Engineering

Programme overview 

Engineering is about developing leading-edge, robust and cost-effective manufacturing technologies that make treatments to save lives. Our talented teams include chemical, electrical, mechanical, biopharmaceutical, sterile and automation engineers. They ensure we have the latest technology and processes to deliver four billion packs of medicines and healthcare products a year.

What do we look for in a candidate?

A relevant engineering degree and strong technical skills are just the start. You’ll also need the following skills:

  • The ability to work well with others and build strong relationships with key stakeholders
  • A genuine interest in the healthcare industry
  • A self-motivated, proactive approach
  • Strong problem solving and communication skills
  • Technical strength: an analytical mind and processes driven
  • Ability to adapt to change and keep focused under pressure

What will you do

  • You will develop your skills in an industry that is making radical changes to the way it develops and manufactures products
  • You will participate in projects and prioritise tasks effectively
  • You’ll analyse information and report your findings
  • Build an understanding of the state-of-the-art technologies we use

Different FLP engineering disciplines

Automation engineering

As an automation engineering graduate at GSK, you can expect to work on:

  • Maintaining and troubleshooting site control systems
  • Managing automation projects e.g. modification or improvement design, upgrading and installing control systems, ensuring that suppliers and site equipment comply with international standards
  • Testing and commissioning

Biopharmaceutical manufacturing science and technology

As a biopharmaceutical engineering graduate at GSK, you can expect to work on:

  • Bringing bio-pharmaceutical products from R&D to full-scale manufacture
  • Technical problem solving and investigations
  • Protein therapeutics in genetically-modified organisms
  • Purifying protein therapeutics through centrifugation, chromatography and filtration

Chemical engineering

As a chemical engineering graduate at GSK, you can expect to work on:

  • A wide range of varied activities including new product introduction from R&D through to manufacturing
  • A range of different products and technologies from toothpaste to tablets including bulk manufacturing, sterile processes, granulation, compression and distillation
  • Identifying opportunities for safety and environmental improvements including HAZOP and risk assessments
  • Troubleshooting production problems in a manufacturing facility
  • Design, installation and commissioning of new process steps

Electrical engineering

As an electrical engineering graduate at GSK, you can expect to work on:

  • High voltage systems operations
  • Maintenance of electrical equipment
  • Providing assistance and leading electrical project work from design through to project implementation
  • Providing solutions for day-to-day issues and breakdowns
  • Involvement in energy-reduction and cost-reduction initiatives

Mechanical engineering

As a mechanical engineering graduate at GSK, you can expect to work on:

  • Project managing new equipment from design, factory acceptance testing and installation to validation
  • Increasing manufacturing efficiencies through improved safety systems, equipment performance and reliability
  • Providing day-to-day support for risk assessments, equipment issues and breakdowns
  • Energy management and sustainability
  • Managing multi-skilled engineering teams
  • Keeping abreast of cutting-edge technologies in precision engineering

Read about Alicia's experience with GSK

"Knowing you are working in a factory and it is a medicine and it is going to help people, you need to make sure the factory is running continuously."

Alicia

Experience and rotations

  • 3 years

    to give you wide experience within different roles and working environments

  • 3 rotations

    you’ll undertake business-critical roles within pharmaceutical or consumer healthcare supply, depending on your area

GSK offers a range of opportunities leading to successful engineering careers. This career path focuses our resources on training highly motivated and capable engineering graduates who want to improve their technical skills while gaining valuable leadership training in the pharmaceutical industry.

The three-year career pathway involves three rotations to give you wide experience within different roles and working environments, alongside a number of training courses. Throughout, you’ll have numerous opportunities to meet with other graduates on courses and at networking events. You will undertake a number of core training and personal development courses, alongside additional opportunities arranged using your personal development budget.

Joining our Global manufacturing and supply (GMS) division, you’ll undertake business-critical roles within pharmaceutical or consumer healthcare supply, depending on your area.

What happens next

Previous graduates have landed in roles where they are working to ensure GSK makes the right products and delivers them to the right place at the right time.

Locations 

Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Kingdom, USA

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