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Medical Affairs Industrial Placement

Brentford, London.

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With over 300 years of innovation, we’re a science-led global healthcare company that discovers, develops and manufactures innovative medicines and vaccines. 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. 

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GSK are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines products. Our challenging and inspiring mission is to enable people to do more, feel better and live longer by developing innovative products and improving access to healthcare for patients around the world.  

Whatever the role, you will experience working in a fast-paced research environment with access to cutting edge technology, whilst interacting with industry-leading scientists across multiple disciplines and sharing different experiences. During the internship, you will be supported and given training (laboratory and office practices, where applicable) until confident to work independently - with a focus on GSK health and safety requirements.  You will be enrolled in GSK internal courses to develop your knowledge of company policy and for your personal development including opportunities to attend seminars led by GSK scientists and networking opportunities.  

Take the first step in your career 

The Specialty & Primary Care (SPC) Therapy Area (TA) is responsible for developing and implementing global medical and commercialisation strategies for our broad portfolio of diseases and medicines, including respiratory, immuno-inflammation, nephrology and infectious diseases.   

The SPC External Engagement Team (EET) in SPC works across the portfolio of diseases and medicines partnering & developing medical affairs strategies and programmes that engage with key external stakeholders, including, healthcare professionals (HCPs), patients and professional societies across multiple channels. These medical affairs activities and programmes include a wide range of channels including digital, congress and social media.   

We partner with a broad group of internal and external stakeholders for the delivery of these programmes in our goal to deliver innovative, differentiated and best in class medical engagement to meet the needs of HCPs and patients.   

This is a critical & exciting time for the global medical affairs organisation with a mandate to deliver top quartile performance in our external engagement approaches. The EET is central to this ambition for the S&PC TA and therefore this role will be part of our response to ensuring success over 2022-2023. 

What will you do? 

Projects that the IP will work on will include; 

  • Delivery of programmes at key global congresses including virtual and physical exhibition booths and scientific symposia 
  • Delivery of external engagement medical education programmes including webinars, digital events and projects 
  • Delivery of professional relations programmes and activities, including steering group meeting, advisory boards, etc. for HCPs and patients
  • Leading and co-creating with global, multi-functional, matrix teams to deliver programmes and resources 

On a day to day level, this will involve; 

  • Liaison with the Conference Secretariat, external vendors, medical brand teams to develop the congress plan and manage the implementation (conferences can occur in any global location). 
  • Participating in and assisting in running cross-functional strategic planning sessions   
  • Multi-functional stakeholder management – engaging across the business on high profile projects
  • Stakeholder workstream management – attending workstream meetings and reporting back to the broader project lead team to ensure overall alignment to objectives
  • Investment and spend tracking – exposure to large scale budgeting and reporting 
  • Agency (external vendor) liaison
  • Close working with the regional and LOC stakeholders to co-create global strategies and tactical implementation
  • KPI and metrics management per project 

You’ll be excited by the thought of: 

  • Gaining Exposure across the business to commercial and medical / regional and local / regulatory 
  • Working and partnering with key external stakeholders including global expert HCPs, patient societies and medical societies and understanding of their role in the pharma development processes
  • Gaining an in depth understanding of the complex global pharmaceutical medical affairs environment and how this is essential for effective medicines development and commercialisation
  • Understanding of the internal and external regulatory requirements for pharma companies 

You’ll need: 

Key skills required include scientific knowledge, experience of successfully utilising digital platforms and social media, confident and competent communication (oral and written), outgoing, flexible and resilient with a sense of humour 

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 undertaking a Biosciences, Medical or Pharmacy degree.  


  • A salary of £21,000 - £22,500 plus a bonus 
  • Access to GSK resources such as employee assistance programmes, private healthcare, and training and development.   

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.  

Additional Details:  The Assessment Centres for successful applicants are expected to take place in February and March 2022. 

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Job ID Number: 311801
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £21,000 - £22,500 + benefits
  • All grades
  • 1 year
  • Stevenage, Hertfordshire
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science
  • Pharmacology

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