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Director, Biostatistics

Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc
United States, New Jersey, Princeton
Jul 02, 2024

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: "Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide." Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health.

As a Director of Biostatistics, you will be a champion of Otsuka's culture and values, and be a key member of core project teams and will be responsible for statistical work in late development phases for one or multiple compounds. In collaboration with cross functional team members, you will be responsible for Biostatistics for development of compound(s), including efficient and effective trial design, analysis planning, modeling and simulation, submission reporting, advisory committee preparation and participation. You will ensure scientific rigor when applying statistical methods in clinical trials and will mentor junior biostatisticians for their career development.

You will report to the Senior Director of Biostatistics. This position can be based in Princeton, New Jersey, or Rockville, Maryland. Remote arrangements can also be considered. Otsuka maintains a hybrid work policy and travel is expected 20% of the time based on business needs.

Job Description:

  • The Director level biostatistician oversees and is responsible for statistical work late development phase for one or multiple compounds.
  • Collaborate with other functions, such as clinical, clinical pharmacology, clinical operations and regulatory.
  • Take responsibility for ensuring scientific rigor when applying statistical methods in clinical trials.
  • Provide statistical expertise/input in the clinical development plan.
  • Provide technical guidance to statisticians and statistical programmers to ensure high quality and timely deliverables.
  • Provide statistical support for development of protocols, SAP, CSR, summary documents, and briefing book for different regulatory interactions.
  • Support regulatory interactions and participates in regulatory meetings and address statistical questions.
  • Participate in company-wide or functional initiatives, such as these related to process improvements.
  • Work with senior leaders and maintain close communication with stakeholders both within and outside of the function.
  • Engage with external statistical community and maintain awareness of new statistical methodology and regulatory guidance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD or M.S. in Statistics or Biostatistics
  • Minimum of 10 (or 12 for M.S.) years of experience in the pharmaceutical or related industry.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of clinical trial (especially late-phase) development and regulatory guidance.
  • Strong working knowledge of regulatory submissions for NDA and sNDA.
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a team environment with the ability to mentor junior statisticians.
  • Management experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of statistical principles and applications in late-phase clinical trials.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Strong computer skills such as SAS, R, and other statistical software.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Microsoft suite of programs.
  • Experience in infectious diseases clinical trials and survival analysis.




Accountability for Results - Stay focused on key strategic objectives, be accountable for high standards of performance, and take an active role in leading change.
Strategic Thinking & Problem Solving - Make decisions considering the long-term impact to customers, patients, employees, and the business.
Patient & Customer Centricity - Maintain an ongoing focus on the needs of our customers and/or key stakeholders.
Impactful Communication -Communicate with logic, clarity, and respect. Influence at all levels to achieve the best results for Otsuka.
Respectful Collaboration - Seek and value others' perspectives and strive for diverse partnerships to enhance work toward common goals.
Empowered Development - Play an active role in professional development as a business imperative.

Come discover more about Otsuka and our benefit offerings; https://www.otsuka-us.com/careers-join-otsuka.


This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned to this position. It is not intended to include every job duty and responsibility specific to the position. Otsuka reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

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