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R&D Project Analytics - Industrial Placement Programme 2022

Brentford, London. Open to all STEM.

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The Project Pipeline and Resource Management (PPRM) Centre of Excellence Project Analyst is an enterprise role and key member of the Pharma R&D function in Strategy, Portfolio and Operations that is responsible for supporting project management and leadership of the GSK pipeline of new breakthrough medicines to solve global medical needs (Such a COVID 19 Vaccines) and is at the heart of GSK’s ambition to be highest performing leader in Industry. 

The PPRM COE Project Analyst role resides within 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. 

What will you do? 

PPRM COE Project Analyst will be accountable for: 

  • Leadership of Project Management methodologies. Supporting the development, implementation and management of project management methodologies such as processes, business rules, practices to support the project managers and the project teams.  
  • Supports complex projects for the development and implementation of new PM methodologies, capturing business needs from the stakeholders (project managers, global functional leads Portfolio, Finance etc). 
  • Supports maintenance of the whole drug/vaccine development framework working across Commercial, R&D and Supply Chain leadership teams. 
  • Partners with other teams in the PPRM CoE or TECH to develop the fit-for-purpose systems. 
  • Develops and provides onboarding and training and support the Project Management community (in PPRM and in other functions) in applying the PM methodologies.  
  • Drives continuous improvement of the PM methodologies and infrastructure, liaising with relevant partners (Internal and External) to achieve it. 
  • Ensures compliance with the PM methodologies and systems, identifying KPIs, set achievable targets, monitor and support the teams to achieve them, conduct audits etc. 
  • Ensures promotion and anchorage of Project Management Excellence principles across the R&D organisation 
  • Captures external trends and innovation related to the PM discipline, and ensuring GSK R&D remains at the edge of the industry for the PM methodologies and infrastructure. 

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 business skills (Project Management, Change Management, Strategy) and understanding of the Pharmaceutical industry 
  • Learning to manage projects and prioritise tasks 
  • Working across a global matrix organisation  
  • Gaining experience across a variety of therapeutic areas  

Degree requirements:

  • You will have completed a minimum of 2 years of your undergraduate degree, 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. 
  • You must be currently undertaking a degree in Business Management or related discipline. Degrees in a Scientific discipline, Maths/Physics, Business or Engineering will also align with the skills required. 

You’ll need: 

  • To be a motivated, curious and proactive  
  • A gift for building strong relationships with key stakeholders 
  • The ability to adapt to change 
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Strong leadership mindset 
  • A passion for science and delivering medicines and vaccines to patients 


  • 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: July 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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