Vaccine Director Tender and Paediatric - Open to flexible working

Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
04 May 2022
25 May 2022
Contract Type

This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding business unit as a Vaccine Director responsible for the GSK paediatric vaccine portfolio.

Job Purpose:

  • Ownership and delivery of the strategic and operational plan to maximise performance for the GSK paediatric vaccine portfolio within the UK.
  • To lead the commercial team (sales and marketing organisation) and to drive cross-functional collaboration across the Commercial, Medical, Health Outcomes, Market Access and other supporting functions to ensure strong performance within the paediatric portfolio.

Your responsibilities:

  • Complex problem solving, analysis and tradeoff decision making will be required to ensure delivery of business goals and the role will need to apply judgment in order to make ethically sound and commercially interesting decisions to invest in short, medium and long-term opportunities.
  • Lead and support the development and implementation of the strategic and operational plans for UK tender vaccines by leading, inspiring and motivating a large cross-functional matrix area team, including Marketing, Medical, Health Outcomes, Commercial Operations, Supply, Regulatory, Legal, Communications and Global Vaccines. Provide strategic direction for the team by determining portfolio prioritisation according to external and internal opportunities
  • Ensure delivery of contractual obligations for vaccines procured centrally by Department of Health and Social Care / UKHSA.
  • Lead UK financial planning and budget management for tender vaccines and support the Supply and Tender Manager with supply and stock forecasting by maintaining a close link with supply chain and Global Vaccines Team
  • Understand potential tender barriers across the UK and work in partnership with Medical,  Health Outcomes and External Affairs to remove and overcome any external barriers to ensure GSK are able to compete in future tenders
  • Identify and escalate data gaps including key evidence generation to cross functional and global teams.
  • Foster and develop strong and collaborative relationship and establish credibility with key external stakeholders, including those at the Department of Health and Social Care and UK Health Security Agency in order to build trust and identify and create shared value opportunities
  • Take personal accountability for therapy area understanding, including the disease, vaccines , and competitors, as well as an excellent knowledge of the customer environment and tenders process and critical timelines in order to effectively operate in this setting and identify opportunities and risks for future tenders
  • Create a culture of high performance through systems and processes which will drive tender readiness and excellence in execution. Set and own appropriate KPIs and metrics to measure performance and partner with Business Intelligence Team

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

  • Breadth of NHS knowledge and understanding
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse and assimilate data
  • Demonstrated commercial acumen, resourcing, planning and decision-making skills
  • Experience leading large cross-functional matrix teams
  • Project Management skills
  • Vaccines Knowledge
  • Ability to obtain a standard of ABPI knowledge equivalent to that of a signatory
  • Knowledge of tender and JCVI Process Useful

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ADP experience / knowledge an advantage
  • People leadership, management and coaching experience
  • Ability to work in a complex environment
  • Interpersonal , communication and influencing skills at senior level – both internal and external
  • Proven ability to interact with senior customers

Why GSK?

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.


We are one of the world’s largest vaccines companies, delivering vaccines that help protect people at all stages of life. Our R&D focuses on developing vaccines against infectious diseases that combine high medical needs and strong market potential. Our Vaccines business has a portfolio of more than 20 vaccines to help protect people from a range of diseases throughout their lives. We supply these vaccines to people living in over 160 countries. We have a pipeline of 17 candidate vaccines in development at FY 2020, including three for the prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). In October 2017, our shingles vaccine, Shingrix, received regulatory approval in Canada and the US.

The business generated sales of £7 billion in 2020. Our strategy is to bring differentiated and high-quality vaccines to as many people as possible. To achieve this, we focus on creating a strong patient and payer-focused pipeline, maintaining valuable partnerships with our local operating countries, and ensuring sustainable access and affordability.

The vaccines in our portfolio have been helping protect people from serious disease for over 100 years, with our Marietta (US) site dedicated to smallpox vaccine production since 1882. Today, our vaccines continue to tackle some of the world’s most devastating diseases, including pneumococcal disease, meningitis, hepatitis, rotavirus, whooping cough, and influenza.

Innovation is the beating heart of our business. There will be no new vaccines for the many diseases that still threaten individuals, families, and communities worldwide without it. Our R&D organisation brings together expertise in virology, bacterial infection, and different adjuvant platforms.  We now have three global R&D hubs: Rockville, USA (new in 2015); Rixensart, Belgium, and Siena, Italy, which are focused on discovering and developing novel vaccines across a range of pressing public health threats. We concentrate our efforts on those possible vaccines that may offer significant improvements over existing options or target diseases for which no vaccines exist. 

Our approach is to make the most of our expertise while forming complementary partnerships and alliances with others who bring different knowledge and experience. Our vision for the world, where everyone has access to the vaccines they need, depends on a steady supply of great ideas and excellent science.

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.

As you apply, we will ask you to share some personal information which is entirely voluntary. We want to have an opportunity to consider a diverse pool of qualified candidates and this information will assist us in meeting that objective and in understanding how well we are doing against our inclusion and diversity ambitions. We would really appreciate it if you could take a few moments to complete it.  Rest assured, Hiring Managers do not have access to this information and we will treat your information confidentially.

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