graduate scheme

Clinical Programming and Statistics Future Leaders Programme

Job description

We’re looking for Future Leaders in Clinical Programming and Statistical Data Sciences at GSK

Clinical Programmers at GSK sit within the Biostatistics function and represent industry leading SAS experts for the exquisite delivery (analysis and reporting) of our clinical studies and data submissions to global regulatory agencies. The discipline works globally, spread across regions (UK, US and India) and provides leadership and accountability for all programming aspects for medicines within all clinical phases of drug development. A programming graduate would get hands on experience in the analysis and reporting of clinical trials (first rotation) and play an important role in defining and implementing strategies to modernise data delivery for clinical development (second or third rotation).

Statistical Data Sciences (SDS) is the start-up group for data science also within the Biostatistics function, alongside Clinical Programming and Clinical Statistics. Since one very common definition of “data science” is “the intersection between programming, data wrangling and statistics”, a programming graduate should find time spent here useful, both for him/herself, and also in terms of helping the Biostatistics function develop its vision for data sciences within the wider Development organisation (second or third rotation).
Develop your leadership potential on our Future Leaders graduate programme

  • Not only do we want to find the right candidate, we want you to choose a scheme that’s right for you.
  • Our Future Leaders Programmes are for those who aspire to be leaders, inspire others and relish some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges. We believe in focusing on the patient and conducting our business with integrity, transparency and respect for everyone we work with.
  • We invest heavily in your personal development to prepare you for a career as a leader through regular discussions with your line manager and support from a wide network of colleagues, but you are still the driver of your development. You will also have continuous training where 70% is on-the-job, 20% is through developmental relationships and 10% is through formal training and educational courses.
  • Our programmes are two or three years long and usually have 3-4 rotations. This is to enhance the development of your skills through having a breadth and depth of our business areas.
  • It should be almost impossible for a programmer within SDS not to be exposed to cutting edge methods in coding/data science, to develop basic statistical skills through exposure to Statisticians in the team, and to learn about the R&D process and how data science methods can be brought to bear on its challenges. You’d be involved in the “upskill” of Biostatistics with regard to common data science methods and philosophy and apply these skills on specific projects related to clinical development work
  • At the moment, the group is developing a version-controlled code repository, to maximise the value that most of Biostatistics’ population develop nearly every day. SDS is also developing a tool to identify clinical studies that measured biomarkers specific to scientific programmes in GSK, to pull those data into an analytics-ready form, and to make that platform available for clinical and research scientists. Other work involves developing prediction models for disease prognosis.
  • After completing this three-year programme, you will return to the role for which you were hired. The breadth of relevant technical experience, business and interpersonal skills that you will have acquired, together with the mentoring and networking opportunities you will have experienced, will allow you to excel in your career at GSK.
  • There is a thriving community of Programmers and Data Scientists working across multiple groups at GSK continually evolving to enhance the skills, processes and technologies that drive innovation and efficiency. Opportunities will be broad and plentiful.

What will you do?

  • You will collaborate with top clinical scientists and operational experts in the delivery of clinical trial results to progress medicines through drug development.
  • You will gain insights into defining programming strategies for clinical trial reporting and regulatory submissions (planning and execution)
  • You will receive training in SAS and other programming languages and then asked to apply your newly acquired skills for hands on analysis and reporting of clinical trial data, in adherence to study protocols and statistical analysis plans.
  • You may also explore data analytics and visualisations to improve presentation and interpretation of results.
  • You’d become familiar with industry-wide best practice and help to define and support the use of standards across the Clinical Programming function
  • You’d be encouraged to consider opportunities for the introduction of innovative approaches to improve standard processes. For example, increasing the use of automation for routine tasks and the application of machine learning to drive efficiencies and enable better focus resources.
  • You’d help drive capability development across Clinical Programming to expand the breadth of programming skills beyond SAS into languages such as R and Python.

Tailored training – and great career progression
We’ll tailor your training and development to suit your talents and ambition, as well as our business needs, setting you up for success in your chosen niche. After you complete our Future Leaders programme, you’ll have the skills to become a technical leader of the future, with a solid foundation for a career within the pharmaceutical industry. There’s no limit to how far you can go with us – it’s up to you to prove yourself.

You’ll be excited by the thought of

  • What you will do will be dictated by the needs of GSK’s pipeline of products, the needs of the Biostatistics function and your role. Opportunities exist to work on the delivery of pipeline assets in specific or varied diseases and experience challenges faced when working in different phases of drug development (phases I to IV). You will also have the opportunity to contribute to introducing new innovations to drive efficiencies and to the “upskill” of Programmers and staff across the Biostatistics function with regard to common data science methods and philosophy.
  • You’ll spend 12 months in the role for which you have been hired (Clinical Programming), then spend sequential 12-month rotations supporting Standards and Efficiencies and Statistical Data Sciences, choosing your second and third rotations in the previous rotation. They will be in the country where you are employed and will meet both your developing aspirations and the needs of the department.
  • Our work is varied and challenging with the common goal to advance the science of human health.

Our Future Leaders programme is designed to accelerate the development of graduates who don’t have significant previous professional work experience in the area to which they are applying. Of course, many graduates who join the programme have worked while studying or after graduation. If you’ve already developed substantial experience working in a professional role in your sector, while you would be able to apply for this programme, you may also want to look at direct entry roles in our businesses, as these may be the best way to build on your existing skills and expertise and develop a career at GSK.

Start date: September 2020.

What we are looking for

  • An innovative and flexible mindset
  • The ability to deal with complexity comfortably
  • Strong problem-solving ability
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • A resilient and ‘can do’ attitude with scientific reasoning
  • An interest in the analysis of scientific data, a keen eye for detail and high quality (an understanding of data science principles such as machine learning and automation would be advantagoeus).
  • Experience with at least one programming language (preferably SAS, R or Python however experience with shiny app development is also desirable).


A Bachelors or higher in mathematics, statistics, computer science, data science or related discipline

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

UK wide
Competitive salary

How to apply

We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications.

Assessment centre dates: Q4, 2019.

We’re 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability. We want to recruit the right people for GSK from the widest possible backgrounds, so we can better serve the diversity of our patients and consumers. And also because it’s the right thing to do.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 28 September 2020

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

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