Vacancy • Medical Director, Benlysta - Brentford, London

2020-10-27 2020-10-27
Jobs • Brentford
Company: GlaxoSmithKline
West London

Job description

Site Name: UK - London - Brentford
Posted Date: Mar 10 2020

Global Medical Affairs Director, Benlysta

GSK Is a science-led global healthcare company. We research and develop a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. We have a significant global presence with commercial operations in more than 150 countries, a network of 89 manufacturing sites, and large R&D centers in the UK, USA, Belgium and China.

At GSK we are leaders in what we do - our pharmaceuticals business is made up of innovative and established medicines and holds leading positions in respiratory disease and HIV, in 2015 we distributed more than 690 million doses of vaccines to over 150 countries, and our Consumer Healthcare group has a portfolio of some of the world's most trusted and bestselling brands. As a company our mission is to help people do more, feel better, live longer.

Within our R&D function, our Franchise model provides a lean organization with faster, higher-quality, decision making. This results in enhanced access for patients to new products via successful and sustainable launches across multiple LOCs.

To support our continuing stream of product launches and global medical affairs activities, we are looking to appoint a Benlysta medical director to work within the immunology / rheumatology area.

Benlysta is the only approved medicine for treating systemic lupus erythematosus in over 50 years. Benlysta is addressing a significant unmet medical need in the treatment of lupus. Benlysta was initially launched as an IV formulation in 2011, with steady, successful growth In the US and internationally including recent approvals and launches of a subcutaneous auto-injector in the US and other global markets. The global growth of Benlysta has been proceeding with many new and ongoing launches of both the intravenous and subcutaneous formulation.


Global Medical Director, Benlysta, lmmuno-lnflammation Global Medical Affairs

Job Purpose

  • Key member of the Benlysta Global Medical team.
  • Leadership role in terms of global strategy and execution reporting to GMAL Benlysta.
  • Works in partnership with country teams to create and then implement global medical affairs strategies.
  • Seeks opportunities to bring in external and internal insights to shape strategy and drive medical execution.
  • Works together with commercial, R&D, and other key stakeholders to shape the life-cycle: management plan for Benlysta
  • Turns current and emerging evidence into content of value to both internal and external audiences
  • In collaboration with country teams develops a strong external network of global experts in Lupus

Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting the Benlysta Global MA team and the global medical affairs leader with the following activities
  • Engages with senior stakeholders in assigned LOCs to facilitate launches and ongoing support of IV and subcutaneous Benlysta where already available, including reviewing and optimising medical affairs tactical plans and sharing learning/ best practice.
  • Ensures country medical affairs colleagues have a robust knowledge of the relevant and emerging clinical evidence, supporting their continuous training by creating high quality scientific engagement materials for both internal and external use as well as directly supporting when needed
  • Partner with Marketing, Market Access and core country teams to generate content of high scientific quality for promotional use including at international congresses
  • Speaks at internal and external engagements as a subject matter expert on SLE and belimumab
  • Partners with assigned LOCs to drive-excellence in external engagement with key stakeholders (HCP's, Patients, Payors and Regulators). Builds strong external networks and global external expert strategy
  • Partners with other above-country and country colleagues to bring in medical insights from across assigned LOCs and integrates/ prioritises these to inform global medical affairs plans
  • Works with R&D, VEO, other disciplines, and country teams to identify evidence generation needs and plans to address them. Areas include: lupus, other indications, mechanistic, value evidence, real world outcomes, and many others
  • Brings country medical affairs insights from the assigned geography to bear in discussions with R&D and commercial to shape the life-cycle management strategy for belimumab
  • Develop internal and external communication content on a vast array of disease-specific and Benlysta specific topics to address internal and external needs. Can work with traditional and novel channels of communication.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • GMC registered physician with specialist training in rheumatology
  • Broad drug development expertise-with robust knowledge of regulatory/ market access and reimbursement requirements.
  • Considerable experience in Medical Affairs in relevant therapeutic area(s), including launch/ peri-launch support requirements.
  • Robust understanding of internal (where applicable) and external promotional codes of practice and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess evidence generation needs
  • Track record of building strong internal and external networks.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complexity and cultural diversity.
  • Previous cross-portfolio and above-country experience preferred.
  • Strong English communication skills both verbal and written a must

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:

Physician with specialist qualification in immunology/rheumatology

  • ABPI certification

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
  • 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.

*This is a job description to aide in the job posting, but does not include all job evaluation details.

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss any adjustments to our process which might help you demonstrate your strengths and capabilities. You can either call us on 0808 234 4391, or send an email

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Updated: 28 October 2020


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