Audrey, Business operations, Singapore
When you start your career in a big, global company like GSK, it can be hard to know what to expect.
What will the job be like? Will you be expected to know everything? Will your colleagues be nice people? At least these were some of the questions I had been thinking about when I arrived on my first day.
I really needn’t have worried. Right from the beginning, I found my colleagues to be so friendly and welcoming. We clicked instantly. The culture at GSK is supportive and family oriented – things I may have expected to find at a small company but was pleasantly surprised to discover here.
Whatever job you do at GSK, there's always a real sense that our work plays a part in improving patients' lives.
The other thing that struck me was the diversity of people. Being part of the Future Leaders Programme (FLP) community means we have lots of opportunities to interact with our peers from all around the world. Despite coming from different backgrounds and cultures, the close relationships I’ve built with these colleagues is something that’s worth so much to me.
It also makes coming to work every day very enjoyable! I’m on the Procurement career path in Singapore, which gives me four rotations over two years. This is perfect for me, as it uses both my people skills and my analytical skills. I’ve developed transferrable skills in key areas of procurement, such as sourcing, negotiating and contracting, while also picking up different subject matter knowledge, ranging from buying raw materials to media services.
Making sure that good and reliable suppliers are chosen in my daily work is vital to the continuity of our production. If this was disrupted, then it could have a significant impact on the access our patients have to their medication. Whatever job you do at GSK, there’s always a real sense that our work plays a part in improving patients’ lives.
Another big appeal of the FLP was the opportunity to experience different aspects of procurement to really specialise in this area. However, when I told my manager that I was also interested in getting some broader experience in Supply Chain, I was given the opportunity! Now, I’ve just started this as a cross-functional rotation.
With so much to pick up in a short space of time, the challenge is in learning quickly. You need to remember that you can’t do everything in six months – or even two years – so it’s important to focus on what you really want to achieve.
Right from the beginning, I found my colleagues to be so friendly and welcoming. We clicked instantly.
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