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SAS Statistical Programmer - Basel, Switzerland

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COMPANY: Novartis

POSITION: Statistical Programmer, Quantitative Sciences & Innovation


LOCATION: Basel, Switzerland

DESCRIPTION: As a Statistical Programmer in Novartis Quantitative Sciences & Innovation / Biomarker Development / Translational Medicine, you will be responsible for all project level programming aspects (analysis datasets, pooled datasets, listings and tables) for exploratory drug development programs.



  • Bachelor or higher degree in mathematics, statistics or computer science
  • Advanced/fluent English
  • Significant experience in a programming role preferably supporting clinical trials / in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Expert knowledge of SAS software and experience with R programming language
  • Strong interpersonal and communication / presentation skills with experience from an international matrix multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Good understanding of global clinical trial practices, procedures and methodologies
  • Good understanding of regulatory requirements relevant to Translational Medicine (e.g. GCP, ICH)
  • Experience in providing recommendations for maintenance or development of global policies, procedures and clinical data presentation standards (e.g. CDISC)
  • Intermediate knowledge of office productivity software
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Used to working as part of a team, without close supervision, under pressure and meeting timelines


  • Manage the clinical and biomarker programming activities for a global project following internal project management guidelines and resource planning
  • Take a programming leadership role within Biomarker Development (BMD) and Translational Medicine
  • Proactively support BMD-initiated studies as a subject matter expert for data access, extraction, and reconciliation across clinical development programs (Proof of Concept to PhIV)
  • Maintain efficient interfaces with internal analytical and clinical scientists with guidance from BMD management
  • Develop and comply with project / study standards and specifications following internal and regulatory guidelines
  • Oversee programming style, quality of Quantitative Sciences & Innovation/BMD contributions and compliance with timelines
  • Program, according to specifications, analysis datasets, pooled datasets, listings, summaries, figures and tables for Phase I-IV clinical trials. Ensure quality control and quality audit of deliverables
  • Maintain standardized records for project programming and archive trail / project analysis and associated documentation. This may involve designing or enhancing data storage systems
  • Participate in the selection of CROs and supervise Quantitative Sciences & Innovation project activities for CROs
  • Train staff on trial and project level activities and internal processes
  • Participate in or lead non-clinical activities
  • Perform appropriate merging and reformatting of datasets and derive new variables, carefully documenting each step
  • Work closely with TM/BMD/QSI scientists to understand definitions of relevant variables
  • Quickly identify possible data errors or inconsistencies and work independently with appropriate personnel to resolve them
  • Number check and proof read reports and presentations for accuracy and clarity