Category Medical Affairs Principal Scientist- Oral Health, Open to flexibility

Weybridge, Surrey
04 Oct 2017
15 Oct 2017
Contract Type

Category Medical Affairs Principal Scientist- Oral Health, Open to flexibility

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company with a mission: we want to help people to do more, feel better, live longer. 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 with commercial operations in more than 150 countries, a network of 89 manufacturing sites and large R&D centres in the UK, USA, Belgium and China.

GSK Consumer Healthcare combines our strong pharmaceutical capabilities in regulatory, medical, drug manufacturing, and healthcare professional access - doctors, dentists, pharmacists - with best in class fast moving consumer goods capabilities - consumer insight, speed to market, brand focus and the ability to effectively partner with retailers. We call this combination of pharmaceutical and fast moving consumer goods capabilities 'Fast Moving Consumer Healthcare', and believe we are uniquely placed to become the first and best Fast Moving Consumer Healthcare Company driven by science and values.

We have an exciting opportunity for two Category Medical Affairs Principal Scientists to join our team in Weybridge. They will provide medical leadership for Oral Health project teams and be responsible for providing strategic medical input for Oral Health Innovation and new product development team through Medical Strategy documents. They will also be responsible for reviewing and approving the claims development strategy for selected products or programs as well as providing strategic input to the medical leadership team for the implementation, and reporting of oral health clinical trials conducted within projects. The Medical Affairs Principal Scientists will work with cross-functional departments as well as Oral Health expert consultants as needed.

The role is accountable for project specific Medical Affairs support and ensuring compliance with GSK SOPs and expectations.

This is an individual contributor role within the Oral Heath team providing medical/scientific affairs expert support on promotional practices, product information and new product development. Interacting with internal teams, such as Category Growth-, Regional medical, clinical operations, clinical research leads and project teams, and external groups, such as Health Care Practitioners, Health Care Organisations and other External Experts, to achieve company objectives and to build GSK reputation.

The role will have accountability for Oral Health medical affairs project related activities with the complexity of multiple stakeholders, complex governance and business expectations:

  • Project specific commercial support - claims support including the creation of Claims Support Summary (CSS) documents and coordinating review / approval of promotional activities
  • Implementation of scientific engagement activities
  • Contributor to the Oral Health medical team meetings
  • Supporting GSK through engagement with external organisations including Health Authorities, Healthcare Organisations, External Experts etc.

The Role supports the Category Medical Affairs Director in ensuring labelling of Category products with a clear understanding of the benefits and risks of the products and their appropriate use for the benefit of patients and consumers and in accordance with local laws and regulations.

These activities will involve building networks with and working closely with stakeholders and peers across different functions within the Category Medical Affairs Teams.

Responsibilities include:


  • Working as part of the Global Category Medical Affairs team support development of a Culture of High Performance
  • Seek, challenge and implement ways to improve personal performance within Category Medical Affairs Team based on enterprise thinking
  • Support Category Medical Affairs Director in ensuring medical compliance of Category products and activities to safeguard the interests of consumers and patients and GSK reputation -
  • Compliance with relevant Codes and SOPs of all promotional claims
  • Oversight and implementation of Scientific Engagement activities initiated by Category
  • Deliver expert technical knowledge at a project level in medical activities (including MI, PV and promotional practices) to ensure best practice and achievement of project objectives based on science and values
  • Implementation of Medical Affairs plans (including claims / product changes) & delivery of outputs according to category/ sub-category project plans and agreed timelines
  • Develop effective internal links with other GSK functions including CH Category, CDMA Leadership, Regional Medical, Clinical Research Leads and GSK Pharma teams to maintain awareness of developments and seek opportunities to drive simplification
  • Develop self to becomes an expert "face" of GSK for a specific category/ sub-category and contribute towards collaborations with the external environment (Agencies, Professional Societies, Key Opinion Leaders, Healthcare Organisations and Consumers)
  • Be a credible ambassador for GSK, in order to help inform GSK activities and to help deliver business objectives.
  • Drive for medical consistency against category/ sub-category products supported across LOCs

Safety/Compliance implementation

  • Drive knowledge and understanding of Safety with category/sub-category teams - work with Regional Medical Affairs to help embed understanding and compliance across Regions and LOCs
  • Support deployment and oversight of Category training in Safety/Compliance Policies
  • Appropriate escalation of any Safety/Compliance issues
  • Development of Data Disclosure plans to ensure delivery of scientific data disclosure strategy to meet GSK policy requirements at a project level

We are passionate about what we do and have created an environment where everyone feels valued, is able to develop, contribute to our mission and be proud of what we achieve. We want people who share our values and believe in our mission. Our investment in training, development and learning opportunities will empower you to be the best you can be, and we'll make sure you have a stimulating and wide-ranging role that will enable you develop your expertise as you create value for us.


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