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Compliance Executive, Industrial Placement

Brentford, London.

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About us:

ViiV Healthcare is a specialist company established focused solely on the research, development and commercialisation of medicines to treat HIV. Our aim is to take a deeper and broader interest in HIV/AIDS than any company has done before and take a unique approach to deliver new and effective HIV medicines as well as supporting communities affected by HIV. 

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About the role:

The ViiV Healthcare Compliance Executive Industrial Placement role will support the ViiV business to deliver ViiV Healthcare’s mission in an ethical and compliant way, aligned with the company’s values of Transparency, Respect, Integrity and Patient Focus.  

As part of the Compliance team, the student will help manage key risks to the organisation by working within the compliance framework. This includes reading and interpreting policies and organising policy training sessions; creating clear and compelling communications using various media and platforms (e.g. email, PowerPoint, Word, Workplace); assessing and checking work (monitoring); arranging meeting logistics and documenting meeting outcomes.  

The successful candidate will gain exposure to the entire breadth of Research & Development (R&D) and Medical Affairs activities within a global pharmaceutical company, as well as exposure to other key functions (such as marketing, legal, finance). The student is expected to bring a positive mindset, creativity, flexibility and an interest in ethics and compliance to the role. The student will manage multiple tasks independently and to agreed timelines, working with people across varied business functions, and will need an approachable and collaborative attitude.  The role will help build the chosen candidate’s practical skills to understand and manage business risk, work collaboratively and develop business communication skills.  The successful candidate will learn how a large organisation builds an ethical culture. 

Finally, the role also aims to develop the candidate’s management skills. The post holder will be given specific projects to manage and deliver, to address their areas of interest and development needs highlighted in their programme in line with their professional ambition and university curriculum as much as possible. They will be able to learn about HIV disease and HIV treatments from experts in the field and will be given opportunities to attend training and workshop sessions with the global compliance team as appropriate. The post holder will have access to a broad network: at a minimum, at ViiV, they will be connected into Legal & Compliance, R&D and Global Medical teams, and at GSK, they will be connected into the global compliance team, as well having as other opportunities to make professional connections.  

Key responsibilities:  

R&D and Global Medical Ethics & Compliance support 

  • involvement in risk assessment activities for medical and R&D activities
  • administration of written standards (e.g. policies and procedures)
  • conduct, support or involvement in monitoring (such as adherence to processes) and audit activities
  • creation, dissemination, organisation and analysis of surveys, data, reports and information, as required to support Compliance needs 

Support of UK based above-country Risk Management and Compliance Board Meetings 

  • attendance at risk management and compliance board meetings
  • compilation of meeting materials
  • drafting meeting minutes 

Support of global Compliance team  

  • responding to simple Compliance questions and queries from the business
  • management of document archiving for the UK-based Compliance team 
  • support and/or leadership of Compliance communication projects e.g. compliance website, workplace posts
  • materials (slides) for compliance-owned training, as may be required by the business 

Preferred skills: 

  • Approachable, collaborative and good attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills – written, verbal and presentation 
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Problem-solving/analytical skills, flexibility
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Office/IT skills to apply to everyday work   
  • An interest in ethics, compliance, pharmaceutical R&D or the legal profession would be beneficial 

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. 


  • A salary of £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.  

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Job ID Number: 311715
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £22,500 + benefits
  • All grades
  • 1 year
  • Brentford, London
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Disciplines accepted...

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

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