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Senior Director, Statistics Lead

Pfizer

This is a Full-time position in La Jolla, CA posted July 31, 2020.

Location: La Jolla, CA
Alternate Location:  Collegeville, PA
Cambridge, MA
Groton, CT

Position Purpose

Provide scientific leadership and technical support for Pfizer clinical and non-clinical projects. This is a science-based position with limited managerial and administrative responsibilities.  The primary focus of this position will be to provide statistical leadership in the development and implementation of genomic and other biomarkers applied in clinical oncology development.  The applicant is expected to develop effective collaborations and provide statistical leadership with relevant stakeholders including translational oncology leads, precision medicine scientists, clinicians, study statisticians, computational biologists and statistical programmers regarding biomarker strategy and analysis.  Activities include assistance with complex and novel study designs and data analyses, and the development of specialized software to support them.

The responsibilities and effort for the position are divided approximately equally between project-specific collaboration, longer-term methodological research to support biomarker development, training, and external activities.  The candidate will collaborate with translational biologists and clinicians to expand the strategic use of biomarkers in oncology drug development.  These activities include scientific collaborations across academia, industry and regulators.  External publications, presentations, and other professional activities are supported.

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop and implement long-term biomarkers plans and strategies that impact the achievement of Pfizer’s submission goals
  • Provide advice to colleagues across Pfizer on technical and policy issues relating to biomarkers as an internal and external subject-matter expert
  • Provide and lead in-depth analyses and recommendations to management and senior leaders in complex, ambiguous situations across Pfizer in matters relating to biomarkers.
  • Influence internal/external regulatory/compliance issues involving biomarkers that have an impact on GPD and other development organizations
  • Apply technical, line and business knowledge in biomarkers to define the strategic direction of GPD and other development organizations
  • Increase expertise amongst Pfizer statisticians through dissemination of statistical knowledge, new methodologies and regulatory guidelines
  • Lead the development and implementation of techniques based on state-of-the-art statistical research and seek creative solutions through collaborations and interactions with other experts for drug development problems.
  • Develop effective internal collaborations,.
  • Provide external influence through collaborative partnership, scholarship and professional networking with academic, government and industry statisticians
  • Will be recognized internally and externally as a though leader in biomarker applications
  • Expand the use of biomarker data in oncology clinical trial designs and analyses

Organizational Relationships:

  • Directly reports to the Statistical Research and Innovation Group Lead – SRDC, within the Global Biometrics and Data Management organization

Resources Managed (budget and FTEs):

  • May supervise the work of contractors, consultants, Pfizer statisticians and programmers

Primary Duties:

  • Provide leadership to develop and implement a strategy of biomarkers to advance regulatory submission and approval of assets, especially those for unmet medical needs, across the enterprise
  • Provide statistical advice on complex statistical problems arising in Pfizer projects, especially those involving biomarker development and their application in clinical trials
  • Develop, implement, and promote methodologies based on state-of-the-art statistical research and dissemination of the results both internally and externally.
  • Perform and assist with complex and novel study designs and data analyses and the development of specialized software to support them.
  • Provide consultation on statistical issues to the Statistics Leadership Team, and Pfizer management in Translational Biology, Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Regulatory and other pertinent groups.
  • Participate actively in discussions towards inclusion of biomarker data in clinical trial designs, key go/no decisions, key regulatory and product defense strategies
  • Provide a strong presence for Pfizer with regulatory and professional organizations to influence knowledge generation and content of regulatory guidelines and their interpretation in practice.
  • Develop effective collaborations with relevant non-statistical researchers (such as, Translational Biology, Clinical, Pharmacology, Development Operations, PharmSci, and Safety).
  • Stay current with research on statistical methodology and its applications pertinent to the Pfizer business needs.
  • Be up-to-date on training and compliance with all Pfizer SOPs as required based on the assigned curriculum.

Basic Qualifications:

“Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.”

  • Ph.D. in Statistics or Biostatics or equivalent postgraduate statistical training.
  • The ideal candidate will have 10 years or more experience in drug development. Experience with oncology clinical trials, genetics data, and other biomarker data will be especially valuable. Candidates with less work experience, or experience in other fields, will also be considered if they have exceptional methodology research credentials and potential.
  • Evidence of creative thought-leadership, professional presence, and scholarship through publications and presentations.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills in relating to colleagues and associates both inside and outside the organization.
  • Broad-based understanding of statistical theory and its application.

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Other Job Details:

  • Eligible for Relocation Package

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

Sunshine Act

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.  Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.  Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

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