Future Leaders Programme Manufacturing Science

Be part of a huge, global network that delivers four billion packs of medicine and healthcare products every year. For graduates with strong technical skills who want to undertake business critical 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 four billion packs of medicines and healthcare products per year.

What will the programme be like?

This three-year programme involves different rotations to give you wide experience within different roles and working environments, alongside a number training courses. Throughout the scheme, you will have numerous opportunities to meet with other graduates for 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 global manufacturing and supply (GMS) division, you'll undertake business-critical roles within Pharmaceutical or Consumer Healthcare supply. Please select one of the following programme areas to apply to:

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
  • 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

Biopharmaceutical Engineering

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


As a Chemometrician graduate, you can expect to work on: 

  • Developing, launching and improving products that enhance the quality of life of our patients and customers.
  • The formulation of new products; developing new methods to ascertain quality, improve the understanding and performance of both products and processes
  • Developing multivariate models to monitor the manufacturing processes and detect faults
  • Developing methods to assess online the quality of our products
  • Improving the understanding and control of key unit operations. In addition, the skills and capabilities of our Chemometricans also allow them to take on more varied roles such as team leadership or project management.

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 


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

  • Microbial testing of products and the manufacturing environment, this may 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 assuring 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 (eg Tablets, Powders, Inhalers, Sterile Products etc) and Statistical Assurance of Control
  • Technical Trouble-shooting
  • 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?

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 be located in different sites, flexibility with mobility would be expected. While you’ve 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.

How can I apply?

Apply now by completing on our online application form. The closing date for applications to this programme is 17th November 2014.