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AbbVie Director, Statistical Programming Operations in Lake County, Illinois

Director, Statistical Programming Operations

USA, Illinois, Lake County

Research & Development

Requisition # 1907079


The Director, Statistical Programming Operations Heads the Statistical Programming Operations (SPO) group responsible for optimizing and deploying statistical programming processes and technology solutions in support of the AbbVie portfolio. A highly empowered and strategic role, the Head of SPO partners with with statistical, clinical, and data science experts to implement next generation programming approaches.


  • Set the vision for the Statistical Programming Operations group through building and maintaining a best-in-class organization.

  • Design, deploy and maintain the Statistical Computing Environment including associated platform, business processes, and technology.

  • Lead optimization of end-to-end (E2E) programming processes to enable quality and efficiency. Launch innovative programming approaches that leverage machine learning, simulation, automation and meta-data driven processes.

  • Serve as the architect and custodian of the AbbVie CDISC process and associated technology. Contribute to design and workflow related to Clinical Data Warehouse and MDR.

  • Be the Statistical Programming primary point of contact regarding broader DSS innovation initiatives around machine learning and enterprise data processing and access.

  • Content owner of all Statistical Programming SOPs, work instructions and associated processes.

  • Maintain AbbVie standards platform and library.

  • Partner with Clinical Analytics to design and deploy optimal operating model across AbbVie data domains.

  • Represent AbbVie externally within the broader programming community on advanced and emerging topics to help AbbVie both drive and adopt cutting edge practices.

  • Deploy analysis and reporting software (SAS, R etc.) partnering with IT to ensure validation and maintenance.

Level will be based on education & years of experience.


  • MS in Computer Science, Statistics or a related field with 10+ years of relevant experience. OR BS in Computer Science, Statistics or a related field with 12+ years of relevant experience.

  • Experience developing and leading high performing teams.

  • Extensive experience in statistical programming related to clinical trials analysis and reporting.

  • Demonstrated expertise in statistical programming including CDISC standards and CDISC compliant submission requirements.

  • Functional knowledge of Statistical Computing Environment models and landscape.

  • Familiarity with ICH guidelines and other regulatory guidance.

  • Ability to communicate with clarity and influence to drive change and innovation.

  • Demonstrated external presence via activities within the statistical programming community.

Additional Information

  • Significant Work Activities and Conditions: N/A

  • Travel: No

  • Job Type: Experienced

  • Schedule: Full-time

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.