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Medical Operations, Industrial Placement

Brentford, London.

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About us:

ViiV Healthcare is a specialist company established by GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer in 2009, with the addition of Shionogi in 2012 after working together on the development of several drugs. We are 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 Medical Operations Industrial Placement enables the chosen candidate to experience working with the Global Congress team, which formed in 2019 from an initiative endorsed by the ViiV Executive Team to design and implement a long-term three-year strategy to be implemented across the business.  It is an opportunity to join a function that stretches across all business functions as well as global, regional and local teams and work on high profile projects engaging directly with senior stakeholders. The impact of the global pandemic has brought more focus on the business opportunities provided by scientific congresses, to connect and reconnect with the global scientific community and with our key partners in global HIV advocacy, policy and also PLHIV. 

This team is critical in assessing, managing and effecting change across the business following the major shift in the global events industry to virtual and hybrid models as a result of the global pandemic, starting with global scientific congress management and moving through region to LOC (Local Operating Company).   

The chosen candidate will gain experience of owning a congress project end to end, evaluating how to best implement global strategy from a medical, commercial and external affairs perspective, deliver materials within the scope of local regulations, set KPIs and assess the ROO (return on objective).  The team is highly accountable, high functioning and delivers high profile projects under pressure.  Therefore, the placement student will develop a great grounding in how all functions of the business come together under one business strategy.  It is a particularly challenging and exciting time for the business as we move into a new portfolio era.  

In addition to the IP experiencing this working operating model, further mentoring will be provided by the Director of Global Congress Strategy and objectives will be provided from the start of the assignment and frequently reviewed to ensure that there is an appropriate stretch balance. 

Key responsibilities: 

Reporting into the Global Congress Strategy Director, this role would be responsible for supporting in the following activities: 

  • International Congress Management including VCSC (ViiV Congress Steering Committee) and the Global Congress Sponsorships Committee comprised of a senior cross-functional Global team led by Harmony Garges, VP Global Medical Affairs (ViiV Executive Team sponsor)
  • Medical and Commercial Strategy Planning
  • Input into Global Business Planning
  • Owning the end to end management of the Virology Education Conference sponsorship programme – liaising with the Conference Secretariat and Scientific Communications teams to map out the annual programme including publication overview, allocation of attendance, managing sponsorship benefits with regional/local leads globally (conferences can occur in any global location). This will give an IP exposure across the business with both commercial and medical / regional and local / regulatory / international scientific organisations. 
  • Owning the ViiV internal global congress hub including the attendance portal and resource library
  • Participating in and assisting in running cross-functional strategic planning sessions   
  • Multi-functional stakeholder management – engaging across the business 
  • Investment and spend tracking – exposure to large scale budgeting and reporting 
  • Agency liaison
  • Close working with the regional congress operating groups to ensure alignment to global strategy and tactical implementation
  • KPI and metrics management per project  

Preferred Skills: 

  • Effective communication 
  • Stakeholder management 
  • Accountability and leadership skills 
  • Strong organisational skills   
  • Ability to work independently as well as a team
  • Creative thinker / Solution orientated 
  • Ability to work with virtual teams  

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: 311736
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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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