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Lead Molecule Steward - Large Molecule

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; Rockville, Maryland
Closing date
Oct 5, 2022

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The Lead Molecule Steward has management responsibility for a team of Molecule Stewards or leadership of enterprise projects. The lead molecule steward is also expected act as a molecule steward, setting the standard for the role and ensuring other molecule stewards meet the expectations and requirements for the role

You will act as the single point of end-to-end technical accountability for a given product, from bulk API manufacturing, formulation, filling, assembling, packing and related support activities, providing strategic technical leadership to ensure successful new product introduction, quality robustness and productivity improvements across the lifecycle. 

This role is aligned to a new asset at Commit to Commercial Development with responsibility for representing MSAT in the development of the Product Control Strategy. When the product transfers to GSC accountability, the Molecule Steward co-ordinates Drug Substance, Drug Product, Analytical Strategy and if appropriate Device Leads to maintain the Product Control Strategy and ensure the product is maintained in the desired state of control through product lifecycle.

You will be the recognized expert in the given product or dose form and in addition to strategic technical leadership, you will be expected to provide deep technical expertise where required to ensure highest levels of quality and robustness.

This role will provide/gives YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following:
  • Leading a team of Molecule Stewards, setting the standard for the role and ensuring other molecule stewards in the team meet the expectations and requirements for the role.
  • Leading on key enterprise projects from an MSAT perspective, providing strategic leadership and expertise to projects without direct product accountabilities.
  • Representing MSAT, providing a single point accountable decision maker MDIT or MSCT, ensuring that a product control strategy is defined and maintained to drive a robust product that meets manufacturability criteria.
  • Defining the End-to-End Product Performance Qualification and Ongoing Continuous Verification Strategy for the product, including trending and sampling plans and ensuring alignment and consistency across supply nodes.
  • Maintaining accountability for the product, from transfer from R&D throughout its lifecycle, ensuring improvement plans (including 2nd generation processes) are developed and delivered impacting the manufacturing process, analytical process, pack, device, and associated specifications to deliver value.
  • Staying current and maintaining solid knowledge and understanding of complex scientific subject matter and evolving regulatory policies and guidelines and industry best practices.
  • Staying accountable from an MSAT perspective for defining technology strategy & specific solutions as required to support the overall product or dose form lifecycle.
  • Leading PTRT's, ensuring risks are identified and mitigated and technical issues are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Coordinating the review of regulatory submissions and responses to technical questions across MSAT, ensuring review by appropriate SME's and sites.
  • Providing leadership and subject matter expertise where required for investigations and/or critical deviations, troubleshooting, and major change programs.
  • Ensuring that product history and knowledge from development through lifecycle is maintained and aligns with knowledge management standards for the product or dose form within the GSC network.
  • Developing and managing strong collaborations with technical staff across the Supply Chain sites, MSAT & R&D, with effective and clear communication on highly technical topics.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • BSc in a scientific discipline
  • Ph.D. plus 10+ years' experience, MSc plus 12+ years' experience, or BSc plus 15+ years' experience in a scientific discipline
  • Experience leading the technical aspects of Product Lifecycle Management in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Experienced in technology transfer, with an understanding of the product development process
  • Comprehensive knowledge of external regulatory requirements (MHRA, FDA), and internal/external quality and safety requirements. Knowledge of current and emerging Regulatory Strategies (Quality by Design, GMP for 21st century, ICH Q7, Q8, Q9, Q10) and Product Lifecycle Management.
  • Experience working with / knowledge of Quality by Design (QbD) and risk management approaches
  • Project management and prioritization skills gained within a complex matrix.
  • Track record of improving products, processes and troubleshooting, execution of technical activities including trials and validation activities
  • Experience in problem solving with the ability to think and work creatively.
  • Experience leading technical aspects of investigations

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • PhD/MSc in scientific discipline
  • Strong technical acumen and communication skills with the ability to articulate complex, technical details to stakeholders and enable cross functional collaboration across sites, supply chain, R&D and suppliers.
  • Experience leading and operating in an environment with high degree of change and uncertainty.

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are 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, governance and control, managing ambiguity and paradox.
  • Managing individual performance.
  • Creating a performance culture and driving results, prioritisation, execution, delivering performance.
  • Setting strategic direction and leading on-going organisational transformation.
  • Building a resilient organisation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration in service of common goals, engaging the organisation and building trusted external networks for mutual benefit.
  • Managing P&L and capital allocation.

GSK is a global biopharma company with a special purpose - to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together - so we can positively impact the health of billions of people and deliver stronger, more sustainable shareholder returns - as an organisation where people can thrive. Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it, and we aim to impact the health of 2.5 billion people around the world in the next 10 years.

Our success absolutely depends on our people. While getting ahead of disease together is about our ambition for patients and shareholders, it's also about making GSK a place where people can thrive. We want GSK to be a workplace where everyone can feel a sense of belonging and thrive as set out in our Equal and Inclusive Treatment of Employees policy. We're committed to being more proactive at all levels so that our workforce reflects the communities we work and hire in, and our GSK leadership reflects our GSK workforce.

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