Principal Programmer/Analyst, Open to flexible working

Expiring today

Brentford, Stevenage
19 Feb 2021
03 Mar 2021
Contract Type

GlaxoSmithKline is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, with statisticians and programmers working in Research and Development at UK and US sites. The Quantitative Sciences division includes a Clinical Programming department, covering all phases of clinical drug development and commercialisation in a wide range of therapeutic areas. In recognition of the developing sophistication and technical requirements of the role, Clinical Programming was formed as a standalone department distinct to Clinical Statistics. 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, external, onshore and offshore 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 Principal Programmer leads, or makes a major contribution to the planning and execution of multiple programming activities for GSK clinical trials, accountable for creating, verifying, and documenting analyses of clinical data while adhering to study protocols, analysis plans and GSK / industry standards.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Acts as a subject matter expert and works as a lead within own discipline to investigate new technology as directed
  • Provides technical contribution to complex tasks and ensures the collection of programs/outputs and issues are adequately managed for programming activities to achieve business outcomes
  • Applies learning from previous activities to result in quicker and more efficient completion of the current task.
  • Shares learnings with peers and contributes to internal technical discussions/forums
  • Initiates new directions and novel strategies to achieve department goals
  • Effectively communicates technical and complex approaches to peers and non-technical colleagues
  • Project manages or leads programming activities, including approval of plans under supervision, to achieve technical or business outcomes within own discipline
  • Contributes to and influences the strategic planning and direction of a project and contributes to department strategies and key initiatives through working groups and sub teams
  • Anticipates problems within discipline, proactively uses own expertise and/or seeks input from others, to recommend solutions and influence appropriate change
  • In matrix discussions uses technical expertise to provide innovative solutions to project related problems of colleagues and of other projects
  • Makes decisions on the implementation of programming requirements for low risk pieces of work and can propose solutions for higher risk activities
  • Thorough knowledge of all GxP, ICH requirements and applicable external regulations that govern drug development (where applicable)
  • Contributes to the development or improvement of departmental policies and working practices
  • Develops responses to audit/inspection questions and complete CAPAs within agreed timelines
  • Demonstrates appropriate engagement with outsourced partners. Performs and documents oversight of outsourced activities including Quality Assurance (QA)
  • Identifies and addresses issues with assigned activities and works to develop solutions with internal teams and/or outsourced partners
  • Effectively presents at internal forums and / or external professional industry meetings
  • Demonstrates effective communication to outsourced partners on project deliverables
  • Works effectively and proactively in multi-disciplinary teams and a matrix environment through effective listening and active participation in challenging discussions
  • Demonstrates networking skills through interactions across departments and divisions
  • Self-awareness of development needs and proactively identifies opportunities to support development objectives
  • Able to understand and clarify boundaries of responsibility within own role; allocates decision making authority and task responsibility to others as appropriate
  • Acts as a mentor or coach for new staff members

Closing Date for Applications: Wednesday 3rd March

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When applying for this role, please use the 'cover letter' of the online application or your CV to describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above. The information that you have provided in your cover letter and CV will be used to assess your application.

During the course of your application you will be requested to complete voluntary information which will be used in monitoring the effectiveness of our equality and diversity policies. Your information will be treated as confidential and will not be used in any part of the selection process. If you require a reasonable adjustment to the application / selection process to enable you to demonstrate your ability to perform the job requirements, please contact 0808 234 4391. This will help us to understand any modifications we may need to make to support you throughout our selection process.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • BS in mathematics, statistics, computer science (or related discipline)
  • Experienced with R, SAS programming, and script/macro code development
  • Experience with programming language(s)
  • Experience with oncology
  • Experience leading multiple studies
  • Experience with writing and applying Metadata Specifications/Derivations
  • Experience with products such as R-Shiny, Python, JMP, SAS/GRAPH, SAS Output Delivery System

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:

  • Extensive working knowledge of GxP, ICH requirements, internal processes and external regulations that govern drug development (where applicable)
  • Takes responsibility for oversight of others work as assigned by manager
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in both oral and written communications, able to express ideas and incorporate feedback to produce a completed quality deliverable
  • Able to explain technical approaches to peers and non-technical colleagues/settings
  • Deliver presentations with clarity in internal forums and/or external professional industry meetings
  • Experience with Tidyverse programming

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Operating at pace and agile decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations.
  • Budgeting and cost-consciousness.

At GSK, we're a company with a special purpose, to help people do more feel better and live longer. Realising our purpose starts with us. When we feel at our best, we perform at our best. When you set out on your adventure at GSK, we make a deal. You commit to living GSK's values and expectations and performing against our Innovation, Performance and Trust priorities. And in return, GSK commits to providing the right environment for you to thrive. Put simply, it's about you being motivated to do your best work, in a place where you can be you, feel good and keep growing. Together we build an environment where we can all thrive and focus on what matters most to each of us. It is only through the energy, dedication, drive and passion of all of us that we can be the very best for GSK, and importantly, for our patients and consumers.

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

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