Director of Clinical Supply Chain Innovation

    • Philadelphia, PA

Site Name: UK - Hertfordshire - Stevenage, UK - Hertfordshire - Ware, USA - Pennsylvania - Philadelphia
Posted Date: May 21 2020
Director of Digital Solutions - Clinical Supply Chain

Please note, this role will be open to candidates based in the UK (Ware or Stevenage) and the US (Philadelphia).
Sitting in the wider Research & Development function at GSK, the Director of Digital Solutions for Clinical Supply Chain (CSC) is responsible for leading the delivery and support of data-related solutions which enable and maximise the potential of the end to end clinical supply chain. You will provide leadership to the Supply Chain Digital Solutions Team delivering this task, whilst also contributing to the overall performance of the CSC business and the bigger picture delivery of R&D goals. You will identify and apply novel technologies to aid modernisation and will enable digital solutions to transform the business model in a way which drives value within the CSC. You will be viewed as a change agent, evaluating and presenting concepts, providing compelling thought leadership and driving the delivery of transformative technologies. This position is all about the leveraging of new technologies, disrupting standard processes and changing strategies as a result. You will partner with a variety of cross-functional partners, including ID, Business, External Vendors and key functions to identify and deploy novel applications for Supply Chain systems and to drive digital transformation within Supply Chain.
Digital Solutions is a true growth area for GSK, and a skillset which will have potential business wide. The role will require someone highly skilled but will also offer significant upskilling opportunities and the chance to expand your knowledge and capability in role.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Creation & maintenance of clinical systems and analytics roadmaps by identifying and integrating emerging industry trends in digital technology concepts across the clinical supply value chain
  • Delivering Core Tech accountabilities for Analytics and Informatics (A&I) solutions powering the clinical supply chain in-line with partners in the business, Data & Computational Science (DCS), Tech (IT) and aligned Vendors
  • Providing leadership contribution to the application of A&I solutions and data interpretation with business partners, modernizing technologies to meet increasing data integrity and data stewardship demands
  • Senior leadership contribution to design and execution of CSC Modernisation projects including ERP- fusion implementation
  • Delivering advanced analytics/data science that enable advanced decision making for forecasting and optimizing supply demand
  • Providing technical leadership in the identification and delivery of solutions contribution to the effective running of the CSC/PDS business and meeting the evolving aspirations to establish CSC as an agile, efficient industry-leading clinical supply chain organization. Solutions include platform applications (such as IRT, ERP, Pack & Label systems), reporting & visualization, supply chain modelling & simulation and novel, disruptive technologies.
  • Establishing active internal & external network of innovators and influencers. Represent and communicate effectively at relevant leadership fora.
  • Developing a high-performance team culture with your direct reports (approx. 6-8) ensuring each team member feels empowered and trusted to deliver and has a development plan in place. Lead, mentor and coach as appropriate, demonstrating and supporting leadership aligned to GSK/R&D culture.
  • Ensuring team members have IPTC and development objectives aligned with the business focus areas and priorities
  • Accountability for EHS and Quality compliance for team responsibilities, (e.g. quality investigations, QMS deliverables).

About You:
For this role to deliver, the successful candidate will need to be a genuine leader, with experience and capability in project management and people management on a global scale, as well as working successfully across international and functional borders. You will be an adept networker, influencer and relationship builder, able to engage with and deliver solutions with stakeholders at the highest levels of the business. Your approach will be balanced, with skill and knowledge in future technologies combined with the capability to implement and drive changes practically. Part of this will require the ability to understand and interpret complex, technical ideas and to translate these into more accessible information to be communicated with the wider business. In this position you will act as a change champion, so an innovative, transformative and highly modern approach to supply chain is required. You will need an innovative mindset, and a truly strategic approach.

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Why You?

Required Qualifications and experience:
  • Experience in the Pharmaceutical industry of similar technical industry with a high value supply chain
  • Significant relevant experience in Clinical Trials and a Bachelor's degree required.
  • Strong working knowledge of drug development and global clinical trial conduct including recent advances in data science and technology
  • Prior experience in implementing digital solutions within clinical trial supply chain
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to communicate effectively across matrix teams
  • Knowledgeable in Supply Chain Planning, Logistics, Quality Management
  • Strong analytical skills with experience in supply chain modelling
  • Knowledge of cGXP and 21CFR Part11 standards

Additional Skills:
  • Masters or higher degree, Computer Science, Data Science or related field
  • Experience of IMP clinical supply chain execution
  • Experience specifically in clinical supply chain
  • Preferred experience in GDPR, SAP, ERP, IRT and clinical trial systems
  • Lean Six Sigma or other similar qualifications


Why GSK?
Our values and expectationsare at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.
These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:
  • Operating at pace and agile decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations.
  • Budgeting and cost-consciousness.


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