Jean-Gonzague

"The Future Leaders programme has really stretched and challenged me. During my first rotation, my mentor encouraged me to overcome my shyness by carrying out a project where I gradually met more and more people. This helped me gain confidence. I also worked with two very different types of bosses, one who was very logical and another who was more creative. This enabled me to understand more about my own character, and learn how to engage with different people and align their objectives with mine."

For me, it was always essential to work for a company that has a positive impact on people’s lives. When I was growing up in Amiens in France, I was inspired by my father’s example. He was a surgeon and I was fascinated to watch him cure people: one day they were in bed, the next they walked out of the clinic. I wanted to help people too, so I studied chemistry and decided to work in the pharmaceuticals industry, making medicines that would enable people to stay healthy.  

The Future Leaders programme has really stretched and challenged me. During my first rotation, my mentor encouraged me to overcome my shyness by carrying out a project where I gradually met more and more people. This helped me gain confidence. I also worked with two very different types of bosses, one who was very logical and another who was more creative. This enabled me to understand more about my own character, and learn how to engage with different people and align their objectives with mine.

One of my most interesting experiences on the programme has been my involvement with the ‘Voice of the Patient’ project. This brings patients into GSK sites to talk to scientists, researchers, physicians and employees about their healthcare needs. I worked as a project manager and clearly saw the benefit of listening to patients and helping people within GSK to see the consequences of their work on patients’ lives. It inspired employees to keep patients in mind throughout the process of developing new products.

Overall, the Future Leaders programme has helped me gain confidence, perspective and management skills. I’m currently leading a team of ten people, which is a completely new experience for me. I’ve also learned a lot about reacting quickly to problems and making decisions.

I want to have a positive impact on society by helping the people who are waiting for GSK to produce new vaccines that will cure diseases. My father sees quick results with his work, while I might need to wait 10 years to see a vaccine go into production. But I hope that I will succeed in realising my ideal as well as he has.

I’ve gained confidence, perspective and management skills and am currently leading a team of ten people, which is a completely new experience for me.

Jean-Gonzague