What Makes for a Great Navitas Data Sciences Programmer?

Most, if not all, programmers for Navitas Data Sciences have 10 or more years of experience in SAS Programming to support biotech and pharmaceutical programming requirements. It’s a very technical job that requires focus and dedication in preparing study data for reports that will either be used by the clients’ management team, publications, manuscripts, or will be submission packages that are part of New Drug Applications.


What should you expect from a high level “A-Team” SAS Programmer?  We’ve consolidated some of the wonderful feedback we’ve received from our customers and feel confident that any sponsor would appreciate the same level of expertise. Here’s what to look for in your programmer.

You want them to have the ability to deliver, not only normal day to day timelines, but also in times when tasked with last minute requirements. Our programmers have been tasked countless times with work requests that have taken them into the wee hours, through weekends, and into holidays. Their dedication and interest in clients’ projects have resulted in over 150 submissions.


Here are some of the highlights of their work:

  • Create Tables, Listings and Graphs (TLGs) for challenging studies with complex study design, protocol deviations and data discrepancies

  • Create TLGs that address study goals/objectives, including PK as well

  • Create analysis datasets and tables

  • Contribute programming support for Registry Manuscripts

  • Develop final outputs for ISS and the ISE

  • Produce quality analysis

  • Create integrated summaries

  • Organize programing teams

  • Create specifications

  • Programming following SDTM and ADaM specification to create datasets, TLGs, define.xml and reviewers guide

  • Provide knowledge and thought leadership for earlier drug studies that are part of the much bigger program


Ongoing support for a good programming team is needed. A strong professional services team at the base home office helps to manage day to day operations. Project Managers and Team Leads help to move those last-minute requests, as well, so deadlines can be met. Everything is about the TEAM and when a group of people work together, ensuring everyone is being successful, that is when excellence happens, and people notice!

See also:

A Better Way to Perform Quality Control on Statistical Analysis System Programs

Risk Based Monitoring: The Role of Statistical Programming

How To Improve a Programmers' Work Flow Process