Global Medical Affairs Lead, Early Vaccines

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Rockville, Maryland
November 17 2020
Organization Type
Are you interested in a highly visible medical affairs role that allows you leverage insights and develop scientific content from early stages of development and educates and raises awareness of our vaccines? If so, this Global Medical Affairs Lead (GMAL) Early Vaccines role could be an ideal opportunity to explore.

Global Medical Affairs facilitates the understanding of the value of our vaccines, the science behind them and the public health impact they can offer by developing and executing global scientific and access strategies, based on evidence gaps identified and insights gathered from scientific and patient communities.

This position can be based in Europe or in the USA.

Your responsibilities:

You will be:

  • Accountable to align the future medical and access strategy for his/her product(s)

  • Ensure that patient and customer's unmet medical needs and insights are captured and incorporated appropriately into the functional plans (e.g. Medical Affairs, Epidemiology, Health Outcomes, etc.) including appropriate engagement of external experts/scientific community

  • Define scientific objectives and shape the medical strategy within the Early Vaccine Development Team (VDT).

  • Provide medical thought leadership and input into different work packages of the integrated vaccine plan such as the disease landscape, treatment paradigms etc.

  • Responsible for working in partnership with clinical development and central and regional partner functions, to optimize the clinical development plans in support of a reimbursable file and life cycle strategy.

  • Validate asset and recommendation assumptions with commercial to support the FRC process

  • Ensure that key LOC insights are effectively incorporated into the asset development process

  • Accountable for ensuring plans and activities of his/her vaccine are implemented in a manner that is compliant with Scientific Engagement principles, GSK's Code of Practice and GSK values.

  • Accountable for representing the medical and patient voice into the vaccine development and commercial streams (VDS)

  • Build the Medical evidence generation plan including key areas, geographic footprint and an overall framework/guidance for evidence generation activities.

  • Ensures that all communications are scientifically accurate, balanced, remain aligned with product strategy, and compliant to applicable laws and regulations.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • MD or PhD, Specialty or Master's in public health, infectious diseases,

  • At least 10 years in pharmaceutical industry, acquired through global or Regional/Local Medical Affairs or non-Medical Affairs relevant functional areas: Regulatory affairs, Clinical, epidemiology, market access, discovery

  • Launch, life cycle management and early development experience

  • Knowledge and understanding of the development process from asset inception through lifecycle management

  • Ability to define the medical affairs and market access strategy and constructively interact cross-functionally to build brand & project strategy

  • Experience in LOC, particularly US is a plus

  • Experience with review & approval processes in a highly regulated setting

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics it would be a plus:

  • Previous experiencein leading matrixteams is a strong asset

  • Good knowledge of the US environment is a plus

  • Engaging, building and sustaining a broad and strong external (expert) network

  • Strong scientific understanding of the R&D vaccines in pipeline

  • Business acumen acquired through non-Medical Affairs relevant functional areas (Commercial, Gov Aff, Market Access, R&D)

  • Excellent communication skills, ability to be a GSK spokesperson with media

  • Experienced speaker on scientific/medical topics in fora of different audiences, including Advisory boards, public panel discussion

  • Advocacy experience and interaction with governmental officials

  • Strong analytical skills to be able to assess and interpret scientific data

  • Ability to independently develop and review new materials based on strategy, core evidence documents, publication experience

  • Ability to take a solid fact-based position

Why GSK?

GSK Vaccines- Our Vaccines business has a broad portfolio and innovative pipeline of vaccines to protect people of all ages. We deliver over two million vaccine doses per day to people living in over 160 countries.

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Our department:

Patient-focused Research and Development (R&D) is the heart of our business. Our R&D department seeks to discover and develop new vaccines, to protect against diseases where vaccines are not yet available and to improve on those vaccines that already exist. Part of our R&D programme targets diseases particularly prevalent in the developing world, including the World Health Organisation's three priority diseases - HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Research into candidate vaccines for other diseases of the developing world, such as dengue are at an earlier stage of development.

When it comes to developing the vaccines of the future, we're looking for real experts in their respective fields who are interested in working in the stimulating environment of an international healthcare company.

We emphasise the value of teamwork and we look for people ready to share our values of transparency, respect, integrity and patient focus.

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