Innovation Research Principal Scientist, Voltaren

    • Richmond, VA

Site Name: Richmond Sherwood
Posted Date: Mar 18 2020
As we look to redefine expectations in consumer healthcare, we need experienced, entrepreneurial-minded individuals to help on this journey. Being part of Consumer Health at GSK is being part of something special. The focus of the organization couldn't be clearer - we are fuelled by a personal passion to give our customers and our patients MORE. We are ready, are you?

Position Functions:
The Innovation Research Principal Scientist, Voltaren will be responsible for creating, leading and driving early stage innovation projects for global power brands.

Key responsibilities for this role will include the following:

  • Ensures that the voice of the consumer is heard and that consumer input drives the initiatives pursued
  • Identification of new Category opportunities in line with category innovation strategy
  • Lead the connection to all R&D, Commercial, and Supply Chain functions to enable the building of a robust innovation project for delivery into the pipeline
  • Work directly with Expert Marketing and Medical Affairs to deliver consumer and customer-relevant scientific visualization for substantiated content

Execution Powerhouse
  • Deliver qualified (consumer and technical) early stage projects and successfully transition them into the exploratory pipeline
  • Identify, assess and drive forward key innovation opportunities
  • Provide technical support and project leadership for identified innovation opportunities for the category.

Growth Mindset
  • Lead cross-Category knowledge sharing of scientific or consumer opportunities, breaking down any 'silos' and ensuring innovation platforms span across the category
  • Drive and maintain awareness of scientific literature and competitive intelligene to assist work progression and understanding
  • Effectively manage external relationships, developing and implementing strategies.
  • Establish a supportive, developmental and learning-orientated environment.

Consumer and Customer-Obsessed
  • Serve as the voice of the consumer when developing early stage opportunities through close interaction with consumer insights and product understanding, driving early consumer input / technical consumer understanding into new innovation ideas.
  • Create technical and product understanding research plans to fit overall project objectives

  • Perform comprehensive, sophisticated and critical evaluation of internal and external data
  • Author technical papers/presentations to enhance personal, departmental and corporate reputation.
  • Lead Due Diligence on external innovation opportunities to deliver strong technical recommendations

  • Deliver innovative and better ways of doing things; actively look to eliminate non-value-added steps out of processes and procedures
  • Mentor and advise colleagues when unexpected results occur or when major changes to project plans are considered

Why you?
Basic Qualifications:
We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • Bachelor's degree in a Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Engineering or related science
  • At least seven years of experience
  • A strong technical understanding on the requirements to deliver innovation (across medicines, consumer goods, and medical devices) to the marketplace is necessary along with a good grasp of the challenges associated with the other core areas in order for the incumbent to deal with the technical complexity inherent in the role and to understand the regulatory, quality and safety implications of any decisions made.
  • Experience of partnering with Regulatory, Product Development, Medical Affairs, Supply Chain and Clinical Development on the requirements for product development and an understanding of the approval processes
  • Experience in consumer-focused global healthcare related products / brand management
  • Maintains external networks and represents the organization on many topics in the role of Innovation
  • Experience of working with External Innovation and the evaluation of external opportunities
  • Experience of working in highly complex matrix organisation;
  • Proven ability to solve complex technical and operational problems in a timely manner.
  • The incumbent should demonstrate proven creative ability and an innate passion to identify and deliver new innovation into the pipeline.

Preferred Qualifications:
If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • Master's degree with four years of experience or Ph.D. with two in a Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Engineering or related science

Why GSK Consumer Healthcare?
At GSK, our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better, live longer. We are focused on the research and development of innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products. The GSK Consumer Healthcare business has a portfolio of some of the world's most trusted and well-loved brands. Our brands are underpinned by science-based innovation and include Flonase, TUMS, and Sensodyne and have been developed to meet the healthcare needs of consumers worldwide.

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