Bristol Myers Squibb Company

Senior Principal Clinical SDTM Programmer

Princeton, NJ, United States
Sep 13, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global Biopharma company committed to a single mission: to discover, develop, and deliver innovative medicines focused on helping millions of patients around the world in disease areas such as oncology, cardiovascular, immunoscience and fibrosis.

Join us and make a difference. We hire the best people and provide them with a work environment that places a premium on diversity, integrity, collaboration and personal development. Through a culture of inclusion, we create a better, more productive work environment. We believe that the diverse experiences and perspectives of all our employees help to drive innovation and transformative business results.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Primarily responsible for quality and timely delivery of SDTM artifacts (SDTM Specifications, datasets, define.xml, SDRG, Annotated CRF) for BMS studies
  • Serve as Study SDTM Programming lead for all regulatory submissions
  • Expertise in SDTM automation tools, macros and using them for SDTM programming
  • Strong understanding of Rave EDC, SDTM metadata and metadata driven solutions
  • Review the Study EDC specification and ensure all collected study data (including external) is mapped appropriately in target SDTM model
  • Design the SDTM specification as per the CDISC SDTM IG and BMS standards and ensure they meet downstream ADaM and Reporting requirements
  • Annotate CRFs and Review annotated CRFs in accordance with BMS guidelines and appropriate metadata to reflect tabulation datasets
  • Maintain high quality of deliverables with validation and resolution of issues surfaced in Pinnacle21 and other Quality tools
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and Study team members to manage study timelines, and resolve issues
  • Represent SDTM Programming function in Study team meetings as well as cross-functional working groups and process improvement activities
  • Provide subject matter expertise in defining the mapping relationships between source EDC and target SDTM domains
  • Support and identify areas for automation & innovation as process enhancements to improve quality of work and efficiencies
  • Remain abreast with latest industry trends in standards implementation, review published papers and participate in industry conferences
  • Direct responsibility preparing and presenting SDTM information cross functionally
  • Resolve problems as they arise within defined procedures and escalate if necessary at appropriate time
  • Represent as internal team leader who decides best course of action
  • Negotiate, assess, and monitor project priorities/timelines for SDTM components
  • Review synopsis and/or protocol and provide comments for the Review Committee
  • Provide programming input to CRF and External Data from an SDTM perspective
  • Oversee development of SAS programs to generate SDTM datasets
  • Validation of SDTM datasets to ensure meets regulatory compliance
  • Provide input to the design of the clinical trial database from an SDTM perspective
  • Contribute to the creation, maintenance, and validation of standards for programming tools, outputs and macros
  • Partner with CROs and act as a primary point of contact for SDTM programming activities
  • Provide SDTM programming input into the SOW activities and review associated budget
  • Provide oversight of CRO/vendor programming activities to ensure adherence of standards as well as receiving quality and timely deliverables
  • Receive, process and review datasets, as well as data review reports from CROs
  • Ensure that programming best practices are adhered to by both CRO and BMS programmers

Other Activities
  • Build networks to achieve influence with other functions and represent as SDTM Programming technical expert.
  • Lead/participate in department and/or cross-functional process improvement initiatives as well as special projects and create efficiencies within programming processes
  • Author, review, approve and train on department procedures including SOPs, Working Practices and Guidance Documents
  • Ensure consistency and adherence to standards and governance within their therapeutic area and the department
  • Routinely interface with cross-functional team members during the study startup and execution.
  • Lead/Participate in programming team meetings when appropriate
  • Represent programming during internal audits as well as Health Authority audits
  • Align with the department and company strategy and model

Skills/Knowledge Required:
  • BA/BS degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline with a minimum of 5 plus years of experience supporting clinical trials for regulatory submissions
  • Experience as a Lead Programmer overseeing the SDTM activities of support programmers as well as CRO/external vendors
  • Strong project management skills; good communication skills; ability to work in a cross-functional team environment
  • Expertise with CDISC standards, specifically CDASH and SDTM
  • Solid understanding of ADaM standards
  • Hands on experience using Pinnacle21 to generate and validate SDTM deliverables
  • Thorough understanding of clinical data structures, relational database structures, and data exchange with alternative data formats
  • Knowledge of clinical study design. Detailed knowledge and experience in CRF design, central laboratories, programming databases, query resolution, data validation
  • Demonstrates expertise in the handling and processing of upstream data including multiple data sources, data workflows, eDC, external data
  • Demonstrates expertise in providing outputs to meet downstream requirements including ADaM, Data Definition Table, e-submission
  • Proficient in programming languages and demonstrated proficiency in using SAS to produce SDTM datasets
  • In-depth knowledge of FDA/ICH guidelines, industry/technology standard practices and good programming practices
  • In depth understanding of regulatory, industry, and technology standards and requirements
  • In depth understanding of statistical terminology, clinical tests, medical terminology, and protocol designs
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment with clinical team members
  • Excellent communication ability, as well as written, verbal, interpersonal and organizational skills

Bristol-Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.