Associate Director Biostatistics

Genzyme in Cambridge, MA

  • Type: Full Time
position filled

Associate Director, Biostatistics

Job Summary

Provide leadership and guidance as the lead statistician on a project team or within a therapeutic area in Neuroscience. For one or more projects, be accountable for all statistical aspects of clinical studies and submissions, including quality, relevance to regulatory perspective, and scientific validity. Act as key statistical consultant within company. Responsible for project staffing, resource planning and allocation within therapeutic area(s). May have regional or global management responsibility. 

In some cases incumbent could serve as department leader in specific technical area. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

1. Oversee statistical support to multiple project teams. Collaborate with clinical and regulatory leads in defining general strategic approach, creating clinical development plans (CDP), and producing individual protocols. Work independently, or with other statistical departmental members or consultants, to develop effective statistical approaches applicable to project.

2. Oversee execution of statistical analyses, preparation of the statistical methods and results sections for clinical study reports (CSR), and production of overall summaries. Review and approve key results memos and statistical conclusions. Provide guidance to the clinical and regulatory teams regarding conclusions and inferences from the data package. Ensure statistical representation at regulatory or other external meetings. Completed data package relevant for submission or making key decisions. Statistical deliverables consistently compliant, in timing and quality, with SOPs and departmental standards.

3. Provide general guidance on definition and documentation of key derived variables needed to support production of tables, listings, and graphs (TLG). Effect consistency of data collection and analysis across project or area. Analysis datasets that are quality controlled, sufficient to produce TLG for reports, and consistent within projects. General compliance with Sanofi-Aventis standard data models, e.g. CIDSC.

4. Plan and track project activities, timelines, and resource use across projects. Provide justification for planned resource needs. Seek to optimize resource utilization and capacity. Accurate plans, well-managed projects, capacity to apply extra resources in urgent situation.

5. Ensure mentoring and development of staff. Encourage personal development in the context of project work. Learn and apply techniques to promote teamwork, quality, and motivation. Manage conflict. Productive work environment, individual growth, development of strong contributors. Staff compliance with SOPs and departmental policies. 

6. Maintain awareness of industry standards, regulatory requirements, and departmental guidelines and SOP. Within area of control, update procedures or practices as needed to remain in compliance. Procedures and practices meet industry standards and are consistent with internal SOP.

7. Serve as departmental representative on division or corporate-wide teams. Advocate application of statistical thinking in decision-making. Work effectively with leaders in other functional areas. Effective corporate use of statistical thinking. Efficient processes in clinical development and operations.

Required Education/Experience:

  • PH.D. (MS) in statistics or related discipline
  • 8+ (10+) years of pharmaceutical experience, including significant interactions with regulatory bodies and experience in neuroscience area
  • Demonstrated leadership, project management, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal, writing, and presentation skills
  • Experience in Neuroscience clinical trials
  • Experience managing and implementing working relationships with external agencies, such as CRO, consultant groups, and research committees
  • Broad knowledge and superior understanding of advanced statistical concepts and techniques
  • Innovatively applies technical principles, theories, and concepts to pharmaceutical clinical development and life cycle management
  • Proven success, through previous submissions or interactions, in meeting regulatory guidelines and requirements for drug development
  • In-depth understanding of the regulatory drug submission / approval process regionally and globally
  • Ability to effectively represent Biostatistics and Programming in multidisciplinary or cross-functional meetings
  • Ability to work in a fully self-directed manner
  • Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge of regulatory laws / procedures outside of US and Europe
  • Leadership role in societies or committees relevant to drug development or statistics
  • Ability to contribute to advancement of statistical or applied specialized area of knowledge
  • Sanofi US Services, Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.


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