Product development and safety

Programme overview 

Product development and safety is a department of scientists and engineers which turns pharmacologically active substances into life-changing medicines.

We progress the development of these medicines from discovery through clinical trials and registration to the factory and beyond.

We also manage R&D supply chains to ensure that the right experimental medicines or discovery research compounds get to the right place at the right time to meet the needs of clinical trial volunteers and scientists respectively.

What do we look for in a candidate?

To thrive in product development and supply, you will need:

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • The ability to adapt to change quickly and work under pressure
  • The ability to work in, and influence, diverse multidisciplinary teams
  • The ability to generate and interpret data, and turn it into knowledge
  • A passion for the field of science and engineering that you will work in
  • A desire to apply that science and engineering to the development of new medicines
  • Awareness that there is a patient at the end of everything we do

What will you do

What you will do will be determined by the needs of our product pipeline and the role you are working towards. Because of the highly specialised nature of the science and engineering work that we do, Future Leaders Programme roles in product development and supply vary markedly between individual programs.

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Different programmes

Device engineer

This role is UK-based.  Device engineering are seeking candidates who are able to:

  • Demonstrate an interest and proficiency in one of the three technical disciplines that reside within device engineering:
    • Device design
    • Applied mechanics
    • Advanced manufacturing technology
  • Contribute to detailed reviews of different technologies and device designs to identify potential strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Utilise state-of-the-artcomputer aided engineering tools, in line with your chosen technical discipline, to either:
    • Create innovative, patient-centric device concepts and design solutions
    • Build mathematical models to understand the operating space, within which a technology and/or device design will operate
    • Develop new manufacturing processes from which new devices can be produced
  • Effectively communicate your observations and suggestions based upon sound engineering principles and understanding
  • Design, develop and execute test protocols to validate any mathematical models, design remediation ideas or new manufacturing solutions to guide product development
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the literature in your area of technical competency
  • Communicate promising ideas and new technologies
  • Develop a working understanding of the product development process so that you can effectively operate in the broader matrix team
  • Interact with suppliers, peers and/or formulation scientists to support ongoing projects in order to develop robust, differentiated patient-centric medicines

Candidates with a Masters (2.1 or better) or PhD in mechanical engineering, applied mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, applied physics, bioengineering, medical engineering, engineering product design, product design engineering or manufacturing engineering are eligible for this programme. 

Extractables and leachables scientist

This role is UK-based. As an extractables and leachables scientist at GSK, you will:

  • Lead the development of extractables and leachables control strategies for small molecule drugs, biologicals/biopharmaceuticals, and cell & gene therapies
  • Acquire expertise in the regulatory requirements for such control strategies across a wide range of dose forms and modalities
  • Develop, optimise and use trace spectroscopic analytical techniques such as GC-MS and LC-MS to enable such control strategies
  • Acquire knowledge of, and carry out experiments in accordance with, current good manufacturing practice
  • Effectively communicate the data and knowledge you generate to key stakeholders both within, and outside of, your immediate line
  • Interact with peers and/or scientists across R&D to support ongoing projects in order to support the development of robust, differentiated patient-centric medicines
  • Develop a working understanding of the product development process so that you can effectively operate in the broader matrix team

If you have, or expect to obtain in 2018, a Bachelors (2.1 or better) or Masters in chemistry, analytical chemistry or a related subject you are eligible for this programme.

Process engineer

This role is UK-based. As a process engineer at GSK, you will:

  • Deliver process engineering support to Active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) development projects through laboratory experimentation and process modelling work
  • Provide proactive chemical engineering solutions for the design and scale-up of new processes
  • Work alongside R&D scientists and plant process engineers in R&D and manufacturing, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to develop and implement control strategies for new APIs
  • Evaluate and implement new technologies and ways of working which enhance the performance of plant unit operations
  • Effectively communicate the data and knowledge you generate to key stakeholders both within and outside of your immediate line
  • Develop a working understanding of the product development process so that you can effectively operate in the broader matrix team

If you have, or expect to obtain in 2018, a Bachelors (2.1 or better) or Masters in chemical engineering, process engineering or a related subject, you are eligible for this programme.

New imaging technologies development scientist

This role is UK-based. Previous experience of new imaging technologies is not essential: full training will be given. As a new imaging technologies development scientist at GSK, you will:

  • Implement microspectroscopic/microscopic analytical techniques using several imaging modalities, and apply them to pharmaceutical and biological materials within the discovery research, product development and manufacturing contexts
  • Develop transformational methodologies, driving execution of proof of concept studies and implementation into optimization and development of biological and pharmaceutical processes and protocols
  • Perform laboratory-based day-to-day activities including state of the art microscopy/imaging, end-to-end automation, advanced data analysis
  • Acquire knowledge of, and carry out experiments in accordance with, standard operation protocols
  • Effectively analyse, interpret and communicate the data and knowledge you generate to key stakeholders both within and outside of your immediate line
  • Interact with peers and/or other scientists across R&D to support ongoing projects in order to develop robust product development processes and differentiated patient-centric medicines
  • Develop a working understanding of the product development process so that you can effectively operate in the broader matrix team

If you have, or expect to obtain in 2018, a Masters or PhD in chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical or biological sciences, you are eligible for this programme.

Informatics

This role is US-based. As an informatics expert at GSK, you will:

  • Work closely with business stakeholders, members of IT, data visualization specialists and others to turn data into critical information and knowledge that can be used to make sound organizational decisions
  • Use analytics techniques to model complex business problems, discovering insights and identifying opportunities, through the use of statistical, algorithmic, mining and visualization techniques
  • Use data mining approaches across a wide range and variety of data assets
  • Validate your findings using an experimental and iterative approach
  • Present back your findings to the business by communicating your assumptions and validation work in a way that can be easily understood by business partners who do not have informatics expertise

If you have, or expect to obtain by the end of 2018, a Bachelors or Masters (3.0 GPA or better) or PhD in computer science, informatics, or a related major, where programming was used to solve challenging scientific or technical problems, you are eligible for this programme.

Rotations

  • 3 rotations

    16 months in the role for which you have been hired, then spend a 12 rotation 8-month rotations in two related technical areas of the business

  • 3 years

    Choose your second and third rotations during the previous rotations

You’ll spend 16 months in the role for which you have been hired, then spend a 12 month rotation and then an 8 month rotation in two related technical areas of the business, which could be within or beyond the department. 

You will choose your second and third rotations during the previous rotations.  They will be in the country where you are employed and will meet both your developing aspirations and the needs of the department.  You will be encouraged to network and to spend development days in other areas to help you make the very best choice.

Rotations into regulatory affairs, global manufacturing & supply, biopharmaceutical product development, drug design & selection, project management and other technical areas relevant to the department are possible.

What happens next 

After completing this three-year program you will return to the role for which you were hired. The breadth of relevant technical experience, business skills and interpersonal skills that you will have acquired, together with the mentoring and networking opportunities you will have experienced, will allow you to excel in your career at GSK.

Locations 

United Kingdom, USA (Stevenage, Ware, Upper Merion and Upper Providence)

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