Scientific Director - Benlysta Medical Affairs, Open to flexibility

Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
03 Nov 2018
01 Dec 2018
Contract Type

Scientific Director- Benlysta Global Medical Affairs - Immuno-Inflammation and Future Pipeline (II/FP), Open to flexibility

Benlysta is currently the only medicine specifically developed and approved for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Benlysta, a BLyS-specific inhibitor, is a human monoclonal antibody that binds to soluble BLyS. By binding BLyS, Benlysta inhibits the survival of B cells, including autoreactive B cells, and reduces the differentiation of B cells into immunoglobulin-producing plasma cells. We now have some fantastic opportunities to join this department in the UK and US at Scientific Director level.

The role

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a high-performing global medical affairs team who are addressing the numerous medical affairs needs of a medically significant first in class for lupus globally marketed medicine, Benlysta. We are looking for an above average high-functioning, self-starting accomplished medical affairs scientist, with a track record of success, and independent working to partner, guide and assist global local operating colleagues as well as lead the successful delivery of Benlysta global medical affairs projects.

Your responsibilities

Responsibilities and activities can include and not be limited to the following in partnership with Benlysta Global Medical Affairs Team, the Global Medical Affairs Leader (GMAL), LOCs, and other stakeholders internal and external.

  • Contributing to the Global Medical Affairs Plan and Integrated Evidence Plan for Benlysta.
  • Leading and/or contributing to above-country insight generation activities including, for examples, Advisory Boards; scientific workshops, and others
  • Leading and/or contributing to above-country educational activities including, for example, symposia, webinars, etc.
  • Partnering with commercial colleagues to develop brand campaigns and support launches.
  • Developing and approving promotional, non-promotional and training materials.
  • Delivering the evidence needs of that asset in partnership with:
  • Supporting the Integrated Evidence Team;
  • Reviewing local GSK-sponsored and Investigator Sponsored Study (ISS) proposals to assess their scientific merit and strategic need
  • Driving excellence in Scientific Engagement (SE) with key stakeholders (HCPs, Patients, Payors and Regulators) to gain a deep understanding of customer needs.
  • Supports the GMAL in gathering medical insights from the Franchise LOCs and external stakeholders (HCP's, Patients, Payors and Regulators) to shape life cycle management including the integrated evidence strategy and plan.
  • Leads aspects of Advisory Board design and discussion, ensuring compliance with SE governance and documentation requirements (SE Approval Templates; GLASSES etc).
  • Inputs to the design and delivery of phase 3b/ 4 studies, coordinating with relevant R&D technical experts e.g. Value Evidence Outcomes and Epidemiology as required.
  • Supports preparation of materials for the governance review/ Brand Planning processes.
  • Develops and approves promotional campaigns and materials, ensuring compliance with all relevant codes and system requirements (ABPI, Zinc MAPs etc).
  • Develops and reviews publications/ abstracts/ posters related to the product, key competitors and relevant disease area(s).
  • Supports communicating the clinical and market access data to the Franchise LOCs, ensuring a robust understanding of risk: benefit of our medicines.
  • Enhances local tactical plans and shares best practices to support Launch Excellence.
  • Supports the GMAL and team in providing medical governance oversight for the asset, including the management of product-related issues/ crises.

Application Details

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Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.

Application closing date: 1st December 2018

This role is only available for a 2019 start.


Why You?

Basic qualifications:

  • PharmD, PhD or equivalent
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking strategically and tactically.
  • Highly developed leadership, networking, communication and influencing skills to work effectively in a complex matrix environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong networks of external and internal experts
  • Established ability to of self-motivated ownership and accountability for projects, move them forward, and deliver with minimal supervision
  • Significant experience in Medical Affairs including understanding of launch support requirements.
  • Recognised ability to be flexible in a changing landscape
  • Broad drug development experience with robust knowledge of GCP regulatory/ market access and reimbursement requirements.
  • Robust understanding of promotional codes/ regulations; previous involvement in review and approval processes.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Significant experience in Immunology Medical Affairs

Why GSK?:

At GSK, our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. Our three world-leading businesses research and deliver innovative medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products. We need a talented and motivated workforce to deliver against our strategy. To achieve this, we strive to attract the best people and to create an environment that empowers and inspires.

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