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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Scientist, Statistical Programming - Late Stage Oncology ( MERCUSR60198ENUS)

Science and Research




North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our Quantitative Sciences team uses big data to analyze the safety and efficacy claims of our potential medical breakthroughs. We review the quality and reliability of clinical studies using deep scientific knowledge, statistical analysis and high-quality data to support decision making in clinical trials.

This position supports statistical programming activities for late stage drug/vaccine clinical development projects. This may include leadership of one or more 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 datasets 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.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Effective analysis and report programming development and validation utilizing global and therapeutic area (TA) standards and following departmental standard operating procedures (SOPs) and good programming practices.

  • Maintain and manage a project plan including resource forecasting.

  • Coordinate the activities of a global programming team that includes outsource provider staff.

  • Membership on departmental strategic initiative teams.

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related field and a minimum of 5 years' SAS programming experience in a clinical trial environment.

  • MS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related field and a minimum of 3 years' SAS programming experience in a clinical trial environment.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate and collaborate effectively.

  • Effective written, oral, and presentation skills.

  • Effective knowledge and experience in developing analysis and reporting deliverables for Research and Development projects (data, analyses, tables, graphics, listings).

  • A project leader; completes tasks independently at a project level; ability to collaborate with key stakeholders. Significant expertise in SAS and clinical trial programming including data steps, procedures, SAS/MACRO, SAS/GRAPH; systems and database expertise.

  • Designs and develops complex programming algorithms.

  • Ability to comprehend analysis plans which may describe methodology to be programmed; an understanding of statistical terminology and concepts.

  • Familiarity with clinical data management concepts.

  • Experience in Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) and Analysis Dataset Model (ADaM) standards.

  • Experience ensuring process compliance and deliverable quality.

  • 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.

  • Ability to anticipate stakeholder requirements.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

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

  • Strong working knowledge of reporting processes (SOPs) and software development life-cycle (SDLC).

  • United States and/or worldwide drug or vaccine regulatory application submission experience including the development of electronic submission deliverables.

  • Experience assuring programming consistency across protocols and projects, directing the program development effort of other programmers; experience as a programming mentor.

  • Ability and interest to work across cultures and geographies.

  • 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.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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., Kenilworth, 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 …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Requisition ID:R60198