Procurement Development Program ("Prospects in Procurement")

Each year GSK spends more than $14.2 billion on materials, services, and capital equipment.  It is the role of Procurement to manage this spend and source suppliers for all strategic and operational purchases at GSK.

Our mission is to enable GSK to achieve its operational and financial objectives, by delivering significant savings while meeting or exceeding all business requirements - including availability, quality, and service. Our core business process, Sourcing Group Management, involves cross-functional collaboration between Procurement professionals and our internal business partners to maximise the benefit of supplier agreements and contracts to GSK.

GSK Procurement is on a journey to become the best procurement organization in the world, demonstrating world-class excellence in people, processes, and technology. Our eSourcing tools are the best in the business, with 90% of spend identified as appropriate for eSourcing.

The program

We are offering you, through this three-year program, an outstanding opportunity to support the commercial ambitions of GSK and progress your career into senior leadership roles.  You will be provided with a solid grounding in Procurement through a variety of challenging roles that will push you to your limits, but will be underpinned by the appropriate levels of support and training. 

In return we will expect you to deliver, to a high standard, against the challenges and opportunities that are offered to you.  You will need to be commercially driven and possess the energy, passion, and positive attitude to succeed and take on real responsibility from day one.  The structure of the program may require you to work at any GSK site. 


Typical locations are Philadelphia, PA, and Research Triangle Park/Zebulon, NC.  Participants may experience up to three different site locations while progressing through the Development Program, so total mobility within the US is essential.


The program is structured into three, 12-month assignments within separate procurement areas.  The three areas are Production, Global eSourcing Team (GeST), and Non-Production.  The non-production assignment will be in one of the following areas; Commercial, IT, Corporate Services or Research & Development. 

On a day- to-day basis you’ll be responsible for managing GSK spend within particular categories, building and running e-bid events/auctions, project management, supplier conditioning and negotiation, data analysis, market & supply research, and stakeholder engagement. 

When nearing the end of each assignment you’ll work with the management team to identify the next business area that will be appropriate for your skill development and meet business needs. 

At the end of the program, if you have delivered to the standards that we expect of you, you will have the opportunity to apply for permanent roles within GSK.

Training and development

On joining us, individuals go through a departmental, corporate, and procurement specific induction process. Procurement Associates will participate in the Sourcing Group Management program to learn how they can apply best practice tools and techniques in the development and implementation of an integrated procurement strategy.

Associates will also participate in quarterly developmental planning activities with their line manager throughout the three-year program in order to identify learning requirements. Individuals will be supported by their line manager, the Global Procurement Learning and Development Team and existing associates on the Prospects in Procurement program, throughout their three-year development program.

Key facts

  • 3-year Graduate Development Program
  • Open to all degree disciplines, prefer supply chain, logistics, business management
  • Number of vacancies: 3
  • Start date: September 2012
  • Applicants must hold a full US work permit for this program
  • Applicants must have less than three years' work experience since leaving university

Apply to the Prospects in Procurement Program.

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