Commercial management (Pharmaceuticals)

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Aaron Stein
Commercial management (Pharmaceuticals)

Program overview

We are committed to widening access to our products, so more people can benefit, no matter where they live in the world or what they can afford to pay. Our commercial teams are responsible for understanding our patients, consumers and customers. They then develop and implement strategies so more people can do more, feel better and live longer.

Commercial Future Leaders programme in pharmaceuticals aims to develop our future commercial business leaders. Challenging rotations will give you the chance to develop a range of business skills and a deep understanding of the healthcare environment.

What do we look for in a candidate?

  • Commercial awareness and business acumen
  • Self-discipline and drive
  • Resilience and change agility
  • Courage in decision making
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and influencing skills
  • Ability to understand complex products of a scientific nature
  • Proactive approach to solving problems and challenges
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Read about Kiran's experience at GSK

I think GSK is one of the few companies that take people development seriously. I've never seen such a structured programme, nor this flexibility to explore diverse roles.

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What you will do

  • Learn and represent GSK products to appropriate healthcare professionals through building capabilities in scientific knowledge, business acumen and customer engagement
  • Deliver projects in commercial functions, such as sales, along with marketing, operations or analytics
  • Learn how to prioritise and manage multiple projects, objectives and deadlines
  • Build your skills in marketing, sales and project and customer management
  • Shape your development and attend courses specific to your needs and interests
  • Challenge your agility to learn new skills and concepts

Experience and rotations

  • 2-3 years

  • 3-4 rotations

    across the core areas of our commercial business: sales, marketing and a breadth rotation

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Read about Aaron's experience at GSK

"At GSK, there's a real sense of purpose: of why you're here. It's to improve the lives of patients. That makes work more meaningful and in turn makes you more thoughtful with your work."

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Our commercial management graduate pathway will stimulate your early career development through broad-ranging experiences. It’s our aim to equip you to become a future leader in our business. Your development will come through challenging job rotations, supported by formal learning and coaching. You’ll have the benefit of improving your commercial management skills while gaining valuable learnings on functional and interpersonal training interventions.

Your job rotations will provide a breadth of experiences across the core areas of our commercial business: sales, marketing and a breadth rotation, which will give you an opportunity to work outside commercial functions or outside Pharma business.

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Read about Summer's experience at GSK

"Honestly, this path took me a little by surprise. Throughout my undergraduate and master’s degree in biochemistry, I had accumulated a lot of lab experience – it’s what I knew. So when I decided to develop my career in the pharmaceutical industry, I just assumed I would move into a role in Research and development. But during my application to GSK, I was told that my background and skills would also be very well-suited to the Commercial management programme."

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What happens next

After completing the programme you will off-board into a permanent role in the commercial pharma organization. The off-boarding roles vary depending on the market, your individual development plan and the business needs; for example, you can expect to off-board into roles in marketing, sales, commercial excellence, multi-channel marketing teams, etc.

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Read about Hewan's experience at GSK

"Since joining the GSK Future Leaders Programme (FLP) three years ago, I’ve grown in professional maturity very quickly. I knew it would be a challenging experience when I signed up, but I was determined to face each barrier and come through the other side a better person."

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Asia: Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Vietnam.

Africa: Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania

Europe: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom

North America: Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, USA

South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador


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