Procurement Intern at GSK

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Internship (1-4 Months)
Brentford Greater London
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£16,000 - £17,999
Pharmaceutical Purchasing and Supply

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

You will be given a few different projects to work on, with real ownership from the beginning. Depending on what area of procurement you are in this could be anything from working with "The Big 4" to source cheap individuals to carry out our audits, to visiting our factory sites to meet with suppliers to buy the best value-for-money toothpaste tubes. There's lots of variation!

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

It was good fun, with a great work-life balance.


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt very valued and was given a lot of responsibility.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My line manager was always at hand to help me with any queries I had. If she was not able to help then she would always point me in the right direction and introduce me to those who could.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The work load varied quite a lot, although I think it very much depends on your specific projects.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was the project manager and procurement lead on two projects, and delivered real value on a third. This involved lots of responsibility as I was the main point of contact within GSK for these projects.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

While the specific business knowledge I gained is not wholly relevant to my degree, it will definitely bear me in good stead for my future career. I did however learn a lot of skills, from time management to communication and presentation skills, that will be very useful in my final year at university.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Everyone got on really well and there was the perfect balance of fun and work!


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

It was very organised and well structured, from the initial telephone interviews all the way through to the end-of-internship review and presentations.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

They invested a lot in me - even though mine was only a three month placement, they paid for me to travel to different sites for greater exposure and were always happy to fund me on training courses that were not compulsory for the placement.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I am not sure if I have got a job with them yet, but there are countless opportunities within GSK and I would be very excited if I got a job offer!



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Definitely - we tended to organise one event a week, ranging from a small music festival to trips to the pub, restaurants and nights out. These weren't compulsory at all but the fact that they always had a good turn out shows just how fun they were and how much everyone got on.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I was based in GSK House in Brentford, West London and so it was a bit cheaper than the rest of London even though still a bit more expensive than I'm used to. The rest of London is obviously quite expensive and so it could have been much worse,


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Lots of pubs and restaurants, although no nightclubs. It is however really easy to get into the centre of London from Brentford (20 min train into Waterloo / 15 to Clapham) and so was a really good balance.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Lots - touch rugby, football, charity runs, small music festival, meals out etc.