Manager Programmer - Open to flexibility

Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Uxbridge, Middlesex
18 Oct 2016
18 Nov 2016
Contract Type

Manager Programmer - Open to flexibility

Basic qualifications:

  • BSc or higher in mathematics, statistics, computer science or related discipline.

Preferred skills / experience:

  • Recognized expertise in SAS programming and SAS macro code development. Understanding of other SAS products (e.g. SAS/GRAPH, SAS Output Delivery System)
  • Significant relevant experience in other programming languages and software (e.g. Visual Basic, PHP, PL/SQL, S-Plus, R), other analytical packages (e.g. Spotfire, TSCG), and operating systems (e.g. LINUX)
  • Knowledge of and experience in application development and quality management lifecycles
  • A solid level of understanding of clinical trials, 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 ADaM but also SDTM, define XML etc
  • Basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Ability to manage conflicting demands and priorities and to negotiate and influence successfully
  • Project management / business analysis or other relevant experience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the outsourcing or externalization of programming work (e.g., working with CROs, academic institutions)
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated successful leadership of and contribution to cross-functional initiatives.


GlaxoSmithKline is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, with statisticians and programmers working at UK and US R&D sites, and worldwide. In recognition of the developing sophistication and technical requirements of the programming role, the Clinical Programming department was formed as a standalone department within the broader Clinical Statistics group 18 months ago, covering all phases of clinical drug development and commercialisation in a wide range of therapeutic areas. In addition to the group’s activities supporting GSK’s pipeline of drugs, key accountabilities include driving CDISC implementation for the reporting of clinical trials, and identifying and implementing technology solutions to offer further benefit and efficiency for the group’s activities.

The Standards & Efficiencies Manager is responsible for delivering and supporting technical and process solutions as well as supporting central standards knowledge management on behalf of the statistics and programming function.


  • Lead process development/refinement and technical delivery projects within department and beyond.
  • Develop and support tools to meet business needs in collaboration with key stakeholders
  • Define, develop and embed core or therapeutic standards in accordance with industry standards
  • Act as key programming and standards contact for internal and external business partners and stakeholders.
  • Oversee outsourced tasks to third party vendors and ensure their performance meets the agreed timelines, quality and budget requirements established for the project or study.
  • Work with other disciplines to solve complex problems. Proactively identify, assess and resolve the impact of decisions/actions from other groups. Define criteria for assessing alternative solutions and determine the optimal approach. Make decisions in the face of unusual and conflicting information.
  • Manage stakeholders both upwards and outwards.
  • Provide broader technical knowledge, expertise, support and advice (e.g. UNIX scripting, computing environments) to other teams and departments (e.g. Data Management).
  • Appreciate future direction/wider objectives of project or business. Anticipate future challenges.
  • Identify recurring problems and initiate process improvement.
  • Provide mentoring, training and performance feedback
  • Encourage and embed key behaviours from staff. Build credibility and presence with internal and external customers.

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