PPD’s mission is to improve health. It starts as an idea to find a cure. It becomes a life saved. All in-between, it’s you! We know that meaningful results not only require the right approach, but also the right people. We invite you to re-imagine health promoting protocols with us, working alongside our talented, bright and energetic teams.
We are passionate about being data and technically agile and driving enhanced value for our clients and patients. Determined to improve patient health, we help PPD provide industry-leading statistical, programming and clinical pharmacology contributions through global delivery, consistent quality adherence and scientific insight.
As a Principal Programmer, you will act as the lead programmer, project lead, or project oversight lead on multiple projects, overseeing the statistical and bioinformatics programming aspects of clinical trials from design through analysis and reporting.
At PPD we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognize the power of being one team. We offer continued career advancement opportunities, award winning training and benefits focused on the health and wellbeing of our employees.
Acts as the lead programmer, project lead, or project oversight lead on multiple projects, overseeing the statistical and bioinformatics programming aspects of clinical trials from design through analysis and reporting. Organizes teams and implements study strategies to ensure process and programming efficiencies, and the creation and maintenance of programs for statistical report generation, and program validation. Represents the department within the company and with interactions with client companies and regulatory agencies. Provides training, guidance, and project leadership to junior team members.
Serves as a lead programmer or project lead on studies or drug programs of all complexities and size scales. Works directly with project team leaders and client representatives to conduct team meetings, develop and maintain project timelines, assess and forecast resources, and ensure adherence to study budgets and any relevant contractual obligations or limits with clients.
Suggests, plans and provides developments to tools and techniques for improving process efficiencies. Actively contributes to process or tool improvement efforts including leadership of solution teams. Represents the department to clients on study matters, bid defenses or submission or review of clinical data to regulatory authorities, directly contributing to proposals and bids.
May serve as company project manager on projects limited to only biometrics services.
Provides general infrastructure support to the department, including representing the company at industry conferences, presenting/teaching at department meetings, assisting in establishing training materials, contributing to other general department documents or policies, and contributing to process improvement and department initiatives.
Increases knowledge base and professional skills for self and junior team members if applicable, in areas including programming technology and techniques, clinical trials, and developments in the pharmaceutical industry.
Provides feedback to managers on employee performance for employee development, performance reviews and training.
Works to increase the visibility of the company by encouraging the publication of articles in industry journals and presentations at conferences.
Contributes to the department recruitment/candidate interview process.
Education and Experience:
MS/MA degree in computer science, statistics, biostatistics, mathematics or related field and at least 6 years of experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job requirements, or Bachelor's degree in computer science, statistics, biostatistics, mathematics or related field or equivalent and relevant formal academic / vocational qualification, and at least 8 years of experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job requirements.
In some cases an equivalency, consisting of a combination of appropriate education, training and/or directly related experience, will be considered sufficient for an individual to meet the requirements of the role.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong SAS® programming skills
Great understanding of database structures and working with complex data structures
Demonstrated great attention to detail
Excellent problem solving and innovative skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills to facilitate communications with clients, project teams, departments and staff, including proficiency in the English language
Capable of independently organizing, adapting and adjusting to changing priorities across multiple assignments
Capable of working and leading in a multidisciplinary team setting
Demonstrated positive attitude and the ability to work well with others
Capable of coaching and mentoring others, as shown by leadership of projects
Good understanding clinical trials, ICH Statistical and reporting guidelines and GCP
Excellent knowledge of statistical principles applied to the design and analysis of clinical trials
Good understanding of the requirements involved in the submission of clinical data to regulatory authorities
Excellent project management skills, such as project budget creation, including modifying for project updates, and managing project budgets and risks
Capable of interpreting and contributing to company policies
Delivery and quality driven
PPD values the health and wellbeing of our employees. We support and encourage individuals to create a healthy and balanced environment where they can thrive. Below is listed the working environment/requirements for this role:
Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable manner.
Able to work upright and stationary for typical working hours.
Ability to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency.
Able to perform successfully under pressure while prioritizing and handling multiple projects or activities.
May require travel. (Recruiter will provide more details.)
PPD Defining Principles:
We have a strong will to win - We earn our customer’s trust - We are gamechangers - We do the right thing - We are one PPD -
If you resonate with our five principles above, and ultimately wish to accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics for some of the world’s most urgent health needs, then please submit your application – we’d love to hear from you
PPD is proud to be an affirmative action employer that values diversity as a strength and fosters an environment of mutual respect. PPD is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, pregnancy, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or status within any other protected group.