GlaxoSmithKline procurement internship, Argentina

*** Please note, the job description is designed to give you an idea of the tasks and responsibilities you may be involved with as part of your internship, and is yet to be finalised ***

About the company

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that reaches and develops a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare.

We have a significant global presence with commercial operations in more than 150 countries, a network of 86 manufacturing sites in 36 countries and large R&D centres in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China.

We are dedicated to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

About the internship

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

The internship has two main areas of focus: Supplier Categorisation and Identification of Preferred Suppliers:

Supplier Categorisation

Support the initiative to expand/optimise the Supplier Categorisation in Latin America. Current adoption levels in most of the countries in latin America have areas of opportunity to make more efficient and effective procurement reports. Time contraints and lack of local support are the biggest barriers to keeping our supply database updated. The key objective is to identify uncategorised suppliers and to verify if the current category of the rest of the suppliers is the correct one, update them and train local procurement teams in the way of maintaing this categorisation updated once the intern leaves.

Identification of 'Preferred Supplier'

Increase the level of usage of preferred suppliers in the Latin America region. Work together with category buyers, identifying if the suppliers we are using are preferred or not (according to the Global Policy) and marking them in our system to reflect this usage along the region.

Start date: June 2017 (TBC)

End date: August 2017 (TBC)

Duration: 8 weeks

Working Hours: 40 hours per week

Duties and Responsibilities

Acquire knowledge in the way GSK identifies the suppliers (categorisation and preferred/non-preferred flags) by working together with the category buyers and managers. Network with Latin American Regional Team and global counterparts to share best practices.

Identify top impact suppliers/countries, update supplier database, train local procurement teams in the way of maintaining this updated categorisation once the intern leaves.

Priority should be given to Argentina, Chile and Central America and the Caribbean countries.


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.

How to apply