Director of Statistical Innovation

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Sep 08, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Amgen is seeking a Director of Statistical Innovation (DSI) at our corporate campus located in Thousand Oaks, California. The Director will report directly to the VP of Biostatistics, Design and Innovation.

The Director of Statistical Innovation, internally known as the Biostatistics Director, provides critical expertise and leadership in the design and planning of innovative development programs and clinical trials. The DSI is a key driver to ensure thorough consideration of innovative and conventional design options and selection of optimal design with scientific rigor and operational efficiency to increase the probability of success of clinical trials and the development program. Further, the DSI provides statistical leadership and consultation to the product Evidence Generation team (EGT) and the study design working group in evaluation of design options and other innovative approaches by synthesizing and interpreting simulation results and provides advisory input in partnership with the Global Development Lead (GDL), Global Statistical Lead (GSL), and Strategic Development Director (SDD).

Key responsibilities of the Director of Statistical Innovation will include:
  • Advises Product Strategy and Study Design
  • Promotes innovative design options and fit-for-purpose analysis approaches that address appropriate clinical questions in protocol / program design and balance speed, quality, and cost
  • Provides advisory input in the development of the Global Statistical Strategic Plan (GSSP) to align study design and statistical approaches with product strategy and Evidence Generation Plan (EGP)
  • Reviews key phase 2 and 3 protocols and provides input during the TA TRC review
  • Provides Technical Expertise
  • Provides technical expertise to GSL and EGT as needed on innovative study designs and advanced analytical methods
  • Provides design options and simulation specifications to the Simulation and Modeling team and develops and approves the simulation plan and results
  • Interprets and communicates modeling and simulation results to inform and guide the selection of optimal trial designs
  • Provides guidance and training to the Simulation and Modeling biostatisticians.
  • Builds Cross-functional Network
  • Develops strong partnerships with SDDs, GSLs and the Modeling and Simulation team to ensure a CfDA 'team' approach when interacting with product teams
  • Builds relationships with counterparts in EGTs to help drive the importance of Design consultation throughout the end-to-end clinical development process
  • Builds relationships with TA TRC members to ensure alignment in development strategies
  • Promotes the advancement of innovative designs and analysis methods
  • Builds professional network with external experts in innovative designs and analysis methods

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree and 4 years of Statistics/Biostatistics experience


Master's degree and 8 years of Statistics/Biostatistics experience


Bachelor's degree and 10 years of Statistics/Biostatistics experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Doctorate in Statistics/Biostatistics and post-graduate statistical experience in the pharmaceutical industry or medical research
  • 10+ years of post-graduate statistical experience in the biopharmaceutical industry in clinical trial design, execution, analysis and reporting
  • 5+ years of strategic statistical leadership at product level of at least one complex program or multiple programs of moderate complexity
  • Solid real life experience with both conventional and innovative trial designs (including adaptive and/or Bayesian) in different phases of drug development
  • Expertise in advanced statistical analysis methods, modeling and simulation
  • Knowledge of multiple disease areas and related regulatory guidelines
  • Experience in leading regulatory and/or reimbursement submissions
  • Drive for innovation and quick adaptation to new industry trends
  • Well recognized statistical and strategic leadership among statisticians and cross-functional teams
  • External visibility in biostatistics profession (e.g., through industry committees/forums, links to academia)
  • Scientific research/publications in one or more areas of statistical science
  • Strong technical and effective communication skills
  • Managerial experience directly managing people and/or leadership experience leading teams, projects, programs or directing the allocation of resources
  • Statistical expertise and leadership across drug development phases, regulatory submissions, and payer interactions
  • Excellent computing, modelling and simulation skills using R, SAS, WinBugs, FACTS, etc.

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

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If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.