Senior Manager
SAS Programmer
Posted on 10/3/2023
Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc.

501-1,000 employees

Develops therapies for central nervous system disorders.
Company Overview
Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. stands out as a leader in the healthcare industry with over 25 years of experience, particularly noted for developing the first and only approved therapy for hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. The company's culture is characterized by a dedicated team of "care-ageous warriors" who are committed to improving the lives of patients and their families. Acadia's competitive edge lies in its robust late-stage development efforts focused on dementia-related psychosis, negative symptoms of schizophrenia, and Rett syndrome, as well as early-stage clinical research exploring novel approaches to pain management, cognition, and neuropsychiatric symptoms in central nervous system disorders.

Company Stage


Total Funding





San Diego, California

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

San Diego, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Data Structures & Algorithms
Google Cloud Platform
Software Engineering
  • Bachelor's degree in Biostatistics/Statistics or related field
  • Targeting 8 years progressively responsible experience in clinical statistical programming within pharmaceutical or related industry (biotechnology, medical device, Clinical Research Organization)
  • Experience with industry data standards such as SDTM, ADaM, CDISC, or HL7 required
  • Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Certified Base or Advanced Programmer experience is required
  • An equivalent combination of relevant education and applicable job experience may be considered
  • Proven experience in SAS Version 9 programming including base SAS, Access, Macro, Stat, ODS, Graph, and advanced inferential statistics procedures (e.g., proc mixed, proc genmod, proc phreg)
  • ISS/ISE project experience is required
  • Strong knowledge and/or exposure to statistical graphics software
  • Strong communication skills, teamwork, and attention to detail are crucial. Cross-function communication skills are required
  • Working knowledge of GCP, ICH, 21 CFR part 11, or other international regulations
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, take initiative and work independently
  • Skilled at clearly conveying in-depth knowledge to all levels within, and outside of, the organization
  • Able to make sound decisions and prioritize process and resource decisions based on overall team needs
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and able to create a cooperative team environment
  • Able to objectively evaluate situations and make recommendations for changes in light of overall project demands
  • Occasional travel for meetings, conferences and/or other related business
  • Following Study Data Tabulation Model (SDTM) Implementation Guide, develops mapping specifications and complete programming algorithms for Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC)-compliant SDTM production
  • Following statistical analysis plans and Analysis Data Model (ADaM) standards, develops and performs derivation algorithms for analysis dataset production and performs statistical analyses
  • Produces data listings, summary tables and graphs using SAS software
  • Independently validates data listings, summary tables and graphs
  • Imports and exports SAS data
  • Assists data management group performing data edit checks
  • Reviews Case Report forms (CRF/eCRF) and provides comments
  • Understands and conducts work consistent with GCP, ICH, 21 CFR part 11, internal SOPs and training, and international regulatory requirements
  • Plays an active role in taking project solutions and generalizing them for the Biostatistics group
  • Interacts with the project statistician, regulatory, medical writing, and/or clinical teams
  • Leads the efforts of programmers on a clinical study
  • Takes a leading role in achieving consistency and efficiency across all studies in a therapeutic area
  • Evaluates offerings from software vendors and contract service providers
  • Other duties as assigned
Desired Qualifications
  • In addition to a competitive base salary, this position is also eligible for discretionary and equity awards based on factors such as individual and organizational performance. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance, and location