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Research and development (Vaccines) – Future Leaders Programme, Italy – 2021 at GSK

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Exciting minds with our Future Leaders graduate programme – Research and development (Vaccines)

Education required:

  • Medical Doctor Degree is essential
  • Preferred specializations include a, masters or PHD in the field of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Endocrinology, Infectious Diseases or Epidemiology

Language requirement: Fluent in English (written and spoken) and knowledge of Italian

Start date: October 2021

Assessment centre dates: August 2021

Other requirements:

  • Must have the right to work in Italy
  • 1 year work experience (internship, scholarship, apprenticeship are included) in a scientific institution, university or in pharmaceutical industry preferable

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 Research and development (Vaccines)

Are you an analytical graduate who’s keen to develop innovative vaccines that meet real public health needs? If so, you could be working on solutions with the potential to save lives worldwide. Our vaccines portfolio includes meningitis, rotavirus, hepatitis and influenza vaccines, and covers vaccines for children, adolescents, adults, travellers and the elderly.

And through a tailored programme of training, mentoring and work experience, you’ll learn all about it while honing your technical skills. There’ll also be the chance to pursue a career focused on specific vaccine projects. This popular and highly competitive career path attracts scientists from many disciplines.

We offer a competitive salary and a Total Reward package which is designed to invest in you and your development, help you save for the future and boost your health and wellbeing. Salaries are aligned to this programme, which has been designed to support the development of Future Leaders with little or no relevant work experience.

Develop your career

If you’re a graduate with the talent and ambition to lead others, we’ll help you develop the expertise to become one of our Future Leaders.

Over two years, our Future Leaders graduate programme will challenge and support you to grow professionally and personally. You’ll have three rotations in three different R&D departments, such as project management and an external facing position with direct customer contact with patients and healthcare professionals. You will spend your first year in a core R&D role in Siena followed by two further rotations one of which will be international.

It all begins with a one-year rotation where you’ll get to work on core activities within the R&D Vaccines function. Through this hands-on role and your later placements, you’ll get an outstanding insight into our Vaccines R&D business. You’ll see science in action in our labs, be part of a vaccines development project team, discover our clinical activities, meet our customers or learn about the risk and compliance side of vaccine production.

What will you do?

  • Participate as a junior team member to projects and contribute to achievement of specific objectives
  • Contribute to development of technical documents within a specific program or group of related programs
  • Manage dedicated short term projects within the area of assignment
  • Support where applicable, the Senior Leaders in representing GSK vaccines in meetings with health authorities, scientific community, technical teams and international agencies as needed
  • Participate in R&D activities for a study or a number of studies within a specific program or group of related programs
  • Improve the network with the internal stakeholders (i.e. Global Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Evidence Generation, External R&D, etc.)
  • Be accountable for duties and tasks related to the Future Leader Program (i.e. trainings, meetings etc.)

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, setting you up for success in your chosen niche. After you complete our Future Leaders programme, you’ll have the skills to become a leader of the future, with a solid foundation for a variety of R&D careers within the pharmaceutical industry. There’s no limit to how far you can go with us – it’s up to you to prove yourself.

You’ll be excited by the thought of:

  • include specific details around tailored development and training
  • learning how new products become reality on a tailored development programme
  • seeing how biology, chemistry and medicine come together in the world of vaccines
  • learning how vaccines are developed
  • managing projects together with multidisciplinary teams
  • sourcing and analysing complex information to help us make key decisions
  • being part of a diverse network, working with graduates from all over the world
  • gaining a good understanding of all areas of GSK and our Vaccines, from R&D to the commercial organisation

You’ll need:

  • Medical Doctor degree (mandatory) Preferred specializations, master or PHD in the field of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, endocrinology, infectious diseases or epidemiology
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English
  • 1 year work experience (internship, scholarship, apprenticeship are included) in a scientific institution, university or in pharmaceutical industry preferable
  • Strategic thinking skills and achievement oriented
  • Proactive and flexible
  • Good communication and cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to work within an international and complex environment
  • Willing to travel

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:

  • Permanent contract
  • Housing

Get to grips with our recruitment process

You’ll find hints, tips and guidance on our recruitment process on our website -

We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and offer positions on a first come, first served basis.

We have changed the way we recruit in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can learn more about how our practices have adapted here.

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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.

You can learn more about Inclusion and diversity at GSK here.

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