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Nikita Shah

University of Western Australia
Engineering Graduate - 2016 to 2018
Nikita studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Commerce from the University of Western Australia (UWA)

 Why did you want to work for GSK?

I had a genuine interest and passion to work in the pharmaceutical industry. This stems from the rewarding and fulfilling nature of the day to work, where I know that at the end of the day the innovative projects and any research and development I may undertake has the potential to improve someone’s life. The company has strong core values that I can relate to and that align with my own and this was something I took into account when applying for roles. GSK make it a priority to operate a responsible and reputable organisation and to deliver on their promises. As a business, GSK provide support to developing communities with a strong focus on social responsibility. The firm is global with great diversity across the entire business and in the work culture. Particularly with regard to the program, GSK provides a well-structured program with a supportive platform to develop leadership skills and provide a tailored pathway to guide my personal growth and development.

What degree and university are you a graduate from?

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Commerce from the University of Western Australia (UWA)

What type of work do you do?

I am currently in my first rotation which is in Supply Chain (Planning) as a Site Scheduler with Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS) at the Ermington Site in NSW. The main function of my role is managing and supporting the end-to-end supply chain from purchasing the raw materials, controlling inventory, devising manufacturing and packaging schedules for release and to meet supply commitments and sales to the market. In addition to the daily tasks I am responsible for, I will be working on several projects this year to meet the site and team’s objectives on conformance to plan and ship targets. These will include improving current scheduling techniques, waste reduction and better tracking mechanisms in order to enable more robust long term planning capabilities.

Additionally, I will be engaging with cross-functional teams to work together to improve understanding and communication amongst these teams.

What was your pathway into the business?

The role for a graduate entry position was advertised specifically for the Ermington, NSW site. I have had a strong interest in working for the company, relocating interstate and being a part of this program for a number of years. I went through the full graduate application process designed to test various aspects, including your passion for the role, skill set, capabilities and preferred ways of working. The process consisted of an online application form, various online tests, video interview and a full day assessment centre at the Sydney site. It was a long and challenging process but I considered it to be a valuable experience as an undergraduate seeking my first entry level role.

What are the best aspects of being part of the Future Leaders program at GSK?

The best aspect of this program in my opinion and one which also aligns with my personal career goals and objectives, is the training and development opportunities provided to us and the on-going mentoring and support we receive from our mentors, senior leadership teams and colleagues. The performance development plans created at the start of each year encourage us to strive for high performance and to meet GSK’s expectations, which in turn drive our personal growth and development. The training plan over the 3 year program for the graduates is well structured and tailored to provide us with the ability to be future leaders in the business. I can say from my first few weeks of interacting and networking with my managers and colleagues on site it is a very friendly work environment and everyone is so willing to help, guide, mentor and support your growth and learning as a graduate starting out your career.    

What are some of the challenges of being part of the Future Leaders program at GSK?

One of the main challenges I believe fresh graduates who are coming straight out of a long university degree will have will be transitioning from university to the full time work routine. In terms of the program, I believe the main challenges will be meeting the expectations and learning objectives set out in the development plan while managing my time in a way to effectively complete all tasks, duties and on-going projects. I believe this will make me want to challenge myself to unlock my true potential.

What advice would you give to students and graduates considering an internship or graduate role at GSK?

I would say give it a go. I highly recommend the graduate program as an excellent pathway that presents many learning and growth opportunities. I have recently commenced my role here but from my first few weeks I would say this program would be perfect for someone who wants to be challenged, who is willing and flexible and who wants to drive change. If you are an enthusiastic, motivated and an open-minded person it would be an ideal program as the company is large and diverse and there is certainly potential to go far. Aligning with the company’s values and being passionate about the work GSK does is also an important factor when considering whether this is the right fit for you.

How would you describe the impact of being part of the Future Leaders program at GSK, on your career so far?

Being a fresh graduate after having recently completed my studies makes this opportunity very exciting. For me it is even more valuable as I was relocated for the role so I am starting my career in a new city and have already been given this great opportunity so early in my career. It is such a great feeling to have a job that I really enjoy and to work with people who are so supportive and and willing to help me at any time. The program has already got me thinking and working towards achieving my personal career goals. I am excited about learning the ins and outs and looking forward to what awaits me throughout the program, it can only get better!