Corporate Secretariat

Learn how a Global listed company functions at the centre by joining Corporate Secretariat. Understand how the Board interacts with its CEO and Executive Team. How strategy is considered and implementation is monitored. Understand how companies respond to feedback from shareholders. Get an overview of the corporate structure and how it facilitates the effective operations of the Group.

Join Corporate Secretariat and get a solid grounding in corporate secretarial practice and governance in a global listed organisation in the pharmaceutical industry. This leadership training scheme is designed for customer-focused analytical thinkers with a good commercial awareness, an eye for detail, and a passion for maintaining and developing strong governance practices that directly influence our growth and development.

What’s this area all about?

Corporate Secretariat is all about ensuring that GSK remains compliant with all statutory and regularity requirements globally, to build trust with all our stakeholders, and by facilitating decision making. We do this internally by supporting colleagues across the Group from the CEO down in understanding legal obligations and by helping directors and senior managers make decisions in a way that our stakeholders and corporate governance requirements dictate. We collaborate extensively with the rest of the organisation and are involved in corporate projects that impact on the future development and direction of GSK.

What is this career like?

3 years
3 rotations

It’s our aim to prepare you for a future leadership role, so your early career development will be rapid across this three-year career path. As well as experiencing challenging job rotations across a variety of business areas, you’ll be supported by formal learning and coaching. You’ll have the benefit of improving your understanding of corporate governance while gaining valuable leadership training in the pharmaceutical industry.

We’re a global healthcare industry company with numerous functions. So the skills you learn will stand you in good stead for a successful career across many areas of the business and, potentially, many countries.

What will I learn?

You’ll develop a sound understanding of corporate secretarial practice and governance through a series of challenging, in-depth work placements and through studying for your ICSA (or equivalent) qualification. These rotational placements will give you a detailed insight into a large, multi-national company.

By developing corporate secretarial practice and governance skills during this career path, you’ll learn how to collaborate with our business partners and external suppliers to bring innovation and value to GSK..

Corporate Secretariat will give you visibility and an understanding of the role each of the corporate functions play in making GSK successful. So even if you decide that you don’t wish to become a Company Secretary, you will be very well placed to move into other corporate roles.

Where can I work?

Our Corporate Secretariat career path is available in the United Kingdom.

What’s expected of me?

You’ll be a self-starter who will get involved in managing projects and prioritising a variety of tasks effectively, often working in cross-functional teams. This means you’ll need to build working relationships with people at all levels of our organisation. Not least, we want you to keep developing new skills and knowledge wherever you find the opportunity. We will expect you to deliver, to a high standard, against the challenges and opportunities that are offered to you.

What do I need to succeed?

Ideally, you’ll have a legal, accounting or business degree, but a general interest in this area is more important. In addition, you must have ambition, a self-motivated approach and the ability to interpret information and communicate it in a clear and compelling way. We’re looking for proactive graduates with strong communication skills and an eye for detail, who can quickly build a rapport with a wide range of people. It’s also important that you can adapt to change and keep focused when the pressure is on. While you have the drive and confidence to trust your own judgement, you’re a customer service orientated team player who actively collaborates with others. In addition, you’ll need the ability to multi-task and to influence others.

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