Director, UK Corporate Government Affairs - Open to flexible working

Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
23 Jun 2022
14 Jul 2022
Contract Type

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape GSK’s work on the Government’s Life Sciences agenda. The role will be based in the UK Corporate Government Affairs team, sitting in our Global Corporate Government Affairs & Policy team and working closely with colleagues across the business. It will have a particular focus on GSK’s innovation priorities and our relationships with UK Government, in a critical role helping to build a supportive environment for GSK’s R&D strategy.

The UK Corporate Government Affairs team has a unique role in bringing together GSK’s engagement with the UK government and key stakeholders, to optimise the operational environment in the UK in support of the company’s strategic priorities of Innovation, Performance and Trust and mindful of its position as a UK-headquartered global company. The team maintains key institutional relationships with government including with the Office for Life Sciences and the Life Sciences Council.

Key Responsibilities and Deliverables

This role will provide the opportunity to lead key activities and help shape the success of GSK.  These responsibilities involve the following:

  • Develop and deliver effective advocacy plans for GSK’s R&D policy priorities in the UK, including data, genomics and clinical trials, coordinated with other GSK engagement. This will include supporting GSK input to relevant Government forums such as the National Genomics Board and the Life Sciences Council.
  • Provide a strong understanding of UK innovation and life sciences policy to help shape GSK’s overall Government Affairs strategy and engagement in the UK, leading for the team on delivery of the UK’s Life Sciences Vision and Innovation Strategy in particular, and any related initiatives or announcements. This will also support the Head of Global R&D Policy to help identify UK policy risks and opportunities for GSK.
  • Provide government affairs and stakeholder engagement support for our global R&D hub at Stevenage, in particular continuing to build support for plans we have developed, in partnership with local stakeholders, to grow Stevenage as a UK life sciences cluster.
  • Work with Global Tax team and relevant trade bodies to support engagement and policy input to UK Government on tax incentives for investment, aligned to the Government’s goal for the UK to reach 2.4% GDP invested in R&D.

Engagement and Advocacy

  • Work with the Head of UK Corporate Government Affairs to shape and be accountable for delivery of GSK’s engagement programme with UK Government and parliamentarians, including leading on all aspects of meeting and briefing management, working with agencies as needed. Includes GSK’s presence at party conferences.
  • Manage GSK’s relationship with the Office for Life Sciences.
  • Manage GSK’s relationship with the CBI.
  • Support GSK representatives on government forums with business, including the UK’s National Genomics Board, with briefings as required.

Role requirements:

  • Demonstrable ability to deliver successful government relations and advocacy programmes.
  • Strong understanding of UK politics and policy-making processes.
  • Strong pharmaceutical policy understanding and experience.
  • Experience of working in a matrix organisation and/or a trade body, or otherwise managing complex stakeholder relationships.
  • Demonstrates GSK Values and Expectations
  • Operates at pace with agile decision-making – using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Taking accountability and ownership, with support to succeed.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning.
  • Sustaining energy and wellbeing.

Why GSK?

At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader in Consumer Health, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we’re making the biggest 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.​

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.

Important notice to Employment businesses/ Agencies

GSK does not accept referrals from employment businesses and/or employment agencies in respect of the vacancies posted on this site. All employment businesses/agencies are required to contact GSK's commercial and general procurement/human resources department to obtain prior written authorization before referring any candidates to GSK. The obtaining of prior written authorization is a condition precedent to any agreement (verbal or written) between the employment business/ agency and GSK. In the absence of such written authorization being obtained any actions undertaken by the employment business/agency shall be deemed to have been performed without the consent or contractual agreement of GSK. GSK shall therefore not be liable for any fees arising from such actions or any fees arising from any referrals by employment businesses/agencies in respect of the vacancies posted on this site.