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Astellas Pharma Senior Manager, Business Strategy & Applications/Sr. 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 Sr. Manager Business Strategy & Applications (BSA) provides robust solutions from complex and high-dimensional internal and external datasets using state-of-the-art data science, data mining, simulation and modeling techniques. The Sr. Manager will lead large and/or complex projects, interact with cross- functional/cross-division teams, and will be responsible for the analytical soundness of all project plans, output and deliverables for the assigned projects. Projects will span across all therapeutic areas, functions and geographies. The deliverables of the Sr. Manager BSA are an integral part of the business decision-making and require expertise in creation, quality control and maintenance of statistical programs for the creation of tables, figures and listings. The Sr. Manager will be able to recognize statistical issues as they create project plans, data definitions and analyses and will be able to collaborate with the customer, Director of BSA, and/or Advanced Informatics & Analytics (AIA) colleagues to address these issues.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Advising on analytics plan or simulation designs across approved projects, especially in support of the corporate strategic plan

  • Meets regularly with internal and external stakeholders to identify projects aligned with the corporate strategic plan

  • Collaborate with analysts located across the Astellas business via targeted training, consultations, and review

  • Executing analytics projects using R, SAS, SQL, Python or other statistical programming languages to prepare and/or merge data assets and perform statistical analysis

  • Executing simulation designs using R, SAS, Python and simulation software such as AnyLogic, Simul8, and Simulink

  • Contribute to multiple internal data initiatives, including but not limited to: new tool development, automation and machine learning, NLP, simulation, data integration, visualization and informatics dashboards.

  • Contribute to and/or lead the design, assessment and interpretation of internal data projects in a statistically relevant context to support business data needs

  • Ensure quality and consistency of complex analytics deliverables by developing robust processes and capabilities specific to internal company data projects

  • Ensure that statistical analyses are performed in accordance with good statistical practice and applicable regulatory guidelines

  • Quantify the business process by statistics and management science to increase business decision quality

  • Identify and manage collaborations across multiple internal data owners

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

Quantitative Dimensions:

The Sr. Manager BSA is responsible for collaborating with internal and external stakeholders across multiple products and therapeutic areas to provide statistical expertise. They are expected to support multiple large and small projects across all therapeutic areas and functions within Astellas. Projects will be defined as, but not limited to, modelling and predictive analytics utilizing internal and external data assets, and advanced simulations of company processes (real processes as in manufacturing or business processes). The results produced must be reproducible, statistically sound, implementable, and informative for the customer.

Organizational Context:

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

  • Corporate Functions

  • M&D

  • MA / HEOR

  • Decision Science

  • Development

  • Finance

  • HR

  • Legal/E&C

  • IS

  • Manufacturing and Supply Chain

  • Commercial/Health Systems/Market Access

  • External: Astellas partners, Vendors



  • Experienced in working on project teams and managing projects and/or people within a matrix environment

  • Experienced in coding against "messy data" and common data models

  • Master/PhD Degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, and/or Computer Science with 5-7 years relevant application experience

  • Advanced programming skill in at least one statistical package or in at least one programming language or in at least one simulation software

  • Experience in multivariate modelling with a focus on predictive analytics

  • Experience in data mining and machine learning techniques


  • Preferable to have expertise in text-mining, data preparation and processing for such projects

  • Preferable knowledge of at least one other statistical package beyond the required minimum of expertise in either R, SAS, or 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