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Real Estate & Facilities (WREF) – Industrial Placement Programme 2022

Brentford, London. Open to all STEM.

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Worldwide Real Estate & Facilities (WREF) at GSK 

WREF in GSK is a global function with 200 internal staff supported by a network of approximately 3,000 contract staff around the world. Global WREF is responsible for proactively managing a portfolio of over 400 facilities including Manufacturing and Logistics facilities, Research and Development labs and Commercial offices equating to £1.6 Billion of Annual Spend.  

"I got so much more out of my placement than I expected!"

Be open to different sectors – Emily did a mechanical engineering degree and applied to an industrial placement with GSK, who lie within the pharmaceuticals sector. To watch the full Gradcracker/GSK webinar, click here.

WREF’s key activities include: 

  • The strategic planning of the Real Estate portfolio to keep up with market trends and ensure our facilities are in the right locations to support our business 
  • Collaborating with our Facilities Management suppliers to enable our WREF sites to deliver to our customer’s needs  
  • Providing environments that are safe, legal, compliant and sustainable. 

Want to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges?  

With over 300 years of innovation, we’re a science-led global healthcare company that delivers billions of innovative products each year. Our industrial placements are real roles with real responsibility, where you can gain experience in a purpose-led, performance-driven healthcare business. Join us and help millions of people do more, feel better, live longer.

Take the first step in your career 

Our WREF placements will give you an understanding of working in a global business. You’ll have the chance to work on challenging projects and gain a head start in your future career. WREF is about delivering the right space and services in the right location. By getting the most out of every budget we can increase our efforts to help people to do more, feel better and live longer.  

What will this placement offer?

Your year with us will be spent working as part of a team on structured and challenging projects and activities. The WREF department support all GSK business areas, including manufacturing, sales and marketing, corporate functions and research and development (R&D). This diversity of projects is reflected in the range of placements available. Wherever you’re based, you’ll put into practice the business skills you’ve gained at university, learn from experienced colleagues, and network with a wide community of business professionals, customers and other undergraduates. 

The knowledge and experience you gain will help you to stand out from the crowd and give you a firm idea about your future career options. As well as learning all about WREF, you’ll develop core personal skills such as communication, planning, organisation, problem solving, team-working and networking. 

Degree requirements:

You will have completed a minimum of 2 years of your undergraduate degree in any STEM subject, but will not have graduated at the start of your placement. You may be expected to provide evidence from your university to show you will be an undergraduate student for the duration of the placement year and they are supportive of your placement. 

Our ideal student will have: 

  • A genuine interest in Real Estate & Facilities, the commercial world and the healthcare industry  
  • Ability to be a true business partner who can collaborate and build lasting relationships with key stakeholders 
  • Strong problem solving skills driven by curiosity  
  • Good communication skills with the ability to influence others 
  • The capability to adapt to change and work under pressure 
  • The drive and confidence to trust your own judgement 
  • Strong project management skills and prioritising a variety of tasks  
  • Awareness & sensitivity of different cultures and diversity within an international environment 
  • We need highly organised undergraduates who can communicate and network with their own teams and with other parts of our business. Above all, you must have the drive, confidence and commitment to get the most out of your time with us. 


  • A salary of £22,500, plus a bonus  
  • Access to GSK resources such as employee assistance programmes, private healthcare, and training and development.  

Start date: Summer 2022.

Application deadline: We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications.  

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £22,500 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Brentford
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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