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Executive Director, Head Precision Medicine Operations​


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Science and Technology



On-Site or Remote

Job Type


Competitive salary and benefits

About the Role

*Job description* *Site Name:* USA - Pennsylvania - Upper Providence, UK - Hertfordshire - Stevenage, USA - Massachusetts - Waltham *Posted Date:* Jan 31 2024 *Are you energized by a highly visible scientific leadership role that allows you to drive and shape scientific innovation? If so, the Executive Director, Head Precision Medicine Operations role could be an exciting opportunity to explore. * This leadership role will develop and deploy a team to operationalize the GSK biomarker and diagnostics strategies for programs in Oncology, Respiratory, Immunology, Vaccines, and Infectious Diseases, while optimizing processes, developing and communicating strategy, ensuring audit readiness, and ensuring overall operational excellence for the Precision Medicine Unit. The *Executive Director *will lead by embedding a culture of collaboration, diversity, equity, and inclusion that embraces precision medicine in drug development. *Key Responsibilities:* *This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career. These responsibilities include some of the following:* - Accountable for leading a team of 20+ Precision Medicine (PM) Operations professionals that drive the implementation of the clinical biomarker and diagnostic (Dx) plans for therapeutic programs in early and late-stage clinical development across all therapeutic areas - Responsible to fully resource key scientific programs, projects, and scientific initiatives within the scope of clinical biomarkers and diagnostics; ensure team is resourced and trained to start up, manage and close clinical trials, including partnering with biomarker/Dx leads, and being responsible for editing clinical documents, sample management, vendor management, study budget management, and data management - Identify and build the capabilities required of the team to ensure PM deliverables and objectives are successfully met - Leverage knowledge of the science, portfolio and strategy of R&D across all therapeutic areas and the Precision Medicine Unit to create an infrastructure to deliver high-quality scientific operations support to scientific staff - Engage with and influence leaders of cross-functional stakeholders to develop operational strategies and infrastructure that enable PM efforts - Develop high performing scientific operational standards that lead to outstanding quality, speed, rigor of clinical biomarker and diagnostic deliverables; diagnose, design and deliver strategic scientific operational improvement projects - Proactively support developing and reviewing standard processes and templates - Contribute to the continued building of a framework within the Operations function focusing on growth and development of new and “innovative” ways to work with internal and external partners - Design and implement ways of operating to ensure effective collaboration with internal and external contracted labs and delivery of robust biomarker, PK/PD, immunogenicity, and diagnostic data - Adhere to guidelines, SOPs, practices, and technical and industry standards during all aspects of work - Oversee Operation’s inspection readiness by ensuring preparedness and compliance and support team members in connection to inspections and audits - Ensure development and implementation of specific GUIs and other controlled documents in collaboration with the PM Unit’s QA team - Serve as a key strategic liaison with stakeholders across Clinical Operations, Central HBSM, Biobank, Data Management, Procurement, Regulatory, and Quality Assurance - Represent PM Operations department internally and externally in meetings, and discussions, as required *Why you?* Basic Qualifications: *We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:* - PhD in Life Sciences with a minimum of 10 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry, or MS in Life Sciences with a minimum of 13 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry - 5+ years managing Precision Medicine Operations team(s) of 15+ employees - Experience with clinical trial design and execution - Experience in clinical biomarker and Dx development and operations - Experience in strategic set-up of central laboratory operations, study start up, clinical sample tracking/reconciliation and analysis - Experience with GCP environment and Lab Management System (e.g., LIMS) - Experience in outsourcing processes and vendor management/oversight - Experience with MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Project) and remote meeting tools such as MS Teams Preferred Qualifications: *If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:* - Proven track record of independent contributions to a strategic transformation of operations - Knowledge in therapeutic areas including Oncology, Respiratory, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases - Demonstration of successful coaching/mentoring and direct people management skills - Proven success leading teams, fostering team productivity and cohesiveness, and working collaboratively in a cross-functional environment - Ability to thrive in a matrix environment and to interact effectively across boundaries using influencing & relationship building skills - Experience in developing and implementing agile, creative solutions, helping to solve business challenges within the organization and in partnership with external collaborators - Excellent communication and computer skills - Attention to detail, sense of urgency, and ability to adapt to changing priorities Please visit GSK US Benefits Summary to learn more about the comprehensive benefits program GSK offers US employees. *Why Us?* 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 organization where people can thrive. 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