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Project Management R&D (Research & Development) Degree Apprenticeship, GSK House, 2022

(BSc) Project Management

Why GSK?   

At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader in Consumer Healthcare, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we’re making the most significant changes we’ve made to our business in over 20 years. 

We’re on track to separate and create two new companies in 2022: New GSK with a leading portfolio of vaccines and specialty medicines as well as R&D based on immune system and genetics science; and a new world-leading consumer healthcare company of loved and trusted brands.   

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With new ambition comes new purpose. For New GSK, this is to unite science, talent, and technology to get ahead of disease together – all with the clear ambition of delivering human health impact; stronger and more sustainable shareholder returns; and as a new GSK where outstanding people thrive.   

Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it. How we do all this is through our people and our culture. A culture that is ambitious for patients – so we deliver what matters better and faster; accountable for impact – with clear ownership of goals and support to succeed; and where we do the right thing.

So, if you’re ready to improve the lives of billions, join us at this exciting moment in our journey. Join our challenge to get Ahead Together.   

Achieve your career goals on our apprentice programme

On our 4-year programme receive tailored on-the-job training from industry experts from day one combined with early responsibility to help you to develop and progress.

You’ll be working towards a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Project Management. This programme will be taught through blended distance learning.

If you are offered a role; you will have a buddy or a mentor who will help you to prepare for joining GSK and will be there to offer support and guidance throughout your Apprenticeship.

Working with both your line and programme manager we want to identify the right opportunities to help you succeed in the short term and throughout your career with us. 

What will you do?

Your apprenticeship will be in the Project Management Excellence team that is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of Project Management processes, business rules and practices across GSK R&D, to support the drug/vaccine development with excellence in project management discipline across all phases. This encompasses methodologies, training and behaviours enabling the teams to manage the projects efficiently.

You will be based at the Global Headquarters for GSK in Brentford and be part of the Strategy, Portfolio and Operations (SPO) department within R&D.

Your duties might include:

  • Supporting and leading enterprise R&D projects to pipeline project delivery from start to finish, whilst developing the following skills:
  • Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Financial Management
  • Change Management
  • Organisational Strategy
  • Stakeholder & Communications Management
  • Risk Management
  • Governance & Quality Assurance
  • Working with cross functional teams across the globe to ensure the successful delivery of projects
  • Exploring continuous improvement opportunities to improve and ensure an efficient project delivery process, developing your creativity.
  • Utilising data to drive analytics and provide insights.

On successful completion of the apprenticeship there are a variety of career development options as the department is incredibly diverse from Strategy, Portfolio and Operations roles to opportunities to move across R&D and lead Pipeline Asset projects.

You’ll be excited by the thought of:  

  • Learning about drug development 
  • Enabling medicines and vaccines to reach patients worldwide
  • Gaining broad experience across the field of Research and Development of breakthrough medicines
  • Developing your problem-solving and solutions-oriented mindset to support project delivery
  • Developing your business skills (Project Management, Change Management, Strategy) and understanding of the Pharmaceutical industry
  • Learning how to prioritise and manage projects, objectives, and deadlines with high attention to detail.
  • Working across a global matrix organisation
  • Studying towards your Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Project Management.
  • Exploring further continuous development opportunities for further accreditation (e.g – Project Management Professional Certification etc…)

Education required

  • 5 GCSEs or equivalent grade 9-5 (A*-C) including Maths and English Language (not Literature).
  • To have achieved or be predicted to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points from your top 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) not including General Studies.
  • To include 3 A-Levels at grade C or above.

Benefits include:  

  • A competitive base salary of £22,000 per annum.
  • An annual bonus
  • A recognition programme to reward exceptional work by you and your team
  • A performance and development programme
  • Training and Development (including opportunities to attend annual Apprentice development events)
  • Access to employee health and well-being programmes
  • A fully-sponsored nationally recognised qualification

We would love to receive your application and recommend you apply as soon as possible – we may need to close the role early when we have high levels of applications and do not want you to miss out!

We want you to be motivated and passionate for the Apprenticeship you apply to – so will only accept ONE Apprenticeship application per candidate each year. Please do your research before applying and select the one Apprenticeship you wish to apply to – good luck with your application!

Start date: September 2022

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  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £22,000 + benefits
  • Brentford (London)
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