ViiV Healthcare Compliance Executive

GSK Undergraduate Industrial Placement Job Title: ViiV Healthcare Compliance Executive Industrial Placement


Reference Number: 6018f


Salary: Competitive


Degree Requirements: Must be an undergraduate studying any degree.


You will have completed a minimum of 2 years of your undergraduate degree but will not have graduated at the start of your placement. You will be expected to provide evidence from your university to show you will be an undergraduate student for the duration of the placement year.


Location: GSK House – Brentford


Duration: 1 year (approximately)


Scope of the role:


About us: ViiV Healthcare is a specialist company established focused solely on the research, development and commercialisation of medicines to treat HIV. Our aim is to take a deeper and broader interest in HIV/AIDS than any company has done before and take a unique approach to deliver new and effective HIV medicines as well as supporting communities affected by HIV. For more information on the company, its management, portfolio, pipeline and commitment, please visit


About the role: The ViiV Healthcare Compliance Executive Industrial Placement role will support the ViiV business to deliver ViiV Healthcare’s mission in an ethical and compliant way, aligned with the company’s values of Transparency, Respect, Integrity and Patient Focus.

As part of the Compliance team, the student will help manage key risks to the organisation by working within the compliance framework. This includes reading and interpreting policies and organising policy training sessions; creating clear and compelling communications using various media and platforms (e.g. email, PowerPoint, Word, Workplace); assessing and checking work (monitoring); arranging meeting logistics and documenting meeting outcomes.

The successful candidate will gain exposure to the entire breadth of Research & Development (R&D) and Medical Affairs activities within a global pharmaceutical company, as well as exposure to other key functions (such as marketing, legal, finance). The student is expected to bring a positive mindset, creativity, flexibility and an interest in ethics and compliance to the role. The student will manage multiple tasks independently and to agreed timelines, working with people across varied business functions, and will need an approachable and collaborative attitude.  The role will help build the chosen candidate’s practical skills to understand and manage business risk, work collaboratively and develop business communication skills.  The successful candidate will learn how a large organisation builds an ethical culture.

Finally, the role also aims to develop the candidate’s management skills. The post holder will be given specific projects to manage and deliver, to address their areas of interest and development needs highlighted in their programme in line with their professional ambition and university curriculum as much as possible. They will be able to learn about HIV disease and HIV treatments from experts in the field and will be given opportunities to attend training and workshop sessions with the global compliance team as appropriate. The post holder will have access to a broad network: at a minimum, at ViiV, they will be connected into Legal & Compliance, R&D and Global Medical teams, and at GSK, they will be connected into the global compliance team, as well having as other opportunities to make professional connections.

Key responsibilities: 

R&D and Global Medical Ethics & Compliance support 

Involvement in risk assessment activities for medical and R&D activities

Administration of written standards (e.g. policies and procedures)

Conduct, support or involvement in monitoring (such as adherence to processes) and audit activities

Creation, dissemination, organisation and analysis of surveys, data, reports and information, as required to support Compliance needs

Support of UK based above-country Risk Management and Compliance Board Meetings

Attendance at risk management and compliance board meetings

Compilation of meeting materials

Drafting meeting minutes

Support of global Compliance team 

Responding to simple Compliance questions and queries from the business

Management of document archiving for the UK-based Compliance team 

Support and/or leadership of Compliance communication projects e.g. compliance website, workplace posts

Materials (slides) for compliance-owned training, as may be required by the business

Preferred skills:

·         Approachable, collaborative and good attention to detail

·         Excellent communication skills – written, verbal and presentation

·         Good planning and organisational skills

·         Problem-solving/analytical skills, flexibility

·         Ability to work independently and as part of a team

·         Office/IT skills to apply to everyday work 

·         An interest in ethics, compliance, pharmaceutical R&D or the legal profession would be beneficial


Additional Details: The Assessment Centre for successful applicants is expected to take place in February 2021.


Closing date for applications: Thursday 31st December 2020


We recruit on an on-going basis and prioritise applications based on the application date.  


Applications will close when we have filled our assessment centre dates.


If you have what we’re looking for apply today!


This opportunity has the following recruitment stages you must successfully pass to be offered a placement year with GSK for 2021!

  1. Eligibility Form
  2. Online Assessment
  3. Application Form
  4. Assessment Centre