Finance in our business is not just about numbers. It’s about adding value and shaping strategy for the business. Our finance team works in partnership with the whole organisation to drive business planning, manage costs and maximise our cash flow. This helps us to generate new revenue for investment in research and development (R&D) and enhance returns for our shareholders.
What will this placement offer me?
Throughout the year, you’ll be embedding yourself in our global finance community, working alongside other high-potential finance professionals and doing a real job with real responsibilities. The experience will give you a solid grounding in financial management, insights into the workings of a global business and an understanding of the financial rigour demanded by of one of the world’s biggest healthcare companies.
We place high priority on personal and professional development. Finance challenges will come thick and fast, so you’ll always be learning something new. As well as developing your financial expertise and business knowledge, you’ll gain valuable communication, planning, organisational, problem-solving, team-working and networking skills.
At GSK we have a wide range of opportunities available in our Finance teams, Human Resources (HR) Data Analytics teams and our Global Manufacturing and Supply teams.
Do I have the skills?
No prior finance knowledge is necessary. In fact we’re looking for students from different backgrounds to bring their fresh perspective into finance with a willingness to learn and an analytical mind.
We’re looking for students from any degree background (particularly business, management, economics, maths and science) that are on track for a 2:1 or above. You should have achieved a minimum of 300 UCAS points (excluding General Studies) in your top 3 A levels as well as having achieved an A grade in GCSE maths or a grade A or B in A level maths. Your industrial placement must be recognised or supported by your university.
Whatever your degree, you'll be a self-starter with a strong interest in finance. Excellent communication skills are essential to establishing good working relationships, while strong influencing, analytical and multi-tasking skills will be required for your demanding role. You should also have a resilient personality and a strong commercial mindset.
Where will I be based?
As a finance placement with us you will be based at our headquarters GSK House in Brentford or at Stockley Park.
When can I start?
Placements start any time between June and September 2018 (start and end dates are flexible for the outgoing and incoming needs of the students and the business). Placements run for twelve months.
How can I apply?
Applications for Finance will open on the 11th of October.