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Sr. Director, Statistical Programming

Olema Oncology
San Francisco, California
Start date
Nov 17, 2023

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Information Technology, Bioinformatics
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Biotech Bay

Job Details

Who We Are >>> Why You Should Work With Us

Olema Oncology is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of targeted therapies for women’s cancers. Olema’s lead product candidate, palazestrant (OP-1250), is a proprietary, orally-available small molecule with dual activity as both a complete estrogen receptor (ER) antagonist (CERAN) and a selective ER degrader (SERD). It is currently being evaluated both as a single agent in an ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial, and in combination with CDK4/6 inhibitors (palbociclib and ribociclib) and a PI3Ka inhibitor (alpelisib), in patients with recurrent, locally advanced or metastatic ER-positive (ER+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HER2-) breast cancer. Palazestrant has been granted FDA Fast Track designation for the treatment of ER+/HER2- metastatic breast cancer that has progressed following one or more lines of endocrine therapy with at least one line given in combination with a CDK4/6 inhibitor. Olema is headquartered in San Francisco and has operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit us at, or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Onto something big, together. Olema is made up of people who are passionate beyond measure. Each and every day, we come together to do amazing things – for each other, for science, and for women with cancer. 

Our modern hybrid workplace model encourages employees to split their week between working from home and at our lab/office, while also providing several allowances to help with both home office and commute expenses. 

While at the lab/office, our teams build their camaraderie, opening the door for more authentic mentorship and career development opportunities. While at home, employees can make the most of their time – whether that’s picking up the kids from school, going on a mid-day run, or catching up on chores. Through this model, we strive to offer our employees the best of both work models.  

As the Senior Director of Statistical Programming reporting to the Vice President of Biostatistics, you will be accountable for all statistical programming deliverables in adherence to company SOPs and ICH/GCP. You will also work with the Vice President, Biostatistics to create and implement Statistical Programming policies and procedures.

This role is based out of our San Francisco, CA or Cambridge, MA office and will require 10% travel. 

Your work will primarily encompass: 

  • Build out the statistical programming group and set up SOPs and processes for operational excellence
  • Collaborate with the IT team to build and maintain secure statistical computing environment and programming infrastructure
  • Conduct statistical programming for CSR, publications, presentations, DSUR, IB, safety data review, and ad hoc analyses
  • Lead the statistical programming activities for regulatory submissions following CDISC standards
  • Collaborate with the study statistician and study team in project planning
  • Review key study-related documents including but not limited to SAP, CRFs and data management plan
  • Author SDTM and ADAM specifications in collaboration with the study statistician
  • Effectively manage the CRO to ensure high-quality deliverables within timeline and budget 
  • Validate/QC key TFLs generated by the CRO 
  • Responsible for one or more studies with concurrent tasks and timelines 
  • Manage one junior statistical programmer
  • Other duties, as assigned

Ideal Candidate Profile  >>>  

A love of challenging, important work. We are a pragmatic team, driven to imagine and develop meaningful therapies for improving lives. All employees within our company play a unique and crucial role in our success, both in accomplishing our mission and building a positive company culture. As such, we are looking for someone with the right combination of knowledge, experience, and attributes for this role. 


  • Bachelor or Master's Degree in Statistics, Life Sciences, Computer Science or related fields
  • Thorough understanding of clinical trial reporting process, as well as regulatory reporting requirements including electronic data submissions and CDISC implementation
  • Thorough knowledge of SDTM/ADaM specifications and programming
  • Strong SAS programming skill  
  • Able to guide the successful completion of major programs and projects 
  • Strong analytical and communication skills 
  • Knowledge and experience in meeting regulatory guidelines, including both FDA and international regulatory agencies 
  • Broad knowledge of medical/biological terminology in relevant therapeutic areas 


  • 10+ years statistical programming experience in biotech/pharmaceutical industry 
  • Experience in managing the Statistical Programming team
  • Extensive experience of leading both early and late-phase clinical studies including programming and validation of SDTM and ADaM data sets, tables, figures, and listings
  • Expert level SAS programmer with experience in delivering complex programming assignments, macros and analyses
  • Experience with oncology trials is preferred
  • Experience with R is a plus
  • Experience with BLA or NDA/sNDA to FDA/EMA is preferred. Experience with other major global health authority submission is a plus
  • Experience in management of CROs with respect to statistical programming
  • Building and maintaining strong collaboration with key stakeholders from different disciplines across the organization


  • Leadership skills in proactive strategy setting, priority evaluations, adapting to changes, conflict resolution, and effective partnership 
  • Statistical programming expertise and experience in managing the activities of clinical trials 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to effectively represent Biostatistics Programming in multidisciplinary meetings 
  • A commitment to excellence   
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic; fast learner who can identify the core project challenges and expeditiously change course as required in a fast-paced organization
  • Have impeccable professional ethics, integrity and judgment

The base pay range for this position is expected to be $223,000 - $270,000 annually, however the base pay offered may vary depending on location, market, job related knowledge, skills and capabilities, and experience. The total compensation package for this position also includes equity, bonus, and benefits.


Important Information >>>

We provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment and believe that great ideas and discoveries come from a mix of expertise, background, and experience. Olema is building a culture where the value of difference is celebrated.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, seeking to provide an open, flexible, and friendly work environment to empower employees and provide them with a platform to develop their long-term careers. A Summary of Benefits is available for all applicants.

Olema also requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to approved medical or religious exemptions or disability accommodations. The health and safety of our employees is important to us!

Please note: Olema doesn’t accept agency resumes and is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. Thank you.

Additional Note/Fraud Alert:  Olema will not conduct interviews via text message or messaging platforms and will not ask you to download anything as part of your interview.  Though we use third party tools to help with advertising our jobs, please be vigilant in checking that the communication is in fact coming from Olema.


We exist to develop therapies that offer the potential to improve outcomes for women living with cancer. We approach these goals with a single-minded focus.

At Olema Oncology, we leverage our deep understanding of endocrine-driven cancers, nuclear receptors and mechanisms of acquired resistance with the goal of transforming the standard of care for women living with cancer by focusing on developing more convenient and effective therapies. Join us as we aim to design therapies for improving lives.

Why Join Us?

We believe that great ideas and discoveries come from a mix of expertise, background, and experience. Olema is building a culture where the value of difference is celebrated. We provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment and offer competitive compensation and benefits.

Olema seeks to provide an open, flexible, and friendly work environment to empower people and to provide them with a platform to develop their long-term careers.

Located in Cambridge, MA and San Francisco, CA

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780 Brannan Street
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