Principal Programmer

  • Salary: Competitive
  • REF Number: 00032356
  • Consultant: Ian Marlow
  • Contact: 01438 743 047
  • Date Published: 24.06.2015
  • Closed Date: 17.02.2016
  • Sector:
  • Location: Cambridgeshire,
  • Discipline:

Ian Marlow at CK Clinical is recruiting for Principal Programmer for a pharmaceutical company in Cambridgeshire.


  • Drives good design to generate the data needed for quality decision making. The goal of the company is to deliver value to the pipeline by excellence in delivery, improving decision making, and engaging and shaping the external environment whilst accessing and implementing innovative solutions.
  • Programming is the department that oversees and delivers the programming aspects of clinical development, manages and maintains the end to end standards and manages and maintains the Analysis and Reporting production tools and the information infrastructure.
  • Therapeutic Area Programming is the group that oversees and delivers all the programming contribution to internal decision making, regulatory submissions and reporting and commercial.

Candidate Focus & Challenge:

  • Quality and standards of study/project programming deliverables, including holding partners and providers accountable for their contributions.
  • Strategic focus - understanding drug development to support the full project lifecycle
  • Leading programming contributions to data integration strategies, regulatory submissions, and timely responses to regulatory questions.
  • Building and managing relationships to create the conditions for success for global project teams
  • Thriving in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and working across functional/geographic boundaries.
  • Leveraging tools beyond SAS to transform of data into information and facilitate improved decision making (e.g., S-Plus, R, visual analytics, BI tools).
  • Contribute to the development of best practice to improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness.


  • BSc (or local equivalent) in Mathematics, Statistics, Informatics, Life or Social Sciences.
  • Extensive statistical programming or other relevant functional-area experience in a Phase III environment, to an expert level.
  • Very strong leadership profile, excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Advanced project management and stakeholder management abilities.
  • Expert knowledge of CDISC standards (CDASH, SDTM, ADaM) and their application.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of GCP and applicable technical/regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience with regulatory submissions.
  • Experience managing external vendors and working with industry partners.

Further responsibilities:

  • The candidate will play a role in delivering a new vision for Programming.
  • Driving ongoing development of therapeutic area data and reporting standards.
  • Coaching and mentoring colleagues to success.
  • Being part of building a new analysis and reporting environment.
  • Representing Programming at external conference and forums.
  • Working with outstanding professionals focused on science, quality, and helping patients.

Job Dimensions

  • Ability to lead and direct project work.
  • Accountability for the quality of elements of project programming work worldwide.
  • Accountability for good Information Practice.
  • Reporting to Programming Team Leader.


  • Excellent collaboration required - needs the energy to work across global & functional boundaries.
  • Ability to apply programming expertise to problems, problem solving and quality focus.
  • Other programming languages (e.g., S-PLUS, R, etc.)

For more information or to apply for this position, please contact Ian Marlow or Stephanie Maccioni on 01438 743 047 or Alternatively, please click on the link below to apply online now.

CK Clinical is an Equal Opportunities employer who welcomes applications from all who meet our selection criteria.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference CL32356 in all correspondence.

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