Job description Posted 24 June 2020

Job Purpose

Drive the identification, implementation and embedding of strategies to improve business performance and the effectiveness of clinical development in Pharma R&D

Required Skills

  • Excellent Change Management Skills
  • Experience working an Agile Environment
  • Experience in navigating decisions and/or execution through multiple parties in major, matrixed organisations (Global Scale Knowledge
  • Consulting/advisory experience at senior management level (e.g., through strategy role or change initiatives in industry, or in a professional services organisation)
  • Industry R&D operational experience (i.e., a member of drug project or platform teams)
  • Prior work in teams that facilitate and drive strategic decisions and/or business change with a track record of high achievement in this role
  • Prior work on R&D strategy or change projects
  • A Business Performance & Change Management (BP&CM) Manager operates in cross-functional teams and needs to effectively interact with a broad range of people – from VP to the bench and with external partners.. Key capabilities include
  • Lead, manage and coordinate team towards effective and successful delivery
  • Easily find value-adding, complementary role when jointly working on deliverables
  • Strengthen team by learning from others and facilitate learning by others
  • Be mindful and adaptable to team members needs and styles
  • Actively listen, interpret and playback objectives, deliverables and points of view
  • Proactively brief, syndicate and address concerns towards broad buy-in
  • Executive communication
  • Prepare and deliver succinct “top-down” messages
  • Craft story lines for work streams and contribute to compelling overall project stories
  • Communicate clearly through diverse media and techniques
  • Have a “can do” attitude, helping organisation to deliver stretch goals
  • Ability to self-direct, flex between approaches and deal with ambiguity
  • Be clear on and an ambassador for what the BP&CM can bring to bear


  • Be a key contributor to business improvement projects, aligned with R&D strategy, to deliver measurable and sustained improvements primarily (but not exclusively) within the Clinical Development arena.
  • Provide change leadership and/or project management, as required, across the lifecycle of projects
  • Apply, propagate and embed appropriate GSK methodologies and best practice for all change and project management activities undertaken
  • Enable the efficient and effective execution of R&D strategy, through driving delivery-to-plan of high-impact Pharma R&D projects
  • Contribute to the realisation and long term sustainability of the benefits / improvements delivered, through effective engagement and alignment of impacted functions, communities and stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle

Problem Solving

  • Formulation of delivery and implementation strategy
  • Basic understand of strategy formulation, business context
  • Contribute to strategy formulation
  • Make value-add contribute to the development of clinical business capability enhancement funding proposal

Change management

  • Enable delivery through target setting, planning, tracking and reporting
  • Apply continuous improvement thinking

Project management

  • Translate objectives to clear deliverables, work packages, resourcing, and meetings
  • Manage and coordinate team members or smaller teams towards delivery
  • Facilitate functional meetings towards actionable outcomes and resolutions

Insightful analytics

Interpret data generating relevant insights and highlighting implications

R&D and industry knowledge

  • Have basic understanding of GSK’s R&D portfolio, processes, and structure
  • Have business aptitude and ability to draw on approaches in other organisations

Additional information about the process

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