Senior Innovation Scientist

Richmond, VA
November 04 2020
Organization Type
The Senior Innovation Scientist supports US R&D through building and maintaining a robust Innovation pipeline across the Advil and Local Star portfolio. This role will focus on filling the Innovation funnel with consumer relevant, scientifically differentiated products. This role will also be crucial to prioritizing resources (human and financial) deployed to evaluating new technologies and advancing pipeline programs.

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career. These responsibilities include some of the following:

Key Responsibilities

Execution Powerhouse

  • Supports the screening and evaluation of external technologies and/or product opportunities for potential fit to GSK brands.
  • Determines resource and budget requirements for internal cross-functional evaluations of opportunities
  • Supports US Whitespace Lead to identify opportunities to increase the efficiency of opportunity evaluation including accelerating hits and failing fast on misses
  • Collaborates with Innovation Operations team to determine rough ROIs of new opportunities and help frame project prioritization discussions

Growth Mindset

  • Maintains awareness of consumer and competitor trends driving industry growth
  • Highlights own training needs and working with manager develop a training plan and achieve training goals.
  • Build relationships within cross-functional partners to deliver innovation programs

Consumer and Customer-Obsessed

  • Collaborate with Consumer Understanding team to define the level of consumer testing required to ensure concept expectations are met
  • Collaborates with External Innovation to understand current opportunities being searched and their underlying consumer drivers


  • Able to distill complex information into a simpler, visual format
  • Builds and maintains dashboard to evaluate departmental resource allocation to ensure they align with innovation priorities


  • Flexes priorities to remain focused on objectives in rapidly changing circumstances.
  • Thrives in environment of shifting priorities and able to work within resource or budgetary constraints
  • Participates or lead departmental problem solving initiatives

Why you?

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Nutritional or related science
  • Experienced with successful formulation and/or product development
  • Experienced with applying scientific principles and techniques to assigned projects
  • Demonstrated ability to connect consumer needs to product development
  • Knowledge and experience of R&D development processes and associated commercial environment
  • An ability to organise and report study data from internal and external sources
  • Demonstrated basic understanding of statistics and its application to experimental work

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS or Ph.D. degree, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Nutritional or related science
  • Flair for creativity and innovation
  • Clear communicator in both oral and written form with both internal departments and external organisations.
  • Demonstrates ability to take initiative, think and work independently, problem-solve, work effectively in teams, and multitask.

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are 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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