GlaxoSmithKline procurement internship, Argentina

About the company

GSK is one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. They are a global business with over 96,000 people across 100 countries.

GSK believes in developing innovative medicines and products that will enable people to do more, feel better and live longer. This is the challenge that they set to all employees and is what inspires and motivates them to deliver medicines, products and work with communities worldwide. They are a leader in the pharmaceutical industry and believe they are the only company both researching and developing medicines and vaccines for the World Health Organisation’s three ‘priority’ diseases - HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and they are very proud to have developed some of the leading global medicines in these fields.

About the internship

The Procurement Department in Argentina provides consulting and support to the local procurement community in South America.

The purpose of this assignment is to have a learning and developmental experience by putting theory into practice and contributing to the organization with fresh and innovative thinking.

It is proposed that the internship will last for a period of eight weeks. The precise dates are to be confirmed, but it is likely to begin in late June / early July and complete towards the end of August / beginning of September. All costs will be covered by Global Challenge.

The intern will:

  • acquire knowledge in the use of eCatalogues and e-Auctions tools by working together with Category Buyers and Managers
  • network with Latin American Regional Team and Global counterparts to share best practices in the use of these tools
  • identify top impact categories by country
  • implement e-auctions & catalogues, conduct training and suggest change management in order to continue building success once the intern leaves
  • increase buyer / supplier confidence in the use of the tool across Latin America

Priority should be given to the Central America and the Caribbean countries, Ecuador and Peru.

Person specification

Whilst not compulsory, applications would be favoured from students studying Business and/or Computer Science. English is spoken widely, but it would be very useful (for GSK and for the student) if candidates have some fluency in Spanish.

Project focus

The internship will focus on the procurement e-catalogue and e-auction strategies and implementation.


Support the opportunity to expand the eCatalogue program in Latin America. Current adoption levels in most of the countries in the Latin America have areas of opportunity to make more efficient and effective the Procurement operations. Lack of local support and time constraints are the biggest barriers to expanding the use of this tool further across the Procurement community and the local supply base. The key objective is to identify opportunities for developing several business impact catalogues, implement them, train local internal users in the use of the strategic tool and develop an organization to foster continuous improvement once the intern leaves.


Increase the level of usage of e-Auctions in the Latin American Region. Work together with Category Buyers in the development of e-Bidding strategies and implementation.



You may expect to develop the following skills or capabilities:

  • Oral communication (including telephone)
  • Written communication
  • Team working
  • Research skills
  • Problem solving
  • Innovation (e.g. helping organization to develop its services)
  • Personal initiative
  • IT skills


You can expect to gain knowledge of strategic procurement skills, engagement and influencing skills, team working, organisational skills for Supplier and User Training, presentation skills and multi lingual skills. You will also gain experience of business in operation in Latin America, networking opportunities, etc.

Evaluation process

You will be asked to complete a blog during your internship and to use the University’s personal development and reflection tool >>Progress>>. The University will also ask you to complete a short report on your experiences which will be used to aid your own reflection on the skills and experiences as well as being used for marketing purposes for the programme.

How to apply