Director, Statistics

Lake County, IL, US
Oct 18, 2019
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

The Director, Statistics provides scientific and statistical leadership for assigned clinical development projects. A highly empowered, visible and collaborative role, the Director works in partnership with clinical and regulatory experts to advance medicines to our patients.

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • L e ad the s tati s ti c al s up p ort f or o n e or m ore c l ini c al d ev el op me nt p roj e c t s t h rough o w n e f f orts or t h o s e o f a t e a m . L e ad s tat i s ti c al s trat eg y f or proj ec t d e v e lop m e nt a n d r eg ulatory s ub m i ss ion.
  • Direct and review the development of design, analysis and reporting for clinical or other scientific research programs. Review protocols, statistical analysis plans, and statistical programming plans.
  • Represent function/department on project team(s) to provide statistical input to compound/drug development and drive alignment with functional management. Partner with other functions (Clinical, Regulatory, Patient Safety, or GMA) to create development strategies for assigned projects. Represent DSS on data monitoring committees. Build interdepartmental relationships.
  • Demonstrate extensive understanding of statistical concepts and methodology. Propose novel statistical methodological approaches to design of scientific studies. Provide sufficient detail to allow programming implementation. Ensure that all statistical analyses specified in scientific protocols and analysis plans are conducted appropriately.
  • Lead strategy and direct development and implementation of project-specific database-related activities in collaboration with Data Sciences, Statistical Programming and other stakeholders.
  • Train and mentor staff on statistical methodology and operations. May supervise a group of statisticians as a people manager. Gain expertise in innovative statistical methods. Assist functional leaders in recruiting qualified personnel and arranging training opportunities for professional development of staff.
  • Develop strategy for data presentation and inference. Ensure appropriate interpretation of statistical deliverables in collaboration with other functions. Collaborate in publication of scientific research. Ensure accuracy and internal consistency of reports and publications, including tables, listings, and figures.
  • Act as the liaison for statistical issues on AbbVie collaborative studies with CROs, academic institutions, government agencies, steering and/or data monitoring committees, joint ventures or licensing activities. Build external scientific connections which foster professional development and promote the reputation of the Statistics department.
  • Ensure that all applicable regulatory requirements for work processes are met. Critically review regulatory submission documents. Represent DSS in discussions with regulatory agencies and on Advisory Committees.
  • Develop an external presence within the statistics community and represent Abbvie on advanced and emerging topics.

Level will be based on education & years of experience.

Educational Requirements:
  • MS (with a minimum of 12 years of experience) or PhD (with a minimum of 8 years of experience) in Statistics, Biostatistics, or highly related field
  • At least 12 years (MS) or 8 years (PhD) of experience in pharmaceutical development required.
Educational Requirements (preferred):
  • MS (with a minimum of 14 years of experience) or PhD (with a minimum of 10 years of experience) in Statistics, Biostatistics, or a highly related field.
  • At least 14 years (MS) or 10 years (PhD) of experience in pharmaceutical development required.
Additional Requirements:
  • High degree of technical competence and excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Able to identify data or analytical issues, and assist with providing solutions by either applying own skills and knowledge or seeking help from others
  • Able to build strong relationship with peers and cross-functional partners to achieve higher performance.
  • Highly motivated to drive innovation by raising the bar and challenging the status quo
  • Have strong leadership skills and experience in working/managing cross-cultural or oversea teams
  • Pharmaceutical or related industry knowledge required, including experience and understanding of drug development and life-cycle management in the regulated environment.
  • For people mangers, prior experience of people management is required