Project Leader

Collegeville, PA
March 10 2021
Other, Other
Organization Type
As a Project Leader (PL), you will be responsible for guiding small molecule and biologics projects in the target validation stage through to the selection of a high-quality candidate for clinical development. In this role you will lead a matrix team comprised of members from within the Research Units (RU) and the functional lines and platform groups needed to support the project. As the single point of accountability for the project, you are expected to understand drug discovery project progression, a comprehensive grasp of the clinical development needs and timelines, and the competitive landscape. Excellent communication, organization, delegation, and presentation skills are essential to this role as you are expected to communicate the vision, strategy and supporting data for all work within the project and effectively communicate timelines and progress to all levels of the organization.

In this role, you will have management and oversight responsibility for a given target(s) from Target Identification through Candidate Selection governance. In the target identification space, you will work with a biology lead, biopharmaceutical discovery and MST colleagues to put forth a rationale for disease indication and identify a concise target validation plan to support acceptance at Early Discovery Forum. Upon completion of target validation, you will lead the team to define a drug discovery strategy, project plan including resource requirements, timelines and inflection points, and take the project through the C2T governance meeting. Working with the matrix team, post commit to target, you will be responsible for defining and executing the hit/lead id strategy. Upon identification of hit/lead series or feasible large molecule strategy, you are responsible for defining a path to a candidate, in collaboration with functional area leaders, will manage drug discovery activities consisting of lead optimization, competitive intelligence, translational studies, pharmacology, biomarker, safety, CMC and early clinical planning in preparation for Candidate Selection governance approval. You are responsible for establishing the decision / inflection points that enable data driven project decision-making, such as options to accelerate or to stop progression, depending on the data and evidence generated, and including scenario planning to anticipate and plan for different development pathways considering emerging competitive landscape. In parallel with these workstreams, you will meet regularly with the Head of Project Leader group and Research Unit Head to update them on changes to objectives, timelines, and strategy for each target in their domain. You will also be required to present to senior management (e.g., Head of Research) and relevant internal governance committees (e.g., Research Review Board) or external Advisory Committees (e.g., Scientific Advisory Board) as needed.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Deliver Technical Evidence supporting high-quality biologic and small molecule drug candidates for selection and further clinical development
  • Accountable for defining the overall biologics campaign, lead optimization, biomarker strategies, and early clinical plans, including delivery of annual project objectives.
  • Ensure all functional lines impacting the project are performing in an efficient and productive manner.
  • Recommend change to strategy and resourcing whenever appropriate with confidence and assertively.
  • Communicate all facets of the program upwards to RU and overall R&D leadership

Why You?

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD in Immunology or a field relevant to drug discovery
  • Previous biologics program/project leadership experience
  • Experience in biologics drug discovery and development, monoclonal antibody discovery processes
  • Strong leadership skills demonstrating vision and strategy
  • Ability to effectively work across GSK research and functional lines
  • Ability to affect change in drug discovery and governance processes to more effectively deliver candidates

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in immunology or related biology field
  • Experience in the identification of protein targets that might be suitable for biologic therapeutics
  • Project leadership of a monoclonal antibody therapeutic
  • Fundamental understanding of genetics and GWAS
  • Experience with emerging biologic drug modalities would also be a plus

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:

  • Agile and distributed decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk
  • Managing individual and team performance.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Implementing change initiatives and leading change.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being, building resilience in teams.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning both internally and externally.
  • Developing people and building a talent pipeline.
  • Translating strategy into action - a compelling narrative, motivating others, setting objectives and delegation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, managing trusted stakeholder relationships internally and externally.
  • Budgeting and forecasting, commercial and financial acumen.


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