Keith. Engineering Future Leaders Programme graduate in UK.

Keith

"GSK is very people-focused, and on the Future Leaders programme I’ve been lucky enough to have managers who have taken a keen interest in my development both technically and in a leadership capacity. In each rotation, whilst being thrown in at the deep end I’ve been given the support needed to succeed. You don’t have to spend three years shadowing other engineers before you can get involved! You’re given a degree of responsibility straight away as well as technical mentoring from people who have years of experience in your field."

GSK is very people-focused, and on the Future Leaders programme I’ve been lucky enough to have managers who have taken a keen interest in my development both technically and in a leadership capacity.

I’ve learned a huge amount through my rotations, working in teams that have a wealth of experience in different technical areas.

I began in Worthing, carrying out maintenance and repairs alongside experienced and skilled technicians who shared their knowledge with me. From there I moved into automation engineering at Barnard Castle, taking the lead on a number of sizeable projects. I felt valued that I was offered such responsibility so early on. Next I moved to Maidenhead where I supported a project to completely uproot and renew the control system for bulk toothpaste manufacture. Again, I was responsible for driving change and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.

In each rotation, whilst being thrown in at the deep end on occasion, this has been coupled with enough technical support to succeed. You don’t have to spend three years shadowing other engineers before you can get involved! You’re given a degree of responsibility straight away as well as technical mentoring from people who have years of experience in that area. I was impressed that senior engineers across GSK were interested in what I was doing and were there to answer my questions.

You’re also given a decent budget to spend on additional technical training. This has enabled me to develop my technical skills further. In addition, there are all kinds of leadership-focused courses that people in GSK usually only attend later in their careers. We receive that training earlier, which helps us to understand our leadership style and learn how to lead other people.

Throughout my three years on the programme, I’ve had a chance to lead various teams and projects and have overall responsibility and accountability for delivering changes. I’ve built up a good network purely through working at different sites within different teams, which is a real privilege. And I have one-to-one mentoring from senior people in GSK.

The Future Leaders programme has given me the best of both worlds: a good technical grounding within engineering as well as the tools to go on and become a leader in GSK. I’m confident the programme will stand me in good stead for my future career.

The programme gives me the best of both worlds: a good technical grounding as well as the tools to become a leader in GSK.

Keith