Medical Head, Specialty Care (Medical Director)



Job Purpose:

The Medical Head of Specialty Care is a senior leadership role within the Medical Division and Canadian organization that leads a therapeutically aligned Medical Affairs Team to develop and implement patient focused medical


The effective development and implementation of the medical strategies contributes to the overall enterprise plan, working in partnership with commercial and development colleagues, to ensure the optimal launch, appropriate use and timely access to Specialty Care medicines.

Details (Your Responsibilities):

  • Accountable for the development, implementation and monitoring of the therapy aligned Specialty Care Medical Affairs strategic plans which includes the development of focused External Engagement Plans across Canada.
  • Ensure healthcare practitioners have the correct information to allow evidence-based use of GSK products, though, for example educational programs and scientific / external engagement activities, and to ensure these are in line with GSK standards and values and are therefore in the patients’ best interest.
  • Represent Canada on global leadership team to ensure inclusion of Canadian position in global plans for Specialty portfolio.
  • Collaborates and works cross-functionally with Commercial Leadership Team partners to identify external expert and patient needs and develop innovative strategies and solutions that contribute to the optimal launch of new products and appropriate optimal patient use of already launched GSK medicines.
  • Collaborates with Clinical Development teams and Global Medical Affairs to ensure clinical trial plans (including feasibility, site initiation and recruitment), evidence planning, data generation are consistent and aligned to optimize brand strategies.
  • Oversees development of GSK supported and investigator-initiated studies.
  • Liaises with Regulatory Affairs group to ensure filing strategies and labeling of products leads to sustainable and optimal labeling of GSK products in Canada.
  • Represents GSK Medical Canada Specialty Care with external bodies, including physician and patient organizations.
  • Provides expertise on GSK competitor products, inputting into commercial strategy and marketing plans, providing technical accuracy, fair and balanced information and conformance prevailing legislation, regulations, and internal SOP’s.
  • Identifies and assists in management of issues regarding compliance with governance and risk management practices.
  • Contribute to patient safety by reporting, in a timely manner, all adverse events identified during the interactions with customers in accordance with internal policies and training, including any follow up information received.
  • Member of the Medical Division leadership team.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • Master’s Degree with industry experience is required.
  • Some traveling will be required for this role.
  • 10+ years in related field/function with progressively senior positions e.g. leading a function/large group of people in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience in the Pharmaceutical industry with specific experience leading a Medical Affairs Team with progressively more senior positions and responsibility. 
  • Experience and understanding of the drug development, regulatory and commercialization process, including clinical trial development, is critical to the role.
  • Experience with medical governance processes is essential.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • PhD or Medical Degree is a strong asset.



Why GSK?

Uniting science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together.

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 organisation where people can thrive. We prevent and treat disease with vaccines, specialty and general medicines. We focus on the science of the immune system and the use of new platform and data technologies, investing in four core therapeutic areas (infectious diseases, HIV, respiratory/ immunology and oncology).

Our success absolutely depends on our people. While getting ahead of disease together is about our ambition for patients and shareholders, it’s also about making GSK a place where people can thrive. We want GSK to be a place where people feel inspired, encouraged and challenged to be the best they can be. A place where they can be themselves – feeling welcome, valued, and included. Where they can keep growing and look after their wellbeing. So, if you share our ambition, join us at this exciting moment in our journey to get Ahead Together.

GSK is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals to apply to our career opportunities. GSK is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities. If you need accommodation at any stage of the application process or want more information on our accommodation policies, please contact us at [email protected]. Please do not send resumes to this e-mail and instead apply through the online application process of this posting.

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