Head - Medicines Development Leaders - Oncology

    • Collegeville, PA

Site Name: USA - Massachusetts - Waltham, USA - Pennsylvania - Upper Providence
Posted Date: Jun 8 2020
Are you an R & D pharmaceutical executive who has a strategic portfolio mindset and are able to engage stakeholders in a complex environment while providing great leadership and governance? If so and you are a re interested in a highly visible role, this could be an ideal opportunity to explore.

GSK's Pharmaceutical Medicines business:

GSK's pharmaceutical medicines business has a broad portfolio of innovative and established medicines. Currently, we are focusing on developing new medicines in Oncology, Immuno-Inflammation, Respiratory, and HIV/Infectious Diseases. The rebuilding of our Pharmaceuticals pipeline continues with most of our new medicines in development targeting modulation of the immune system. Major progress has been made in our immuno-oncology pipeline with assets now in clinical development, reflecting organic progression, our recent acquisition of Tesaro, Inc., and our new global strategic alliance with Merck KGaA, also known as EMD Serono in the U.S.

GSK Oncology R&D is focused on building industry-leading portfolios in four cutting-edge areas of science:
•Immuno-Oncology : using the human immune system to treat cancer
• Cell/Gene Therapy: engineering human T-cells to target cancer
•Cancer Epigenetics: modulating the gene-regulatory system of the epigenome to exert anti-cancer effects
Synthetic Lethality: targeting two mechanisms at the same time which together, but not alone, have substantial effects against cancer

For more Information on GSK Oncology, please visit: https://us.gsk.com/en-us/careers/a-career-in-oncology/
2019 Annual Report:

The Head, Medicine Development Leaders MDLs) is a critical role within the GSK R&D Oncology organisation and reports to the SVP Oncology R & D and sits on the Oncology Leadership Team. The appointee will strategically and operationally manage and lead the Medicine Development Leaders group across R&D Oncology, providing global leadership and guidance across the group, and ensuring best practice and high levels of quality in clinical development. The Head, MDLs will broaden and increase the skill set of the MDL group, bringing the team together through coaching, mentoring and development.

Head of MDLs will strategically lead the optimal global development of medicines across the portfolio, substantially contributing and influencing from pre-C2P2 to post-launch life-cycle management, to ultimately deliver differentiated medicines of value.

By working with the various stakeholders across R&D and Pharma, Head of MDLs will define the strategic vision and operational plan for medicines, aligning it with the overall organizational strategy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide strong and effective leadership to the global MDL group (VP level MDLs). Foster and develop an environment of best practice and high-quality drug development within the global MDL group.
  • Establish a compelling vision for the MDL team; positioning the team within the R&D strategy and ensuring professional development.
  • Own the performance of the MDLs to drive success. Coach and mentor the MDL team to bring out the best in the team and continue to develop the skillsets required for the MDL role - this is of particular significance as the MDL is the key decision maker on critical develop projects and thus needs to be provided with the tools and confidence to make such decisions.
  • Ensure the MDLs deliver the Medicine Development Strategy that is aligned with the R&D disease strategy.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the MDL team to ensure a smooth transition between the EDL (accountable from Candidate Selection to Proof of Concept, Phase 1) to MDL (accountable from Phase 2 to approval in first major market) and from MDL to MCL (accountable from approval in first major market).
  • Provide guidance to the MDLs when providing key support to the EDT leading up to C2P2 to ensure smooth transfer of accountability and a successful C2P2 and transition from phase 1 to phase 2.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the MDLs on selecting members of the Medicines Development Team (MDT), as well as the leadership of this multi-disciplinary matrix team; support differentiated development for team members.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the MDLs in establishing a compelling vision for the relevant medicine; assist in the positioning of the medicine within the R&D strategy taking the competitive landscape into account.
  • Ensure the GSK strategy is translated effectively into asset strategy and actionable plans for multiple areas or functions by the MDLs.
  • Ensure success in delivering differentiated medicines of value for patients, stakeholders and markets, through an evidence package that supports regulatory approval, market access, and product life cycle.


Why you?
We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
Basic Qualifications:
  • Pharm D, PhD or MD
  • Filing experience BLA/NDA/ MAA submissions as a core responsibility and have led development programs.
  • • Must demonstrate extensive broad drug development expertise and experience.
  • • Considerable pharmaceutical industry experience is required.
  • • Prior significant experience in leading successful development and registration of medicines is highly preferred.
  • • Deep experience in product development and/or commercial, especially in late phase development (from PoC onwards), clinical trial management with significant operational complexity, post-approval studies, regulatory and manufacturing compliance.
  • • Highly developed ethics and integrity, with demonstrated ethical medical decision-making skills.
  • • Understands the entirety of R&D across the development/commercial life cycle to allow impact across all functions: discovery, late stage development, regulatory, manufacturing and commercial.
  • Significant rack record of success working in highly complex, matrixed, global, and multi-disciplinary organization with high accountability, minimal authority, and multiple lines of reporting.

Strategic Portfolio Mindset: ability to develop a deep understanding of GSK global strategies, identify how these can be applied, leveraged and adapted across local-regional contexts whilst fostering innovation.
Project Leadership and Governance: effectively manage different business functions and create alignment between different project indications and asset teams with different objectives.
Engaging Stakeholders in a Complex Environment: utilise organizational channels, experience and influencing skills to facilitate successful project progression and effective issue resolution.

Preferred Qualifications:
If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • Demonstrates the discipline of risk-based planning, organising and managing matrix resources to bring about the successful completion of complex programmes and objectives in accordance with defined quality and time-based metrics.
  • Maintains competitive advantage by carefully considering the issues and competing priorities within a situation, program or portfolio and then developing a strategy that includes the strategic application of available principles, tools and systems.

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:
  • Agile and distributed decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk, governance and control, managing ambiguity and paradox.
  • Managing individual performance.
  • Creating a performance culture and driving results, prioritisation, execution, delivering performance.
  • Setting strategic direction and leading on-going organisational transformation.
  • Building a resilient organisation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration in service of common goals, engaging the organisation and building trusted external networks for mutual benefit.
  • Managing P&L and capital allocation.

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