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EU Marketing Executive, Industrial Placement

Life Science degree.

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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 Marketing Executive roles will enable the student to develop a wide extent of marketing knowledge as they will be leading and supporting a range of projects whilst working within the European marketing team. Both roles therefore touch on several aspects and the candidates will be chosen depending on which the teams will fit them best: 

  • The ViiV Healthcare EU Brand Executive Industrial Placement role will allow the IP student to work in an energetic and passionate team with a high performing approach who will support the IP’s development to acquire various business processes such as learning about complex stakeholder management (markets, global, area). The IP student will also gain the opportunity to learn about launch excellence though delivering industry leading launches, whilst working in a matrix environment with different cultures. The selected candidate for this role will also get the opportunity to be involved within project management, learn about the marketing operations and work with various agencies of passionate marketers and digital leads above country and in European market. Besides working in ViiV’s unique operating model, to support the chosen candidate further they will be given a development plan agreed as from the start, mentorship once a month, a ‘Buddy’ within the future leader’s programme from the organisation, the chance to lead the delivery of marketing material while learning Marketing Ways training And Marketing Operations training.
  • The ViiV EU Commercial Executive role provides the IP Student to gain commercial business skills, along with stakeholder management experience and an understanding for the challenges in leading a promotional event. In addition, ViiV’s placement scheme will allow the IP to be trained and offered the opportunity to gain a clear and concise on-boarding plan, involving a 90 day plan which will be created with the IP student. As well as this a 70:20:10 approach to training and development with on the job learning working alongside the Commercial director and Commercial manager in which coaching will be offered, and an eLearning plan will be created with opportunities to join HIV lunch and learn sessions. The IP student will be encouraged to find a mentor in a different team to give further breadth and learn potential stretch objectives to work alongside the Commercial Manager on a key project. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the Networks Meetings with EU markets/ global organisation and follow up on actions
  • Monitor media plan content for Europe wide banners and adverts and ensure content is performing well, work with team to adapt if needed.
  • Lead and manage the organisation of EU Webinars, including follow up of:
  • Speakers Contracting Process
  • Stakeholder management with design agencies and approvers to coordinate the branded production
  • Close working with EU markets for the monitorisation of the attendee’s registrations to the events
  • Management of the Budget
  • Liaise with LOCS Brand managers to follow up on implementation of marketing tactics and digital tactics, manage the implementation tracker and prepare the brief for leaders
  • Deliver specific EU Marketing tactics to support Launch
  • Work on the internal engagement plan across ViiV and the broader GSK business for the brand
  • Lead and/ or support key marketing projects for the region including briefing external and Media Plan agencies
  • Creating and managing commercial + medical approval processes on Content Lab  

Preferred Skills: 

  • Self-Driven and resilient
  • Excellent organisation skills with an attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills verbally and written
  • Exceptional networking skills
  • Ability to demonstrate key prioritisation 

Degree requirements:

You will have completed a minimum of 2 years of your undergraduate degree, preferably in a life science 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.


  • 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: 311710
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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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