Director Biostatistics (m/f/x)

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Date: 04-Aug-2022

Location: Munich, Germany, 81379

Company: Daiichi Sankyo Europe


Passion for Innovation. Compassion for Patients.


Daiichi Sankyo and its 16,000 employees in more than 20 countries are dedicated to the creation and supply of innovative pharmaceutical products. In Europe, we focus on two areas: In the cardiovascular space, our strong portfolio of medicines reflects our long-standing commitment and shows that we care for every heartbeat; in oncology our goal is to become a global pharma innovator until 2025 by providing novel therapies to patients across the world. Our European headquarters are in Munich, Germany, and we have affiliates in 13 European countries. For more information:


For our headquarter in Munich we are seeking highly qualified candidates to fill the position


Director Biostatistics (m/f/x)

The position:

Position leads very complex studies or entire drug project in study design, data analysis and interpretation of results independently with minimal supervision. This position provides input to entire drug development plans with minimal supervision and authors regulatory responses and other documents with minimal supervision. This position interacts with global project teams and global Health Authorities, as well as contract research organization (CRO) programmers and statisticians. Additionally, this position works under minimal supervision to solve complex project problems.


Roles and responsibilities:

  • Protocol Development, Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP), Statistical Analysis, Results Interpretation, and Clinical Study Report (CSR): 
    • Leads statistical activities for very complex studies or an entire project
    • Act as statistical expert in the assigned projects
    • Guides the project team in using the most efficient or innovative study design by considering the regulatory agencies’ requirements for the country and Regions the compound will be submitted, and helps to maximize the success of the drug product
    • Serves as project statistician and ensures the study designs are scientifically sound, the efficacy and safety information meets regulatory requirements of the countries and Regions the drugs will be submitted
    • Ensures consistency in data collection, derived data definition, analysis file structure, statistical analysis and result interpretation throughout the drug project; 
    • Leads the planning and analysis of integrated efficacy and safety data; Review the relevant sections of the electronic common technical document (eCTD)
  • Drug Development Strategy: 
    • Provides input to the entire development plan to ensure the overall strategy can deliver the pre-specified product profile, is logical, scientifically sound, proposed studies have appropriate designs, efficacy and safety information to be collected meet regulatory agencies’ requirements for countries and regions the drug is to be submitted
    • Research statistical methodologies and addresses specific statistical issues in the design of clinical studies from preclinical through Phase 3 and 4
  • CRO / Vendor Oversight: 
    • Participates in drafting request for proposal for CRO selection
    • Reviews and negotiates baseline budget and timelines; Guides CRO biostatistician and statistical programmers on assigned projects to ensure consistency in derived data definition, analysis files structure, analysis methodologies, and accuracy of analysis results
    • Ensures timely delivery of high quality deliverables
  • Global Health Authority Interaction / Negotiation: 
    • Authors documents and responses submitted to Health Authorities globally with some guidance from supervisor
    • Represents statistics function to Health Authorities meetings as needed

Personal skills and professional experience:

  • Master´s degree in statistics or biostatistics or related (PhD preferred)
  • 7 or more years relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Expert knowledge of drug development and statistical methodologies
  • Excellent programming skills in SAS and/or R
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of statistical software package such as NQUERY, EAST, etc.
  • Excellent Project planning skills
  • Demonstrated expertise in trial design and data analysis
  • Excellent collaborating skills



What we offer

Working at Daiichi Sankyo

At Daiichi Sankyo in Europe, we offer a workplace where your voice is heard. Everything we do, we do with a high level of commitment and a clear focus on patients’ needs. We know that our bold ambition to change patients’ lives for the better can only be achieved through the power of collaboration and the exploration of new approaches. Thus, we encourage our colleagues across Europe to be courageous, to bring their ideas to the table and to embrace opportunities to grow. When you join our European family, you will be a part of a dynamic company where everyone, no matter their role, rolls up their sleeves and gets things done.