Sr Programmer Analyst II/Principal Programmer Analyst (BITS)

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD)

Multiple locations

Job Description

We are vital links between an idea for a new medicine and the people who need it. We are the people of PPD clinical research services — thousands of employees in locations worldwide connected by tenacity and passion for our purpose: to improve health. You will be joining a truly collaborative and winning culture as we strive to bend the time and cost curve of delivering life-saving therapies to patients.   

The Bios Infrastructure, Tools, and Standards (BITS) Team is looking for a Senior Programmer 2 or Principal Programmer. You will split your time in this position 50/50 between working on non-billable BITS initiatives and billable programming. BITS initiatives improve quality and efficiency through automation, and impact both Biostatistics and Programming and Data Management. BITS members serve as ambassadors for their tools: You will collaborate with representatives from across our organization to design and improve our tools, and provide training and support for them. If you ever wanted to get involved in process improvement and shape the future of B&P and CDM, this is your chance! You will also work on randomizations, which require both programming and project management expertise. You will write programs to validate randomization schedules, evaluate capacity to handle new requests, negotiate new timelines with project teams and clients if needed, and monitor progress toward those timelines.

Your responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Acts as the lead programmer or project lead on studies of significant complexity, working directly with project team leaders and client representatives to conduct team meetings, develop and maintain project timelines, assess and forecast resources, and monitor study budgets.  
  • Assumes leadership responsibility as a contributing member of a multidisciplinary project team, communicating actively and frequently with other team members and ensuring adherence to working practice documents and SOPs.  
  • Independently creates, executes, maintains, and validates programs that transfer data across multiple data management systems or operating systems, combines data from a variety of sources and structures, generates and stores summary data from a variety of sources, generates reports or combines multiple databases and validates programs that generate listings, tables and figures using SAS.  
  • Manages and documents assignments to meet timelines and deliver high quality work, being familiar with any relevant contractual obligations or limits.  
  • Increases knowledge base and professional skills in areas including programming, technology and techniques, clinical trials, and the pharmaceuticalindustry.  
  • Provides training, guidance, and project leadership to junior team members.  
  • Provides general infrastructure support to the Department, including representing the company at industry conferences, presenting/teaching at department meetings, assisting in establishing training materials, and contributing to other general department documents or policies such as the development of departmental working practice documents and SOPs.  
  • Provides input into bidding process as requested.


  • Master's degree in computer science, statistics, biostatistics, mathematics or related field and at least 5 years of experience with analyzing clinical research data;


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, statistics, biostatistics, mathematics or related field or equivalent formal academic / vocational qualification, and at least 7 years of experience with analyzing clinical research data;

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • In-depth understanding of one or more programminglanguages  
  • Strong attention to detail  
  • Strong problem solving and innovative skills  
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills to effectively interface with teams and clients, including proficiency in the English language  
  • Capable of independently and effectively organizing and managing multiple assignments with challengingtimelines  
  • Capable of adapting and adjusting to changingpriorities  
  • Demonstrated positive attitude, enthusiasm toward work, and the ability to work well with others  
  • Demonstrated leadership, initiative andmotivation  
  • In-depth understanding of relational data base structure and complex data systems  
  • Capable of training and mentoring others  
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and ability to work on a multi-disciplinary project team  
  • Solid project management skills to act as project lead across the most challenging and complex projects  
  • Capable of effectively capturing biostatistical metrics  
  • Capable of providing quality control review for statistical programming and identifying solutions and process improvements.

At PPD clinical research services we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other,and recognise thepower of being one team. We understand that you will want to grow both professionally and personally throughout your career, and therefore at PPD clinical research services you will benefit from an award-winning learning anddevelopment programme,ensuring you reach yourpotential.  

As well as being rewarded a competitive salary, we have an extensive benefits package based around the health and well-being of our employees.

Wehave a flexibleworking culture, where we truly value awork-life balance. We’vegrown sustainably year on year but continue to offer a collaborative environment, with teams of colleagues eager to share expertise and have fun together. We area global organisation butwith a local feel. 

Our 4i Values:

Integrity – Innovation – Intensity – Involvement 

If you resonate with our 4i values above, and ultimately wish to accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics for some of the world’s most urgent health needs, submit your application – we’d love to hear from you! 



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