Associate Director, SAS Programming

The Associate Director SAS Programming will be responsible for overseeing and performing the activities conducted by the SAS Programming team. These activities include programming that is required for various purposes such as Clinical Study Reports, DSMBs, interim analyses, Statistical Analysis Plans (SAP), data lists and charts for CSRs as well as integrated summaries of security and effectiveness, or ad hoc analyzes.

The Associate Director, SAS Programming will provide strategic leadership and oversight of end-to-end delivery of SAS Programming services. The Associate Director, SAS Programming will work cross-functionally to optimize resources improve processes, as well as to harmonize SAS Programming strategies, activities, processes, and tools.


This role will be perfect for you if:  

  • You are passionate about programming 
  • You are a strong team player
  • You have a keen eye for processes and improvements




More specifically, the Associate Director SAS Programming must:


  • Ensures operational efficiency and excellence by leading in the creation and documentation of new department procedures.
  • Provides direct oversight of SAS Programming operations, including planning and assigning work, and overseeing the performance of direct reports.
  • Analyzes performance and quality metrics to assure achievement of quality and compliance.
  • Ensures adequate training and mentoring of SAS programmers regarding applicable regulatory guidelines, programming practices, and computer systems. 
  • Responsible for resource allocation in the department.
  • Acts as a subject matter expert and point of escalation for the SAS Programming team.
  • Annotate case report forms (CRFs) according to the CDISC Implementation Guideline for migration to SDTM.
  • Follow standard SDTM migration programming procedures to create standardized data table templates that conform to the Standard Data Tabulation Model (SDTM)
  •  Write program specifications based on consultation with the biostatistician.
  •  Prepare datasets following ADaM standards to support efficient generation of clinical trial statistical analyses.
  • Convert specifications into SAS code to generate datasets and tables, Listings, and figures outputs.
  • Document changes to SAS code, programs, and specifications.
  • Assist in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to the implementation of data standards.
  • Assist with development and maintenance of strategies to increase productivity and quality, while decreasing cycle times and costs




  • Bachelor of Science degree is required;
  • Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology Systems, Statistics, Engineering, or a related field, an asset



  • At least 9 years of clinical research experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or CRO industry, including 5 years of SAS programming
  • At least 3 years of supervisory experience;


Knowledge and skills 

  • Excellent working knowledge of CDISC SDTM implementation guidelines / processes;
  • Excellent knowledge of regulatory requirements and the drug development process, particularly electronic data submission requirements;
  • Extended exposure to clinical trial data, SAS data, and database specifications;SAS certification and / or Advance Programmer experience would be assets;
  • Knowledge of XML programming is an asset;
  • Very organized and focused on details, with effective project planning and time management skills;
  • Experience with managing budgets preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in French and English;
  • Ability to work in a high-speed environment with proven agility to juggle and prioritize multiple competing demands;
  • Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team.Good knowledge of good clinical practices, and applicable Health Canada and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations/guidelines.


The work environment 


At Innovaderm, you will work with brilliant and driven colleagues. Our values are collaboration, innovation, reliability and responsiveness. We offer a stimulating work environment and attractive advancement opportunities.  


In this position, you will be eligible for the following perks:  

  • Flexible work schedule 
  • Permanent full-time position 
  • Complete benefits (medical, dental, vision, RRSP, vacation, personal days, virtual medical clinic, public transportation rebates, social activities) 
  • Offices near public transportation (Sherbrooke metro station or Saint-Laurent metro station) 
  • Possibility of working from home in accordance with company policies and public health directives 
  • Ongoing learning and development 



About Innovaderm  

Innovaderm is a contract research organization (CRO) specialized in dermatology. Since its beginnings in 2000, our organization has benefited from a solid reputation for the quality of its research and services exceeding the expectations of its clients. Based in Montreal, Innovaderm continues to grow and expand in North America and Europe. 


Innovaderm is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all individuals. As such, Innovaderm will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities, upon request. 

Innovaderm only accepts applicants who can legally work in Canada. 

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