Associate Clinical Data Manager

by GSK

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  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • The Study Data Manager works within Clinical Operations of Pharma R&D and is a core member of the study team. They are responsible for ensuring a high level of data integrity in all the data that is generated from a clinical trial. This includes making sure the data meets the following ALCOA CCEA criteria. Data Managers work with LDMs to oversee the activities of Data Processors s, who carry out some of the more technical data-related tasks. Data managers also work with all members of the study tea, (Statistics, Programming, Medical Monitors, Study Managers etc.) to ensure data from the clinical trial site(s) is flowing to all the areas of the company it needs to in the most appropriate format. There is no standard day - leading meetings with various stakeholders, data reconciliation work, presenting to clinical study sites etc.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Absolutely. My confidence has increased dramatically over the course of my placement. I have developed my leadership skills, teamwork ability, communication skills, presenting skills, understanding of both my role, the company and the wider context of the pharmaceutical industry has hugely benefitted my commercial awareness. Additionally, professional conduct, networking, decision making, innovation skills.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes. I had to prove myself for the first 6 months but once I had done so the amount of responsibility & accountability given to me was significant. I was doing the same work as my colleagues who are permanent members of staff at GSK.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • My manager was incredibly supportive, ensured I had plenty of opportunity to stretch myself and placed a huge focus on my personal development. Additionally, I was able to nurture relationships with many of my colleagues which allowed me to make use of additional mentors throughout my placement. Even members of various leadership teams went out of their was to connect and support me through my placement.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 4/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Being completely transparent, GSK has been a pleasure to work with. It's culture promotes diversity and inclusion consistently. I have been incredible surprised by how willing my colleagues have been to welcome and support me. It does not feel like an impersonal huge corporate company at all, rather a community.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I have really enjoyed my placement at GSK and have benefitted from it dramatically. My placement was almost entirely remote-working due to the pandemic. However, I feel that my manager & the company as a whole has done everything they can to make me feel included, valuable and at home within the company. It has also not limited the amount of responsibility & accountability that I have been given over the course of the year. The placement year is very well-rounded with the opportunity to get involved with various ERGs & initiatives outside of project work.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 4/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at GSK
  • 4/5

  • 7. Would you recommend GSK to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to GSK
  • Take time to prepare for your assessment center by ensuring you have a plethora of examples which you can bring out in your interview - for example; a time you displayed innovative thinking. Additionally, don't try to put on an act at your assessment center/ interview, they will see through it and the aim is to get to know you as a person and what you stand for, your motivations etc.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


Central London and City

August 2021

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