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Sr Principal, Stats Programmer

Req #: 1800440
Location: San Diego, CA US
Job Category: Information Technology
Work Location: 3033 Science Park Road Suite 300 RCPTSD 92121
Organization: Receptos, Inc.
Schedule: 40
Employee Status: Full time
Job Type: Regular
Job Level:
Other Locations:US- CA- San Diego- Science Park


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health.  We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

Responsible for collaborating with statisticians and data managers on the statistical programming strategy for multiple clinical studies.  Serves as primary in-house programmer on multiple studies.  Participates in the development of programming strategy for clinical studies, case report forms, database design, data management plans, programming specifications and statistical analysis plans.  Responsible for production and quality control of tables, listings, figures, analysis datasets.  Develops strategy for documentation of quality control of datasets and statistical analysis outputs.  Oversees the work of CROs that are performing any of the above listed tasks.  May travel up to 10%.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Function as lead programmer in the development and quality control of tables, listings, figures, analysis datasets, and/or systems in support of analyses utilizing current industry standards including CDISC SDTM and ADaM; Provide programming input to Case Report Form development, Statistical Analysis Plans, analysis file specifications, and tables, figures, and listings shells; Provide programming support for the preparation of integrated reports, submissions and post-submission activities; Provide programming support for complex presentations and more complex statistical ad hoc requests; Act as primary programming representative on cross-functional study teams to ensure timely and quality support for required analyses;

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Qualification Requirements:

Quality Requirements:

  • BS/BA degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline; medical or mathematics/computer science background a plus;
  • 8-10+ years of prior experience as a Statistical Programmer using SAS;
  • Supervisory experience a plus; Experience managing programmers, preferred;
  • Good communication skills; ability to work in a team environment with medical personnel, clinical monitors, statisticians, data managers and medical writers;
  • In-depth knowledge of FDA/ICH guidelines and industry/technology standard practices;
  • Detailed knowledge and experience in clinical study design, CRF design, central laboratories, programming databases, query resolution, data validation;
  • Good understanding of clinical data and pharmaceutical development;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in using SAS to produce derived analysis datasets and produce TFLs;
  • Thorough understanding of clinical data structures, relational database structures, and data exchange with alternate data formats;
  • Demonstrated expertise in the handling and processing of upstream data, e.g., multiple data forms, workflow, eDC, SDTM;
  • Demonstrated expertise in providing outputs to meet downstream requirements, e.g., ADaM, Data Definition Table, e-submission;
  • Good knowledge of statistical terminology, clinical tests, medical terminology, and protocol designs; and
  • Ability to manage multiple and diverse issues;
  • Key Competencies:
  • Professionalism and customer service orientation
  • Communication skills - written and verbal
  • Planning, organizing and multi-tasking
  • Prioritizing and time management
  • Problem assessment and problem solving
  • Information gathering and information monitoring
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Flexibility, adaptability and teamwork
  • Play a key role in meeting cross-functional goals through commitment, quality standards, and a customer service orientation.
  • Contribute to a work environment that fosters professionalism, mutual respect, teamwork, and collaboration.
  • Work with Receptos management team to determine resource requirements for therapeutic area or department function responsibilities;
  • Monitor progress of and provide oversight of CROs working on Receptos-sponsored studies;
  • May supervise and/or mentor other programmers (internal and contract); and
  • Maintain project files that ensure adequate and clear documentation of statistical analyses and quality control.

Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.
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