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11 Oct 2016

Full-Time Director, Real World Informatics & Analytics Data Science @ Northbrook, Illinois, U.S.

Astellas Pharma – Posted by AlisonBuck Northbrook, Illinois, United States

Job Description

The Group Leader / Director, RWI&A Data Science is accountable for oversight, leadership and management of an advanced analytics team that is responsible for producing robust solutions from complex and high-dimensional datasets using state-of-the-art data mining and modeling techniques. The leader will manage a group of data scientists, modelers and solution architects and lead large and/or complex projects, interact with cross functional teams, and are accountable for the analytical soundness of all project plans, output and deliverables for the assigned projects. Projects will span across all therapeutic areas, functions and geographies. This position requires proficiency in effective leadership as well as people and project management skills.  Specifically, this individual will:


  • ensure that advanced analytics solution development projects are statistically valid and appropriately planned, resourced and executed;
  • establish effective communication with all internal stakeholders to understand and support the RWI&A analytical and statistical needs of the business; and
  • manage collaborations and lead statistical analysis across multiple external database vendors and experts to ensure that Astellas sponsored RWI&A initiatives are clinically relevant, address potential market demands and support the needs of patients, health care providers and payers.    Job Responsibilities:
  • Support the Senior Director, RWI&A by leading a team that provides data driven insights for all RWI&A projects
  • Manage, mentor and develop a high performing data scientists team through hiring and/or development of in-house talent
  • Provide oversight of RWI&A statistical/analytical expertise and input for RWI&A projects/initiatives, protocol development, regulatory documents, scientific publications, and independent research proposals across multiple teams in all therapeutic areas for both in-line and development products
  • Lead and prioritize multiple concomitant RWI&A projects, including but not limited to, data generation in marketing sciences, health economics, comparative effectiveness, real world data, patient reported outcomes, disease state and epidemiologic initiatives across therapeutic areas
  • Act as a project leader for selected projects assigned to the RWI&A data science team and interact closely with RWI&A statistical methodologists team members during the execution of projects
  • Develop data mining and/or data modeling plans to support RWI&A projects and programs
  • Contribute to and/or lead the design, assessment and interpretation of RWI&A data in a statistically relevant context to support data needs for the company’s portfolio
  • Ensure quality and consistency of key data science deliverables by developing robust processes
  • Ensure that statistical analyses are performed in accordance with good statistical practice and applicable regulatory guidelines
  • Develop Astellas RWI&A analytical and reporting processes and governance for database utilization, programming, and reporting activities
  • Identify and manage collaborations across multiple external database vendors
  • Ensure team members have a robust understanding of advanced analytics methodologies and contribute to predictive modeling standards, data analyses techniques and model managements
  • Build strategic statistics collaborations with Astellas Global/regional colleagues and external partners to advance RWI&A initiatives as appropriate
  • Serve on or lead intercompany RWI&A or other committees within Astellas as appropriate
  • Will provide data science support for new product licensing and acquisition opportunities for marketed and late-stage compounds as it relates to RWI&A

    Quantitative Dimensions and Organizational Context:
  • The Director, RWI&A provides marketing, epidemiological and clinical outcomes statistical analyses. They are responsible for collaborating with internal and external stakeholders across multiple products and therapeutic areas to provide statistical expertise, assessment and management. The Director will be accountable for managing resources, priorities and workload across assigned areas of responsibility. This includes projects across all products within the all major and emerging therapeutic areas in Astellas and all major geographies in Astellas footprint. They will develop and execute objectives and strategies to support product plans and are responsible for managing the budget within their area of responsibility. The results produced by the Director and their direct reports must be reproducible and statistically sound, and are subject to internal and external inspections.
    • Excellent organizational, people, project and time management skillsThe RWI&A data science group leader reports to the Senior Director, Head of RWI&A analytics and will manage at least three (3) direct reports.Qualifications:
      • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in applying statistical/quantitative methods in biomedical research, extensive applied data mining and modeling experience; within health/medical industry
      • Experience in working on project teams and managing projects and people within a matrix environment
      • Advanced and broad knowledge of statistical methodology and strong understanding of industry practices related to the statistical analysis and modeling of clinical data
      • Experience with processes and procedures in data management, data standards such as CDISC and SAS programming
      • Experience with multivariate modeling and underlying data assumptions
      • Expertise in linear and non-linear regression modeling, data mining and machine learning techniques. Special emphasis on classification and segmentation methods
      • Data modeling experience using SAS or other statistical programming languages
      • Proven ability to rationalize disparate data sources and the ability to intuit the large picture within a dataset.
      • Advanced meta-analysis capabilities
      • Solid oral, written, and presentation communication skills (e.g. able to clearly communicate statistical and epidemiological issues and methods to statisticians andnon-statisticians)Preferred:
        • At least 2 years direct or indirect people management experience
        • Experience in the development & execution of RWI&A studies and/or peer reviewed manuscripts
        • Solid knowledge of data mining tools such as SAS, R, Python as well as proficiency in SQL
        • Expertise in text-mining, data preparation and processing for such projects

How to Apply

Please submit resumes directly to [email protected]

Job Categories: Data Scientist / Statistician. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: big data, claims data base, data-science, director, python, r, real world evidence, real world informatics, RWE, SAS, and SQL. Salaries: More than $100,000.

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