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Process Engineer, Industrial Placement

Weybridge, Surrey.

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Why Consumer Healthcare?

In GSK Consumer Healthcare, we are on an incredible journey as we prepare to create a new, standalone, world leading company with a 100% single-minded focus on everyday health. We are doing this at a time when the work we do has never mattered more. With the COVID pandemic, people are increasingly looking for ways to manage their own health and wellbeing and to take care of their families. This is where we come in. With category leading brands such as Sensodyne, Voltaren and Centrum, built on trusted science and human understanding, and combined with our passion, knowledge and expertise, we are uniquely placed to deliver better everyday health to millions of people around the world and grow a strong, successful business.  This is an opportunity to be part of something special. 

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Take the first step in your career 

You will be working as Process Engineer in the Oral Health scale-up team. The Scale-up team support the New Product Introduction department in scaling up products that were developed in Weybridge lab. Scaling-up processes from lab scale will allow GSK to launch New Products in a large scale, to attend the increasing demand of Oral Health Products. 

What will you do? 

You will support the team in an array of activities, including -but not restricted to- developing: 

  • Raw Material Risk Assessments;
  • Process Risk Assessment
  • Technical Risk Assessment
  • Batch Manufacturing Instructions
  • Design of Experiment
  • Scale-up Processes from lab to pilot plant 
  • Scale-up Processes from pilot plant to full manufacturing scale 

You’ll be excited by the thought of:  

  • You will have the opportunity of a real life experience, where you will be working under specific timelines and deliverables, which are crucial to GSK’s New Product launches in a competitive market;
  • Some of these products might be well known to you, like Aquafresh, Corsodyl and Sensodyne; 

This will give you the opportunity to develop certain set of skills, for example:  

  • Ability to deliver under strict timelines, 
  • Build relationship within team and other areas of the business;
  • Ability to design, develop and scale-up processes from lab to pilot plant to full manufacturing scale;
  • Planning, executing and delivering manufacturing campaigns within tight timeframe
  • Between others.  

You’ll need: 

  • To be competent at problem solving and understanding processes through applying fundamental scientific and engineering principles
  • To be able to design, develop, and scale-up processes 
  • Awareness of process validation principles.
  • Good mathematical ability - statistics and design of experiments (DoE) experience an advantage
  • Excellent communication and team working skills – able to interact with people at all levels from shop floor operators to management.
  • Comfortable operating processing equipment and an ability to quickly learn new equipment.
  • Ability to adjust working plans and manage time to accommodate the dynamic nature of real-life projects.
  • Able to manage workload (includes time management), and build working relationships within multifunctional teams.
  • Computer literate – able to operate email, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. 

Degree requirements:  

You should be studying a Chemical Engineering degree. You will have completed a minimum of 2 years of your undergraduate degree, 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. 

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
  • £21,000 + benefits
  • All grades
  • 1 year
  • Weybridge, Surrey
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Environmental Science
  • Pharmacology

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