Director, Corporate Development, Open to flexible working

Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
08 Apr 2021
19 Apr 2021
Contract Type

The Corporate Development team manages a fast-moving portfolio of strategic projects on behalf of the Chief Strategy Officer and other CET members. These strategic projects mostly relate to acquisition of companies or brands by GSK and range in value from a few £'m to in excess of £1bn. Each project is unique, but all are highly confidential as they have the potential to directly impact the share price of GSK and other companies. The projects are complex in nature, involving the participation of many different GSK functions, and in some cases third parties and external advisors. The Corporate Development team needs to work flexibly, driven by changing priorities and extremely tight deadlines set by CET members.

The Director will be responsible for leading, negotiating and executing key projects for the CEO, CFO and Chief Strategy Officer, supporting regional/sector businesses and strategic opportunities.

This is a high-profile role, which can interact with CET members, external advisers and other senior management. It requires strong financial and evaluation skills together with a broad understanding of the company's business and the industry in which it operates. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, an innovative and "self-starter" approach, an ability to deliver high quality product to tight deadlines and total flexibility of response to changing business requirements are critical to success in this role.

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

  • Provision of financial partnering and project support, including evaluation and execution of strategic business opportunities, equity purchase and sale, competitor analysis, scenario planning and analysis and other ad hoc work as required.
  • Contact with external advisers including review, evaluation and optimisation of opportunities presented by them.
  • Independent review and business case assessment for the CEO, CFO and Chief Strategy Officer of projects requiring CET or Board approval.
  • Central support to regions/sector senior management and business development teams as requested in respect of acquisitions, divestments and other new business opportunities.
  • Leading a cross functional team in the evaluation, negotiation and execution of transactions.
  • Performing entity and product valuations for tax or other purposes.
  • Assist with training/ development of Finance Analysts
  • Decisive leadership of multi-disciplinary, cross-border project teams, drawn from varying external and internal resource, from project inception through to conclusion. Coordination of different professional disciplines (scientific, commercial, legal, financial, IP, tax, and treasury) in the progression of individual projects.
  • Ability to lead third party negotiations and other external interactions in a professional manner.
  • Personal credibility, confidence and robustness to influence and challenge often very senior colleagues, whilst maintaining cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to make persuasive recommendations based on rationale analyses to internal decision-making bodies. Clearly articulating all relevant options, and their advantages and disadvantages, associated with transactions.


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When applying for this role, please use the 'cover letter' of the online application or your CV to describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above. The information that you have provided in your cover letter and CV will be used to assess your application.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • Sound understanding of the major functional areas of the pharmaceutical business and an overview of the whole industry and its players.
  • Ability to create, understand and operate complex financial models as well as effectively utilise their outputs.
  • High level of asset valuation expertise including understanding of complex deal structures.
  • Project management including the ability to conduct or manage specialized and thorough financial and commercial due diligence.
  • Experience of third party deal negotiations.
  • Professional finance qualification (ACA, CIMA, MBA, CPA) and understanding of commercial legal concepts.
  • PQE with emphasis on corporate transaction execution and management gained in a blue-chip industry, transaction advisory, investment banking, and/or strategic consulting environment.

Why GSK?

At GSK, we're a company with a special purpose, to help people do more feel better and live longer. Realising our purpose starts with us. When we feel at our best, we perform at our best.

When you set out on your adventure at GSK, we make a deal. You commit to living GSK's values and expectations and performing against our Innovation, Performance and Trust priorities. And in return, GSK commits to providing the right environment for you to thrive. Put simply, it's about you being motivated to do your best work, in a place where you can be you, feel good and keep growing.

Together we build an environment where we can all thrive and focus on what matters most to each of us. It is only through the energy, dedication, drive and passion of all of us that we can be the very best for GSK, and importantly, for our patients and consumers.

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.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

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