Regulatory affairs

Programme overview 

The Regulatory affairs team ensures that all our new drugs meet the most rigorous standards set by the regulatory bodies across the world. We collect, collate and evaluate scientific data which confirms the quality, safety and efficacy of our medicines – all while keeping track of changing global health authority requirements.

These standards must be met as part of the registration processes for clinical trials and marketing approvals across the world. Join us, and you’ll get the chance to work with other functions across the business, offering guidance and scientific expertise wherever you can.

What do we look for in a candidate?

  • The ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders
  • A self-motivated and proactive approach
  • Ability to adapt to change
  • A real team player
  • You’ll need an analytical mind with good attention to detail
  • A talent for multi-tasking
  • The ability to influence others
  • Attention to detail
  • Passion for science
  • Energetic
  • Excellent communication

What will you do

  • Learn about drug development and registration
  • Enable medicines to reach patients in countries all over the world
  • Manage projects and prioritise a series of tasks
  • You’ll gain broad experience as a regulatory affairs professional
  • Develop your business skills and your understanding of the pharmaceutical industry
  • We’ll help you build knowledge of the drug development process, as well as regulatory agency guidelines and expectations
  • You’ll also learn about the principles of regulatory agency review processes


  • 4 rotations

    to improve your technical skills

  • 2 years

    gaining valuable leadership training through a combination of mentoring, classroom sessions and on-the-job training

You’ll have the chance to improve your technical skills while gaining valuable leadership training through a combination of mentoring, classroom sessions and on-the-job training. This experience will equip you to become a leader of the future, providing you with a solid foundation for a variety of careers within the pharmaceutical industry.

Regulatory affairs has a wide range of responsibilities and fields of expertise, and you’ll experience many of them on this graduate career path. In a series of rotations over a two-year period, you’ll spend time in at least four of the following areas:


Defining and implementing the global regulatory strategy, interacting with project teams and regulatory agencies, and focusing on the data that supports the clinical efficacy and safety of our products.

Chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC)

Supporting data for drug substance, formulation development and manufacture which underpins the quality of our medicines.


Providing the writing partnership between non-clinical research, development of scientific disciplines and regulatory affairs.


Ensuring information for prescribers (doctors and pharmacists) and patients is accurately and clearly expressed and maintained.

Regional teams

Regionally focused teams supporting Europe, emerging markets /Asia Pacific and North America, including policy and regulatory intelligence.

You’ll get to work on products across a number of therapy areas, which may include respiratory, cardiovascular, immuno-inflammation, infectious diseases, neurosciences and dermatology. You’ll also be working with scientists and physicians with all kinds of expertise, plus your regulatory colleagues throughout the world.

What happens next 

This regulatory affairs programme provides an excellent insight into not just the world of regulatory but also many other departments within GSK.

Each graduate is assigned to a senior leader from the department who will mentor the graduate through the programme, supporting their development and future career.


United Kingdom

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