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Chemical Engineering Industrial Placement, UK 2023


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Join the GSK Industrial Placement UK Programme in Chemical Engineering: Help us get ahead of disease together. 

Education required: Undergraduate degree from an ICHEME accredited university, in Chemical Engineering.

Other requirements: 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 must be enrolled at a UK university for the duration of your placement.

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  • Language requirement: Written and spoken fluency in English
  • Expected Start date: July/August 2023
  • Duration: 1 year (approximately)
  • Location: Barnard Castle, Montrose, Ware, Worthing (upon your written application you will be able to state a preference). Worthing is a Penicillin Manufacturing site in the UK - please consider this if you are applying to a role here and are allergic to penicillin.  
  • Application deadline: Friday 14th October 2022. We will close this vacancy when we have enough applications, so we recommend that you apply as soon as you can so your application can be considered.
  • Proposed Assessment / Interview Dates: November/December

Are you looking to gain valuable real world work experience and help positively impact the lives of others?  

GSK is a global biopharma company with a special purpose – to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together. Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it, and we aim to impact the health of 2.5 billion people around the world in the next 10 years.   

A GSK internship offers you the opportunity to kickstart your career – to take on a real role with genuine impact. You’ll take on challenging tasks within live projects or assignments. You’ll also get to learn from others in your team and other parts of GSK whilst developing your skills and gaining valuable experience for wherever the future takes you.  

Inspired to help us get ahead together?  Apply for a Chemical Engineering Industrial Placement at GSK today!  

A Chemical Engineering placement in one of our GSK manufacturing sites will give you hands on practical application of the theory from university.  

The GSK Pharmaceutical Supply Chain produces active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) that are transformed into dosage forms for our patients.  This encompasses a huge variety of chemical engineering unit operations: chemistry is performed at scale (10-330 kg, depending on the product); fermentation; solids processing for tablets, inhalers, creams and ointments (batch sizes up to tonnes).

 This presents chemical engineering challenges: safely handling large quantities of hazardous liquids and powders; heating/cooling; mixing; correct solid microstructure.  

Product quality is also vital: ensuring the correct quantities of materials are charged to the reactor at the correct time and ensuring equipment avoids any contamination. Many processes are automated so chemical engineers are heavily involved with the plant control software.  

During your 12 months with us, you’ll gain experience in areas such as:   

  • Changes to plant: from inception of the improvement, design and functional testing to commissioning  
  • Seeing first-hand how equipment and its associated control system operates  
  • Safety and/or quality risk assessments  
  • Project management and planning  
  • Leading root cause analysis investigations 
  • A range of manufacturing processes depending on the site. Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient production involves reactions, separations, distillation, crystallisation and drying. Solid dosage form production has powder blending, milling, tablet compression, coating of tablets. Liquid, cream, and ointment dosage forms have mixing, emulsification and bottle filling

Whichever role you go into you will be applying the skills you already have and developing new skills such as team working, effective communication and time management. You will work with and learn from an experienced team of multi-disciplined engineers. They will coach and mentor you during your year to help you achieve your potential.   

Ahead together with tailored training and career development

Location and roles available: 

Please read below about the 4 different locations we are recruiting for across our Chemical Engineering Industrial Placements. Please note, these are distinct placements and so when you apply you will be able to select 3 preferences of where you would like to be placed if successful. We will accommodate your preference where possible. 

Barnard Castle  

The Barnard Castle site is located in the Northeast of England, within the County Durham countryside. Barnard Castle is a key secondary site for GSK with a large number of New Products coming through development at site.

We manufacture and supply a huge range of different pharmaceutical products from Sterile Products (Syringes and Vials) to Liquid Inhalations and Dermatologicals.  We have recently opened a new state of the art aseptic digital facility producing biopharmaceuticals.  

Two opportunities exist for a chemical and/or process engineers to work in either our oral solid dose (OSD) value stream or site central capital delivery team.   

The Site Capital Team

The successful candidate will operate across and within both the Operations and the Capital Project Engineering teams. This is comprised of approximately 45 personnel and is supported by a team of technical experts in the ways of work.

The role provides a broad scope of work that will support the site in achieving compliance in Safety and Quality Standards as well as production outputs. You will also support site capital projects to the agreed scope of works, timescale and cost, and be responsible for coordinating designated activities from implementation through to handover to the client.

You will support and eventually lead Root Cause Analysis for Process Issues mainly focused in the manufacturing areas: Integrated Syringe filling, Liquid Vial Filling, Liquid Inhalators and Dermatologicals.     

Oral Solid Dose (OSD) Team

The successful candidate will operate across the technical and operations teams. The role will offer you opportunities to gain hands on experience, practically applying your university studies, and provide a broad scope of work that will support the site in achieving compliance to Safety and Quality Standards as well as production outputs.

You will be responsible for coordinating designated process & packaging activities from implementation to handover to the client. You will support and eventually lead Root Cause Analysis for Process and Packaging Issues focused on the manufacturing and packaging areas: Tablet Compaction, Compression and Coating, Suspension Granulation production and filling into bottles & sachets, plus tablet blister packaging operations.   


Our 45-acre primary manufacturing site at Montrose is located between the North Sea and the Angus Glens and is within easy reach of Dundee and Aberdeen. It is our largest UK chemical manufacturing facility which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2022.

The site has state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing facilities and produces a wide range of active ingredients for some of our most important medicines including respiratory, HIV and dermatological products. Every day, an estimated 30 million people take a medicine that includes ingredients from Montrose.  

As a chemical engineering placement student at Montrose you will have the opportunity to work with the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) team, having exposure to a wide range of activities from ensuring process safety in all that we do to supporting compliance with new industrial emissions legislation project.

 The industrial emissions project is a site wide project taking in multiple manufacturing facilities across the site and multiple emissions control strategies. This will not only help you develop further your technical skills but also, through interactions with other functions on site, leadership and communication skills, fundamental to your performance  


Ware is the largest GSK site in the UK with a thriving early talent community. The Ware Global Supply Chain site manufactures and supplies oral solid dose tablets (for HIV and oncology) and respiratory devices (for asthma and COPD) to over 140 countries, as well as to patients participating in clinical trials, playing a key role in new product introduction.

The Ware site is located less than a mile from the station, with regular rail links through to London Liverpool Street, taking around 45 minutes  

You will be working within our technical and operations teams putting your university knowledge into practical applications. This may include identifying and working on process improvement work and new product or process projects as well as investigating deviations, writing technical reports, and assisting in analysing and visualising data from our manufacturing processes.      


The Worthing site manufactures more than 34 million packs of antibiotics each year, and our 60-year legacy has seen generations of talented people proudly producing our high-quality medicines for patients around the globe.

The Worthing site is situated approximately 2 miles from the South Coast and located at the foot of the picturesque South Downs. We are also only 15 miles from the cosmopolitan and cultural city of Brighton and Hove. Worthing boasts the opportunity to combine city, countryside and coast all in one location, and even offers rail links to London in under 90 minutes.    

At Worthing, we have several opportunities available for chemical engineering students in our site technical team and in our Bio Process Science (BPS) team.    

The role within the site technical team involves supporting the manufacture of our Oral products, comprising process steps from powder blending, milling, tablet compression, coating of tablets and secondary packaging.

You will be exposed to project work, day to day plant support activities, complaint and deviation root cause investigations, validation, process improvement activities, data analysis and much more.  

The role in our Bio Process Science (BPS) team will give you hands-on, technical experience in the scale-up and optimisation of the processes used to manufacture biopharmaceutical products. You will gain experience in the downstream processing of enzyme’s, small molecules, monoclonal antibodies, and vaccines.

You will develop an understanding of unit operations such as cell disruption, clarification, concentration, immobilisation, filtration, and chromatography. The work is predominantly laboratory based with a focus on data generation and interpretation in order to contribute towards the development of efficient processes that can be introduced to large-scale production sites.

 You will work with colleagues from a range of specialities, both in R&D and in manufacturing sites around the world, giving you great exposure to the roles on offer within the company as well as experience in communicating with people from a variety of backgrounds.    

Who are we looking for?  

  • A passion for chemical engineering in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment  
  • Attention to detail  
  • Strong analytical skills  
  • Drive to get things done  
  • To be a team player  
  • Continuous improvement mindset  
  • Excel / Data skills  
  • Ability to demonstrate qualities aligned with GSK’s culture

What do we offer you?

  • A salary of £21,000, plus a bonus
  • Access to GSK resources, including employee assistance programmes, private healthcare and well-being programs and pension plan membership
  • On-the-job experience and informal training and development, delivered through a mixture of coaching, mentoring and training programs
  • A GSK placement which gives you the opportunity to take on a real role with genuine impact
  • You will join a GSK Industrial Placement community of over 250 students across the UK and business areas
  • Access to LinkedIn groups to enable the new Industrial Placement community to network and connect before start date

Let’s do this!

This opportunity has the following recruitment stages you must successfully pass to be offered a placement year with GSK for 2023:

  1. Eligibility Form
  2. World of GSK Online Assessment
  3. Application Form
  4. Virtual Assessment Centre or Virtual Interview

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: October 14th, 2022
  • Starting: July 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £21,000 plus a bonus + benefits
  • All grades
  • 1 year
  • Worthing (West Sussex), Montrose (Angus, Scotland), Barnard Castle (Durham) and Ware (Hertfordshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Process

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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