Principal SAS Programmer (Ref: RM) Job at PHASTAR in Edinburgh

Job Description


PHASTAR is a multiple award-winning, top 10, data focused CRO specialising in providing statistics, programming, data management and data science. With offices across the UK, US, Japan, Germany, Kenya and Australia, PHASTAR is a global CRO that is continuing to grow. In 2019, PHASTAR won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, following our impressive growth from a one-person operation to a global CRO within a decade.

Our unique approach to data analysis, “The PHASTAR Discipline”, has led us to build a reputation for outstanding quality. With this as our core focus, we’re looking for talented individuals who share our passion for quality and statistical expertise to join our team.


As a Principal SAS Programmer, you will hold a combined project leadership, line management (if desired) and hands-on technical programming role. Working across a range of phases and therapeutic areas, you will lead assigned studies, ensuring they are delivered to optimal quality, on time and on budget.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for overall project delivery, including clinical trial reports and other regulatory submission deliverables
  • Project management responsibilities, including allocating staff, predicting and planning resources
  • Act as a study expert for multiple studies, with an ability to clarify details on analysis methods for the internal PHASTAR team
  • Advise on internal, client and CDISC data standards
  • Responsible for ensuring the team meets the highest quality standards, and follows the principles detailed in PHASTAR’s internal procedures
  • Function as a programming expert across multiple studies
  • Maintain a positive and engaging client relationship with regards to statistical/programming issues
  • Report on study progress to the PHASTAR management team
  • Mentor, train and develop direct reports


  • BSc, MSc or PhD in mathematics, science or IT related discipline
  • Experience working within a clinical trials environment (CRO, pharma or academia)
  • Substantial experience performing statistical analysis using SAS
  • CDISC (SDTM and ADaM) experience
  • Proven project leadership experience
  • Previous line management / mentoring experience preferred (not essential)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


This is a unique opportunity to join a company where hard work and fun coincide! We offer structured training and development plans, the opportunity to continue your own research, a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package and flexible working arrangements, all within a relaxed and friendly working environment where fun is encouraged and renowned social events are organised throughout the year.

Please note that this role can be carried out remotely.

Reference ID: RM

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • pharmaceutical industry and/or CRO : 4 years (Required)
  • SAS: 5 years (Required)


Work remotely:

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Virtual meetings

About Company

Company: PHASTAR

Company Location:  Edinburgh

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