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Student Placement - Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Integrated Process Team


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Job Description

Who we are…?

For more than a century, our organisation has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our organisation continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

MSD: Our history

For over 130 years, our company has been guided by the conviction that great medicines change the world.

We are officially certified by the Top Employer Institute and been awarded the exclusive Top Employer United Kingdom Certification for the fourth year running.

Job Description:

Our Animal Health division is a trusted global leader in veterinary medicine, dedicated to the health and well-being of animals. We are a global team of professionals working together to make a positive difference in animal care and the world’s food supply and have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society and our planet. We offer one of our industry’s most innovative portfolio of products, services and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species.

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a “Safety First, Quality Always” mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.

The newly formed IPT3 stream at the Milton Keynes site incorporates all Filling & Blending activities associated with the manufacture of Animal vaccines.


As part of the IPT3 Manufacturing Team at Milton Keynes, you will provide day to day assistance for the Integrated Process Team (IPT) Lead Technicians and IPT Lead as well as involvement in support of specific IPT improvement projects.

  • Producing sterile products using good aseptic procedures in a clean room environment.
  • Performing both daily environmental monitoring and routine monitoring for the building.
  • Follow SOP and Batch paperwork instructions for completion of job tasks
  • Participate as directed on Continuous Improvement projects to realise improvements in Safety, Quality, Supply or Cost
  • Comply with the standards in our Company’s policies, procedures, guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)
  • Participate in one or more of the Safety assessments for COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health), Risk assessments or Manual handling (Training will be given)
  • Support cleaning requirements in the Area
  • To maintain safe working practices at all times.

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

As a student on placement working within our Integrated Process team you will need to comply with the following:

  • Compliance with our Company’s Global Policies, Procedures and Guidelines, regulatory requirements and execute Good
  • Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in the performance of day-to-day activities and all applicable job functions.

Responsible for:

  • Attending and successfully completing applicable GMP training, including training in local operating procedures
  • Ensuring you are suitably trained to perform your job
  • Ensuring that this training is accurately recorded in your training record
  • Ensuring that your job is performed in accordance with the training and in compliance with procedures relevant to the role/activity
  • Bringing to the attention of management any violation in cGMPs and/or other concerns which may affect the safety, efficacy, or purity of our Company’s product

Technical Specifications

  • You will be looking to complete a 12-month placement in your third or penultimate year of study, returning to your course at the end of the placement
  • Studying a degree in a related discipline (e.g. Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science or Chemistry) (or equivalent qualification)
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft packages (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Qualities we look for

  • Operates with a high level of integrity, transparency and accountability
  • Comprehends and aligns with our organisation’s core values
  • Aligns and fosters a culture of diversity and inclusivity
  • Demonstrates initiative, proactivity and academic curiosity
  • Encourages and boosts their colleagues through teamwork
  • Demonstrates clear and effective communication
  • Demonstrates a desire to learn and improve their performance through feedback


  • Visits to our sites across the UK
  • Networking lunches with both the Leadership Team and employees across our organisation.
  • Volunteering opportunities within the local community
  • Social activities with fellow students
  • Training on employability skills, such as interview techniques, effective presentations and CV support

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • All grades
  • 12 months
  • Milton Keynes
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Pharmacology

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