Respiratory Medical Director

Basic qualifications:

  • GMC Registered Medical Doctor
  • Experience of leading teams within a Medical Affairs role
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the UK healthcare landscape
  • Experience within a Strategically focused global or regional medical affairs role.
  • Experience within an UK focused medical affairs role.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience within a Medical Affairs role focused on Respiratory products/treatments.


Respiratory Medical Director UK

Location:- Stockley Park - UK

GSK research and develop a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. Since 2009 we've had more new medicines approved than any other healthcare company, including treatments for asthma and COPD, HIV and Immuno-Inflammation. In terms of research and development our current key areas of interest are:

  • Respiratory
  • Oncology
  • Immuno-inflammation
  • HIV and Infectious Diseases

Within Respiratory we are in an enviable position to be able to provide patients all over the world with new life changing treatments for chronic diseases such as Asthma and COPD through our ever expanding and truly innovative product portfolio. With key Respiratory launches planned this would be an exciting time to join GSK as part of the Respiratory team.

We currently have an opportunity available for a Respiratory Medical Director for our UK LOC. The role would involve providing strong leadership to the local Medical and Scientific affairs teams as well as having an influence on the overall Respiratory Medical Affairs strategy. The role would also involve providing influence and insight into the Respiratory healthcare landscape within the UK through the use of existing data and new clinical studies to provide maximum value and optimised outcomes for patients.


  • To provide leadership and development of the Therapy Area Medical team (Medical Affairs and Clinical Operations, where appropriate), and through line reports and broader therapy aligned team members (e.g. Marketing, Pharmacovigilance, Regulatory) to generate and implement strategic and tactical plans and activities that address patient, customer and business needs.
  • To work in close collaboration with the Respiratory Global Franchise.
  • To generate and implement medical affairs plans which reflect the needs of key internal and external stakeholders.
  • To develop clinical plans in partnership with other departments influencing development plans to ensure relevant data are planned and generated to facilitate market access.
  • Responsible or the departmental budget including oversight of clinical study budget, headcount plans and forecasts.
  • To utilise and develop the skills of the therapy area medical team through the personal and professional development of all team members in collaboration with peers.
  • To work with the brand team and health outcomes research to gain useful insight into market access through external stakeholder engagement and NICE submissions.
  • To lead medical teams on value adding activities with specific reference to interactions with and data presentations to KOLs, NHS bodies and commissioners, formulary decision makers and local and national decision makers to shape the UK environment in line with scientific evidence and business strategy relying on technical expertise and influencing skills.
  • To maintain and leverage effective relationships with central R&D and to ensure, through the European Medical Network (EMN), that UK influence is appropriately reflected in European plans, recognising the need for European consistency and cohesion through a "Europe First" mindset.
  • To work closely with clinical research teams and UK clinical trials networks to develop and maintain relationships with KOLs to build trust in GSK and its products through discussions on available evidence and data gaps. To investigate and propose strategies to address data gaps with European teams.
  • Lead and develop the directors responsible for the UK Field Medical Affairs Team, the UK office based Medical Affairs team.
  • To be accountable for clinical operations performance in both R&D and Pharma Europe studies in own therapy area. Shared accountability with peers for overall UK clinical operations performance to ensure mutual success. To attract and deliver significant clinical trials work to the UK for both Pharma Europe and R&D, studies to generate UK relevant data for NICE assessment and market access.
  • To provide leadership in meeting the requirements of the ABPI Code of Practice, all SOP's and GCP guidelines and their implementation in a consistent manner across GSK through taking a leadership position on all ethical matters.
  • Responsible for handling therapy area related media issues in the medical or lay press in conjunction with Corporate Affairs
  • Significant liaison with external NHS and academic bodies to drive clinical trials and manage the outcome data. This is particularly required in view of NICE/SMC requirements for market access.
  • Discussions with NICE/SMC on affordability of new medicines in therapy area therefore high levels of negotiation skills with senior NHS bodies.
  • Working in partnership with commercial counterpart to drive a conjoined strategy including access requirements for the NHS, clinical data requirements as well as KOL activities.
  • High level scientific presentations to all the above groups and negotiate on GSK's behalf
  • Sit on the European Medical Network for relevant therapy area and represent a conjoined European position to central R&D groups
  • To be accountable for the line Medical budget and headcount within team to involve both management of Medical Affairs and Clinical Research.
  • To be accountable for clinical project budgets for own therapy areas, and shared accountability for overall UK performance with peers.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 24th August 2017.

Please apply using the online system.

When applying for this role, please use the 'cover letter' of the on-line application to clearly describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above. The information that you have provided in your cover letter will be used to assess your application.

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