R&D Clinical Trial Specialist Degree

  • Employer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Job type Degree Apprenticeships
  • Salary Competitive
  • Deadline 30/11/-0001

  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Stockley Park in Uxbridge, West London.
  • Qualifications gained Degree
  • Date published 28/02/2019

Ever wondered who determines if new medicines are safe and effective for patients to use?  If so, you might be interested in our Clinical Trial Specialist apprenticeship.

Clinical trials are research studies that investigate whether a new medical treatment is safe and effective for humans, and Clinical Trial Specialists at our Stockley Park site are part of a multi-disciplinary team focused on the delivery and execution of the trials in multiple therapeutic areas.

Achieve your career goals on our apprentice programme

You’ll receive tailored on-the-job training from our in-house experts, combined with early responsibility to help you develop and progress.   You’ll be working towards a degree (BSc) in Biological Science (including but not limited to Physiology, Anatomy, Pharmacology, Pharmacy or Biochemistry) which could take up to 5 years to complete.  Your degree will be funded by GSK and approximately 20% of your time will be spent on your studies

Working with both your line and programme manager we want to identify the right opportunities to help you succeed in the short term and throughout your career with us.  You will be assigned a buddy or a mentor who will be there to offer support and guidance throughout your apprenticeship.

What will you do?

The Clinical Trial specialist apprenticeship could include rotations in roles which support Clinical trials in the UK and within a central (global) team. Your rotations might include:

Clinical Support Specialist

  • Administer, maintain and co-ordinate the logistical aspects of operational support for clinical trials according to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, and international and local regulations
  • Responsible for set-up and overseeing the Clinical Trial Files at a local and global level, using an electronic system

Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

  • Perform operational site (hospital or clinic) evaluation visits, study initiation visits, on- and off-site monitoring visits at the required frequency, and site closeout visits.
  • Assist the Local Study Manager with submission of Clinical Study Application to Regulatory Authority (RA) and local Ethics Committees (EC)
  • Delivers appropriate training to site staff and other relevant parties, as required and participate in global investigator meetings

Local Study Manager (LSM)

  • Have accountability for within-country execution and delivery of assigned clinical trials across therapy areas to timelines, budget and quality as defined in the study protocol as well as in local regulations and GSK written standards.
  • The LSM serves as the operational point-of-contact between the central study team and in-country operational staff, including Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) and other in-country staff aligned to the study.

Central (global) Study manager

  • You will project-manage studies conducted across multiple countries and interact with Local Study Managers from those countries.
  • You will have responsibility for many aspects of a clinical trial including set up and writing study documentation and plans and working with external vendors such as laboratory service providers.
  • There may also be opportunity to work on specialist aspects of a trial such as digital technology and clinical data management

You’ll be excited by the thought of:

•                Assisting in the delivery of clinical trials which help determine the safety of new medicines

  •        Build your scientific knowledge, business sense and customer relationship skills on a tailored

       development programme 

  •        Learning how to prioritise and manage multiple projects, objectives and deadlines with high attention to detail

•                shaping your own development

•                learning new skills and concepts

What qualifications do I need?  To be eligible for our Clinical Trials apprenticeship you will need:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A*-C (9-5) including English language (not literature), Science and Maths
  • to have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points from your top 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) not including General Studies
  • you must have an A Level (or equivalent) in a life science Grade C or above

You will need to hold a Full UK Driver’s License by the second year of your apprenticeship.

Where will I be based?

You will be based at Stockley Park in Uxbridge, West London.

In the CRA role (approximately 1 year), you would be required to travel frequently in the UK

When does the Apprenticeship start?

Our apprenticeships start in September 2019.

Benefits include:   

•                A competitive base salary

•                An annual bonus

•                Benefit programmes benchmarked against industry standards

•                A recognition programme to reward exceptional work by you and your team

•                A performance and development programme

•                Training and Development (including opportunities to attend events such as the Outward  


•                A nationally recognised qualification

Apply now:

When you apply, you’ll be asked for your personal information and why you want to work for us. We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and offer positions on a first come, first served basis.

Watch a video to get to grips with our recruitment process

Want to understand our whole recruitment process? Watch our video here

We’re 100% open to all talent

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.

Next steps in our application process:

If you seem like a good fit based on your application form, we’ll invite you to complete our World of GSK online assessment. This will give us a better idea of your strengths and suitability for our apprentice programme. Please check your email daily to see if you’ve been chosen – and complete the World of GSK by the deadline given.

If you succeed in the World of GSK, you’ll progress to the GSK Life job simulation. Following this, we will be looking back over the whole of your application so far to decide whether you meet the specific requirements of the programme in the country you have applied to.

The final round is our Assessment Centre. We anticipate this will be in Feb/March

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