Statistical Programmer, Health Technology Assessment, London Job

Date: Mar 28, 2019

Location: London, ENG, GB

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Requisition ID: STA000997

MSD is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where MSD has codified its 125-year legacy. MSD’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.






This position supports statistical programming activities for the MSD Center for Observational and Real World Evidence (CORE) focusing on the analysis and reporting needs for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) dossiers. 

In this role, the statistical programmer will support the development of scientifically based arguments aiming to provide fair accessibility to our company’s drugs and vaccines making a real difference in patient’s lives. 



The statistical programmer contributes to the definition and implementation of strategic solutions utilizing SAS to create analysis datasets, tables, listing and figures from clinical trial data. 



The incubent will work with other programming colleagues to gather and interpret user requirements provided by the HTA statistician, access and retrieve the required data, and transform them into HTA analysis datasets, tables and figures under the guidance of a senior level programmer. 

The statistical programmer will also perform validation activities following departmental SOPs.  



Primary Activities:

  • Programmatically develop, validate and maintain analysis and reporting deliverables for HTA dossiers

  • Assure deliverable quality and compliance with departmental SOPs and good programming practices

  • Collaborate effectively with project team members; be a valued part of project teams

Education and Experience:

  • MS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related analytical field with a first experience in SAS programming appied to the analysis and reporting of late stage clinical trials

  • Excellent verbal and written English


Position Specific Required  Skills and Experience:

  • Successful experience in code development using programming languages (for instance in SAS)

  • Ability to quickly and effectively learn new program techniques and data structures; capacity to seamlessly assimilate to new projects

  • Basic understanding of statistics, clinical and data management concepts as applied to drug/vaccine development within the pharmaceutical industry

  • Ability to comprehend analysis plans which may describe HTA research and statistical programming methodology to be programmed


** Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • SAS programming experience including SAS/BASE, SAS/MACRO, SAS/GRAPH, etc

  • Experience in supporting analysis and reporting deliverables for HTA dossiers

  • Understanding of statistical terminology and concepts

  • Unix operating system experience; Oracle SQL experience; systems and database experience

  • Knowledge in CDISC SDTM and ADaM standards

  • Working knowledge of reporting processes (SOPs) and software development life-cycle (SDLC)

  • Ability and interest to work across cultures and geographies




  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate and collaborate effectively

  • Presentation skills

  • Knowledge and experience in developing analysis and reporting deliverables for R&D projects (data, analyses, tables, graphics, listings)

  • Takes direction effectively and completes tasks at a project level; ability to collaborate with Senior Programmers at project level and key stakeholders

  • An interest to advance career by investing over time in development activities and taking on tasks with increasing levels of challenge and responsibility

  • Team oriented with demonstrated history of teamwork and collaboration; enjoying diversity, respect and integrity


Your role at MSD is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At MSD, we’re inventing for life.



MSD is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms / recruitment agencies for this employment opportunity.  Please, no phone calls or emails.  All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at MSD via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of MSD.  No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by MSD as a result of the referral or through other means.



Salary – competitive

Location: Kings Cross, London

Start date: 25th April 2019

Closing date: 24th May 2019

Job: Statistical Programming
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: No
Number of Openings: 1
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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