Principal Programmer

    • Stevenage, United Kingdom

Site Name: UK - London - Brentford, UK - Middlesex - Stockley Park, UK - Hertfordshire - Stevenage
Posted Date: Jun 18 2020
GlaxoSmithKline is one of the world's foremost pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, with statisticians and programmers working in Research and Development with a global footprint spanning the UK, US, Canada and India. The Biostatistics division includes a Clinical Programming department, covering all phases of clinical drug development and commercialisation in a wide range of therapeutic areas. Programming's deliverables form the core of all regulatory submissions, health authority assessments, safety updates and publications (for peer review journals and scientific meetings).

In recognition of the developing sophistication and technical requirements of the role, Clinical Programming was formed as a standalone department distinct to Clinical Statistics. Programming asset teams are now stepping up to achieve the goal of being the Biostatistics' leaders of delivery and execution, in a way that optimises, expedites and delivers to the highest quality. In addition to the group's activities supporting GSK's pipeline of drugs, key accountabilities include developing and implementing strategies for programming resourcing using both internal and external resource; driving CDISC implementation for the reporting of clinical trials; and identifying and implementing IT solutions to offer further benefit and efficiency for the group's activities.

The Clinical Programming team at GSK has a strong focus on innovative ways of working and we are leading the way to implement these innovations and embracing an evolution for increased data science skills; this is already resulting in the introduction of new programming languages, technology and software. Some of these initiatives include the pathway for adoption of R and Python open source coding into day to day programming tasks, exploring machine learning to drive efficiencies for clinical reporting, developing desktop visualisation capabilities and we even have an annual challenge for Programmers who are rewarded for bringing new innovations into the department. But it's not just about the tech! We also encourage involvement in other initiatives too and we focus on your personal development path, building your project and leadership skills, your inter-departmental liaison and collaboration skills and we provide you with opportunities to get closer to the science and decision making.
Within the clinical programming team Senior Programmers and Principal Programmers support, guide, or make a major contribution to the planning and execution of multiple programming activities for GSK clinical trials. They are accountable for creating, verifying, and documenting analyses of clinical data while adhering to study protocols, analysis plans and GSK / industry standards.

Key Responsibilities:

• Act as a subject matter expert and work as a guide within own discipline to investigate new technology as directed.
• Provide technical contribution to complex tasks.
• Ensure the collection of programs/outputs and issues are adequately managed for programming activities to achieve business outcomes.
• Apply learning from previous activities to result in quicker and more efficient completion of the current task.
• Share learnings with peers and contribute to internal technical discussions/forums.
• Initiate new directions and novel strategies to achieve department goals.

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Why You?

Basic qualifications:

BSc or higher in mathematics, statistics, data science, computer science or related discipline.
• Recognized expertise in SAS programming and SAS macro code development. Understanding of other SAS products (e.g. SAS/GRAPH, SAS Output Delivery System).
• A thorough understanding of the end to end clinical trial process.
• A solid level of understanding of the pharmaceutical regulatory and publishing processes (e.g. 21 CFR Part 11).
• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the application of CDISC data and standards, primarily the creation and use of ADaM datasets.

Preferred qualifications:

Experience with non-SAS programming packages/languages, particularly R, Python.
Project management or relevant experience.
Knowledge of basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Why GSK?:
At GSK, our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. Our three world renowned businesses research and deliver innovative medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products. We need a talented and motivated workforce to deliver against our strategy. To achieve this, we strive to attract the best people and to create an environment that empowers and inspires.

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