Manufacturing operations and quality (Vaccines)

Claire, FLP graduate

Claire Deswysen
Manufacturing operations and quality (Vaccines)

Programme overview 

We currently manufacture, formulate, fill, pack, control, release and deliver vaccines safely, every day, to people in 90% of the world’s countries.

Vaccine manufacture is a highly scientific area of the business that involves cutting-edge technology. It touches on four very different activities: manufacturing operations, technical services, quality and supply chain management.

The manufacturing process typically takes 15-18 months. Different challenges arise at every stage, so every working day is different. These challenges might include transporting delicate biological materials that need special handling, overseeing quality throughout the manufacturing process, or managing a complex supply chain to ensure that customers and patients receive vaccines precisely when they need them.

Future Leaders who join this area of the business will need to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility and the ability to adapt quickly to change.

What will you do

  • You’ll improve your technical skills
  • You will discover how manufacturing, the quality function, the technical services and the supply chain work together at GSK
  • Gain valuable people management experience
  • You’ll learn about the cutting edge technologies used in the vaccines manufacturing process
  • You will follow our vaccines through the entire manufacturing process
  • You’ll gain insights into the challenges of working in a highly regulated and controlled environment
  • You will gain a good understanding of all areas of GSK and GSK Vaccines, from R&D activities to the commercial organization
  • You will be part of a truly diverse network, working with graduates from all over the world

Read more about Claire's experience at GSK

"After a few years of working in aerospace Research and Development (R&D), I just felt like something was missing. The work was interesting, career prospects were great, but what I really wanted was a more meaningful impact on society. I knew about GSK’s Future Leaders Programme (FLP), so I applied – and my wish came true!"

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Programme rotations

  • 2 years

    to gain a broad and insightful experience of the manufacturing side of GSK’s vaccines business

  • 3 rotations

    to develop your expertise in production, quality and technical services or supply chain management

What do we look for in a candidate?

This career path attracts graduates from various technical, scientific and business disciplines, including pharmacy, industrial pharmacy, engineering, bio-engineering, business engineering, electro-mechanical engineering and maintenance engineering.

Depending on the country you apply to, you’ll hold a Bachelor, Masters or PhD degree. Whatever your degree, you’ll have a keen interest in production, quality and supply challenges and the following skills:

You need to be fluent in English and in the home site language, and have a maximum of two years’ professional experience.  

  • Passionate about science and technology, as well as people management and team work
  • Keen interest in the healthcare industry
  • Technical strength and process driven
  • Strong problem solving skills and resilient
  • Eagerness to work with others and learn how to lead and motivate your team
  • Ability to build trustful relationships with key stakeholders
  • Willingness to acquire knowledge and embrace new experiences

By following this two-year career path you will gain a broad and insightful experience of the manufacturing side of GSK’s vaccines business. You will take three rotations within different departments, including one six-month rotation abroad.

The rotations will enable you to develop your expertise in production, quality and technical services or supply chain management, while broadening your global business perspective. You will start with a one-year rotation on the shop floor at the centre of our operations activities, either in Production or Quality control. This will be followed by a six-month rotation in Quality or Production (depending on your first rotation) and a further six months in Technical functions or Supply chain management.

This graduate development scheme follows the 70:20:10 learning principle: 70% of your learning takes place on the job during your rotations, 20% comes from the support you receive from a senior leader who will be your mentor throughout the scheme, and the remaining 10% comprises formal leadership training sessions.

What happens next

This experience will equip you to become a leader of the future and will provide you with a solid foundation for a variety of manufacturing careers within the pharmaceutical industry.


Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, USA

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