Analytics Product Manager, Open to flexible working

28 Jun 2019
19 Jul 2019
Contract Type

We are searching for a Advanced Analytics Product Manager who can make a positive difference to the team, the broader GSK and who can motivate and inspire others to do the same.

GSK is changing and our agenda is exciting and transformational. Our CEO Emma Walmsley is three years into her tenure and is driving a strategy aligned to Innovation, Performance and Trust. There is no better time to come and join the team! Together we can serve our HR and broader GSK colleagues to enable them to help patients and consumers around the globe to do more, feel better and live longer!


This group is a newly formed dedicated unit within the R&D Strategy, Portfolio and Operations (SPO) Analytics function, who's vision is to act as Analytical change agents to revolutionise the way R&D makes portfolio decisions.

Specifically, the group is accountable for:

Embodying the Science of portfolio management, by:

  • Building and owning best in class statistical methodologies for solving portfolio management problems
  • Constantly innovating to answer hereto untapped portfolio questions.
  • Peer reviewing methods to ensure accuracy

Driving Technology within portfolio management, by:

  • Leading the design of a comprehensive Data Strategy for the portfolio team.
  • Building technology-based solutions which are optimised to workflows
  • Designing user centric applications to enable analytics to be available at the point of decision.

Leading an advanced analytics-based portfolio management culture, by:

  • Building structured partnerships with supporting organisations across R&D (e.g. Data & Computational Sciences/Technology/Clinical Statistics)
  • Driving a data/toolkit first mindset to problem solving within portfolio
  • Delivering training to build capability excellence within the portfolio group.

Key tools used by the Advanced Analytics Group today are: Hadoop Cloudera (Inc. Hive and Impala), Microsoft Azure, R, Python, HTML, Spotfire, Power BI, SQL.


  • Lead the definition of customer needs and the benefits case for change for projects to be owned by Advanced Analytics;
  • Codify user requirements; identify and analyse alternative solutions and develop project charters through negotiation and agreement with sponsors and stakeholders.
  • Own the analysis during design, development and implementation, working with a multifunctional group within Advanced Analytics and partner organisations, to ensure that requirements are met, and benefits realized for key projects.
  • Lead Advanced Analytics delivery project teams, consisting of cross-functional members, to deliver novel portfolio management solutions.
  • Own the Visualisation/Ux strategy for the Advanced Analytics group including: visualisation/infographic best practice, user centric application design and decisions around which tools we utilise in order to engage our stakeholders (Spotfire/PowerBI/Qlik) through partnership with our Data and Computational Sciences and Technology partners.
  • Use analytical techniques to identify opportunities and improve portfolio management performance or solve problems by optimising processes, facilitating change and improving compliance with existing processes.
  • Provide awareness and coaching for benefits, change and process management within Portfolio Management.
  • Develop and maintain understanding of:
    • Portfolio management processes, systems and objectives;
    • Industry-wide practices and trends in portfolio management solutions for R&D;
    • Mainstream systems development methodologies, analysis techniques, target architecture guidance and standards.
  • In addition to the above, all roles within Advanced Analytics will be expected to engage in the breadth of analytical requirements for given projects e.g. Ux design/Data & Analytical modelling/stakeholder management albeit not to the same extent as the specialist role in this space.
  • This role will also be expected to build up a strong knowledge of the key portfolio management activities.

Please apply via our online portal providing your CV and Cover Letter.

Please ensure you apply before COB 19th July 2019 to ensure you're in the running!

(Please take a personal copy of the Job Description, as this will not be available online post closure of the advert)

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Why You?

Basic qualifications:

  • Postgraduate qualifications preferably within Computer Science, Mathematics, Operations Research, Decision Science, Statistics ML/AI
  • A significant experience in R&D and Pharmaceutical industry
  • Significant experience designing and managing analytical programs to support decision optimisation.
  • Working technical knowledge of key decision science modelling methodologies and coding languages (e.g. R/Python).
  • Preferred: Experience building and deploying data products, delivered by Visualisation tools such as Spotfire/Tableau/Qlikview.
  • Experience generating modelling requirements from initially adhoc and ambiguous questions
  • Experience operating independently.

Preferred qualifications:

  • PHD/MBA - Postgraduate experience in an academic role specifically within Computer Science, Mathematics, Operations Research, Decision Science, Statistics, ML/AI

Why GSK?:

At GSK we are a science-led global healthcare company. We research and develop a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. Our mission is inspiring and challenging - to help people do more, feel better and live longer.

We have a significant global presence with commercial operations in more than 150 countries, a network of 86 manufacturing sites in 36 countries and large R&D centres in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China.


At GSK we are all inspired by the difference we make and challenge ourselves every day to improve the lives of patients and consumers. That's why we have created an environment where everyone feels valued, able to develop, contribute to our mission and be proud of what we achieve.

You will join GSK's vision to do more, feel better and live longer:
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To support you in achieving your role and career ambitions you'll be given the opportunity to:

  • Play an important role in delivering our mission
  • Be an essential part of diverse, global team
  • Develop others as part of your own professional growth

You will also have regular personal development meetings with your line manager to give you the opportunity to create a fulfilling career at GSK.


The Total Reward Package offered is:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Competitive on Target Bonus
  • 26-days paid holiday
  • Personal Healthcare, with the option to purchase family cover
  • GSK Pension
  • Share & Save Schemes
  • Total Reward Discounts

Contact information:
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