Senior Medical Advisor

  • Full Time
  • Berne, Switzerland
  • TBD USD / Year
  • GSK profile

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.


Site Name: Switzerland – Muenchenbuchsee Bern

Posted Date: Jan 26 2024

The role will provide a key Medical Affairs function within the medical and the wider cross functional team at national level. The Senior Medical Advisor inherits deep scientific knowledge which enables the medical team to operate with highest standard of medical excellence, ensures onboarding of new colleagues and supports delivering of KPIs. The role leads in advisory board planning, medical education, and review. It creates a knowledge base for internal as well as external stakeholders, leads in cross functional working groups and has a lead advisor function for the local/HUB leadership team. The Senior Medical Advisor ensures highest compliance and ethical standards within the affiliate.

Additionally, this role will also provide a leadership function for clinical research and development. The Senior Medical Advisor and clinical study lead, will develop and execute clinical study programs (local and regional),

support clinical operation teams and function as a key project lead for investigator-initiated research:


  • Responsible for all clinical trials conducted in Switzerland (Phase 1-4 internal and investigator initiated/sponsored ISS)
  • Responsible for good clinical practice as well as communication with external agencies, Swissmedic, Swiss ethics and FOPH if required
  • Organize Advisory Board meetings and scientific workshops and if relevant give scientific presentations related to the brand and therapeutic area
  • Develop the X-functional pre-launch, launch and post launch plan with a focus on medical affairs and specifically data generation and development
  • Educate and train relevant medical/clinical stakeholders
  • Adapt or create relevant materials for training and education
  • Keep high knowledge by reading relevant literature and attending congresses to be able to be a peer-topeer counterpart of external experts
  • Career development path: Head of Medical Advisors, Medical Lead LOC, or progress to clinical study team above country or regional medical role as well as CMD succession

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • Minimal 2-3 years research/medical experience in an academic setting or clinic/hospital
  • Pharmaceutical industry experience (2-3 years medical advisor or general medical affairs)
  • Experience in a role successfully engaging and effectively communicating evidence based medicine in scientific exchange with external experts.
  • Team player, networker
  • Proven planning and organizational skills, multitasking
  • Excellent oral and writing skills and fluency German and English (French/Italian if applicable)
  • Flexible thinking and oriented to continuous improvement and driving changes across cross functional stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Medical Degree (MD), Scientific Degree (PhD), Post Doc Experience
  • Experience in conduct of clinical trials (GCP certification, course completion)
  • Excellent knowledge in the Swiss regulatory framework (FOPH, Swissmedic)
  • Effective communication skills and ability to tailor information to different audiences appropriately.
  • Effective networking and collaboration skills to achieve business results.
  • Launch experience from a medical perspective and within cross functional team
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills such as presenting at national or international congresses or strong history of previous working with external experts.
  • Ability to translate complex science into simple messages.
  • Solid grounding in clinical, medical and pharmaceutical science with the ability to rapidly assimilate specific and detailed knowledge in these areas.
  • Strong business mindset and ability to balance cross-functional objectives.
  • A sense of curiosity and a passion for continuous learning and development

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Agile and distributed decision-making – using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk
  • Managing individual and team performance.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Implementing change initiatives and leading change.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being, building resilience in teams.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning both internally and externally.
  • Developing people and building a talent pipeline.
  • Translating strategy into action – a compelling narrative, motivating others, setting objectives and delegation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, managing trusted stakeholder relationships internally and externally.
  • Budgeting and forecasting, commercial and financial acumen.

Why Us?

At ViiV Healthcare, we will not rest until we leave no person living with HIV behind. Until the 38 million people living with HIV is down to zero, we will continue searching for new ways to limit the impact of HIV.

We are the only pharmaceutical company solely focused on combating, preventing, and ultimately eradicating HIV and AIDS. At ViiV Healthcare, we do things differently. Born out of a partnership between GSK and Pfizer in 2009, with Shionogi joining in 2012, we are determined to help end the HIV epidemic. We are guided by our mission to leave no person living with HIV behind and it is this mission that unites our employees located across the globe. We combine expertise in research, manufacturing, policy and more to push the boundaries of what people think is possible in HIV treatment and care. As a result of our connection with GSK, we are able to draw on their proud history and resources. This means that you would receive all the employee benefits offered by GSK.

Living our mission of leaving no person living with HIV behind means keeping inclusion and diversity at the heart of everything we do – from our breakthrough innovation, to our diverse portfolio of medicines as well as the work we do to partner with HIV communities. Having a diverse team and a truly inclusive culture where we’re all able to be ourselves and feel like we belong will make us an even stronger team, better able to perform as a business and deliver on our mission to leave no person living with HIV behind.

ViiV is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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