Esprit R&D and Physician development

If you are an ambitious and talented physician this could be your fast-track route to scientific leadership, with one of the world’s leading science-based businesses.

Kishore Pasikanti, employee, working in a lab, Singapore

This is a three-year course for qualified physicians interested in becoming scientific leaders at GSK. R&D is the lifeblood of our organisation and we need the brightest minds to bring our R&D strategy to life. This programme develops all the skills and knowledge needed to help make scientific breakthroughs that can change millions of lives.

What is unique about Esprit?

This programme develops business acumen and research expertise in equal measure.  You’ll be in an intellectually demanding, diverse environment where physicians and scientists meet to do the ground-breaking work that patients and our business depend on. Support and mentoring is excellent throughout the programmes, and you’ll have regular access to senior management and leading scientific thinkers.

Breadth of experience and opportunity

Over the three years you will rotate around our R&D and medical affairs departments, gaining the different perspectives that are crucial to good leadership. You’ll work with and learn from the best scientific minds in the world.

With Esprit, you can get a breadth of experiences that would take eight years or more on a normal career path. It can be challenging but you learn to adapt quickly and discover how you can have an impact in a short period.

About the programme

The programme could set you apart from your peers. If you perform well, you’ll be in a good position to accelerate your career in our R&D function equipped with the expertise and experience needed to take on a senior leadership position. We don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to training and development. Roles on completion of the programme will be based on individual capabilities - nothing is guaranteed. Throughout the programme we’ll look to you to display the necessary behaviours to thrive in our business. There's no limit to success here, so it's up to you to prove yourself.

Do you qualify for the programme?

If you are qualified physician with commercial acumen and strategic decision-making skills, fluent English and a proven track-record for delivering value through problem-solving, innovation and creative thought, then the Esprit R&D and Physician Development programme could be perfect for you.

Candidate criteria

  • Qualified physicians
  • Strong commercial acumen and strategic decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated record of delivering significant value
  • Proven scientific and theoretical capability, together with high levels of innovation, creativity, and the ability to solve complex problems are required
  • English language fluency required
  • Local language fluency for country of application
  • Eligibility to work in the country of application

How do you apply?

Our recruitment cycle starts in the summer, with successful candidates usually joining the programme from March onwards the following year.

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