What’s this area all about?
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 is this career path like?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
What will I learn?
As an engineering graduate you will have the chance to develop your skills in an industry that is making radical changes to the way it develops and manufactures products. We are developing new, state-of-the-art technologies all the time and we’ll give you the support and inspiration to manage your own career development. Meanwhile, our intensive, practical leadership training will equip you to become a leader of the future.
Where can I work?
Our Engineering career paths are available in the countries listed below. Roles are within your local country. But we’re a truly global organisation, so you may find the opportunity to gain international experience in the future.
What’s expected of me?
We’ll expect you to get involved in managing projects and prioritising a variety of tasks effectively. This means you’ll need to build working relationships with people at all levels of our organisation. In addition, you’ll analyse information and report your findings, so we can identify and understand trends, insights and facts in the pharmaceutical industry. We’ll also look to you to help research and source this information. Not least, we want you to keep developing new skills and knowledge wherever you find the opportunity.
What do I need to succeed?
A relevant engineering degree and strong technical skills are just the start. You’ll need ambition, a genuine interest in the healthcare industry and a self-motivated, proactive approach. We’re looking for clear, effective communicators who can quickly build a rapport with a wide range of people. It’s also important that you can adapt to change and keep focused when the pressure is on. As rotations may be located in different sites, flexibility with mobility would be expected. While you’ll have the drive and confidence to trust your own judgement, you’ll also be a real team player who actively collaborates with others. In addition, you’ll need an analytical mind, a talent for multi-tasking and the ability to influence others.