Procurement

What’s this area all about?

Procurement is a pioneering, influencing function; with over 900 members across more than 50 countries we buy goods and services on a global scale. But we do more in global procurement than just purchase things. We partner with business units to drive value from supplier relationships to support GSK’s strategies and targets to ensure a secure supply in all areas of our business – from pharmaceutical development to consumer health products.

What is this career path like?

2 years
4 rotations

This two-year career path offers you an outstanding opportunity to support the commercial ambitions of GSK and progress your career into senior leadership roles in the pharmaceutical industry. You will receive a solid grounding in procurement management through a variety of challenging rotations across direct and indirect procurement with an international perspective that will push you to your limits. This will be underpinned by the appropriate levels of support and training.

You will be given direct responsibility to manage spend across various categories, working closely with colleagues and stakeholders to deliver value to your customer and ultimately the patient or consumer.

What will I learn?

By developing best practice procurement skills during the scheme, you’ll learn how to collaborate with our business partners and external supply chain to bring innovation and value to GSK. We’ll also learn from the enthusiasm and fresh thinking that you can bring to our organisation.

You’ll have the benefit of improving your procurement management skills in the fast-moving pharmaceutical industry. You’ll also gain valuable leadership training through a combination of mentoring, classroom sessions and on-the-job training.

Where can I work?

Our Procurement career path is available in the countries listed below. Initial roles are within your local country. 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 be a self-starter who will enjoy managing projects and prioritising a variety of tasks effectively. You’ll need to build working relationships with people at all levels of our organisation. We will expect you to deliver, to a high standard, against the challenges and opportunities that are offered to you. We will want you to take full advantage of the wide range of leadership training that we provide, so you equip yourself to become a leader of the future. Not least, 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’ll need ambition, a genuine interest in procurement, the commercial world and the healthcare industry, and a self-motivated, proactive approach. We’re looking for clear, effective communicators 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’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 inquisitive analytical mindset, a talent for multi-tasking and the ability to influence others. Highly desirable attributes also include language skills and cultural affinity.