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Principal Statistical Programmer

Company: Chiltern
Location: Office based or home based anywhere in Europe
Reference: PL-900693a
Closing Date: 22 Oct 18
Type: Full Time
Salary (£): On Application
Benefits: Excellent and competitive benefits

Job Summary:

Covance is seeking experienced Statistical Programmers to work within our Global Functional Service Provider Team (FSPx). The Principal Statistical Programmer will be 100% dedicated to one Sponsor therefore becoming an integral part of the Sponsors’ team. The FSPx department is a well-established global team within Covance, employees are based across APAC, Europe and North America.


Job Background

  • Principal Statistical Programmer required to work for Covance
  • You must have previous experience of working as a Senior Statistical Programmer in a Biotechnology, CRO or Pharmaceutical company working to CDISC standards
  • Ideally you will have experience of working on oncology studies
  • Office based in any of our European offices or home based anywhere in Europe
  • The Principal Statistical Programmer must be fluent in English language (both verbal and written)

Covance is seeking experienced Statistical Programmers to work within our world renowned Global Functional Service Provider Team which is known as FSPx.  You will work as a Principal Statistical Programmer on one or more, early phase (I&II), oncology study(ies) for one Sponsor, a global top 20 pharmaceutical client.  The FSPx department is a well-established global team within Covance, employees are based across APAC, Europe and North America.  This is a full-time, permanent role, you can work office based from any of our European offices or you can work home based anywhere from Europe.  This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining Covance as we continue to grow and expand.


Job Primary Functions

  • Provide leadership and motivation to departmental personnel
  • Mentor junior level statistical programming staff; provide direction and review work of departmental employees to ensure accuracy and adherence to pertinent departmental policies, practices, and procedures
  • Assist in ensuring the optimum performance of group function. May recommend and implement techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs, take advantage of opportunities, and maintain state-of-the-art practices
  • Serve as the statistical programming lead on internal project teams and coordinates programming, verification, and documentation of statistical programs for use in creating analysis datasets, tables, listings, and figures
  • Facilitate advanced technical expertise, in conjunction with internal and external team members, to design, implement, validate, and maintain project reporting applications that are supported by the department
  • Identify project priorities and project timeline goals and communicate priority-related issues and timelines to programming teams
  • Ensure the efficiency, quality, and integrity of data reporting, and project activities executed
  • Successfully represent the department and the company in client meetings/presentations
  • Lead and organize project programming teams, typically for multiple protocol or otherwise complex projects
  • Identify project priorities and project timeline goals and communicate priority-related issues and timelines to programming teams
  • Maintain awareness of project budgets and tasks, and effectively communicate the status of such tasks to line management and the project manager, as appropriate
  • Actively monitor project budgets and help staff identify resource of scope of work changes 

A comprehensive full job description is available.


Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree, equivalent, or higher in Biostatistics or related field
  • Minimum 10 + years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education or experience to successfully perform the key responsibilities of the job
  • Extensive experience leading statistical programming activities in clinical research
  • Previous experience in a pharmaceutical research or CRO setting
  • Extensive knowledge of one or more statistical software packages (SAS® preferred) used to conduct statistical analyses
  • Good verbal and written communication
  • Demonstrate ability to function as a subject matter expert for the team, lending experience to process improvements and staff enhancements as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide coaching, mentoring, and training to new hires and less-experienced colleagues
  • Ideally you will have worked on oncology studies







For a confidential discussion about this opportunity, please phone Peter Lewis on +44 (0) 1753 216 727.  To apply, please send your CV to -


About Covance:

As an integral part of everything we do, our employees make a difference in the lives of millions of people… and you will too.


Thinking of accelerating your SAS Programming career in clinical trials?  Then think long-term and the outstanding possibilities we can offer you at Covance!  We have helped the pharmaceutical industry develop more medicines worldwide than any other company, including the top 50 best-selling drugs on the market today and 100% of all Oncology drugs approved in 2016.


Explore this Principal Statistical Programmer job with us and check for yourself why Covance is known to promote 2.5x more employees annually than the average company in the sector.  For more information on Covance please visit: 



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Chiltern is an EEO / AA Employer and is committed to providing opportunities to minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans.


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