Millions of patients at the end of our supply chain rely on us to manufacture and supply quality products, that’s why we spend £3 billion each year manufacturing products to help people do more, feel better and live longer.

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GSK are one of the world’s leading Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Healthcare companies. We have a challenging and inspiring mission: to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  We are investing millions in innovative engineering and manufacturing technology – to transform the way we deliver healthcare to our patients and we need you to help us deliver this vision.

We manufacture a huge range of different pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products. From antibiotics to toothpaste and nutrition products. By integrating talented teams of engineers and scientists we are able to deliver four billion packs of medicines and healthcare products every single year around the world whilst meeting stringent quality and safety standards efficiently. We’re looking for Automation, Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering students in sites around the UK. 

What will I gain?

An engineering and manufacturing placement will provide you with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of a manufacturing site. You’ll find yourself in a real role, adding value to our business as a key member of a multi-disciplinary team, giving you the opportunity to develop your understanding of how our different sites operate, putting academic theory into practice and taking responsibility for your own projects.

Over the year you will build up your technical knowledge, as well as developing your communication, planning, organising, problem-solving, team-working and networking skills.


What do the engineering programmes involve?

Automation Engineering

Maintain and troubleshoot control systems whilst working on automation projects involving continuous improvement and system upgrades. Work with suppliers to ensure that equipment complies with international standards.


Chemical Engineering

Work with a wide range of products from toothpaste to tablets, and technologies from granulation to bulk manufacturing, all whilst identifying opportunities for process, production and environmental improvements.


Mechanical Engineering

Manage new equipment from the design stage through to installation, whilst increasing manufacturing efficiency through improved systems, equipment performance and reliability. Work with cutting-edge technologies and provide daily support for key equipment.


Electrical Engineering

Solve day-to-day issues and breakdowns and lead electrical projects from design through to implementation. You’ll also be involved with sustainable energy and cost reduction initiatives.


What skills do I need?

You should be on course for a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in one of the areas described in the table below:

Placement Field Required Area of study
Automation/controls engineering Expected 2:1 or above in IET or I Mech E accredited Automation/Control/Mechatronics or related engineering degree
Chemical engineering Expected 2:1 or above in an I Chem E accredited degree
Electrical engineering Expected 2:1 or above in an IET accredited Electrical engineering degree
Mechanical engineering Expected 2:1 or above in an I Mech E accredited Mechanical engineering degree


Where will I be based?

Our engineering placements are based at sites in:

  • England: Worthing, Ware, Maidenhead, Barnard Castle, Weybridge and Ulverston
  • Scotland: Irvine and Montrose


When can I start?

Placements start in June/July 2019 (start and end dates are flexible for the outgoing and incoming needs of the students and the business). Placements run for twelve months.


How can I apply?

Applications are now closed for this role but visit the link here for information about applying to our other Industrial Placements roles.