Senior Director, R&D Policy & Scientific Affairs

Washington, DC
May 14, 2018
May 28, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
Your Responsibilities: Job Purpose and Key Responsibilities: Would you like to be: Accountable for creating an external R&D policy environment in the United States that benefits patients, science and the business? Embedded in the scientific and strategic heart of the GSK R&D organization and interacting externally to develop trusted relationships with policymakers and key research groups? Playing a leadership role to create an innovative R&D Policy & Scientific Affairs function, finding new ways to use data to influence externally and demonstrate positive change in support of the R&D pipeline? Reporting to the Head, R&D Policy, the Senior Director, US R&D Policy & Scientific Affairs is a leadership role within the global R&D Policy & Scientific Affairs team. The team's focus - to enhance R&D performance by creating a supportive external R&D policy environment that benefits patients, science and the business - is achieved by: Harnessing external insights: leading ‘listening and analysis' and adding value by translating external policy developments into implications and opportunities for the R&D business. Supporting R&D strategy: working as a thought-partner with R&D leaders, by bringing policy insights and expertise to inform new strategy development in priority areas. Delivering external policy change: mobilizing internal expertise and driving external advocacy towards focused deliverables that create a positive external R&D environment. We are seeking a leading policy and advocacy expert for this exciting role, which offers the unique opportunity to make a key contribution to short-term R&D performance and the long-term health of patients and the pipeline. This is the chance to make a difference internally and externally. Through your own work and by mobilizing others, you will provide advice to policymakers, identify the need to adapt to change and take action to deliver impact Key responsibilities will include: Working with the R&D Strategy and Portfolio organization, the R&D leadership team and scientific experts to establish external positions on priority topics. Ensuring aligned and optimal external engagement plans, by working closely with key US Pharma functions, including Public Policy and Government Relations. Developing trusted relationships and partnerships with US stakeholders with a key role in the external R&D environment eg research funders, think-tanks, National Academies of Science. In a busy and dynamic environment, success in this role will require: high comfort with ambiguity and the ability to translate ‘grey' issues into well-defined opportunities and risks; the discipline to implement timebound advocacy plans; and the focus to balance ‘reactive' and ‘proactive' activities to deliver change against committed objectives. You will be supported in the development of your own expertise and skills. You will also be an integral part of an ambitious, dynamic team that is committed to the GSK mission to help people do more, feel better and live longer. Why You? Basic qualifications: Bachelor's degree in science, health or science policy, public affairs. Minimum of 8-10 years in scientific policy / health policy within pharmaceutical sector, Government or biomedical community (eg research funders, think-tank or regulators). Requires experience focused on R&D Policy and the landscape upon which R&D is conducted, in order to effectively analyze and interpret proposed legislative language and policy guidance. Proven track record of developing and implementing policy and advocacy strategies that deliver real change, including a history of taking high level and ambiguous ideas through to concrete proposals and successful implementation. Track record of strong relationships with senior management. Preferred qualifications: MBA/MS/PhD or equivalent Experience of working in key US policy institutions, ie - NIH, DHHS, etc. Experience of placing national and local change, in the global context to bring a broader perspective into policy discussions and promote global convergence where possible and desirable. Values-led leadership approach with a commitment to personal development and growth. Good understanding of drug development process from discovery, development and delivery of medicines.

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