Head of R&D Next - Open to flexible working

Weybridge, Surrey
10 May 2022
31 May 2022
Contract Type

NEXT’s remit is to explore and grow disruptive new propositions in everyday healthcare.  We work agnostic of our current brands, product formats or business models to create new, high-value commercial opportunities by enabling better ways for people to prevent and manage ill-health.

The Head of R&D Next has a broad and impactful leadership remit of the R&D Disruptive innovation, Digital, Device, and platform service offerings. It includes cross-functional oversight to Medical, Regulatory, Engineering, Portfolio and Platform Leadership. The NEXT R&D Head is the single point of decision making from an R&D functional perspective and works as a partner to the commercial Head of NEXT. The role will lead a team to assess needs and work across the Global R&D organization as well as external partners to secure the appropriate capabilities and resource to progress the Next portfolio.

As such, it will be important for this leader to have an understanding of such digital, device and targeted new platforms with the ability to determine a pathway for the associated technical, medical and regulatory requirements and BOH compliance requirements through a cross-functional team. It also has matrixed leadership connections with Data and Analytics. 

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

The Head of R&D NEXT will forge a strong partnership with the commercial Head of NEXT in order to progress the disruptive innovation portfolio and will have leadership accountability to:

  • Lead and develop the R&D Next strategy and execution to enable the commercial Next strategy.
  • Develop, access and coordinate external industry leading capabilities for disruptive innovation, digital, devices with a focus on new platform service offerings including Wellness.
  • Develop an external network of strategic partners, experts and critically assess opportunities for feasibility and scale.
  • Lead the cross-functional Next R&D team responsible for new methodologies for the agile development and testing of product protypes and concepts leveraging external partners and internal capabilities in accordance with the disruptive innovation, device, diagnostics and platform service portfolio.
  • Ensure an advanced and forward view of the landscape, as well as proactive horizon scanning & action planning to be on the leading edge of disruptive innovation, devices, digital and platform service offerings.
  • Lead a team which can identify and execute a pathway for successful launch of non-product service-related solutions, where applicable, in partnership with the NEXT commercial Head.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • BA or BS in a Science, Engineering or Healthcare related field
  • Highly skilled in strategy, technical and scientific interpretation/evaluation/communication of data and technical information
  • Significant experience in a scientific and/or people leadership role
  • Strong understanding of technical, medical, and regulatory complexity particularly as applied to Digital and Devices
  • Ability to set R&D strategy and execution plans across a cross-functional team.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Resilient, collaborative and data driven
  • Masters or doctorate in Engineering, Design or Healthcare related field
  • Courage and bravery to tackle internal barriers while maximizing learnings which can be reapplied to other programs and processes
  • Strong business acumen, willing to take risks while being consumer and customer focused
  • High learning agility and curiosity, able to connect apparently disparate data and the ability to lead teams through the non-obvious and ambiguity to a set of potential solutions.

Application Details:

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When applying for this role, please submit a cover letter with your CV to describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above. The information provided in your cover letter and CV will be used to assess your application.

Why Consumer Healthcare?

Right now, we’re on an incredible journey as we prepare to become the first independent, 100% focused consumer healthcare company. We’re doing this at a time when the work we do has never mattered more. Better everyday health is about improving the health and wellness of the consumers that we touch every year – over a billion and a half of them – and it goes beyond products. It’s about truly helping people manage their health proactively in different ways as consumer needs evolve. With category leading brands such as Sensodyne, Voltaren and Centrum, built on trusted science and human understanding, and combined with our passion, knowledge and expertise, we’re uniquely placed to do this and to grow a strong, successful business. This is an exciting time to join us and help shape the future. It’s an opportunity to be part of something special.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In Consumer Healthcare we embrace our diverse workforce by creating an inclusive environment that celebrates our unique perspectives, generates curiosity to create unmatched understanding of each other, and promotes fair and equitable outcomes for everyone. We’re striving to create a climate where we celebrate our diversity in all forms by treating each other with respect, listening to different viewpoints, supporting our communities, and creating a workplace where your authentic self belongs and thrives.

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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