Procurement - Future Leaders Programme (Singapore) 2018

Basic qualifications:

  • Degree in any disciple is acceptable
  • A genuine interest in Procurement, the commercial world and the healthcare industry
  • Minimum achievement of a Second Upper or GPA 3.0 and above
  • No more than 2 years post graduate work experience
  • Authorized to work within Singapore

Preferred qualifications:

  • Location mobility is required and must be able to travel
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Good problem solving and analytical skills
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Responsiveness and resourcefulness
  • Good project management skills


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a world leading research-based pharmaceutical company with a powerful combination of skills and resources that provides a platform for delivering strong growth in today's rapidly changing healthcare environment. The company is the second-largest drug company in the world, with estimated 5.3% share of the world's pharmaceutical market. The business comprises three types of products: prescription medicines, vaccines, and consumer health care products. GSK's mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

What's this area all about?

GSK's Global Procurement business has 900 employees operating across 50 countries, a truly global business.

Our Global Procurement organisation does more than just buying goods and services to support our patients and consumers worldwide, Procurement helps bring innovation and value to the entire business.

This could be bringing a new respiratory product technology from our suppliers to our patients or creating a value driven ad campaign with our social media partners to reach new consumers in emerging markets.

What will the programme be like?

We are offering you, through this two year programme, 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 rotations across direct and indirect procurement with an international perspective that will push you to your limits. This will be underpinned by the appropriate levels of support and training.

From day one you will be given direct responsibility to manage spend across various categories working closely with colleagues and stakeholders to deliver value to your customer and ultimately the patient or consumer.

What will I learn?

By developing best practice Procurement skills during the programme, you'll learn how to collaborate with our business partners and external supply chain to bring innovation and value to GSK. We'll also learn from your enthusiasm and fresh thinking that you can bring to our organisation.

Where can I work?

Initial roles are within Singapore. But we're a truly global organisation, so you may find the opportunity to gain international experience in the future.

What's expected of me?

We'll expect you to be a self-starter and get involved in managing projects and prioritising a variety of tasks effectively. This means you'll need to build working relationships with people at all levels of our organisation. Not least, we want you to keep developing new skills and knowledge wherever you find the opportunity. We will expect you to deliver, to a high standard, against the challenges and opportunities that are offered to you.

What do I need to succeed?

Whatever your degree, you'll need ambition, a genuine interest in procurement and the commercial world coupled with and a self-motivated, proactive approach. We're looking for clear, effective communicators who can quickly build a rapport with a wide range of people. It's also important that you can adapt to change and keep focused when the pressure is on. While you've the drive and confidence to trust your own judgement, you're a real team player who actively collaborates with others. In addition, you'll need an inquisitive analytical mindset, a talent for multi-tasking and the ability to influence others. Highly desirable attributes also include language skills and cultural affinity.

How do I apply?

Click the Apply Now button to submit your application today. You will then be requested to enter your personal information and then submit your responses to two questions about your interest and motivation to work for us.

Essential Programme Criteria

Before submitting your application please ensure that you meet the essential criteria for the programme that you are applying to and that you provide this information accurately. Please note that if you do not meet the essential requirements of the programme, you may receive an automatic response, declining your application.

Online Testing

As part of our selection process we may ask you to complete between one and three online assessments. You will receive an email from us with a link to a personalized 'my assessment' homepage where you can access your first assessment. Please note, you will be given 72 hours from receipt of this email to complete your first assessment. If you don't complete the assessment within 72 hours, it will expire and your participation in our selection process will come to an end.

We would like to advise you to review your email daily to check whether you have been sent your first assessment.

Timeline & Assessment Process

Our robust recruitment process includes online application, online testing, video interview and assessment centre.

Applications open on September 11 and close on 19 October 2017

Late submissions will not be accepted.

It is expected that our Assessment Centre will run in End November/December 2017

Reasonable Adjustments:

If you require any reasonable adjustments during the application process, please contact us at [email protected] to discuss your requirements in confidence.

Contact information:

You may apply for this position online by selecting the Apply now button.

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