Exciting minds with our Future Leaders graduate programme - Engineering


Malena Marandola

Create cutting-edge solutions

Help us engineer innovative ways to develop products, medicines and vaccines that help people do more, feel better, live longer.

We’re looking for Future Leaders in Engineering

Are you a capable engineering graduate with the skills to develop robust, leading-edge manufacturing technologies? If so, you could help create the systems we need to make treatments that save lives.

Our talented teams include Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Biopharmaceutical, Automation & Robotics Technology Engineers. They ensure we have the latest technology and processes to deliver billions of packs of medicines and healthcare products to customers every year.

Develop your career

You’ll have three stretching rotations in business-critical roles within pharmaceutical or consumer healthcare supply. Your responsibilities will depend on your engineering discipline, but whatever your specialist area, you’ll get to meet senior leaders and network with other graduates.

Read about Alicia's experience with GSK

"Although it’s my first rotation, I’ve been sent to Panama. It’s a huge project and it’s really challenging and exciting."

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Our Engineering opportunities

Automation Engineering

As an Automation Engineering graduate, you can expect to:

  • introduce new digital technologies to transform our business.
  • optimise the performance of the control systems that are part of our manufacturing operations, e.g. maintaining and troubleshooting site control systems
  • deliver automation projects, such as defining and implementing design improvements, upgrading and installing control and robotics systems and ensuring that suppliers and site equipment comply with international standards
  • testing and commissioning
  • identify and mitigate potential cyber security risks or vulnerabilities related to operational technology hardware and software.
  • gain hands-on knowledge of digital technologies, the business and the role that automationplays in supplying our patients

Biopharmaceutical Engineering

As a Biopharmaceutical Engineering graduate, you can expect to:

  • take biopharmaceutical products from R&D to full-scale manufacture
  • investigate and solve technical problems
  • work on protein therapeutics in genetically-modified organisms
  • purify protein therapeutics through centrifugation, chromatography and filtration

Chemical Engineering

As a Chemical Engineering graduate, you can expect to:

  • work on a wide range of activities including the introduction of new products from R&D through to manufacturing
  • work on a range of different products and technologies, from toothpaste to tablets, including bulk manufacturing, sterile processes, granulation, compression and distillation
  • identify opportunities for safety and environmental improvements including HAZOP and risk assessments
  • troubleshoot production problems in a manufacturing facility
  • design, install and commission new process steps


Electrical Engineering

As an Electrical Engineering graduate, you can expect to:

  • work on high-voltage systems operations
  • maintain electrical equipment
  • support and lead electrical project work from design through to project implementation
  • provide solutions for day-to-day issues and breakdowns
  • be involved in energy-reduction and cost-reduction initiatives

Mechanical Engineering

As a Mechanical Engineering graduate, you can expect to:

  • project manage new equipment from design, factory acceptance testing and installation to validation
  • increase manufacturing efficiencies through improved safety systems, equipment performance and reliability
  • provide day-to-day support for risk assessments, equipment issues and breakdowns
  • work on energy management and sustainability
  • manage multi-skilled engineering teams
  • keep abreast of cutting-edge technologies in precision engineering

Robotics Technology Engineering

As a Robotics Technology Engineering graduate, you can expect to:

  • optimise the performance of the control systems that are part of our manufacturing operations, e.g. maintaining and troubleshooting site control systems
  • integrate robotic technologies to existing automation system, establish communication and ensure seamless interaction between equipment.
  • identify opportunities for robotics deployment, for example repetitive and strenuous tasks in material handling and movement.
  • maintain and troubleshoot robotic systems.
  • support and manage projects from design, simulation, factory acceptance test, to final commissioning.
  • perform risk assessment and ensure adherence to international safety standards
  • deploy, install and commission AGVs to automate material flow, and robots to automate material handling.

What can you expect?

  • You’ll have the opportunity to:
  • develop your skills in an industry that’s making radical changes to the way it develops and manufactures products
  • take part in projects and prioritise tasks
  • analyse information and reporting your findings
  • build an understanding of the state-of-the-art technologies we use

What are the requirements?

You’ll need:

  • a relevant engineering degree and strong technical skills
  • the ability to work with and build relationships with key stakeholders
  • to be a self-motivated and proactive graduate
  • the ability to adapt to change and stay focused under pressure
  • to be analytical and process driven
  • excellent communication skills and a gift for solving problems
  • a genuine interest in the healthcare industry

How to apply

Apply now to solve tomorrow’s health challenges today – and you could join 100,000 dedicated people in over 150 countries.

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