Manufacturing Science

Be part of a global network that delivers 4 billion packs of medicine every year. For graduates with strong technical skills who want roles within Pharmaceutical or Consumer Healthcare supply.

What’s this area all about?

Science is the bedrock of our success and our scientists are world leaders in their respective fields. Our graduate science programmes are available within global manufacturing and supply (GMS). When you join, you will become part of a huge, global network that supplies 4 billion packs of medicines and healthcare products per year.

What will the programme be like?

3 years
3 rotations

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

Joining our GMS division, you’ll undertake business-critical roles within Pharmaceutical or Consumer Healthcare supply – depending on your area:


As a statistician graduate working within the Global Manufacturing and Supply division, you can expect to work on:

  • Design of Experiments
  • Practical application of statistics in an industrial setting
  • Six sigma concepts
  • Experience in statistical software packages (e.g. SAS / JMP / Minitab / Statistica / Design Expert)
  • Communication of statistical concepts to non-statisticians

 Essential technical skills required for this position include:

  • Statistical inference / Probability / Analysis of variance
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Computing for statistics

 Analytical Chemistry

As an Analytical Chemistry graduate, you can expect to work on:

  • Analytical testing on various dose forms of products, such as tablet, sterile and topical products
  • Technical understanding of analytical equipment and analytical test methods
  • Participating in new product introduction and product transfer process
  • Troubleshooting and investigating manufacturing issues
  • Working cross functions to participate in or to lead a project

Biopharmaceutical Science

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

  • Bringing biopharmaceutical 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
  • Sterile drug product formulation into final dose form

Material Science

At GSK we would like to develop materials scientists who already have a technical understanding of colloid science or particle powder technology. During the programme we will develop your technical skills through working with our process teams at our manufacturing sites.

As a Materials Science graduate at GSK, you can expect to work on:

  • Technical troubleshooting and process support
  • The application of advanced or novel characterisation techniques to solve complex problems
  • Evaluation of new or alternative pharmaceutical materials
  • Work within cross-functional teams to support new product introduction activities and technology transfers


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

  • Microbial testing of products and the manufacturing environment; this might include developing/transferring new methods/techniques into the area
  • Interpreting microbiological and environmental monitoring data to allow release of product batches and assure production environmental quality is maintained
  • Investigation, problem solving and consultancy through accurate data analysis of microbiological test data
  • Assessments of microbiological risk and process control to ensure sufficient microbiological monitoring or testing programmes are in place, and ultimately to ensure final product safety and quality
  • Validation, verification and qualification of microbiological related systems such as sterilising and decontaminating equipment (e.g. autoclaves and isolators respectively), test equipment, cleaning methods, testing methods, etc

Pharmaceutical Science

As a Pharmaceutical Science graduate at GSK, you can expect to work on:

  • New product introduction: medicines development, clinical trials, manufacture, testing and supply of new chemical entities
  • Detailed understanding of medicines process control of a variety of dosage forms (e.g. tablets, powders, inhalers, sterile products, etc) and statistical assurance of control
  • Technical troubleshooting
  • Global regulatory filing strategies for our medicines, both new products and lifecycle management of existing products
  • New manufacturing platforms and new dosage forms

What will I learn?

You’ll be part of a vibrant global scientific community, working in teams that combine a mix of disciplines. We’re at the cutting edge of science and technology, so you’ll never be far away from an expert who can help you grow, learn and deliver on your objectives.

Where can I work?

Our Manufacturing Science Future Leaders Programme is available in the countries listed below. Initial 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. 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?

Along with a BSc, Masters or PhD in a relevant science subject and strong technical skills, you’ll need ambition, a genuine passion for healthcare, 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 in and out of the lab. It’s also important that you can adapt to change and keep focused when the pressure is on. As rotations may involve different sites, a flexible approach to mobility would be expected. While you have the drive and confidence to trust your own judgement, you’re 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.