Safety & Quantitative Innovation Leader, Open to flexible working

Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
03 Jan 2021
17 Jan 2021
Contract Type

Are you a Safety Leader who is eager to drive the science of next generation patient safety while tackling exciting challenges of building next generation safety capability? Are you looking for an opportunity to challenge the status quo of how safety is historically conducted while becoming a champion to shape and modernize global pharmacovigilance? If so, this Safety and Quantitative Innovation Leader role could be an ideal opportunity to explore.

As a Safety and Quantitative Innovation Leader, you will join a driving force behind GSK's global quantitative safety innovation while supporting our enterprise-wide portfolio of drugs and vaccines. This is a highly visible role in a newly created, high impact team that fosters creativity and sustainable quantitative innovation objectives while keeping pace and leveraging cutting age technological and scientific advances.

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following...

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of modern and innovative scientific methods.
  • Evaluate the safety and benefit-risk profile of drugs and across multiple data streams of relevance, including safety from clinical trials to spontaneous reports and real-world data and beyond.
  • Through authoritative expert leadership, this role is responsible for the proactive implementation of Safety Innovation initiatives throughout the organization, including stakeholders, internal and external key opinion leaders.
  • Ensure effective dissemination of GSK scientific output both internally and externally demonstrating GSK scientific leadership in Safety innovation.
  • Lead the execution of or contribute to projects ensuring scientific value, quantitative appropriateness and relevance of Safety innovations.
  • Leverage long track record of expertise in the use of data used in Safety, including an international external reputation of innovation to design or adapt.
  • Apply novel methods that have potential to significantly advance routine Safety capabilities across Safety data or other data.
  • Ensure original research analyses are executed and reported in a robust, transparent and replicable manner that is appropriate for public dissemination through peer reviewed publications and presentations.
  • Work independently, advancing multiple projects simultaneously, while prioritizing according to departmental needs with a strong and collaborative approach.
  • Promote, influence and argue the need for appropriate access to the data and analytic tools and other technologies needed for advanced Safety capability.
  • Participate in external initiatives to advance innovation of relevance to the GSK Safety vision. Contribute regularly in scientific publications and conference presentations to show GSK's important advances while demonstrating GSK leadership and influencing the external environment.
  • Utilize and cultivate personal key opinion leader network of PV innovators to ensure awareness of innovation opportunities and advances occurring across different stakeholders.
  • Extensive Awareness of ethical and confidential issues as applied to the application of analyses to data sources (linked or otherwise).
  • Expert ability to develop and mentor in both the programmatic coding and implementation of statistical approaches in the conduct of influential Safety Innovation experiments (e.g. Python, SAS, R), and leverage Safety specific software tools (Spotfire, CVW, Aetion, SAEftyWorks, BHE etc.).

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • Master's degree in quantitative or computational science.
  • 5+ years, extensive practical 'hands on' knowledge of PV within industry or other stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Extensive experience in the effective quantitative leverage of data and analytic techniques for drug and/or vaccine safety across the medicine lifecycle required.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to work in a matrix environment and influence internal partners and key external scientific stakeholders as it relates to innovative safety science and pharmacovigilance and informing current best practice.
  • Proven track record and reputation for driving forward the science of safety.
  • PhD in quantitative or computational science, strongly preferred
  • Strong preference for candidates with an international reputation in advancing safety science innovation through quantitative or advanced analytics techniques

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:

  • Operating at pace and agile decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations.
  • Budgeting and cost-consciousness.



As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

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