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Astellas Pharma Manager, Business Strategy & Applications/Data Scientist in Northbrook, Illinois

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at .

This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

The Manager, Business Strategy & Applications (BSA), provides analytics expertise to multiple stakeholders across Astellas value chain including sales and marketing, commercial strategy, portfolio strategy and finance. The person executes statistical data analysis through assessment and understanding of internal datasets used by Advanced Informatics & Analytics (AIA), including but not limited to sales and cost data, real-world databases (e.g., EMR, claims, etc.) across Astellas entire value chain, geographic footprint, and therapeutic areas. The deliverables of the Manager BSA are an integral part of the AIA mission and requires expertise in creation, quality control and maintenance of statistics programs. The Manager will be able to recognize statistical issues as they create project charter, data definitions and analyses in a post-hoc manner from existing databases and will be able to collaborate with AIA colleagues to address these issues under the direction of an AIA colleague with statistical expertise.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Execute on multiple concomitant AIA projects, including but not limited to, evidence generation using real world data, time series sales forecasting, cost estimation for trials or other related areas.

  • Meets regularly with internal and external stakeholders to ensure mutual understanding of the project design, required output and timelines.

  • Responsible for the statistical contribution to internal studies to support AIA objectives.

  • Develop and maintain R, Python, SAS/SQL programs for the creation of tables, figures, and deliverables for each project. Must be able to meet timelines with minimal supervision of progress.

  • Develops programming expertise in advanced statistical and simulation methodologies

  • Develop data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence and/or data modeling plans to support AIA projects and programs

  • Stays current on AIA data sources and participates in acquisitions, divestitures, and partnerships to improve divisional efficiency and drive innovation. Collaborates with Finance, Information Systems, and the AIA team to acquire new data.

  • Maintains technical expertise on AIA systems and participates in training stakeholders on analytical deliverables to improve organizational efficiencies.

  • Provide expertise in building in-house tools to enable rapid, high-quality execution for key routine analytics.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Deliver multiple projects within stipulated timeline and enhance analytical capability of the customers

  • Reduce outsourcing of AA projects and increase analytical efficiency

  • Identify new applications of existing data

Organizational Context:

The Manager BSA reports to the Director, Lead of BSA. They will have multiple cross-collaborative project teams and matrix responsibilities across the AIA division. The Manager will collaborate with the following colleagues:

  • Finance

  • Strategic functions -- including portfolio and marketing strategy

  • Market Access/Pharmacovigilance

  • Clinical Development

  • External: Astellas partners, Vendors



  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Experience in health analytics and/or quant / stats & coding experience

  • Knowledge of coding against common real-world data types (claims and EMR) and common data models

  • Excellent R, Python, or SAS skills

  • SQL programming skill with experience on large databases (i.e., millions of records)

  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, attention to details, and the ability to multi-task.

  • Excellent organizational, planning and project management skills and ability to effectively manage cross-functional projects.

  • Ability to work independently in a dynamic fast paced environment, with minimal supervision


  • Masters/PhD Degree in Statistics, Data Science, Economics, Mathematics, or Computer Science and at least 1 year's relevant programming experience.

  • Experience with Dataiku, Tableau, Qlik, and other data analysis and visualization software.

  • Preferable knowledge of at least one other statistical package (e.g., R, Python)

  • Team player with good communication skills


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans.


Category Advanced Informatics & Analytics

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans