Richard


The work I did during the FLP, the relationships I made and the reputation I gained have been a direct catalyst for an accelerated career ever since. The top leadership team takes an interest in people on the FLP, which can have an impact on your career. Nothing’s handed to you on a plate and you have to be self-sufficient. But the opportunities I received during the FLP are the reason I am where I am now.

One of the key reasons I’ve stayed with GSK so long is that I’m proud of our mission to help people do more, feel better and live longer. Good health is the foundation of everything; without it, nothing else matters. So when I hear about someone’s life being saved or improved by a GSK product, that’s important to me.

For example, GSK is leading the way in tackling neglected tropical diseases such as lymphatic filariasis (commonly known as elephantitis), which threatens more than a billion people worldwide. The company has committed to the WHO to donate as much albendazole as necessary each year until the disease is eliminated.

I can see a direct connection between my work and GSK’s mission. I’m currently working on a project to connect third party logistic providers to our new SAP system. This will ensure that GSK can take electronic orders, pick, pack and ship stock efficiently and ultimately deliver medicine to patients.

The FLP pushed me to focus on areas and skill sets that I needed to develop. A twelve month placement within Global Network Services was challenging, as Network Infrastructure was new to me but I had to hit the ground running and lead projects immediately. However, the experience increased my confidence in discussing this type of technology and has helped me many times in my subsequent career.

The people I met during the programme still help me to get things done today. Often, success or failure depends on people rather than processes or technology. Due to my network of FLP contacts in Asia Pac and Europe, I can call on people who can help get projects moving.

The work I did during the FLP, the relationships I made and the reputation I gained have been a direct catalyst for an accelerated career ever since. The top leadership team takes an interest in people on the programme, which can have an impact on your career. Nothing’s handed to you on a plate and you have to be self-sufficient. But the opportunities I received during the FLP are the reason I am where I am now.

The top leadership team takes an interest in people on the FLP, which can have an impact on your career.

Richard