Director, Biostatistics - London


London, England, United Kingdom


The Director Biostatistics at Orchard Therapeutics is a key member of a cross-functional team working to provide transformative gene therapies to patients with rare diseases. Reporting to the Senior Director Biostatistics, this role provides a unique opportunity to contribute strategic statistical thinking to all aspects of clinical drug development in a dynamic environment.

In this role you will be expected to provide leadership and guidance as the lead statistician on one or more project teams. As a key member of the Program Team, you will be required to provide the statistical strategy for the project and be accountable for all statistical aspects of clinical studies and submissions paying particular regard to data and statistical quality, relevance to regulatory requirements, and scientific validity. This will be a hands-on role in which you will be expected to provide everything from high-level strategy to ad hoc analyses.


Key responsibilities will include:

  • Collaboration with clinical and regulatory colleagues to develop strategy for clinical development.
  • Statistical input into protocol development including advice on study design and writing the statistical section of the protocol.
  • Review of CRFs and all data management documents.
  • Writing and/or reviewing Statistical Analysis Plans including design of table shells
  • Oversight of preparation of statistical outputs including interpretation of results of statistical analyses
  • Statistical input into CSRs and submission documents including preparation of statistical methods and results sections incorporating statistical conclusions
  • Response to questions from regulatory authorities
  • Statistical representative on Program Team
  • Attendance at regulatory meetings as key statistical consultant
  • Management of vendors (CROs and/or consultants) providing statistical services
  • Mentoring and development of junior staff both within the biometrics function and cross functionally

Job Requirements

Extensive experience of working as a statistical leader in drug development

Expertise in a range of statistical methodologies with practical applications

Ability to communicate complex statistical concepts to non-statisticians

Demonstrable leadership, project management, and interpersonal skills

Experience in managing and working with CROs and consultants

Good knowledge of CDISC standards

Proven success, through previous submissions or interactions, in meeting regulatory guidelines and requirements for drug development

Self-starter with the ability to work on a cross-functional team

Experience working in rare diseases or in trials in small populations would be an advantage

Experience with Bayesian methodology would be an advantage

Education & skills

  • MSc or PhD in statistics or related discipline
  • Solid experience working as a statistician in drug development including significant interactions with regulatory authorities
  • Proficiency with SAS required, experience with R an advantage
  • Good knowledge of CDISC standards
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven leadership skills