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Procurement – Industrial Placement Programme 2022

Brentford, London. Open to all STEM.

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Procurement at GSK 

Procurement in GSK is a global function, with over 700 employees around the world, based in 50 countries. Global Procurement is responsible for proactively managing more than £12 Billion of 3rd party spend, managing 43,000 suppliers in 92 countries.  

Procurement activity includes managing a range of goods and services that can be split into (i) direct and (ii) indirect categories. The direct category includes materials that are purchased that will go into the actual medicines, vaccines and products that GSK sells into markets worldwide. Indirect categories are goods and services that are purchased by the organisation to support its operations and commercial activities, these may include for example: research and development expenditure, marketing services, capital equipment, facilities services, IT and travel.  

"I got so much more out of my placement than I expected!"

Be open to different sectors – Emily did a mechanical engineering degree and applied to an industrial placement with GSK, who lie within the pharmaceuticals sector. To watch the full Gradcracker/GSK webinar, click here.

Global Procurement’s objectives are: 

  • Increase our value delivery: drive savings to meet business targets, whilst ensuring quality and supply. 
  • Make buying simpler: Procurement understands business needs and connects GSK employees seamlessly to the right suppliers. 
  • Bring innovation from our suppliers to invest in accelerating the discovery, development and commercialisation of GSK’s innovation pipeline 

Want to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges?  

With over 300 years of innovation, we’re a science-led global healthcare company that delivers billions of innovative products each year. Our industrial placements are real roles with real responsibility, where you can gain experience in a purpose-led, performance-driven healthcare business. Join us and help millions of people do more, feel better, live longer. 

Take the first step in your career 

Procurement operates across 50 countries, making it a truly global function. And our team does more than buy goods and services – they help bring innovation and value to the entire business. Working with these highly skilled professionals, you could be involved in a wide variety of initiatives. You could bring a new respiratory product technology from our suppliers to our patients. Or perhaps create a value-driven ad campaign with our social-media partners to reach new consumers in emerging markets. With a stream of diverse and absorbing projects, Procurement is a fascinating area with tremendous scope for progress. 

What will this placement offer?

Your year with us will be spent working as part of a team on structured and challenging projects and activities. The Procurement department support all GSK business areas, including manufacturing, sales and marketing, corporate functions and research and development (R&D). This diversity of projects is reflected in the range of placements available. Wherever you’re based, you’ll put into practice the business skills you’ve gained at university, learn from experienced colleagues, and network with a wide community of business professionals, customers and other undergraduates. 

The knowledge and experience you gain will help you to stand out from the crowd and give you a firm idea about your future career options. As well as learning all about Procurement, you’ll develop core personal skills such as communication, planning, organisation, problem solving, team-working and networking. 

Degree requirements:

  • You will have completed a minimum of 2 years of your undergraduate degree in any STEM subject, but will not have graduated at the start of your placement. You may be expected to provide evidence from your university to show you will be an undergraduate student for the duration of the placement year and they are supportive of your placement. 

Our ideal student will have: 

  • A genuine interest in Procurement, the commercial world and the healthcare industry  
  • Ability to be a true business partner who can collaborate and build lasting relationships with key stakeholders 
  • Strong problem solving skills driven by curiosity  
  • Good communication skills with the ability to influence others 
  • The capability to adapt to change and work under pressure 
  • The drive and confidence to trust your own judgement 
  • Strong project management skills and prioritising a variety of tasks  
  • Awareness & sensitivity of different cultures and diversity within an international environment 
  • We need highly organised undergraduates who can communicate and network with their own teams and with other parts of our business. Above all, you must have the drive, confidence and commitment to get the most out of your time with us. 


  • A salary of £22,500, plus a bonus 
  • Access to GSK resources such as employee assistance programmes, private healthcare, and training and development. 

Start date: Summer 2022. 

Application deadline: We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications.  

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  • Ongoing
  • £22,500 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Brentford
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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