability and interest to work across cultures and geographies


  • Three plus years managing a team of statistical programmers; completing people management responsibilities including both performance and talent management activities

  • BARDS Statistical Programming management experience

  • Demonstrated ability to handle change management; influence and drive strategies for implementation in operational area and collaborate with other leaders

  • Demonstrated success in championing and driving proficiency and compliance with standard processes

  • Strategic thinking - ability to turn strategy into tactical activities and operational objectives; Demonstrated experience leading strategic and departmental initiatives

  • Familiarity and ability to comprehend statistical analysis methods and clinical data management concepts

  • Ability to anticipate stakeholder and regulatory requirements

  • Demonstrated ability to work across cultures and geographies

  • Active in professional societies

  • Experience in process improvement

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada, and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Under New York City law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education. Expected salary range: 157,700 - 268,200.

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Under New York City law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

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$157,700.00 - $268,200.00

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Requisition ID:R207557