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HR - Future Leaders Programme, UK, 2021

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Graduate scheme
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Exciting minds with our Future Leaders graduate programme – Human Resources

Education required:

Bachelors degree.  Human Resources, Business or Psychology degree highly desirable.  Graduation by Summer 2021

Language requirement:

Written and spoken fluency in your native language and English

Start date: September 2021

Other requirements:

  • Location mobility within the UK when joining and during the programme

*You can apply to only one Future Leaders Programme in the UK

Application deadline:

We accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible.

Want to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges

With over 300 years of innovation, we’re a science-led global healthcare company that delivers billions of innovative products each year. Join us and help millions of people do more, feel better, live longer.

We’re looking for leaders of the future in Human resources

Are you a graduate who relishes the thought of partnering with the business to equip it with the right people and skills to help improve the lives of our patients and consumers? Join us and you’ll have an exciting opportunity to help foster our values-led, high-performance culture. As part of our HR team, you’ll recognize courage, accountability, development and teamwork – and offer our people rewarding careers with great development and excellent benefits.

Develop your career

If you’re a graduate with the talent and ambition to understand our business as it continues to change, take accountability and lead others, we’ll equip you with the experience to become one of our Future Leaders.

Over two years, our graduate programme will challenge and support you to grow professionally and personally. You’ll have three rotations to grow your expertise as a HR generalist.  professionally and personally. You’ll have three rotations to grow your expertise as a HR generalist.  In the first two rotations you will explore organisation design, employee/industrial relations, project management, data analytics, talent, leadership development and reward.  You’ll also benefit from a further rotation with an HR Business Leader, strategically supporting their business leadership team to develop your experience and commercial awareness.

Your rotations will be stretching and we’ll support you every step of the way with formal and informal learning and mentoring.

What will you do

  • During each rotation, you will develop a range of competencies and world-class leadership skills

  • On top of this, you will develop a broad understanding of HR, through breadth and knowledge of our different business areas

In order to be successful on the program, we expect you to manage multiple projects and prioritize a variety of tasks effectively. Understanding our business, you’ll need to build working relationships with people at all levels of our organization.  With a focus on learning and data driven decisions as desirable skills, we want you to keep developing new skills and knowledge and behaviours. While on the program, you will be supported by your line manager and a senior HR mentor. Personal development is achieved through tailored training and development plans highlighting specific individual needs. On top of that, we also provide formal training and coaching to ensure your continued development is on track and you are successfully achieving your goals.

Tailored training – and great career progression

We’ll tailor your training and development to suit your talents and ambition, as well as our business needs. After you complete the Future Leaders programme, we’ll work with you to secure the right role for you, which might be an HR Manager. We’ll also support you with an ‘alumni development framework’ as you move into your new role – and with a strong HR network.

You’ll be excited by the thought of:

  • honing your skills in every aspect of a HR on a tailored development programme

  • Understanding our business and how we serve our patients and consumers collaborating with colleagues and customers around the world

  • managing projects and effectively prioritising tasks

  • researching and analysing information and reporting your findings

  • being curious and finding creative solutions to new challenges

  • building your network and developing new skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • To be interested in GSK’s business and its people

  • to be motivated to take on new challenges that provide learning and stretch outside of your comfort zone

  • to be interested in people and development

  • a digital and analytical mindset, demonstrating the ability to analyse information quickly and use it to make decisive decisions

  • ambition, resilience and high learning agility

  • to influence and gain commitment from different stakeholders

  • to be energised by team work and an active team member

  • to collaborate well with people at all levels and demonstrate credibility

  • to be courageous and confident to speak up in line with GSK’s Values and Expectations

  • to be curious, have an inquisitive, open-minded attitude and seek new ways to make progress

  • to demonstrate the ability and flexible mindset to adapt to change

  • to be a clear and effective communicator

  • self-aware and open to feedback to support your development

  • focused on delivering the best possible results for the organisation, showing determination, resourcefulness and as sense of purpose

Our Future Leaders programme is designed to accelerate the development of graduates who don’t have significant previous professional work experience in the area to which they are applying.  Of course, many graduates who join the programme have worked while studying or after graduation.  If you’ve already developed substantial experience working in a professional role in your sector, while you would be able to apply for this programme, you may also want to look at direct entry roles in our businesses, as these may be the best way to build on your existing skills and expertise and develop a career at GSK.

Benefits include:

  • A salary of £30,000
  • An annual bonus based on company performance
  • Relocation Allowance (eligibility will be confirmed once your first location is confirmed)
  • Access to healthcare and well-being programs, pension plan membership, savings programs, time off and childcare support
  • Employee recognition programs, which reward exceptional achievements
  • Long-term incentives through shared ownership link your rewards to our longer-term performance
  • On-the-job experience and formal and informal training and development, delivered through a mixture of coaching, mentoring and formal training programs

Apply now!

We accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible.


We’re 100% open to all talent

We’re 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability. We want to recruit the right people for GSK from the widest possible backgrounds, so we can better serve the diversity of our patients and consumers. And also because it’s the right thing to do.

Need help with your application?

We’ll make all reasonable modifications to support you throughout the recruitment process and we’ll treat all information you give us in confidence. Please get in touch to help us process your application as soon as possible.

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers.  As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

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