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IQVIA Sr. SAS Data Programmer, IQVIA Biotech in Kansas City, Missouri

IQVIA Biotech is seeking a Senior SAS Data Programmer to join our team. This role can be home-based anywhere in the US.


Perform lead responsibilities on multiple projects, while maintaining a leadership role within the department. Develop and validate programs to generate data cleaning reports and prepare data extracts. Develop internal tools and add-ons to facilitate the processes and work flow for Project Programming, and other departments within Data Operations. Provide programming support to project team members and others within Project Programming.


  • Maintain a leadership role within Project Programming

  • Under guidance from management, define and maintain departmental standards, SOPs and working practices; and lead process improvement initiatives.

  • Develop departmental training materials and execute training, for new and existing staff.

  • Make presentations to clients and other interested individuals about the processes and procedures of the Project Programming department.

  • Perform as a SAS Data lead for projects

  • Draft, update and maintain the Master Plan for assigned project and review study plans for other departments.

  • Review and provide feedback on project timelines and ensure that project tasks are completed timely and with acceptable quality

  • Manage study sFTP site accounts

  • Assume responsibility for project budget and perform monthly time projections.

  • Attend internal team meetings and relevant client team meetings, as needed.

  • Review data transfer specifications and test transfers from external vendors as applicable for reconciliation purpose.

  • Review and provide/collect SAS feedback on eCRF development and data structure changes and evaluate the impact on programming activities

  • File documentation associated with client delivery on an ongoing basis and perform final archival activity at study close.

  • Manage and support project programming activities and deliverables

  • Develop specifications/test data and program custom data files, SDTM and data integration as requested by Sponsor; update blank CRFs with SDTM or other custom annotations, develop define.xml file for SDTM.

  • Set up default clinical data transfer and/or perform scheduled and ad-hoc data transfers

  • Define specifications/test data, program and generate reports to facilitate vendor and/or SAE reconciliation, medical coding, investigator payments, data review (e.g., SAS data checks and patient profiles) and other needs, as requested.

  • Define specifications and test plans for data imports.

  • Develop specifications and programs to integrate local lab normal ranges with data extract.

  • Set up project-specific J-Review system for InfoLink and/or InForm.

  • Support programming activities for medical coding group, including integration of coded terms with data extract files.

  • Develop QC test plans, perform independent unit testing, complete documentation for SAS code installs and utilize source code management software.

  • Project Programming departmental responsibilities

  • Contribute to process improvement initiatives, as agreed to by management.

  • Perform other duties that may be requested by management as assigned.


  • Understanding of GCP, ICH, and FDA guidelines and regulations applicable to conduct clinical research.

  • Knowledge of programming and validation methods, and software development life cycle.

  • Knowledge of relational database concepts, and SQL experience.

  • Experience with SAS Base, SAS Macro, and ODS as well as strong data step skills.

  • Ability to perform multiple tasks efficiently and accurately with no supervision while meeting deadlines.

  • Ability to work independently and part of the team.

  • Ability to learn new programming languages, technology, tools and processes.

  • Ability to develop and conduct training sessions, mentor junior staff.


  • Very little physical effort required to perform normal job duties (unless otherwise indicated)


  • BS degree (or equivalent, based upon education and experience) in Computer Science, Mathematics, life/analytical sciences or related field, and 4 years of work experience in SAS programming, preferably in a clinical environment, or

  • Masters-level degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, life/analytical sciences or related field with a minimum of 2 year of work experience in SAS programming, preferably in a clinical environment.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organization skills, highly detail-oriented.


This position is classified as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act; employees are not eligible for overtime compensation.



At IQVIA, we believe in pushing the boundaries of human science and data science to make the biggest impact possible – to help our customers create a healthier world. The advanced analytics, technology solutions and contract research services we provide to the life sciences industry are made possible by our 67,000+ employees around the world who apply their insight, curiosity and intellectual courage every step of the way. Learn more at jobs.iqvia.com .

IQVIA is an EEO Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

IQVIA, Inc. provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to submit an application for employment or otherwise participate in the application process should contact IQVIA’s Talent Acquisition team at workday_recruiting@iqvia.com to arrange for such an accommodation.

At IQVIA, we have a vision. Where every healthcare decision is based on evidence. Where data science and human science come together to improve global health. Where new and creative solutions aren’t just possible – they are expected.

Thank you for your interest in growing your career with us. It takes insight, curiosity, and intellectual courage to transform healthcare. The 56,000+ employees of the IQVIA family of companies, including Q2 Solutions, are reimagining a world without the consequences of disease. We are brave minds bringing powerful ideas to reality. At IQVIA, you can truly make an impact in an environment where you’re supported to succeed.