Principal Biostatistician - HTA

Highly Competitive
  1. Permanent
  2. Statistics
  3. United Kingdom
London, England
Posting date: 12 Jan 2021
This vacancy has now expired

A specialist contract research organisation to the pharmaceutical industry is looking for a talented Principal Statistician to join their dynamic team in London. The role of the Principal Statistician is to provide statistical support to the statistics and programming department across a range of projects, clients and therapeutic areas. The Principal Statistician may also perform a supervisory role (e.g. line management and/or project management).

Job Responsibilities

  • Perform technical review and provide input into clinical trial documents including protocols, CRFs, CSRs.
  • Author and review study SAP, TFL shells and dataset specifications.
  • Support study and/or compound level activities advising on study design and statistical issues across phases and therapeutic areas.
  • Author, validate and document SAS programs for datasets, TFLs and macros, applying good programming practice.
  • Application of complex statistical techniques (e.g. mixed effects, non-linear modelling, Bayesian, advanced survival), model checking and interpretation.
  • Identify and implement appropriate sample size method using software or simulations.
  • Identify data and standards issues and resolve or escalate as appropriate.
  • Awareness of emerging standards and associated impact to ongoing and future planned trials.
  • Maintain proficiency in statistical methodology.
  • Line management of statisticians, programmers and other technical staff.
  • Accountable for overall performance of direct reports.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring of staff to achieve "excellence". Direct employee career development and ensure line reports receive appropriate training to perform their day-to-day jobs.
  • Proactive management of resource, scope change and risks.
  • Manage the delivery of projects to budget.
  • Manage client expectations and issue resolution.
  • Present study updates internally and at client meetings.
  • Share scientific, technical and practical knowledge within the team and with colleagues.
  • Perform work in full compliance with applicable internal and client policies, procedures, processes and training.
  • Build effective collaborative working relationships with internal and client team members.
  • Ensure learnings are shared across projects or studies.
  • Develop and provide internal technical training where appropriate.
  • Lead process improvement initiatives.

Skills and Requirements

  • MSc or PhD in Statistics/Biostatistics (or equivalent).
  • At least 6 years of relevant industry experience.
  • Understanding of clinical drug development process, relevant disease areas, endpoints and different study designs.
  • Awareness of industry and project standards & ICH guidelines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal/teamwork skills for effective interactions.
  • Proficiency in data handling using SAS or other statistical software (e.g. R).
  • Self-management skills with a focus on results for timely and accurate completion of competing deliverables.
  • Demonstrated problem solving ability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage a portfolio of projects and/or people.


Benefits include, private healthcare, travel insurance for business and leisure, summer and Christmas party, pension, cycle to work scheme, death in service, season ticket loan, membership to PSI.

To Apply

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