Director, Medical Affairs Vaccines

Philadelphia Metro, Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Oct 3, 2022

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As a Director, Medical Affairs within our Vaccines therapeutic area you will develop deep medical expertise on GSK vaccines, and all related relevant topics including but not limited to the diseases for which they treat or prevent, the competitive landscape, the payer/provider environment, and emerging data.

This role will provide you the opportunity to lead key activities to progress your career, these responsibilities include some of the following. This position contributes to ensuring alignment with US Commercial, Vaccines Global Medical, and the overall US Medical matrix. Position will contribute to Medical Matrix Team (MMT) the team are responsible for executing multiple US Medical Affairs Strategic and tactical plans. You willbe able to set an inclusive vision and oversee and drive strategic execution, blending patient needs, external trends and GSK science.

Key Responsibilities:

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

  • Leads defined US medical affairs work for Meningococcal Vaccine portfolio and supporting global franchise, clinical development, US medical matrix team(s) and US medical commercial strategy team(s).
  • Contributes to the development and execution of the US Medical Affairs Planand the medical sections for the strategic launch plan for one or more vaccines.
  • Integrates US environment and medical voice of customer (patients, providers, payers) into medical affairs strategy.
  • Deeply understands, interprets and applies the external environment and competitive knowledge in all medical plans and is able to define the medical story for the patient.
  • Ensures US needs for medical and health outcomes evidence generation are represented and incorporated into the global medical work.
  • Recommends scientifically appropriate measures within health outcomes research over the lifecycle of the Meningococcal Vaccine Portfolio to meet US reimbursement needs.
  • Contributes to the design and delivery of Phase IIIB/IV studies in collaboration with global franchises, acts as medical monitor where appropriate and manages US funded investigator sponsored studies as appropriate.
  • Leads appropriate US scientific engagement between GSK and external communities in order to advance scientific and medical understanding including the appropriate development and use of our vaccines, the management of disease, and patient care.
  • Ensures US external experts are appropriately engaged over the life cycle of the Meningococcal Vaccine Portfolio in close collaboration with field medical.
  • Partners with all stakeholders to ensure delivery of all assigned medical activities to support life cycle management, ensuring integrity of scientific content.
  • Applies sound medical governance for all activities and is accountable for medical governance sign off.
  • Works closely with safety, regulatory, and manufacturing to ensure best benefit-risk assessment and ability to quickly integrate relevant changes.
  • Accountable for maintaining deep product and disease area expertise and maintaining a deep understanding of patient and physician interactions and clinical decision making and impact. May include accountability of other medical staff for execution of work and people development for one or more medicine(s).
  • Leads/contributes to copy approval process.
  • Supports the USMAL or Medical Affairs TAH as needed.
  • May serve as Local Medical Lead (LML) and provides local (US/Canadian specific) support to the study design; provides medical/scientific leadership to the local study conduct team and manages all local medical activities required before study start, during the study and after study completion and analysis; provides input on local risk management activities and medical oversight on study quality.

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals.
  • MD, or PhD, or PharmD or master's degree in science related field: preference for specialism in Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology or Immunology.
  • Experience working in large enterprise matrix teams.
  • Experience in leveraging available resources to drive business improvement.
  • Project management, and leadership/management experience.
  • Experience working across company internal cross functional teams and geographies.
  • Ability to navigate complex organization matrices.

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • Preference for background in the scientific/pharmaceutical industry within clinical development or medical affairs.
  • Excellent communications and leadership skills: able to effectively communicate written and verbal scientific data and to understand the clinical implications of the data.
  • Demonstrated ability of strategic thinking.
  • Ability to interpretation and translation of evidence and challenging situations to work through to effective solutions.

Why GSK?

We're uniting science, technology and talent to make a difference in more people's lives, and revolutionizing the way we do R&D.

We're combining the power of genetic and genomic insights into what causes disease, with the speed and scale of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to make better predictions about who a treatment might work for, and why. We believe this powerful combination of data and technology holds the key to fundamentally transforming medical discovery for the better, improving R&D success rates and shaping how even the most challenging diseases, like neurological conditions and cancer, can be both prevented and treated.

Our pipeline currently comprises of more than 60vaccines and medicines across four core therapeutic areas including infectious diseases, HIV, oncology and immunology as well at pursuing other science-led opportunities outside our core areas. Many have the potential to be first or best-in-class opportunities for patients and since 2017, we've delivered 13 major approvals and more than doubled the number of potential new vaccines and medicines in Phase 3 and registration to 23.

In 2021 we delivered four major product approvals: Cabenuva for HIV, Jemperli for endometrial cancer, Xevudy for COVID-19 and Apretude, our new long-acting medicine for HIV prevention.

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Our approach to R&D.


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