Clinical Research/ Scientific Director
Established with an initial commitment of up to £25m, the Africa NCD Open Lab is part of the Global Health Catalyst and works in partnership with the broader GSK R&D organisation. The Africa NCD Open Lab collaborates with multiple partners, including major funders, academic/research institutions and governments to share GSK's expertise and resources to conduct research to better understand the unique attributes of the aetiology, clinical manifestation, treatment response and outcome of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in African patients, and to strengthen African research capability. The aim is to leverage relevant insight/knowledge gained into the drug discovery and development strategy within the wider GSK R&D.
The Africa NCD Open Lab is made up of a core group of scientists, physicians and biostatisticians with additional operational and administrative support. It also benefits from the skills and part-time commitment of a growing number of talented secondees from other departments within GSK. The group currently has a portfolio of 13 collaborative projects with African academic institutions and 9 additional projects undergoing due diligence prior to formally establishing research collaboration agreements. There are additional strategic investment and collaboration with various external partners to support and strengthen biostatistics capabilities in SSA. The research portfolio has significant translational potential and seeks to deliver value to the African patient.
Purpose of the role
GSK intends to consolidate its research investments within the Africa NCD Open Lab to demonstrate the impact of the open innovation approach. There is a strategic objective to ensure the impact of these research investments is communicated effectively to internal and external stakeholders whilst identifying innovative ways of leveraging new/existing partnerships to sustain the NCD Open Lab investments. As new and emerging scientific and technological breakthroughs shape our understanding of diseases in general, we plan to incorporate these breakthroughs into our Global Health strategy to ensure that GSK remains at the forefront of innovations in this space. Therefore, an internal reorganisation has been made such that the Africa NCD Open Lab and the Global Health Futures groups work collaboratively, with a single point of accountability.
Reporting to the Head, Africa NCD Open Lab and Global Health Futures, the Clinical Research Director will contribute towards the scientific direction and the overall implementation of the Africa NCD Open Lab activities and input into the Global Health Futures strategy.
• Accountable for all aspects of the set up and management of specific projects assigned to him or her. This will include working with researchers to identify clear deliverables and impact of their projects, definition of success metrics and milestones and working collaboratively across GSK and the wider academic research community to provide scientific input to the projects throughout their lifespan.
• Ensure researchers have appropriate training and access to GSK R&D expertise to facilitate high quality protocol preparation, peer and ethical review, analysis and reporting of research findings.
• Identify and recommend strategic external stakeholders with whom GSK could collaborate to ensure current NCD Open Lab research investments are sustained and/or translated to maximise impact.
• Provide clinical/scientific and operational support as needed for the successful delivery of all other current and future Global Health Catalyst projects.
• Undertake scientific literature reviews and contributing to research publications.
• Interact within GSK R&D to identify opportunities for potential alignment of these activities with key assets and research activities.
• Participate in knowledge and skills transfer between GSK and external independent clinicians and researchers, leveraging GSK's expertise to build or strengthen sustainable research capacity and capabilities in NCDs and infectious diseases in SSA and other low and middle-income countries.
• Develop, align and implement a comprehensive and proactive communications strategy to ensure that outputs of both the Africa NCD Open Lab and Global Health Futures are shared with internal and external stakeholders
• Identify, build and maintain a network of collaborators in the field and contribute to the organisation of workshops and conferences that promote scientific engagement between researchers, academics and GSK.
• Provide technical and scientific input to the design and implementation of the Global Health Futures Strategy.
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Closing date for applications: Friday 31st August 2018
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• High level of scientific and personal credibility with demonstrable ability to input and influence projects through clinical/scientific and operational expertise.
• Demonstrated ability of establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with collaborators.
• Experience of working in academia or pharma in a clinical or scientific setting in a relevant therapeutic area (e.g. cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, metabolic, oncology, infectious diseases).
• Highly motivated team player with a proactive attitude, excellent organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively within a multi-disciplinary team.
• Excellent problem-solving, communication, team-working skills and relationships, with the ability to bring people from different functions together to ensure the timely, compliant progress of study review, implementation and the provision of support, handling competing priorities and challenging timelines.
• Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong professional relationships both internally and externally and to adapt style to suit the individual needs of partners.
• Attention to detail and good communication and documentation skills will be expected.
• Develop internal and external communication content on a vast array of project and disease-specific topics to address internal and external needs. Can work with traditional and novel channels of communication.
• Experience of conducting clinical research or clinical trial management oversight (GCP, ethics, feasibility, documentation and data handling & dissemination, HCP/HCO interactions) in diverse geographic regions, with awareness of cultural, regional challenges and considerations.
• Evidence of insight into healthcare challenges in Africa and low and middle-income countries (particularly the challenges of NCDs and dual Infectious disease/NCD disease burden).
• MD, MSc, MPH or PhD in a relevant clinical or scientific discipline with previous experience in clinical research.
• Number, complexity and focus of studies may change over coming years, so role must be able to proactively adapt ways of working to business needs, whilst managing internal and external expectations and relationships.
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