Supply Chain Study Lead, Open to flexible working

Ware, Hertfordshire
16 Nov 2021
29 Nov 2021
Contract Type

At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader in Consumer Healthcare, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we’re making the most significant changes we’ve made to our business in over 20 years. We’re on track to separate and create two new companies in 2022: New GSK with a leading portfolio of vaccines and specialty medicines as well as R&D based on immune system and genetics science; and a new world-leading consumer healthcare company of loved and trusted brands.

With new ambition comes new purpose. For New GSK, this is to unite science, talent, and technology to get ahead of disease together – all with the clear ambition of delivering human health impact; stronger and more sustainable shareholder returns; and as a new GSK where outstanding people thrive.

Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it. How we do all this is through our people and our culture. A culture that is ambitious for patients – so we deliver what matters better and faster; accountable for impact – with clear ownership of goals and support to succeed; and where we do the right thing. So, if you’re ready to improve the lives of billions, join us at this exciting moment in our journey. Join our challenge to get Ahead Together.

The Supply Chain Study Lead (SCSL) role provides tactical oversight of the end-to-end supply chain for assigned GSK R&D clinical studies.  The SCSL is accountable for defining detailed demand and supply plans for investigational medicines that consistently deliver those medicines on-time to patients while ensuring the supply chain delivers results that support published study milestones.

This role is responsible for reviewing and influencing clinical protocols relative to investigational product (IP) supply and determining optimal supply plans that are patient-focused, risk-adjusted, and cost effective.  Furthermore, the SCSL ensures timely execution of the plans and follows through on supply chain performance to ensure the successful delivery of the supply chain.

This role supports Phase I through IV GSK sponsored clinical studies as well as investigator sponsored trials and compassionate use studies.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Builds and maintains strong working relationships as the primary interface with the clinical study teams

  • Works with the Supply Chain Manager to understand and support the asset-level supply strategy
  • Ensures accurate and timely communication to customer and partner organizations
  • Works with cross-functional study team members to understand clinical requirements and over-arching study objectives

Understands and challenges key assumptions and study planning parameters to ensure an optimal tradeoff across cost, risk, and benefit is achieved

  • Proactively engages with Clinical study teams to ensure supply options & risks are explored and agreed.
  • Develops different scenarios as needed to explore options and determine contingency plans
  • Assists the Supply Chain Manager in developing costed, risk-based scenarios for supplies to enable informed decisions regarding budget allocation.
  • Challenges planning information at the study level (e.g. patient enrollment forecast, etc.) and helps resolve logistical conflicts to ensure clinical supplies are off the critical path.
  • Must be able to think and work innovatively to mitigate risks while working within the confines of supply chain capacity and capability. 
  • Influences change and/or challenges sourcing decisions when appropriate to do so. 

Creates and maintains detailed, study specific demand and supply plans for assigned studies.

  • Develops, implements, and maintains the investigational product (IP) demand plans for assigned studies
  • Models investigational product study demands based on varied study-specific inputs (e.g. patient enrolment forecast, treatment regimen, treatment duration, etc.)
  • Creates and maintains detailed demand plans for each assigned study for the full duration of patient treatment and ensures full visibility of requirements in relevant planning systems
  • Updates and adjusts study demand plans as each study progresses to account for variations from plan
  • Develops, implements, and maintains the IP supply plan for assigned studies.
  • Accountable for creating supply plans based on study parameters, forecasts, and assumptions through to depots and ensures full visibility of requirements in relevant planning systems
  • Works with the Supply Chain Planner to ensure IP supply requirements are visible from finished Patient Kit (PK) to Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) as appropriate
  • Accountable for setting  inventory policies at Depots / Pack Sites on a project basis and responsible for agreeing to and monitoring inventory levels as appropriate to support study complexities
  • Accountable for contributing to the supply planning (PK) meeting as part of the monthly D&OP cycle 
  • Monitors expiry dating of clinical supplies and coordinates expiry extensions (if possible) or replenishment strategies and destructions if extensions are not possible.

Accountable for ensuring that label content is defined and the data is set-up in the appropriate system(s) and liaising with relevant groups on pack design and pack component suitability Accountable for ensuring appropriate Interactive Response Technology (IRT) contract and setup is in place

  • Determines the supply packing and distribution strategy for local, regional, and global studies, and incorporates into IVRS / IWRS specifications (as applicable)

Works with business partners to oversee the effective execution of supply chain plans while proactively identifying potential obstacles to success and taking action to resolve issues.

  • Executes supply plans that deliver on published study milestones while ensuring consistent on-time delivery of medicines to patients with minimal waste
  • Engages with and influences cross-functional teams to coordinate and manage the delivery of clinical supplies for assigned studies.
  • Timely communication and escalation of issues related to IP supply availability.
  • Accountable for complex problem solving and resolution of issues involving a range of technical, quality, regulatory and operational issues to ensure patient supply without compromising quality, cost or delivery.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation in accordance with GxP requirements and the Trial Master File

Supports externalization activities where vendors and/or partners are included in the supply chain

  • Create Study Specific Technical Agreements (or equivalent) for specified projects.

Create inputs to vendor proposal request systems

 Closing Date for Applications: Monday 29th November 2022

Please take a copy of the Job Description, as this will not be available post closure of the advert. 

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.

During the course of your application you will be requested to complete voluntary information which will be used in monitoring the effectiveness of our equality and diversity policies. Your information will be treated as confidential and will not be used in any part of the selection process.  If you require a reasonable adjustment to the application / selection process to enable you to demonstrate your ability to perform the job requirements, please contact 0808 234 4391. This will help us to understand any modifications we may need to make to support you throughout our selection process.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • B.S., M.S., Pharmacy, Chemistry or Logistics or equivalent experience in relevant field.
  • Knowledgeable of clinical trial study designs and approaches and their implications for supply chain
  • Knowledgeable in the management of investigational product supplies and experience in inventory management
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of supply chain and planning principles
  • Ability to manage multiple and complex projects that require strong problem-solving skills and creative or innovative thought to address global supply problems
  • Knowledgeable in regulatory requirements including Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) and the Trial Master File
  • Demonstrated understanding of the drug development process
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in working with Interactive Response Technology (IRT) systems, especially with respect to supply management and patient randomization.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills coupled with strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated capability to work with aggressive and changing timelines and with limited information and without defined absolutes.
  • Knowledge of the technical challenges with regards to investigational product packaging and labeling.

Preferred Qualifications: -

Relevant to the role, but not critical/essential

  • APICS or CILT certification
  • Lean Sigma training / experience
  • Project Management training / experience

Why GSK?

GSK is a place where outstanding people do amazing things. As a science-led global healthcare company, we exist to help people do more, feel better, live longer. This special purpose – along with our goal of being one of the world’s most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies – helps us attract some of the best and brightest minds in the world.

We take pride in providing access to all and continually focus on our opportunity and obligation to do more to improve inclusion and diversity: for our people inside GSK; in the way we do business; and in the communities where we operate. 

We want our company to be a place where diversity of people and thought is valued everywhere and where we’re all able to be ourselves and feel a sense of belonging. An inclusive organization where we all feel valued, engaged and supported, knowing that our work makes an important contribution to our mission. Reinforced by our clear values and expectations, it is part of our DNA. Together we achieve extraordinary things for our patients and consumers, who rely on us each and every day.

GSK is an Equal Opportunity Employer and, in the US, we adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, 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.

At GSK, the health and safety of our employees are of paramount importance. As a science-led healthcare company on a mission to get ahead of disease together, we believe that supporting vaccination against COVID-19 is the single best thing we can do in the US to ensure the health and safety of our employees, complementary workers, workplaces, customers, consumers, communities, and the patients we serve. 

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