Commercial management (Pharmaceuticals)
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.
Read more about Olga's experience at GSK
"Listening to doctors during my sales rotation helped me understand the importance of patient focus at a profound level. It gave me a deep insight into doctors’ daily routine and the challenges they face. And in my current role, it means I can identify the right opportunities to pursue based on patient insights."
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
Read more 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."
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
Read more about Alberto's experience at GSK
"I can distinctly remember the time during medical school, in Italy, when I realised clinical practice wasn’t going to fulfil my ambition. I’ve always had a deep patient focus and following strict guidelines to treat one individual at a time is a very privileged and rewarding position. But I wanted to do more; to be someone who could provide these interventions on a much larger scale."
Experience and rotations
- 2-3 years
across the core areas of our commercial business: sales, marketing and a breadth rotation
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.
Read more 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."
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.
Read more about Olanrewaju's experience at GSK
"Before I joined GSK, I practised as a community pharmacist and a medical representative. Both experiences were valuable, but I still wanted more. The Future Leaders Programme (FLP) really stood out to me for its structured focus on developing early talent."
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
Discover our benefits
Discover more about the rewards, training, development and mentoring opportunities we offer.
If you’re a talented, ambitious student or graduate and share our values, this two or three-year programme is an amazing opportunity to build leadership skills and start your career with one of the world’s leading scientific businesses.