Vice President, Business Development Pipeline, Open to flexible working

Stevenage, London
05 Apr 2019
29 Apr 2019
Contract Type

The WWBD team acts as an external facing group within Pharma R&D enabling GSK to maintain connectivity to the venture capital, biotech, academia and pharma sectors. The WWBD team supports R&D and works hand in hand with the R&D Units to help identify opportunities, enabling GSK to access new areas of science, innovative medicines and platform technologies that enhance our discovery, research and development capabilities. Key activities undertaken by the group are: identifying/sourcing opportunities, leading technical due diligence, structuring and negotiating deals, managing the process of governance review and post signature alliance management.

The Role

In response to a recent transformation of GSK R&D and the launch of a new R&D approach, WWBD has created two Business Development Pipeline teams which are focused on BD opportunities outside of Oncology. We are looking for a VP Business Development Pipeline for each team.

The VP Business Development Pipeline will lead a team that is responsible for identifying and delivering new collaboration, licensing and acquisition opportunities for therapeutic assets in discovery through late-stage clinical development. This is a highly impactful role and one that will help shape the pipeline and future growth of the organisation.

In this role you will act as a dedicated point of contact for the SVP of Research and SVP of Development and will work closely with them and their leadership teams to determine portfolio and BD priorities and explore ways to best to leverage BD to strengthen and optimize the R&D pipeline.

Alongside these internal relationships you will also leverage and deepen networks within Academia, Biotech, Pharma, as well as the venture capital and investor community to enhance our ability to identify new opportunities and reputation as a partner of choice.

Key Responsibilities

Build and execute the BD strategy for the R&D pipeline.

Identify, assess and lead BD opportunities for access to therapeutic assets in discovery to late-stage clinical development, including opportunity sourcing and evaluation, due diligence, business case development, and negotiation of transactions.

Lead a best-in-class team of BD professionals, with responsibility for talent recruitment, training, development, performance management, and employee engagement.

Develop a robust pipeline of potential external assets that fit with the new R&D approach.

Develop expert understanding of the competitive and opportunity landscape.

Represent WWBD to potential external academic, biotech, and pharma partners as well as venture capital and other investment firms.

Member of the WWBD Leadership Team and support the performance, development and engagement of other teams in the department as well as the department as a whole.

Technical Skills & Experience

PhD, MD or equivalent education or substantial experience in pharmaceutical R&D is highly desired. A background in Immunology, Genetics or Drug Discovery and Development is preferred.

Significant BD experience, including leading opportunity assessments for therapeutic assets and a track record of successfully delivering partnering transactions.

Proven direct line leadership experience and experience in building, leading and developing teams.

Experience in managing multiple stakeholders across an R&D organisation and working closely with R&D leadership to define strategic priorities.


  • Excellent leadership, strategic, influence and communication skills
  • Enterprise thinking, entrepreneurial mindset and strong drive for results
  • Demonstrable influencer of senior stakeholders with executive presence
  • Learning agility across multiple scientific and business domains
  • Ability to recruit, develop and motivate top talent

Location is flexible for the right candidate. Closing date for applications is Monday 29th April


Why You?

Basic qualifications:

  • Bachelors / Undergraduate Degree

Preferred qualifications:

  • Graduate/advanced degree in business or life sciences (PhD, MD) is preferred. Substantial experience in pharmaceutical R&D or background in Immunology or Genetics is highly desired.

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.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a science-led, global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative products. GSK currently employ over 100,000 people globally and has offices in more than 115 countries. The Company has major research centers in the UK, USA, and Spain, Belgium and China and an extensive manufacturing network with 84 sites globally. The Company strategy is focused around growing a diversified global business, delivering more products of value, and simplifying their operating model. Being a responsible business is central to the strategy, and how they deliver success is just as important as what they achieve. In order to ensure they meet society's expectations, the company ensures that their values are embedded into the organisation's culture and decision-making. By investing in these areas the Company will increase growth, reduce risk and improve their long-term financial performance.

GSK is a globally renowned company that owns internationally recognized brands and products. They have a healthy pipeline of innovative products and are well positioned to continue their success into the future.

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