Scientific Leader, Clinical Development (Immunology) - ViiV Healthcare

Research Triangle Park, NC
May 07 2021
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ViiV Healthcare is an independent, global specialist HIV company established in 2009 with commitment to deliver innovative new options for the care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Formed through a unique partnership between GSK and Pfizer, the company now combines the HIV expertise of GSK, Pfizer and Shionogi, who joined in 2012 following a long-term collaboration on the joint development of several novel integrase inhibitors.

Our current portfolio of twelve HIV treatments generated annual sales of more than £5 billion in 2019 providing us with the financial stability to take a sustainable, long-term view when investing in our pipeline of new medicines. Our scientists are 100% dedicated to finding new ways to limit the impact of HIV on the 36.9 million people living with the virus and understanding how best to prevent and treat the disease. Find out more about our commitment to R&D.

Our dedicated staff of more than 1200 people work in 15 countries. We extend this geographical reach still further via our relationship with GSK to establish a presence in more than 65 countries around the globe. We are equipped to move quickly in response to the needs of the HIV community and have launched industry-leading access initiatives to help deliver on World Health Organisation/UNAIDS goals to reach all those who need treatment. Find out more about our innovative and sustainable approach to access.

In addition, we actively support community initiatives in HIV, including our Positive Action programmes, by partnering with like-minded organisations that share our ethos.


To provide clinical immunology leadership and expertise for, but not limited to,

• novel therapeutic agents in the ViiV Healthcare (VH) clinical development portfolio

• partnership with Medical Affairs and Commercial line functions

• liaising with drug discovery and other matrix research areas

• initiation and management of collaborative partnerships

Key Responsibilities:

• Immunology leadership and support for R&D, Medical Sciences, Medical Affairs, and Commercial lines at global, regional, and local levels

• Immunology function core representative of Medicine Development Teams

• Create, support, present medical and scientific educational and scientific engagement materials

• Define and manage external partnerships

• Face to face advisory role with Key External Experts

• Lead interactions with diagnostic and algorithm partners to inform appropriate use of VH medicines.

• Subject matter expert across the ViiV portfolio research/business development objectives.

• Expert communication of VH data in presentations at scientific conferences, either local, regional, or international.

• Exemplifies transparency and promotes quality of science.

Why You?

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD in Life Sciences or MD
  • 5 + years drug discovery and clinical development
  • Experienced in research in HIV pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention with credible external presence (published journal articles)
  • Experience and understanding of the clinical trial process from concept study idea to publication and Regulatory submissions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD, MD, or MD PhD
  • Drug discovery and/or early clinical development experience
  • Profound knowledge of HIV immunology including potential therapeutic interventions
  • Experience in immune-modulating therapies including monoclonal antibodies
  • Good understanding of host biomarker evaluation and validation
  • Knowledge in bioinformatic platform development
  • medical affairs and/or post-marketing support a bonus
  • Excellent leadership experience in a matrix environment
  • Effective communication skills and good interpersonal relationship-building

Why ViiV?

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.

AsViiV 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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