Senior Director, Head of Pathology UK – GSK – Stevenage


Site Name: UK – Hertfordshire – Stevenage

Posted Date: Jun 6 2022

Senior Director, Head of Pathology UK

Are you energized by a leadership role that requires strategic thinking and extensive internal and external engagement?

If so, this Senior Director, Head of Pathology UK role based at our Stevenage R&D hub could be an exciting opportunity to explore.

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to provide scientific vision, direction and management for a team of veterinary anatomic pathologists and clinical pathology scientists in our Pathology UK group in Non-Clinical Safety. In this exciting opportunity you will be accountable for strategic and operational leadership of the group specialising in cutting edge veterinary anatomic pathology and clinical pathology science for drug safety / toxicology, drug discovery including target validation and translationally relevant efficacy research, and exploratory clinical biomarkers in collaboration with other scientific disciplines.

The Role

The Senior Director, Head of Pathology UK will be responsible for shaping scientific strategy, managing resource utilisation and budget, ensuring best practices, and accelerating development of a team of outstanding veterinary anatomic pathologists and clinical pathology scientists. Critical to the success of the Head will be maximising the relationships with Pathology US in order to design, implement and execute a coordinated global strategy to drive Pathology and Clinical Pathology science support of target validation, lead optimisation, candidate selection through to drug development milestones. Also vital is partnership with BioImaging, R&D Tech and AI/ML to drive innovation of digital and molecular pathology techniques and capability.

Fundamental to success will be your ability to foster collaboration with Research Units and IVIVT lines and leaders who depend on Pathology UK for veterinary anatomic pathology and clinical pathology capability and expertise, including BioImaging; Non-Clinical Safety; Integrated Biological Platform Science; Bioanalysis, Immunogenicity & Biomarkers, and Translational Platform Project Specialists.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide single point of accountability leadership for Pathology UK deliverables to project teams worldwide.
  • Define, refine, and implement standards and peer review to ensure data, pathological evaluations and appropriate reports are of high quality, meet GLP requirements, and build confidence in GSK’s integrity and scientific credibility with internal partners, external reviewers and Regulatory Authorities
  • Promote external networks and cutting-edge science through key industry groups, scientific consortia and societies, and associated regulatory activities in the specialized Pathology safety and efficacy areas.
  • Propose, design and establish, and where appropriate lead internal and external collaborations in Pathology that provide innovative solutions
  • Attract, develop and retain diverse talented veterinary anatomic pathologists and clinical pathology scientists to maintain a highly motivated, productive and innovative science platform that builds on best practices to continuously improve strategies and tactics.
  • Implement and maintain strategic workforce and financial planning in order to enable a responsive, capable workforce meeting the scientific needs of the portfolio.
  • As a member of the Non-Clinical Safety Leadership Team, make a full contribution to resolving scientific and operational issues and to the development of future NCS strategy and its implementation.
  • Ensure compliance with GSK SOPs and Policies, GLP, and data integrity, safety and animal welfare guidelines.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent veterinary medical degree
  • PhD or MS in Pathology or closely related biomedical science
  • Residency or other specialized training in Veterinary Pathology (anatomic)
  • Board certification in Veterinary Pathology (ACVP, ECVP, FRCPath, or equivalent)
  • Specialization in Toxicologic Pathology, Comparative Pathobiology, or Investigative Pathology.
  • Experience leading, developing and motivating a team responsible for delivering Pathology and Clinical Pathology science to Pharmaceutical R&D projects, including peer review of regulated and non-regulated studies internally and with CRO partners.
  • Experience advising on Pathology strategies, and the ability to contextualise Pathology and study results for both nonclinical and clinical situations.
  • Track record of managing complex technical, scientific and operational activities.
  • External profile and key opinion leadership.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Experience in one or more of these areas: toxicologic pathology, comparative pathology, animal models of human disease, non-animal model alternatives, digital pathology and image analysis, molecular pathology and related investigative methods, immunopathology or genetic basis of disease, bioimaging, biomarkers, organ or system-based pathobiology expertise, drug discovery and drug development
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Why GSK?

At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader in Consumer Health, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we’re making the biggest changes we’ve made to our business in over 20 years. We’re on track to separate and create two new companies in 2022: New GSK with a leading portfolio of vaccines and specialty medicines as well as R&D based on immune system and genetics science; and a new world-leading consumer healthcare company of loved and trusted brands.

With new ambition comes new purpose. For New GSK, this is to unite science, talent and technology to get ahead of disease together – all with the clear ambition of delivering human health impact; stronger and more sustainable shareholder returns; and as a new GSK where outstanding people thrive.

Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it. How we do all this is through our people and our culture. A culture that is ambitious for patients – so we deliver what matters better and faster; accountable for impact – with clear ownership of goals and support to succeed; and where we do the right thing. So, if you’re ready to improve the lives of billions, join us at this exciting moment in our journey. Join our challenge to get Ahead Together.

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

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