Assistant General Counsel, Head of ViiV Functions

Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater) (GB)
20 Jun 2022
09 Jul 2022
Vacancy Type
Solicitors, In-House
Full Time
4-6 Years
Experience Level
Mid Level

Assistant General Counsel, Head of ViiV Functions


ViiV Healthcare is a global specialty HIV company, the only one that is 100% focused on researching and delivering new medicines for people living with, and at risk of, HIV. ViiV is highly passionate in our unrelenting commitment to being a trusted partner for all people living with and affected by HIV. Our aim is to think, act, and connect differently through a focus on education on and treatment for HIV. We go to extraordinary lengths to deliver the sorts of breakthroughs, both in treatments, care solutions and communities, that really count. We go beyond the boundaries of medicine by taking a holistic approach to HIV through developing and supporting sustainable community programs and improving access to care.


We are fully committed to push through every challenge until HIV/AIDS is eradicated. ViiV has played a significant part in delivering breakthroughs that have turned HIV into a manageable health condition. We offer the largest portfolio of HIV medicines available anywhere, and we continue our work to cater for the widest possible range of needs in response to the HIV epidemic.

As our Assistant General Counsel, Head of ViiV Functions, you are accountable for leading legal support for central ViiV Functions at a strategic and operational level. The role requires sophisticated strategic thinking as well as excellent execution in terms of both quality and quantity.  It works with high autonomy, needing little oversight or guidance and reports directly to the ViiV General Counsel.

You will be a key adviser to the External Affairs and Communications (EA&C) team, supporting our efforts to enable access to ViiV’s HIV medicines for patients around the world. You will also provide legal oversight of ViiV’s digitisation programme, including its use of social media, data and analytics , as well as support ViiV’s corporate functions, including supply chain, finance and tax.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead legal support to the ViiV Functions, including management and mitigation of legal risks associated with ViiV’s Access to Medicines Program and to HIV Community Engagement activities.

  • Member of the ViiV EA&C and ViiV Legal & Compliance Leadership Teams, as well as the ViiV Digital Channel Steer Co.Act as a business partner to SVP EA&C.Develop and implement processes and systems to ensure effective governance of legal risk.

  • Provide strategic legal guidance to the development of communications and government affairs strategy, supporting delivery of objectives that drive business performance and reputation, and tailoring according to market.  Markets are global in nature and range from the US to countries in Sub Saharan Africa.  Analyse external trends and risks to gain insights that support business performance and reputation risk management.

  • Develop and influence business strategies and activities using sophisticated strategic thinking and in-depth knowledge of ViiV’s business, the competitive environment, external laws and regulations and industry codes impacting the pharma industry and applicable regulatory practices.

  • Manage workload to ensure the provision of timely, high-quality legal counsel that enables delivery of ViiV’s strategic and operational objectives, whilst appropriately mitigating associated legal risks.

  • Partner with the EA&C team to ensure effective engagement with national Governments, multilateral institutions, NGOs, patient organizations and other key stakeholder groups critical to the future success of ViiV Healthcare.

  • Ensure ViiV activities are conducted in compliance with the governance framework set out in its Shareholder Agreement.

  • Represent ViiV to customers, suppliers, competitors, government, and non-governmental agencies.

  • Act as lead legal reviewer of Global Communications materials (with responsibility for co-ordinating input from other appropriate legal reviewers).

  • Assist the development of public policies on key political issues and ViiV’s medicines access policy to ensure optimal access and to minimise ViiV’s reputational risks.

  • Engage in the selection and management of external legal counsel in allocated areas of responsibility, where appropriate.

  • Manage disputes and litigation pertinent to areas of responsibility.

  • Manage one staff member.

  • Partner with Compliance to drive accountability for compliance.Ensure the ViiV organization is adequately trained to secure adherence to Policies and SOPs; where needed, provide training.

Why You?

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

  • Qualified legal practitioner admitted to practice law in England & Wales with a current practising certificate

  • Post qualification legal experience in a major law firm (across several areas of specialisation (see below)), with a significant proportion of that time working either working in, or advising as an external lawyer to, the pharmaceutical industry, followed by substantial experience in an in-house role in a multi-national healthcare company.

  • Broad array of legal expertise including a solid understanding of these areas of law: commercial, contract, competition, corporate, data protection, public company disclosure rules, ABAC/ interactions with Government Officials, regulations surrounding the development, manufacture, quality control and regulation of medicinal products.

  • Excellent drafting, communication, and interpersonal skills, with an ability to translate complex technical legal issues into plain English

  • Ability to interact effectively and confidently with clients at various levels of seniority.

  • Ability to work and navigate in a matrix organisation (often needing to exert significant influence without direct authority).

  • Ability to assess and manage competing business priorities (both within team and across different teams) in order to manage a heavy workload appropriately.

  • Cultural awareness and passion for supporting the HIV Community.

  • Experience of engaging with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Supra-nationals and/or not-or profit organisations (preferable).

Interested in Joining the Team?

Please apply via our online portal providing your CV and Cover Letter.
(Please take a personal copy of the Job Description, as this will not be available online post closure of the advert)

Closing Date:  COP 9th July 2022


Why ViiV & GSK

We are aware of how much is at stake for those affected by HIV and we show up every day 100% committed to the patients. Our work culture is fast-paced, diverse, inclusive, competitive, and caring. ViiV isn’t just somewhere to work – it’s a place to belong, an invitation to bring your very best, and a team full of impact-driven team members who are hungry to make a difference.


While we have been improving lives of HIV patients for 30 years, this is an especially exciting time to be at ViiV, as we evaluate novel approaches to treatment and prevention that could further reduce the impact of HIV on individuals and communities.

ViiV’s mission is to leave no person living with HIV behind.

At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader in Consumer Healthcare, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we’re making the most significant 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 ViiV Healthcare 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.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, 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*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss any adjustments to our process which might help you demonstrate your strengths and capabilities.  You can either call us on 0808 234 4391, or send an email

As you apply, we will ask you to share some personal information which is entirely voluntary. We want to have an opportunity to consider a diverse pool of qualified candidates and this information will assist us in meeting that objective and in understanding how well we are doing against our inclusion and diversity ambitions. We would really appreciate it if you could take a few moments to complete it.  Rest assured, Hiring Managers do not have access to this information and we will treat your information confidentially.

Important notice to Employment businesses/ Agencies

ViiV Healthcare does not accept referrals from employment businesses and/or employment agencies in respect of the vacancies posted on this site. All employment businesses/agencies are required to contact ViiV Healthcare's commercial and general procurement/human resources department to obtain prior written authorization before referring any candidates to ViiV Healthcare. The obtaining of prior written authorization is a condition precedent to any agreement (verbal or written) between the employment business/ agency and ViiV Healthcare. In the absence of such written authorization being obtained any actions undertaken by the employment business/agency shall be deemed to have been performed without the consent or contractual agreement of ViiV Healthcare. ViiV Healthcare shall therefore not be liable for any fees arising from such actions or any fees arising from any referrals by employment businesses/agencies in respect of the vacancies posted on this site.


Please note that if you are a US Licensed Healthcare Professional or Healthcare Professional as defined by the laws of the state issuing your license, ViiV Healthcare may be required to capture and report expenses ViiV Healthcare incurs, on your behalf, in the event you are afforded an interview for employment. This capture of applicable transfers of value is necessary to ensure ViiV Healthcare's compliance to all federal and state US Transparency requirements. For more information, please visit ViiV Healthcare Transparency Reporting For the Record site.

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