Armed Forces

If you’re in the forces and considering a change, then a career within GSK could be your next move...


Lieutenant, Royal Navy – Engineering Manager, GMS Ware

Meet Emma

I joined GSK in January 2015 following five years as a Weapons Engineer Officer in the Royal Navy.

I am currently working at Global Manufacturing & Supply Ware as an Engineering Manager in the Respiratory Manufacturing Stream, leading continuous improvement activities on the production lines for the devices that treat COPD.

Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) both affect millions of people around the world. COPD is one of the leading causes of death globally, so the work we are doing is really important to improving lives of patients.

Despite only being in post for a short time, there have been a number of occasions where I have fallen back on my experiences and what I learned from my time leading an engineering team onboard a T23 frigate on operations in the Gulf and Indian Ocean. Some of the issues are no different – we have to manage gaps in our teams, train and develop them, and also keep a focus on the objective.

We have the challenge of figuring out how to reliably manufacture - on a large scale - the products which R&D have spent years developing. It’s not always an easy task especially when dealing with a unique device and using very complex and unique production equipment. I guess that’s why the engineering teams are so important, and it is rewarding to know that every device we manufacture will improve the quality of life for our patients with asthma and COPD. The devices we manufacture have to work every time…much like your weapons systems when you need them!

The pace of work-life often feels similar on site to that of a ship on high tempo operations – but with the added advantage of being able to go home at the end of the day! One thing that is different at GSK is that I feel more empowered than in any other place I have ever worked. I make the decisions I need to in my daily work, and perhaps most importantly, I am supported in the decisions I make. It really does feel like I’ve joined a team and our goal is making people feel better. I am proud to be a part of that effort.


Working at GSK

GSK is a market leader in global healthcare. We research, develop and manufacture a broad range of pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products; from asthma, oncology and HIV drugs to brands such as Sensodyne, Voltarol, Aqua Fresh, Horlicks, Panadol and Piritize.

GSK understands the value Armed Forces leavers can bring to our workplace. At GSK, you can use the skills you developed in the military to help GSK improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. 


Areas of opportunity

Direct-entry jobs for Armed Forces

We are investing millions to transform the way we deliver healthcare to patients -  all driven by our core values: patient-focus, transparency, respect for people and integrity – and we need you to help us to achieve this vision.

What you can bring to GSK:

  • A commitment to our values of patient-focus, transparency, respect for people and integrity
  • Excellent teamworking skills to join our production and warehouse teams.
  • Proven management and leadership skills to lead, inspire, coach, develop and motivate our manufacturing and engineering teams.
  • Engineering skills and problem solving ability to join our engineering and maintenance technician teams.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others

With the above you can fit right in across GSK. You’ll have the added satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to deliver as efficiently as possible the high quality medicines and healthcare products that millions of patients and customers rely on every day.

Example jobs for Armed Forces:

Find out more about some of the roles within GMS:

Production team manager

Production operator

Improvement practitioner (lean practitioner)

Engineering technician

Environment, health, safety and sustainability advisor

How to apply

GSK welcomes applications from ex-armed forces personnel for all roles. View our Experienced Professionals page and browse through available roles in your local area.

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Armed Forces Fast-Track Programme

We are currently offering opportunities for exceptionally talented military leavers with proven leadership capability to join our executive-sponsored, Armed Forces Fast Track programme. This programme accelerates your pharmaceutical and healthcare business knowledge through a series of challenging experiences and development rotations in our engineering, operations or supply chain areas.

What you can bring to GSK:

You will bring the following to our Armed Forces Fast Track programme.

  • A proven record of leadership capability,
  • An engineering / technical background
  • Great teamworking skills
  • Coaching / mentoring skills
  • Values aligned to GSK; patient-focus, transparency, respect for people and integrity

What does this program offer me?

The Armed Forces Fast Track programme is designed to develop the future leaders of GSK. You will experience several rotations within our manufacturing or supply chain areas – which will enable you to quickly build your pharmaceutical and regulatory knowledge;

On the programme you can expect;

  • Operational Management support roles – working on real projects while enabling you to develop your knowledge of GSK’s processes, functions and regulatory requirements
  • Coaching or leading others to deliver improvements in our manufacturing facilities & supply chain.
  • Development opportunities tailored to your needs that set you up for a successful career in GSK
  • Senior leader mentorship to guide and shape your career choices.
  • To be well rewarded with a competitive salary, share options, private health care, a pension plus other benefits.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

  • A degree in an engineering discipline or military experience in engineering or supply chain.
  • An excellent military service record with demonstrable leadership experience
  • To be either a commissioned officer (with 5 – 8 years’ experience) or a senior commissioned officer.
  • You are intending to leave the military within the next six months or have recently left (within the last 12 months).

Our Sites

The GSK Armed Forces programme is currently being offered at these sites:

  • GSK House
  • Ware
  • Maidenhead











GSK is focused on creating an inclusive organisation where all employees feel engaged and know their work makes an important contribution. We aim to attract and retain the most talented people from all backgrounds and cultures regardless of actual or perceived race, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, gender identity and/or expression, religion or belief, physical ability/ disability.

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Applications will close 18th May at 5pm GMT