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Scientific Affairs Manager 

121 Winterstoke Road Head Office United Kingdom

Scientific Affairs Manager

121 Winterstoke Road | 121 Winterstoke Road Head Office | England | United Kingdom | BS3 2LL

About us

Imperial Brands PLC is a dynamic FTSE100 FMCG company headquartered in Bristol with a global workforce of around 32,000 people. Our ambition is to create Something Better for the world’s smokers through a wide portfolio of high quality, reduced risk Next Generation Products (NGP’s) all underpinned by leading-edge science.

The role

We are seeking an experienced senior scientist to lead a portfolio of content generation to support internal and external stakeholders’ scientific and data informational needs. The Scientific Affairs Manager is responsible for providing fair, balanced, objective, scientific information regarding Imperial Brands’ reduced risk product portfolio to internal and external key decision makers and business partners as required, including communications, commercial operations, group science and corporate and legal affairs. This role will manage interpretation and contextualization of scientific data in order to advance the scientific platform of Imperial Brands’ products and the larger corporate strategy under growing market and regulatory demands. The Scientific Affairs Manager will also be responsible for horizon scanning and working with expert external partners to conduct analysis and disseminate evidence based on the Imperial Brands scientific vision.

The successful candidate will monitor, understand and report on scientific and medical developments relevant to Imperial Brands portfolio of reduced risk products, with a strong focus on electronic nicotine delivery devices. The successful candidate will need to have experience developing strategic plans and coordinating project timelines to ensure timely completion of writing projects, including summaries of scientific literature, and the preparation of reports and manuscripts. The successful candidate will also need to be detailed oriented, self-directed, flexible, and with the ability to balance workload and project timelines to meet departmental and project goals. Finally, the role also include line management responsibility, so experience developing and leading small teams will be required.

Key accountabilities

  • Perform robust expert analysis and evidence interpretation to support Imperial Brands’ Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs narrative
  • Monitor, review, critique and report on literature developments in designated scientific topics and provide overviews and alerts to senior management
  • Lead scientific literature reviews as they relate to aspects of the Imperial Brands’ Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs narrative
  • Manage routine & reliable production of evidence packets in collaboration with writers, pre-clinical/clinical/behavioural research and data management.
  • Lead the identifying of topics (Horizon scanning) which require expert opinion/ a formal report to support the Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs narrative.
  • Coordinate the efforts of cross-functional teams to produce high-quality, scientifically accurate documents including development, editing, and writing of articles for peer-reviewed and commercial publication regarding key product and study results
  • Establishes scientific evidence, records, and content in living documents, and re-evaluate regularly so that functions are working from a shared blueprint
  • Represent the company externally in relevant industry groups/ forums and scientific conferences/ meetings. Contribute to external publications/ critiques and deliver scientific messages across the business.
  • Lead the identification of new external experts and establish and maintain relationships with external legal firms. Participate in regular update meetings and discussions regarding research projects with external experts
  • Attend appropriate courses/conferences to maintain recent and relevant knowledge in designated topics to be at the forefront of scientific knowledge in this area.
  • Develop and manage a small team of scientific affairs specialists

Skills & experience

You will ideally have the following essential qualification, skills and experience

 

  • Postgraduate qualifications in an aspect of science related to tobacco & public health issues e.g. tobacco cessation, toxicology, addiction medicine, public health, biological sciences or medical biochemistry
  • Experience working in a highly regulated product category
  • Experience managing small teams/supervising others
  • Experience producing high quality scientific documents and performing medical and scientific literature searches
  • Ability to analyse complex and detailed scientific research papers
  • Strong organizational/prioritization skills for the management of multiple concurrent projects and interdepartmental needs
  • Curious in exploring new paths for research, proactive in proposing creative solutions and ideas
  • Great communication ability at all levels within and outside the business, including presentation, written, oral and communication skills
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills along with an ability to build and leverage strong and meaningful working relationships internally and externally
  • Influencing skills and experience

 

 

 

The following qualifications and experience are desirable.

 

  • Familiarity with the latest science research as it relates to the tobacco category in general, and to next generation products specifically

What we offer

Competitive salary, bonus scheme, pension and 25 days holiday (with an additional 4 days on top to cover the Christmas period and bank holidays).

Next steps

Interested applicants should apply with their CV highlighting their suitability for the role. 

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