Job description Posted 14 August 2020

Programme Manager: (Physical Data Disposition)


GSK Consumer Healthcare (CH) is hiring a Senior Project Manager / Programme Manager to be ‘Work Stream Lead’ for one of several workstreams related to the separation of data between GSK and Consumer Healthcare. Data Disposition (DD) is a cross-functional work stream covering every function from the business. One of the work streams relates to the separation of Physical (Paper) data across the company. The Work stream Lead is a business facing role, responsible for managing the interaction between key business stakeholders, the Tech organisation and with third party vendors. The work stream lead will be responsible for ensuring close business involvement throughout the separation process, and for resolving business issues specifically relating to the separation/segregation of data between companies. The role of the DD work stream lead is to work with business data owners and facilitate decisions on which data must be separated and /or migrated.

This work stream and programme will run until mid 2022, potentially into 2023. The contract will be for an initial 6 months with extensions expected for those who can demonstrate the right capabilities.


The Data Disposition team is a business focussed function interfacing into the wider business with strong links back into the technical (IT) function(s). Predominantly our work centres around post-transaction integration or separation activities and we are seeking individuals that have extensive hands-on experience in managing large workstreams of this nature. Specifically, we are looking for people who have a good experience in M&A programmes and can demonstrate a good understanding of the wide range of issues that are associated with data separation between companies. We are not responsible for Tech execution and therefore are not looking for Technical project resources.

Managing a large work stream in GSK requires a very organised and proactive individual who can demonstrate thought leadership to solve problems, communicate effectively with large groups of stakeholders (at varying degrees of seniority) and exercise flexibility in performing their role. This is a small, niche team and successful candidates are expected to operate competently at all levels of project activity (ranging from administrative activities to compiling presentations for programme leadership.


  • Assume control of the Data Disposition workstream for physical data with day-to-day responsibility for interfacing with the appointed functional business representatives.
  • Employ standard project management processes at the workstream level for: project planning; milestone tracking; reporting; management of risks, issues, assumptions and dependencies.
  • Ensure defined business requirements are being met, with formal change control employed to these as necessary. Employ Requirements Traceability to ensure all requirements are addressed satisfactorily.
  • Work with the wider DD team and business representatives in the assessment and agreement of specific business requests to not migrate data, instead opting for a Long Term Access Agreement to this data.
  • Work with Records Management in the extraction and analysis of available Metadata and design an approach for agreeing with data owners what data is required to be transferred, how, and when.
  • Assume responsibility for liaising with business teams in actions necessary to support the execution phase of the data migration. Lead the planning for the various migration events and activities. Ensure definition and employment of controls and checks for accurate data transfer at the points of transfer.
  • Lead the definition of clear and concise instructions (including timing) to data owners in the treatment of physical records.
  • Be a member of a growing team; help define and influence team culture & environment


  • A highly experienced and capable senior project manager with demonstrable experience in data disposition within projects pertaining to mergers, acquisitions and disposals (separations).
  • Specific experience required in the disposition of physical data.
  • The candidate will need to be able to translate the resultant disposition design into processes and instructions that the end-users are able to simply and safely employ.
  • A good understanding and respect for regulations pertaining to the storage, use and movement of data including a keen understanding of security protocols necessary for the movement of sensitive data.
  • A solid understanding on the time implications for moving vast amounts of data along with analytical problem-solving skills and a collaborative approach to team and stakeholder engagement and involvement in the design of practical solutions.
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal communication skills, able to swiftly build strong and effective working relationships.
  • Previous experience in the consumer health and/or pharmaceutical industry, specifically to understand the different types of data used by a Pharmaceutical company and the associated regulatory requirements


  • Experienced in the production of business focussed instructions for the separation and or preparation of required data

Role will be working from Home

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