Director of Immunoregulation, Adaptive Immunology, Open to flexible working

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
04 May 2019
31 May 2019
Contract Type

As the Director of Immunoregulation, Adaptive Immunology Research Unit you will be part of Immunoregulation leadership team, contributing to driving scientific strategy, external liaison and project leadership.

As a subject matter expert, you will have considerable experience in regulatory cell immunology including regulatory myeloid cells and T-cells gained either in academia or in an industrial setting. Utilising this knowledge base, you will have the opportunity to consult across all the projects in the group and influence biology and project direction. In addition, project leadership skills will also be essential to progress novel drug development towards the clinic. You will have the opportunity to shape the strategy of the immunoregulation group by utilising genetically associated pathways linked with regulatory cell function, championing new biology and novel screening approaches. In addition, a particular focus will be on seeking exciting novel approaches for the induction of regulatory cells externally, either in a biotech setting or in academia and building collaborations to harness these insights into our internal drug discovery efforts. As an individual contributor, this role requires matrix leadership skills to leverage resource from across the biology groups and in partnership with our technology platform groups to drive target identification strategies and project progression.

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

  • Project leadership for drug discovery projects in the immunoregulatory space.
  • Consult on the biology across all projects and screening campaigns in the immunoregulation group.
  • As a member of the immunoregulatory group leadership team, to contribute to group strategy and drive novel screening approaches and biology.
  • Maintain external focus seeking opportunities from industrial and academic sectors.
  • Build enabling biology workstreams to support strategy utilising both internal and external resources.
  • Build and foster relationships across other Biology groups in the Adaptive immunity research unit contributing to projects and peer review when required.
  • Build relationships and leverage resource from internal technology platform partners.
  • Build network of academic key opinion leaders in the immunoregulation space.
  • Maintain state of the art immunoregulation immunology expertise by attending meetings and conferences when required.
  • Ensures compliance with GSK Values and Policies.


Why You?

Basic qualifications:

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

  • Expert in regulatory cell immunology biology including regulatory myeloid cells and/or T-regs, ideally demonstrated by publications.
  • Experience in the target identification and validation area in particular with Dendritic or T-cell targets.
  • Experience of contributing to the strategic focus of a group, able to think wider than an individual drug discovery project.
  • Strong leadership skills demonstrating vision and strategy
  • Experience of setting clear decision-making criteria and experimental validation paths to critically assess novel targets from genetic, genomic or phenotypic screening efforts.
  • Track record of matrix leadership within the context of leading drug discovery programmes or managing across interdisciplinary academic groups to progress novel biology.
  • Track record of managing complex technical, scientific and operational activities and in leading, developing and motivating teams
  • Track record of seeking innovative approaches across industrial and academic sectors and building collaborations.

Preferred qualifications:

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

  • PhD in Immunology with 10 years' experience in industrial or academic setting.

Why GSK?:

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Agile and distributed decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Managing individual and team performance.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Implementing change initiatives and leading change.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being, building resilience in teams.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning both internally and externally.
  • Developing people and building a talent pipeline.
  • Translating strategy into action - a compelling narrative, motivating others, setting objectives and delegation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, managing trusted stakeholder relationships internally and externally.
  • Budgeting and forecasting, commercial and financial acumen.

Contact information:
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