Louise Littlefair

I started at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) after graduating from the University of Aberdeen with a first-class degree in Biochemistry.

I decided to move from science into business after completing an amazing summer internship with GSK though the Saltire Foundation. My first job was business planning co-ordinator within the global manufacturing and supply team, this gave me great insight into supply chain at GSK and gave me breadth of experience. From here, I moved into supply chain procurement, buying a range of materials for our manufacturing sites, from colours and dyes to mint oils. This was a fantastic experience and the global nature of the role incentivised me to gain work experience outside of the UK. In 2018, I applied for the GSK PULSE programme which offers employees to take a 6-month work assignment at a NGO/charity to do skills based volunteering. I moved to Tanzania to work for Amref Health Africa, working with them to improve their procurement process. After returning to GSK, I was ready for my next role and was successful in securing a role in the audit and assurance team as an audit manager looking at supply continuity. Throughout the 6 years I have worked at GSK, I have always been lucky to work with and be mentored by successful women leaders. As I have progressed through my career, I have been keen to give back by mentoring internally at GSK and actively participating in external mentoring programmes.