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Biostatistical Programming Manager – Technical Oversight Manager, Uxbridge

Company: Amgen
Location: Uxbridge, UK
Reference: BPM001
Closing Date: 14 Feb 19
Type: Full Time
Salary (£): Competitive
Benefits: Excellent

Job Summary:

Amgen Global Statistical Programming team is looking for an experienced Programming Manager who will be responsible the oversight of our Functional Services Provider (FSP) focusing on operational excellence and delivering projects on time within agreed scope. If you are looking for your next career step within Statistical Programming and want to be part of our mission – To serve patients – which drives all that we do, apply or get in touch.


Our Biostatistical Programming Team:

The successful candidate will be part of a Global Statistical Programming team ensuring projects outsourced to Functional Services Provider are aligned to priorities and meet Amgen timeline, quality, data standards and compliance expectations.


Biostatistical Programming Technical Manager role overview:

As Biostatistical Programming Manager - Technical Manager, the successful candidate will oversee the execution and quality of projects managed by FSP and ensure that projects are prioritized according to the product strategy.



  • Aligning FSP assignments with Amgen Development priorities
  • Providing estimation of project resource needs
  • Ensuring FSP programming meets quality, compliance, timeline, and productivity expectations
  • Ensuring FSP adherence to Amgen Policies, SOPs and other controlled documents as per Scope of Work
  • Contributing to FSP training material development and revisions, and conducting the initial training to FSP staff
  • Providing guidance to FSP Study Lead Programmers (SLP) on GSP processes, tools, and utilities
  • Contributing to FSP performance metrics data collection and reporting

Key Project Responsibilities:

  • Align with Statistician, Product Lead Programmer, and FSP Study Lead Programmer on project priority, timelines, deliverables, quality oversight plan, and data standards
  • Conduct kickoff meeting with FSP staff for each outsourced project
  • Meet regularly with FSP SLP to assess project progress and help address project level operational issues
  • Collaborate with Amgen Statistician to develop the Project Delivery Plan for FSP deliverables and implement the plan
  • Routinely review project documentations such as issue logs, deliverable status follow up with FSP SLP on concerns or questions
  • Throughout project conduct and shortly before key milestones, verify adherence to GSP-wide and product-level standards
  • Represent Amgen in audits and determine responses to audit questions and findings
  • Maintain resource estimate for the outsourced project during Amgen’s demand review cycle and update the estimate as a result of significant milestone or scope changes on the project
  • Capture specific issues leading to rework or timeline delays during the execution of the project
  • Provide technical consultancy to FSP SLP on functional and product-level processes and tools
  • Advise FSP SLP on study-specific questions for specifications, documentation, and coding

Key Management Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and report on the performance of the FSP operating model; make recommendations for refining the model
  • Monitor and report on FSP performance, including metrics and adherence to service level agreements around quality, compliance, productivity, and timeliness of deliverables
  • Contribute to FSP training material development and provide initial training to FSP  


Qualification and experience required:

  • Degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Life Sciences or other relevant scientific subject
  • Extensive statistical programming experience in biopharmaceutical industry
  • Thorough understanding of clinical trial processes from data collection to analysis reporting
  • Ability to lead programmers in successful completion of all study programming activities and provide guidance on technical and process questions
  • Experience working in a globally dispersed team on Phase 1-4 clinical trials
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills; strong negotiation skills
  • Advanced SAS analysis and reporting skills including SAS Base, macro, and SQL
  • Hands-on experience in specifying and implementing SDTM and ADaM data sets, and TFLs
  • Ability to define and implement an effective standardization strategy for a product following the latest CDISC SDTM, ADaM and define standards


Preferred Skills:

  • Regulatory submission experience
  • Vendor and resource management experience
  • Familiarity with other programming languages such as R or Python
  • In-depth knowledge of SAS/Graph and Stat packages
  • Thorough understanding of data compliance checks such as Pinnacle 21

Location: Uxbridge - will consider remote working


Remuneration:  Competitive salary & comprehensive benefits package including bonus scheme


The company:

Amgen is one of the world’s largest independent biotechnology companies, with global revenue of $23 billion and nearly 20,000 employees globally. For more than 35 years, Amgen has pioneered biotechnology breakthroughs, to bring state-of-the-art medicines from laboratory to the patient. Amgen has not only discovered and developed innovative human therapeutics, but has invested in cutting edge manufacturing capability and support services to deliver these exciting therapies to medical teams around the world.


Join Us

If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.


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