Senior Development Scientist, Theraflu

    • Richmond, VA

Site Name: Richmond Sherwood
Posted Date: Aug 20 2020

The Theraflu team wants to make a difference to the world by ensuring that everyone understands that colds and influenza are different and that each needs to be treated in the right way. We want to do this so that we can help reduce the impact that these diseases have on individuals and on societies worldwide.

Working in close collaboration with Marketing and Product Supply, the Theraflu R&D team develops products for the treatment of colds and influenza that are sold worldwide under the Theraflu and Panadol Cold and Flu brands. Our products include medicines, medical devices, supplements and herbal remedies.

All team members play an important role in bringing our brilliant, consumer relevant innovations to market. As a Senior Development Scientist, you will support and also lead the design and development of new products, working on a range of dosage forms including tablets, syrups, and hot remedies giving you a significant opportunity to grow and develop as our pipeline evolves.

Your responsibilities will include...

Execution Powerhouse

  • Applying your scientific expertise across multiple projects in support of our Brand Innovation strategy
  • Leading the cross functional R&D team working to design and develop products for international markets
  • Leading activities conducted with third parties
  • Designing and executing scientific and technical studies in our laboratories, pilot plants and manufacturing facilities, or with 3rd parties
  • Documenting your work and helping to create dossiers that will be submitted to health authorities
  • Ensuring you work in accordance with the company and external standards (including GMP and EHS) embodied in our SOPs but challenging these and suggesting improvements where needed.
  • Building strong, collaborative and productive relationships with colleagues in other teams across R&D and the wider organization in order to achieve your goals.

Growth Mindset
  • Maintaining an awareness of scientific literature to assist your work progression and understanding.
  • Developing a good knowledge of regulations impacting areas of work (e.g. EP/USP/ICH)
  • Building your own development plan along with your manager that will enable you to reach your full potential
  • As your skills and experience grow, sharing this with others through coaching and mentoring to help them develop
  • Building relationships with cross functional partners to enable innovation program delivery
  • Coaching and developing team members

Consumer and Customer-Obsessed
  • Participating in consumer engagement research to understand the needs of Theraflu consumers in each of our markets
  • Working with our Consumer Understanding and Sensory scientists to develop products that best meet the needs of our consumers

  • Maintaining precise experimental records
  • Writing reports at project milestones and creating invention records to protect scientific discoveries.
  • Ensuring all work is conducted following good scientific practice and Good Manufacturing Practice (where required).
  • Continually reviewing your priorities and ensuring that these are aligned to business goals.
  • Responding rapidly to changes driven by external circumstances or business priority
  • Participating in general problem-solving initiatives

Why You? Basic Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor's Degree (Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Nutritional, or related science)
  • At least 7 years' experience (with Bachelors) OR 4 years' experience (With Masters)
  • Experience in the areas of formulation and/or product development
  • An ability to apply scientific principles and techniques to assigned projects.
  • An ability to connect consumer needs to product development requirements
  • Knowledge of R&D processes related to product development
  • Experience working in a commercially oriented organization

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Masters or PhD degree (Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Nutritional, or related science)
  • Ability to communicate clearly in both oral and written form with internal departments and external organizations.
  • Demonstrates ability to take initiative, think and work independently, problem-solve, work effectively in teams and multitask.
  • An ability to organize and report study data from internal and external sources.
  • Flair for creativity and innovation
  • Basic understanding of statistics and its application to experimental work.

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, rigor 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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