Associate Director Programming - EMEA

Cambridge, United Kingdom
24 May 2021
23 Jun 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
Associate Director Programming - EMEA (Home based)

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 & Programming 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.

The Associate Director Programming role is an excellent opportunity for someone that loves working directly with clients, contributing as a high-level project lead and key contributor. This position will not have people management responsibilities, but more focused on client & project management at a high-level.

As an AD Programming at PPD, you will:
  • Provide project leadership to a team of senior staff within the department who are responsible for all bioinformatics programming aspects of clinical trials.
  • Implement strategies to ensure overall project success.
  • Support business development activities.
  • Act in the project oversight role on multiple projects.
  • Support people managers with interviewing and selection, job description preparation, professional development, goal setting and performance management.
  • May support people managers through input on behavioral and technical coaching and mentoring, employee counseling and separations.
  • Advise on courses of action on salary administration, hiring, corrective action and terminations.
  • Assure department adherence to good scientific, ethical and regulatory standards.
  • Recommend strategies to senior management on ways to increase the knowledge base and professional skills of staff in areas including programming technology and techniques, clinical trials and the pharmaceutical industry through on the job training, mentoring, and internal or external training courses.
  • Ensure senior management is informed of team activities, accomplishments and needs.
  • Manage resource planning and utilization rate for the department.
  • Ensure that appropriate personnel resources are applied to projects based on global priorities and relative complexity.
  • Liaise with other departments within the company and the client.
  • Provide general infrastructure support to the department. Examples include giving presentations at department meetings, and contributing to documents or policies, coordinating process improvement, and implementing programming standards.



Education and Experience:
  • MS/MA degree in computer science, statistics, biostatistics, mathematics or related field and at least 8 years of experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job requirements
  • Preferred is at least 10 years of clinical trial experience as a stastical programmer and at least 4 years of leadership experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Mastery of SAS programming skills and understanding of database structures
  • Capable of effectively mentoring senior staff and promote teamwork in a multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Effective leadership skills, as shown through management of multiple projects and proven ability to mentor and motivate staff
  • Demonstrated initiative and motivation
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Positive attitude and the ability to work well with others
  • Capable of delegating tasks and facilitating the completion of assignments
  • Capable of driving innovation in developing new ideas related to process improvements
  • Comprehensive organizational, judgment, analytical, decision-making and interpersonal skills
  • Capable of independently assessing sponsor needs and working with project team members in producing compliant deliverables

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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