Esprit R&D

Our Esprit R&D and Physician Programme is all about developing future scientific leaders, with the knowledge, capabilities and behaviours to deliver our strategic R&D challenges. Lasting three years, this global development programme has been created to attract high-potential individuals and put them on a fast track to leadership.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry into the programme.

Find answers to questions you may have in the Esprit FAQ (PDF download)

Programme Details

In return for strong performance, dedication and commitment the Esprit tailored programme enables high-potential people to develop their knowledge and broaden their global business perspective. The programme offers unique access to assignments both in your home country and overseas. This will enable you to expand and apply knowledge across a range of disciplines, from discovery research to commercialisation and business development. You’ll be working in an intellectually demanding and diverse environment where scientists and physicians come together. 

Thomas Webb
Thomas Webb, Research and Development Strategy, Esprit Associate

Complete the programme and you’ll be 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, however, and 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.

Business Opportunities

Challenging rotations will give you an unrivalled variety of experience across our R&D and medical affairs organisations. You’ll have all the guidance you need through a dedicated mentor, regular exposure to senior management, a series of development courses and one-to-one coaching to support your development.

The program is a career differentiator for program members. Members who have a high level of success on the program and are recognized for their contributions are well positioned to accelerate their careers in the R&D function within GSK. Career paths vary widely by your interest, career alignment, and overall business need.

Candidates Criteria

  • PhD scientist / PhD chemists / 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

Recruiting & Hiring Process

We will reopen for applications in the summer of 2017. Please revisit this page from March onwards for more details and specific timelines.