Communications & Government Affairs

What’s this area all about?

Communications is about giving us a voice to build trust and achieve our goals. Within the company, we engage, inspire and inform our employees. Outside the company, we manage our global brand image and reputation. We do this by developing and delivering consistent messages to patients and doctors, governments, investors, the media and the general public.

What is this career path like?

2 years
3 rotations

It’s our aim to prepare you for a future leadership role, so your early career development will be rapid during this two-year graduate training scheme. 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 communications skills while gaining valuable leadership training in the pharmaceutical industry.

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

What will I learn?

We’ll help you to develop your skills and knowledge across internal and external communications in our different business areas. These include Pharmaceuticals research and development or commercial groups, Consumer Healthcare, global manufacturing and cross-business groups such as investor relations, media, corporate responsibility, global brand and government affairs. You can also expect exposure to our global marketplace. There will be every opportunity for you to develop transferable skills such as leading cross-functional teams, influencing and presentation, and our graduate-specific leadership training will equip you with the skills you will need to become a leader.

Where can I work?

Our Communications and Government Affairs career path is available in the United Kingdom. But we’re a truly global organisation, so you may find the opportunity to gain international experience in the future.

What’s expected of me?

We’ll expect you to get involved in managing projects and prioritising a variety of tasks effectively. This means you’ll need to build working relationships with people at all levels of our organisation. In addition, you’ll analyse information and report your findings, so we can identify and understand trends, insights and facts relevant to the fast-moving healthcare industry. We’ll also ask you to help research and source this information. We want you to keep developing new skills and knowledge wherever you find the opportunity.

What do I need to succeed?

Whatever your degree, 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 who can quickly build a rapport with a wide range of people. It’s important that you can adapt to change and keep focused when the pressure is on. While you’ll have the drive and confidence to trust your own judgement, you’ll also be a real team player who actively collaborates with others. In addition, you’ll need an analytical mind, a talent for multi-tasking and the ability to influence others.