Data Enablement Specialist

King of Prussia, PA
October 20 2020
Other, Other
Organization Type
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a world leading research-based pharmaceutical company that combines both individual talent and technical resources to create a platform for the delivery of strong growth in a rapidly changing healthcare market. Our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

Biopharm Process Development is a highly experienced Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) organization accountable for delivering robust, cost effective and competitive products and manufacturing processes spanning the full lifecycle of asset development from discovery through commercialization. These activities are delivered through state-of-the art internal facilities as well as strategic external partners. Collectively, the team is accountable for CMC activities encompassing cell line development, cell culture / microbial fermentation, purification development, and drug product / device development. We also pioneer innovative technologies to improve robustness, reduce cost of goods, and improve the patient experience.

Within Biopharm Process Development (BPD), the Microbial and Cell Culture Development (MCCD) department is responsible for the development of cell culture processes for the manufacture of GSK's Biopharm assets. The Department is also responsible for the scale-up and tech transfer of the processes to manufacturing facilities all over the world. Our aim is to integrate innovative expression and process platforms, automation and advanced data analytics into the upstream process development workflow. An opportunity has arisen for a data enablement specialist with the ability to assist in the development of information systems to support the gathering, curation, and visualization of scientific data.

In this role, you will be a member of a highly skilled team of scientists, engineers, and IT specialists responsible for development and maintenance of information systems, such as electronic lab notebooks (ELN), reference data management, and visualization tools. Although most of the work will be supporting MCCD, these data enablement efforts span the entire BPD organization, as well as the broader R&D organization. The role also involves important aspects of verbal and written communication and requires good organization skills. You will be working in a matrix team and therefore the role will suit someone with good interpersonal skills, self-motivation, open-mindedness, and ability to solve complex problems.

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career. These responsibilities include some of the following:
  • Participation in daily stand-ups and scrum ceremonies in the development of an ELN, as well as other solutions, to serve as an advocate for scientists in BPD that will be using these systems.
  • Construction and maintenance of dashboards to provide insight into business and scientific concerns.
  • Facilitate implementation and adoption of solutions by serving as a lead user in one or more information systems.
  • Facilitate usage of information systems by scientists in the labs by deploying fit for purpose hardware (i.e. tablets, barcode scanners, touch-screen dashboards).

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • BS/MS in Computer Science, Managed Information Systems (or business degree equivalence), Bioprocess/Biochemical/Chemical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or Statistical Sciences with 3+ years of industry experience (preferably in a CMC organization).
  • Experience in information technologies and systems and their applications in CMC activities (e.g. Laboratory Information Management Systems, Electronic Lab Notebooks, Chromatography Data Systems, Distributed Control Systems).
  • Experience in assembling, analyzing, and visualizing complex data sets (e.g. Spotfire, Power BI).
  • Basic experience of the overall biopharmaceutical development process.

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus: ‚Äč
  • Agile software development.
  • Served as an administrator and/or subject-matter expert for the support and/or development of an electronic lab notebook, or any other system used to support scientific work.
  • Programming skills in one or more languages (e.g. Python, SQL, C#, VB.NET).
  • Developed an application used across multiple business units.
  • Data science and modelling expertise.
  • Lab experience in biopharmaceutical or pharmaceutical development.
  • Change management.
  • Business analysis for gathering of software requirements.
  • PMP certification.
  • Highly motivated self-starter, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Proven track record in implementation of new ways of working.

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, 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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