Become a Future Leader at GSK and help change the face of healthcare.

GSK is a place where ideas come to life. As one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical companies, GSK is dedicated to delivering products and medicines that help millions of people around the world do more, feel better and live longer.

Operating in Australia since 1886, we provide about 1500 skilled jobs across the country, working with researchers and doctors to discover new ways of treating and preventing disease. In 2016 we invested $39 million in local R&D and contributed $457 million to Australia’s pharmaceutical and medicinal exports.

Excited by the constant search for innovation, we value performance achieved with integrity. We will attain success as a world class global leader with each of our people contributing with passion and a clear sense of purpose.

Finding the next generation of leaders for our business is no small task, since there’s no one kind of person who succeeds at GSK. The international scope and inherent diversity of our business means that all types of people find they can flourish and grow within the company.

GSK Future Leaders Program

What Programs are offered?

GSK’s Future Leaders program seeks Bachelor or Master level graduates in the below disciplines, coupled with a strong interest in general management and with the real potential to be a future leader of the business:

  • Engineering (VIC)
  • Business/Commerce (VIC & NSW)

What will the program be like?

These three-year programs will involve three to four rotations, placing you in different locations across Australia and in some cases the globe. Within each rotation you will work on an important project, making a valuable contribution to the business and challenging yourself to be the best you can be.

The Future Leaders Program suits graduates who want a career with real purpose. It’s an accelerated development program that equips graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes to move quickly into senior positions at GSK. Participants benefit from a rich variety of structured training, individual mentoring, and opportunities to experience different aspects of the business. From the start, our challenging rotations will help you deliver the standards of excellence that we’d expect from a future leader.

What do I need to succeed?

Our Future Leaders need ambition, commercial awareness 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 have the drive and confidence to trust your own judgment, you’re a real team player who actively collaborates with others. In addition, you’ll need an analytical mind, a talent for multi-tasking and the ability to influence others.

How do I apply?

GSK will not be recruiting externally for any 2021 Future Leaders. Applications for the 2022 intake will open in February 2021.

Essential Program Criteria

Before submitting your application, please ensure that you meet the essential criteria for the program 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 program, you may receive an automatic response, declining your application.

For more information, visit our global Future Leaders Program website.

Hear from our past and current Future Leaders

“Working as a graduate in production engineering at GSK has been a wonderful start to my career. I work with an incredible team of motivated, supportive and clever people that drive me to think and contribute every day.

My role has offered the opportunity to work with cross functional teams delivering safety, quality and efficiency focussed improvements across the site and my manager and those around me have gone above and beyond to support me in achieving these.”

Mason Briner
Engineering Graduate - Future Leaders Program 2015

“I would highly recommend the Future Leaders Program to any graduate engineer looking for unparalleled accelerated development as leaders within a global industry leader. The program is held in a high regard internally, and provides access, exposure and responsibilities that would not otherwise be gained. For me, what makes this graduate program stand out is the commitment GSK makes to tailoring my experiences and rotations to align with my career objectives, particularly highlighted by being given the chance to travel abroad this year for development opportunities.”

Isaac Barr
Engineering Graduate – Future Leaders Program 2015

“I started as an Automation Engineer with GSK in January 2015 after completing my Bachelor of Engineering Mechatronics degree at the University of Newcastle. Part of the Automation team, I was quickly assigned a project which involved a new manufacturing process. Being part of this project has allowed me to innovate and contribute my ideas. I work across different divisions onsite with many people of different technical backgrounds from chemical engineers to economists. People with experience willingly mentor me, which has enhanced my knowledge and confidence in technical applications as well as in the broader business. Since beginning I have completed training of all kinds which aligned to GSK culture and will continue throughout my career. The Future Leaders Program is an exciting opportunity for personal and professional development, I am excited for what the future has to offer.”

Sam Wiggins
Engineering Graduate – Future Leaders Program 2015

“The Commercial Future Leaders Program is not your ordinary Graduate Program. In my first four months I have already had the opportunity to help launch a new product as a Medical Representative, and am looking forward to the exciting opportunities to come!”

Lauren Katos
Commercial Graduate – Future Leaders Program 2015

“My experience so far has been great! Everyone is supportive and is always there for me when I need a hand. I am also paired up with a mentor and a buddy, which made the transition from university to work much easier. Technical training and personal development training are also planned for me throughout the year to accelerate my development at GSK.”

Jaison Ni
Engineering Graduate - Future Leaders Program 2014

“Throughout my 2 years on the Future Leaders Program, I had the pleasure of rotating through three diverse roles, within three different teams. This allowed me to gain a broad range of experience and depth of understanding of the GSK business, whilst focusing on developing leadership skills and key capabilities.”

Stephanie Papillo
Commercial Graduate – Future Leaders Program 2013

"If you’re interested in jumping into an exciting industry and learning how it all fits together, with a company that will give you opportunities...Than this is the program to apply for. The FLP is a graduate program where you will learn leaps and bounds on the job, have the opportunity to travel overseas, learn how the industry works, work with fantastic people, and help improve the lives of patients everywhere."

Jonathan Taylor
Commercial Graduate – Future Leaders Program 2013