Future Leaders Programme Science

Do you want to join a science-led global business and deliver four billions packs of medicines and healthcare products annually?

Our programmes give first-hand experience in and out of the lab, working with innovative technologies and manufacturing processes.

Science is the bedrock of our success and our scientists are among the world leaders in their fields. If you join our UK science graduate programme, you'll be part of a global network that employs innovative technology and processes. These enable us to deliver four billion packs of medicines and healthcare products every year, and supply one quarter of the world’s vaccines.

We're proud of our technical development programme and the role it plays in developing our technical leaders for the future.

What will I learn?

Part of a vibrant, global scientific community, you’ll work in teams that combine a mix of disciplines. We’re at the cutting edge of science and technology, so you’ll never be far from an expert who can help you to learn, grow and contribute to our business.

Read about:

Analytical Chemistry

Biopharmaceuticals Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Materials Science

Microbiology

Pharmacy

Analytical Chemistry alt

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

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

What do I need to apply?

A 2:1 Degree in a related science degree.

How can I apply?

We are no longer accepting applications for this programme for 2014, please register your interest in our 2015 intake.

What's it really like?

Name Role Uni Attended Degree Studied
Maiher-Un Analytical Chemistry Associate Cardiff Chemistry MChem

"During my industrial placement with GSK, I got the opportunity to work on a wide range of products which showed me the global portfolio of the company. Upon completing my final year at University, I returned to work as an analytical chemist on the GMS graduate scheme and am currently within my 2nd rotation of scheme.

As an analytical chemist my primary role is within a quality function. I routinely support the manufacturing of products by providing quality assurance and control data. This is done through the use of analytical technologies such as liquid and gas chromatography.

I am involved in conducting analytical method development and validation and work alongside a range of functions including R&D scientists and engineers. Through the scheme I have worked on a range of products and different dosage forms from raw materials to tablets and capsules.

The scheme enables all graduates to experience several different placements across the UK and EIRE. This great opportunity means that you get to develop a range of broad skills as well as work with different people, products and sites and really get to see the GSK network."

Biopharmaceuticals Engineering alt

As a Biopharmaceuticals 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
  • Sterile drug product formulation into final dose form

What do I need to apply?

A 2.1 degree in Biochemical, Biomedical, BioPhysics, Biopharmaceutical, Chemical or Medical Engineering, or BioEngineering.

How can I apply?

We are no longer accepting applications for this programme for 2014, please register your interest in our 2015 intake.

What's it really like?

Name Role Uni Attended Degree Studied
Robert Biopharm Engineering Associate University of Virginia PHD in Chemical Engineering

"As a graduate student, my research focused on protein purification and associated biophysical phenomena, such as protein unfolding and aggregation. My experience in the graduate scheme has allowed me to build on this foundation while greatly expanding my technical breadth. I have had assignments in process development as well as manufacturing. I have worked in both primary and secondary biopharmaceutical manufacturing sites, and I have had assignments in upstream processing and formulation to complement my specialty area from university. As I conclude this program, I feel as though I am prepared for any number of technical roles related to the development and execution of biopharm manufacturing."

Name Role Uni Attended Degree Studied
Nadia Biopharm Technology Associate University of Kent Biomedical Science

"My role is to provide technical support to production and also contribute to and generate technology transfer reports. I am currently involved in a Biopharmaceutical Technologies group which provides challenging technical problems during the manufacture of drug products. I have had experience in both primary and secondary manufacturing technology transfer and have had opportunities to lead small projects and studies related to the wider scope of the specific product technology transfer."

Chemical Engineering alt

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.

What do I need to apply?

A 2.1 or above in an I Chem E accredited degree.

How do I apply?

We are no longer accepting applications for this programme for 2014, please register your interest in our 2015 intake.

What's it really like?

Name Role Uni Attended Degree Studied
Igor Chemical Engineering Associate University of Nottingham PhD and MEng in Chemical Engineering

"As a chemical engineer in GSK in the Future Leaders Programme I’ve been able to develop my technical breadth, depth and project management skills significantly through: (1) involvement in a wide range of work packages and areas of the business (R&D and GMS), (2) 1:1 sessions with personal tutors and (3) tailored/formal training.

Work packages have ranged from core engineering work (i.e. mass and energy balances, heat transfer calculations, pressure relief studies, HAZOP studies) to project management and strategic work, which allowed me to develop a wider understanding of the company’s vision, objectives and structure. Typical examples of this work include: leading and running various projects (end-to-end), leading and running a workshop for setting user requirement specifications and design for a new line within one of our existing manufacturing facilities and the development of a technical capability assessment tool and process to measure, understand and remediate technical gaps within the organisation. Both in core or strategic work packages there was a high level of expectation and I had full responsibility for delivering the work packages/projects I was given.

Finally, the company provided ample opportunities for interaction with senior leaders and its structure has allowed me to build strong relationships with a number of people with various backgrounds across the business."

Materials Science alt

At GSK we would like to develop Materials scientists who already have a technical understanding of colloid science or particle powder technology. Materials Science is a broad discipline which focuses on how materials are transformed and influenced through manufacturing processes to enable us to predict and improve our process performance. During the programme we will develop your technical skills in the Centre of Excellence and 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.

What do I need to apply?

A 2.1 or above in Materials science or a related science degree.

How can I apply?

We are no longer accepting applications for this programme for 2014, please register your interest in our 2015 intake.

What's it really like?

Name Role Uni Attended Degree Studied
Leanne Materials Science Associate York MChem PhD Chemistry

"As part of the Materials Science team I have gained diverse experience across the dosage forms and wide exposure to the GMS network. I have supported projects in Carolina, Pakistan, India, Ireland and all over the UK. As well as developing specialist technical expertise I have participated in several root-cause workshops and being able to contribute to multi-disciplinary teams supporting critical production issues. In my final year I completed a 6 month secondment in Ireland to gain experience of the primary business. In the future I will be based at Worthing, supporting the manufacture of a key API."