US Medical Affairs: Medical Director/Medical Accountable Lead- Respiratory

Basic qualifications:

  • A physician (M.D. or equivalent) with board certification/qualification in internal medicine and subspecialty certification/training in adult Pulmonary Disease.
  • Active US Medical licensure (or equivalent) is required
  • In-depth knowledge of COPD and Asthma especially related to disease mechanisms, patient care, treatment options, clinical decision making, and key issues and advances in the field
  • Effective team leadership, with proven ability to motivate, influence, negotiate, and collaborate; strong project management skills; solid planning and organizational skills; strong scientific/analytical problem solving skills.
  • Strong business acumen and communication skills (oral and written), including the ability to identify and articulate the value of clinical and heath outcome data to internal stakeholders and external customers
  • Product lifecycle management experience, including the ability to detect and foresee potential changes in the healthcare, regulatory and competitive environments throughout the product lifespan; to understand the impact of new data on the value / positioning of products in guidelines / formularies; and to proactively identify unmet needs and how to address them.
  • Medical affairs or clinical development within the pharmaceutical industry is required.
  • Robust knowledge of the US healthcare environment including disease-specific research priorities, public health need, competitor landscape, clinical practice trends and treatment guidelines evolution.
  • Line management and talent development experience within the pharmaceutical industry setting are desirable, but not required.
  • Knowledge and experience in late phase trials and solid knowledge of drug development and FDA guidance to industry.

Teaching skills. The candidate is expected to become the educator-in-chief on his/her medicine within the US Medical Affairs group.

Preferred qualifications:

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Must demonstrate excellent communications and leadership skills
  • Set direction & inspire: Using sound judgement to set a clear and compelling vision that shows your people how their work contributes to delivering our strategy and mission
  • Work across boundaries: Cultivating a network of collaborative relationships, based on mutual trust, to ensure the best outcome for GSK as a whole
  • Release energy Creating a healthy, engaged and inclusive working environment that is sustainable over time
  • Develop capability & talent Investing in your people and building the organizational capabilities necessary to implement our strategy, now and in the future
  • Drive performance Holding yourself, your team and others accountable for delivering quality results
  • Live our values Acting as a role model, ensuring everything you do is in line with our values, serving patients and consumers


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical companies. Our powerful combination of skills and resources provide the platform for delivering strong growth and the platform for responding quickly to the rapidly changing global healthcare environment. We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. We have a significant global presence with commercial operations in more than 150 markets, a network of 86 manufacturing sites in 36 countries and large R&D centers in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China.


Our medical affairs physicians and scientists are the experts on our medicines/vaccines and an extremely valuable part of our global business. In all countries where our medicines and vaccines are marketed, these professionals help to ensure that healthcare professionals can understand the appropriate use of our products, and also ensure that the patient remains at the heart of our decision making. Our Global Medical organization, under the leadership of R&D, Chief Medical Officer Murray Stewart, is at the forefront of the industry-leading changes to improve patient treatment options. We are committed to making GSK's Medical Affairs team the best in our industry, and a trusted valued partner in the delivery of healthcare to patients.

The US Medical Affairs (USMA) organization reports to the Head of Worldwide Medical Affairs in R&D. The Worldwide Medical Affairs organization includes, Japan and the US in addition to Local Operating Companies (LOCs) in Europe, Emerging Markets & Australia and China. Within USMA, there are two primary Therapy Areas, Respiratory and Specialty & Classic and Established Medicines. Each team is supported by Medical/Scientific Directors, health outcome scientists, field medical liaisons, medical information scientists, strategic capabilities, medical governance, operations and analytics. The US Medical Affairs organization provides critical insight into the needs of US Medical customers and patients, ensuring the accuracy and relevance of GSK's medical and scientific information in the US and assessing the evidence needs for US prescribers and payers. The Medical Director/US Medical Affairs lead will report to the US Medical Affairs COPD Hub Leader.


The US Medical Affairs Lead (MAL) is the single accountable person for leading, directing, and executing all US medical affairs work for a specific medicine in partnership with the Global Franchise, US Commercial and R&D. As the leader of the US medical matrix team(s), the incumbent will lead the development and execution of the US Medical Affairs Plan and the medical sections for the strategic plan for one or more medicines, integrating US environment and medical voice of customer (patients, providers, payers) into medical affairs strategy. In addition, the candidate is accountable for ensuring US needs for medical and health outcomes evidence generation are represented and incorporated into the global medical work and recommend scientifically appropriate measures within health outcomes research over the lifecycle of the medicine(s) to meet US reimbursement needs. The US MAL should be the internal medical expert of the medicine and the diseases and conditions for which the medicine is administered.

The candidate will create the strategy for, and lead the appropriate engagement with, US external experts and the external community in close collaboration with the field medical organization to gain insights into our medicine(s) and diseases through advisory boards, consultations, scientific meetings, publications and research related activities. This person, will also provide input to the global Integrated Evidence Plan and will contribute to the study concept and delivery of US-focused late phase studies. Also, (s)he will partner with stakeholders to ensure delivery of all assigned medical activities to support life cycle management, ensuring integrity of scientific content and sound medical governance. The incumbent will be the key USMA collaborator with R&D, Global Franchise, safety, regulatory, and manufacturing to ensure appropriate decisions are based on the optimal benefit-risk assessment for the medicine(s). In addition, the US MAL will serve as the US Medical Affairs point of contact for safety issues and provide medical oversight to the copy approval process. Approximately 20% travel time, mostly domestic, will be required

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Please use the cover letter to highlight how you meet the qualifications and competencies for the role. Your CV along with your cover letter will be used to assess your application.

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