Principal Programmer Analyst

4 days left

United Kingdom
21 Apr 2021
21 May 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
Principal Programmer Home based, Europe - ₠/£9,000 Joining Bonus
We are vital links between an idea for a new medicine and the people who need it. We are the people of PPD — thousands of employees in locations worldwide connected by tenacity and passion for our purpose: to improve health. You will be joining a truly collaborative and winning culture as we strive to bend the time and cost curve of delivering life-saving therapies to patients.   

Our Biostatistics department 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 Prin 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. Responsibilities include:
  • 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
  • Increases knowledge base and professional skills for self and junior team members, 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.
  • Contributes to the department recruitment/candidate interview process
  • 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.
  • Suggests, plans and provides developments to tools and techniques for improving process efficiencies.


To be considered for the position you should have the following qualifications, skills and experience:
  • MS/MA degree in computer science, statistics, biostatistics, mathematics or related field
  • At least 6 years of programming experience
  • 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 multidisciplinaryteam setting
  • Demonstrated positive attitude and the ability to work well with others
  • Capable of coaching and mentoring others, as shown by leadership of projects
  • 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

At PPD we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognise the power of being one team. We understand that you will want to grow both professionally and personally throughout your career, and therefore at PPD you will benefit from an award-winning learning and development programme, ensuring you reach your potential. 

As well as being rewarded a competitive salary, we have an extensive benefits package based around the health and well-being of our employees. We have a flexible working culture, where PPD truly value a work-life balance. We've grown sustainably year on year but continue to offer a collaborative environment, with teams of colleagues eager to share expertise and have fun together. We are a global organisation but with a local feel. 

- 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.  


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