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Esprit finance

Our Esprit Finance programme is open to exceptional MBA graduates from all backgrounds with a passion for finance. 

Our three to four-year rotational programme offers opportunities for individuals to develop through real work, driving growth in our global business, whilst making a difference to patients and consumers.

We are currently closed for applications but there are many opportunities available for MBAs to join the GSK Finance organisation.  We have Finance roles in all our markets across the globe. Outside of the Esprit programme, you can choose which roles and locations you wish to pursue (dependent on qualifications and right to work) and you will drive your own development and opportunities within the GSK Finance organisation.  Please refer to our recruitment site.

I really wanted to work for a company that had real impact on people's lives, and GSK certainly fulfils that role.

About the programme

The rotational programme offers opportunities for individuals to develop through real work, driving growth in our global business, whilst making differences to patients and consumers.

Our finance organisation plays a critical role in driving business performance and growth. This is an opportunity to become one of our future global finance leaders, learning from industry experts in an environment of constant innovation. In return for strong performance, dedication and commitment, the Esprit finance programme enables high-potential people to develop their knowledge and broaden their global business perspective.

What will the programme be like?

The programme brings together intensive personal development, on-the-job coaching and constant access to senior business leaders. You'll take on a wide range of roles. You’ll work as a finance partner supporting an area of the business such as Research and development (R&D). You'll spend time in corporate finance, giving you a broader overview of our finance organisation. You’ll have a role in a leadership position managing a team. Across the programme, you will gain both breadth and depth of experience to build on your existing skills and capabilities. 

The focus will be to develop and expose you to a range of opportunities that meet your needs as well as those of the business. We are selective in our recruiting process so we can offer a more tailored programme and a more personal experience.

Where can I go?

Complete the programme and you’ll be equipped with the expertise and experience needed to take on a senior leadership position in your home country. We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to training and development. Roles on completion of the programme will be based on individual capabilities - throughout the programme we’ll look to you to display the necessary behaviours to thrive in our business. There's no limit to success here, so it's up to you to prove yourself.

What will I learn?

Challenging rotations will give you a broad range of experience across our finance organisation. Although you'll be taking on challenging roles right from the start, we'll support your personal and career development at all times. Formal and on-the-job training is provided, as is access to senior management through an assigned sponsor from our finance leadership team. We will also offer you a mentor to support your ongoing development and provide constant support from the programme team.

Associates who are successful on the programme are recognised for their contributions and are well positioned to accelerate their careers in our finance function. Career paths vary widely by your interest, career alignment, and overall business need.

Here are a few examples of roles that former Esprit associates have taken on upon completion of the programme:

  • Finance Director
  • Director - Business Optimisation Lead 
  • Senior Finance Partner
  • Finance hub Team Lead
  • Site Finance Lead

What do I need?

  • MBA
  • the desire to develop a career in finance in the healthcare industry
  • strong commercial acumen and strategic decision-making skills
  • demonstrated record of delivering significant value, change management
  • globally mobile
  • english language fluency required
  • local language fluency for country of application
  • eligibility to work in the country of application

How can I apply?

We are currently not accepting applications for 2021 recruitment. Please check back for further information on 2022 opening dates.

If you are interested in MBA internships please visit postgraduate internships

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