Global Medical Director, Open to flexible working

Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
04 Sep 2020
18 Sep 2020
Contract Type

We currently have an exciting opportunity to work in a fast paced, high performing cross-functional team as Global Medical Affairs Director in the Renal HIF-PHI area

GSK has a medicine in development for treating patients with anaemia of Chronic Kidney Disease. It is part of a new, innovative class of erythropoietin stimulating agents, described as HIF-PHIs (hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitors), designed to potentially help revolutionise standards of care for both dialysis and non-dialysis patients.

GSK is running a comprehensive Global Clinical Development programme and separate Japan programme, with first launch planned in Japan. A well-executed medical affairs strategy will be critical in achieving meaningful insight gathering, the right evidence generation and focused scientific communication to help improve outcomes for patients suffering with anaemia of Chronic Kidney Disease. The Global Medical Affairs Director will play a key role in driving and implementing strategy,

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company. We research and develop a broad range of innovative

products in three primary areas of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. We have a significant global presence and large R&D centres in the UK, USA, Belgium and China.

At GSK we are leaders in what we do - our pharmaceuticals business is made up of innovative and established medicines and holds leading positions in respiratory disease and HIV, in 2015 we distributed more than 690 million doses of vaccines to over 150 countries, and our Consumer Healthcare group has a portfolio of some of the world's most trusted and bestselling brands. As a company our mission is to help people do more, feel better, live longer.

Our Speciality and Primary Care Team is focused on enhanced access for patients to new products via successful and sustainable launches across multiple countries. To support our global medical affairs activities, we are looking to appoint a Global Medical Affairs Director to work within this pipeline area, reporting to the Global Medical Affairs Lead for Renal.

Job Purpose

  • Drives opportunities to gather external and internal insights to shape our understanding of customer needs
  • Translates current and emerging evidence into content of value for internal and external audiences
  • Collaborates with R&D, country teams and other key cross-functional stakeholders to help shape and execute the medical affairs and launch plan
  • Develops a strong external network of global experts in Anaemia of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Drives development and execution of several global medical affairs strategies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Partners with above-country and country colleagues to drive, integrate and prioritise key insights to inform global medical affairs plans and life cycle strategy
  • Engages with R&D, VEO, other disciplines, and country teams to support identification of evidence generation needs and plans to address them.
  • Ensures country medical affairs colleagues have a robust knowledge of the relevant and emerging clinical evidence, supporting their training by creating high quality scientific engagement materials for both internal and external use.
  • Develops external scientific communication content on emerging disease and HIF -PHI specific topics, using innovative and diverse channels of communication.
  • Partners with Japan and other core countries to help implement scientific communication strategy and launches, including reviewing and optimising local medical affairs plans and sharing learning/ best practice/ intelligence.
  • Drives excellence in external engagement with key stakeholders (e.g. HCP's, Patients, Payors and Regulators) globally and in partnership with core countries.
  • Ensures appropriate medical governance oversight of all deliverables
  • Partners with Marketing, Market Access and core country teams to generate content of high scientific quality for future promotional use
  • Develops subject matter expertise on the product and therapy area

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • Medical Doctor, PharmD or PhD in clinical/scientific discipline
  • Considerable experience in Medical Affairs in relevant therapeutic area(s) including pre/peri launch.
  • Previous regional/global experience in relevant therapeutic area of renal disease
  • Robust understanding of internal (where applicable) and external promotional codes of practice and regulations including ABPI
  • Demonstrated matrix leadership in previous roles
  • Ability to strategise, prioritise, and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Track record of building strong internal and external networks.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complexity and cultural diversity
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Thrives working in fast paced, innovative environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:

  • Nephrologist

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Agile and distributed decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk
  • Managing individual and team performance.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Implementing change initiatives and leading change.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being, building resilience in teams.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning both internally and externally.
  • Developing people and building a talent pipeline.
  • Translating strategy into action - a compelling narrative, motivating others, setting objectives and delegation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, managing trusted stakeholder relationships internally and externally.
  • Budgeting and forecasting, commercial and financial acumen.

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