Corporate secretariat

Good governance and corporate secretarial practice form the backbone of large, well-run businesses. This career path will give you a solid grounding in both.

Programme overview

Our team promotes the understanding of statutory and regularity requirements on a global basis. In this way we build and enhance trust, ensuring that the decisions our business makes are in line with those legal requirements.

We do this by working with colleagues across the group, and through our involvement with corporate projects that impact on the future development and direction of GSK.

What do we look for in a candidate?

Ideally, you’ll have a legal, accounting or business degree. A general interest in this area is more important though. You’ll also need the following skills:

  • The ability to build strong relationships with, and influence people
  • A self-motivated approach with the ability to prioritise, multi-task and stay focused under pressure
  • The ability to analyse and interpret information
  • An eye for detail
  • The ability to adapt to change
  • The confidence to trust your own judgement
  • The ability to work in a team

What will you do

  • Develop a sound understanding of corporate secretarial practice and governance
  • Gain a detailed insight into a large, multi-national, and globally listed company
  • Help to deliver our corporate strategy
  • Learn how to collaborate with our business partners and external suppliers
  • Get involved in managing projects
  • Get the support you need to develop new skills and encouraged and enhance your knowledge all the time
  • Complete the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators qualification (or masters in corporate governance) and given opportunities to augment your learning with practical application 

Experience and rotations

  • 3 years

    of rapid early career development

  • Challenging rotations

    to gain valuable leadership training

We are preparing you for a future leadership role, so your early career development will be rapid along this three-year career path. Along with challenging job rotations in a variety of business areas, you’ll improve your understanding of corporate governance and gaining valuable leadership training in the pharmaceutical industry. You will have a direct influence on our growth and development.

These are some of the business areas future leaders on our program rotate through:

Special Operations

  • Involvement in company liquidations, incorporations, appointment and removal of directors, and the filing of statutory accounts for various subsidiary companies
  • Management of equity investments, undertaking quarterly reconciliations to ensure accuracy, and the completion of relevant Securities Exchange Commission filings relating to our US investments in conjunction with external counsel

Global Subsidiary Support

  • Drafting of minutes, shareholder resolutions, powers of attorneys, letters of authorisation, authorised signatory listings, and relationship letters
  • Completion and review of confirmation statements, return of share allotments, overseas company updates and statutory accounts, undertaking filings with Companies House
  • Attendance at risk management & control board meetings as well as subsidiary board meetings

Governance, PLC & Shareholder Services

  • Undertaking market intelligence reviews and benchmarking to assist in maintaining and communicating governance structures
  • Ensuring GSK plc’s compliance with statutory requirements, listing regimes, corporate governance requirements and best practice
  • Executing stock exchange announcements
  • Liaising with shareholders
  • Assisting in the organisation of the annual general meeting

What happens next

Many corporate secretariat FLP graduates continue their careers in GSK, some find an external role. Chartered secretaries go on to work in private and public companies, in the corporate and charities sectors, or in government (NHS trusts for example). Outside GSK they may work in a small team with a wider remit (pension, payroll, insurance and contracts as well as corporate secretariat practice and governance). Some 'leavers' manage a large team/department, or become technical experts in share plans, executive remuneration or corporate governance.


United Kingdom

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