Director of Biostatistics

Rockville, Maryland
Sep 27, 2020
Oct 26, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time
The Emmes Company, LLC is searching for a Director of Biostatistics located in our Rockville, Maryland, Frederick, Maryland and/or Tysons Corner, Virginia office. Emmes provides flexibility for office location or work remote preference dependent upon position.

The Emmes Company, LLC is a private Contract Research Organization (CRO). Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Emmes employs over six hundred staff worldwide with offices located in Frederick, Maryland, Tysons Corner, Virginia, Vancouver, Canada and Bangalore, India. Ranked as a top area workplace of choice by the Washington Post, Emmes fosters an environment of collaboration, professional growth, and exceptional work life balance.

Our studies impact public health initiatives on a global scale occurring in more than sixty countries spanning across six continents. We are dedicated to providing statistical and epidemiological expertise, computer systems deployment, data management, study monitoring, regulatory guidance, and overall operational support to clients engaged in biomedical research. Emmes offers support for the entire process of clinical trials from study design and protocol development through data analysis and manuscript generation.

Primary Purpose

The Director of Biostatistics provides leadership and oversight of the Biostatistics Department by ensuring that Emmes provides high level of quality in statistical deliverables, and in fostering career growth and development for Biostatistics Department staff.


• Leading operational activities of the Biostatistics Department
• Communicating corporate goals to the Biostatistics Department and modeling corporate culture through vision, action, and learning
• Identifying and tracking Biostatistics Department Objectives and Key Results
• Exhibiting knowledge of advanced biostatistical methodology and industry trends and proactively using this knowledge to identify and implement biostatistical best practices
• Keeping abreast of and ensuring compliance with regulatory practices (e.g. FDA, EMA, and ICH guidance and recommendations)
• Defining, promoting, and monitoring quality standards for biostatistical deliverables, including creation and maintenance of SOPs
• Providing direct supervision of Biostatistician Managers and Senior Biostatistician Managers
• Providing support to the Therapeutic and Research Units, Business Development, Proposal, and Pricing Departments to appropriately resource and price new business opportunities for tasks within the scope of the Biostatistics Department
• Establishing professional development and technical training standards for the Biostatistics Department and managing the professional development and training budget
• Serving as an escalation pathway for staffing misalignment or quality issues within the Biostatistics Department
• Assisting the EVP of Statistical and Scientific Innovation with evaluation of M&A targets or potential partnerships and integration of biostatistical staffing
• Making staffing assignments that are responsive to project and Therapeutic and Research Unit needs, both temporary and permanent
• Overseeing hiring of new Biostatisticians and SAS Programmers
• Promoting staff participation and achieving a high degree of engagement across Biostatistics Department
• Proactively identifying high-performing Biostatisticians and SAS Programmers and providing them with opportunities for career growth
• Ensuring relevant communication flows down to all Biostatistics Department staff to encourage staff engagement
• Ensuring frequent, clear and open communication with groups outside the Biostatistics Department
• Contributing to analysis and manuscript development of research studies


• PhD or MS in Biostatistics, Statistics, Epidemiology or related area with at least 8 years of relevant work experience, including 5 years of management experience, including supervision of Statisticians
• Experience in protocol development, statistical analysis, and manuscript writing
• Demonstrated proficiency with statistical methods and applications in clinical research
• Strong programming abilities in SAS and/or R
• Demonstrated leadership and project management experience
• Ability to maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and clients
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent presentation skills
• Strong decision-making skills

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The Emmes Company, LLC is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

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