North Wales, Pennsylvania

Job Description

New hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

Our Quantitative Sciences team use 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.

The Principal Statistical Programmer focuses on strategic activities impacting late-stage development therapeutic area (TA) projects to the direct benefit of project teams and the Biostatistics organization. The position is a key collaborator with internal and external stakeholders including Statistics, Clinical Research, Regulatory, Observational Research, Clinical Safety and PK/PD Modeling and Simulation organizations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Address operational challenges that require strategic solutions, resulting in improved CSR and filing completion timelines worldwide

  • Lead development of TA-specific standard Tables, Listings, Figures (TLF) libraries

  • Facilitate global adoption of TA standards and programming best practices

  • Contribute to strategic solutions in support of internal stakeholder groups including the Clinical Safety organizations

  • Lead and actively contribute to departmental strategic initiative project teams


  • BA/BS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related field plus 12-15 years SAS programming experience in a clinical trial environment

  • MS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related field plus 10 or more years SAS programming experience in a clinical trial environment

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate and collaborate effectively

  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills

  • Superior knowledge and significant experience in setting strategy and developing analysis and reporting deliverables for R&D projects (data, analyses, tables, graphics, listings)

  • Excellent project management skills; leadership across multiple and complex programs; determines approach and ensures consistency and directs effort others; ability to engage key stakeholders

  • Expertise in SAS and clinical trial programming

  • Superior knowledge and significant experience in setting strategy and developing analysis and reporting statistical programming deliverables (datasets, statistical analyses, report tables, and graphics) using global and TA standards and according to quality, compliance and timeliness requirements

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

  • Designs and develops complex programming algorithms

  • Familiarity with statistical analysis methods, terminology and concepts

  • Familiarity with clinical data management concepts

  • Experience in CDISC and ADaM standards

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

  • Strategic thinking - ability to analyze operational activities and challenges and develop and implement strategic solutions

  • Ability to anticipate stakeholder requirements

  • Ability and interest to work across cultures and geographies

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience developing and implementing statistical programming standards

  • Experience in process assessment, improvement and operational excellence methodologies

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

  • Experience developing and managing a project plan using Microsoft Project or similar package

  • Active in professional societies

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., 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 …

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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Requisition ID:R145690

North Wales, Pennsylvania

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