Key Account Manager

Basic qualifications:


Preferred qualifications:



Our Company

At GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) we are dedicated to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better, live longer. GSK is one of the world's leading research based healthcare companies, with over 100,000 employees in 150 countries across our Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare business.

We are proud of the difference we make and in 2016, FORTUNE Magazine ranked GSK #1 on its list of companies that are changing the world. The 'Change the World' list recognises companies that have made significant progress in sustainable, scalable approaches to addressing societal problems as part of their company strategy. Put simply, our focus is on improving access and affordability of medicines, regardless of where people live or their ability to pay.

GSK has been present in Asia for over 50 years and our commitment to the region is strengthened by the establishment of our purpose-built headquarters for Asia. Situated in Singapore, GSK Asia House is a further step in our long-standing strategy to grow and diversify our company - emphasizing the globally balanced business we have built over the years. To better support Asia, we focus on developing talent to improve our ability to make the right decisions for healthcare professionals, patients and consumers across the region.


Key Account Management is a solution driven approach which optimizes outcomes in complex patient, customer and GSK environments by building long term, collaborative business partnerships. The Key Account Manager is responsible for delivering value to customers and GSK in their accounts and responsibly managing the relationship between GSK and the respective contacts in those accounts.


  • Develop and maintain competitive advantages for GSK in designated accounts.
  • Leverage resources within GSK to deliver the best results in designated accounts.
  • Be an expert on account decision making processes and stakeholders (and the structures behind these), which have an impact on GSK products and target the right stakeholders at the right time.
  • Establish a clear partnership with the account (s) that delivers a win-win for the patients, the customers and GSK.
  • Effectively share account knowledge / insight back within GSK (The KAM is the voice of GSK in their accounts and the voice of their accounts in GSK).
  • Utilize value propositions to effectively drive commercial success of GSK and its brands.
  • Identify and implement Market Access, Demand and Supply opportunities as required.
  • Understands the wider healthcare system and leading practices and can anticipate future account and customer goals and communicate these effectively within GSK.
  • Effectively aligns cross functional teams on key customer needs, account objectives and the resulting implementation plan.
  • Is an expert in and an advocate of Patient Focused Selling and all aspects of Competitive Selling.

RATIONALE / ACCOUNTABILITY: primary deliverables of role; its scope; impact on strategy, policy, business or people relationships

Analytical Skills:

  • Segment the market and priorities efforts within the area of responsibility.
  • Develop an influencer map for key account / customers which captures influence, advocacy and needs and key success factors and identifies top decision makers and influencers.
  • Monitor performance based on KPIs and look for new ways to track and measure, especially for new initiatives

Business Management:

  • Prioritize key risks & opportunities per account.
  • Develop, agree and implement the key account plan as agreed with line manager.
  • Focus resource within the account to maximize return on sales.
  • Measure and review the success of account initiatives.

Networking & Influencing:

  • Collect and pass on information about key customers, prices, discounts, contracts and competitive initiatives to co-operating partners in GSK.
  • Develop long term and collaborative business partnerships with key customers.
  • Build strong relationships with LOC cross-functional teams to strengthen solutions through collaboration.

Selling Skills & Negotiation:

  • Overturn negative guidance through bringing in relevant specialists to address customer needs.
  • Develops and delivers customized solutions in line with approved resources to meet customer and patient needs.
  • Identify differentiating profiles between competing products and be able to use competitor and disease product knowledge effectively to handle objections.

COMPLEXITY: degree of change & uncertainty; level of influencing required; degree of matrix working

  • The KAM should be able to influence effectively across multiple stakeholders and at different levels of seniority e.g. physician up to C-suite within each account.
  • The KAM should be able to inspire the efforts of people cross functionally within the LOC as well as effectively develop, manage and deliver account tailored solutions where required.
  • Understanding complex business / commercial issues and topics that need to be simplified and optimized / overcome to drive successful outcomes.


  • Ideally has previous experience of work experience within the pharmaceutical industry or in related commercial areas e.g. Business to Business.
  • Previous key account management or Sales Leadership experience desirable either within the pharmaceutical industry or outside of pharmaceutical e.g. FMCG.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Strong team-working skills – able to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Strong project management skills and well organized.
  • Strong influencing skills.
  • The ability to align cross functional teams both internally and within accounts..
  • The ability to influence without direct authority i.e. outside of a line management responsibility.
  • Strong negotiation and objection handling skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skill

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