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Electrical Engineering Industrial Placement, UK 2023

Control & Instrumentation/Electronic/Electrical.

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

Education required: Undergraduate degree from an accredited university, in Electrical Engineering, or similar related subject.   

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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.

  • Language requirement: Written and spoken fluency in English
  • Expected Start date: July/August 2023
  • Duration: 1 year (approximately)
  • Location: Barnard Castle or Montrose (upon your written application you will be able to state a preference)  
  • 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 an Electrical Engineering Industrial Placement at GSK today!  

An Electrical Engineering placement in one of our manufacturing sites will give you hands-on practical application of the theory from university.  Our sites produce a huge mix of different products, from tablets and inhalers to primary manufacturing of our active pharmaceutical ingredients.  

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

  • Safe control, operation and maintenance of the electrical utility, systems and apparatus. 
  • Analysis of electrical data, routines and maintenance tasks.  
  • Contingency planning to ensure electrical supply continuity. 
  • Supporting EHS on electrical safety matters. 
  • Supporting delivery of electrical engineer projects. 
  • Leading problem-solving activities, including troubleshooting, facilitating decisions and weighing up advantages and disadvantages in order to provide solutions. 
  • Electrical Engineering design application on actual plant and systems. 
  • Learning and providing technical support & guidance on the Fire & Security systems. 
  • Preparation of changes to electrical standards in company documents. 
  • Electrical energy management and supporting initiatives for electrical energy savings. 

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 2 different locations we are recruiting for across our Electrical Engineering Industrial Placements. Please note, these are distinct placements and so when you apply you will be able to select a preference 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 North East of England and is sited 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.  

The Electrical Engineering department in Barnard Castle is a small team of engineers operating within the wider Engineering function. You will work closely between the site Projects and Site Services Maintenance team, helping ensure our systems are safe and compliant and that our electrical infrastructure provides a reliable supply to the manufacturing site.

Additional to the day- to- day electrical engineering tasks that you will undertake, you will also be aligned to several key electrical projects for the site. In these projects you will offer technical and, in some cases, administrative support.

You will have the opportunity to gain experience in real world design and implementation of High Voltage (HV) and Low Voltage (LV) projects around the site as well as utility improvement projects. Equally importantly you will learn and understand statutory requirements in electrical systems and ensure the adherence to all requirements.  

Some of the projects you will be involved with include design and implementation of new HV switchgear on site (no live HV work) and infrastructure upgrades that are due to be completed in 2024. Examples include - the new Solar farm design and installation beginning in 2022, electrification of services (steam generators, water plants, Low Temperature Hot Water (LTHW) systems) and a number of energy efficiency and improvement projects.

You will also have the opportunity to propose and support delivery of energy efficiency projects that are feasible and beneficial for the site.  

As part of the wider engineering department, you will have the opportunity to interact with other professional engineers, talk and be mentored by engineers with a vast amount of knowledge and experience that can help with guidance in your career.

You will be part of a diverse and multidiscipline team that will surely expand your horizons. You will also learn the ways of working in a high value environment with very high standards and good manufacturing practices.

Lastly, you will gain important knowledge of working in a regulated environment like the pharmaceutical industry and the standards that come with it.  


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.  

The Electrical Engineering department at GSK Montrose is a small team, within the larger engineering function, that is responsible for all the Electrical Assets on site.

Your role would be directly involved with the delivering of electrical maintenance, designing electrical infrastructure, hazardous area equipment selection and promoting electrical safety. Your successful delivery of this role is important for site as it provides support to the Electrical Engineering team to ensure manufacturing quotas are met whilst still carrying out statutory electrical maintenance, minimising equipment downtime.   

You will also have opportunities to gain experience in electrical design, electrical safety, project management, sustainability and quality in a highly regulated pharmaceutical environment. This will not only help you further develop your technical skills but also, through interactions with other functions on site, leadership and communication skills, fundamental to your performance.   

As a member of a large Engineering team in Global Supply Chain you will have the opportunity to work alongside, and learn from, other Professional Engineers with vast experience in the manufacture of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients. 

Who are we looking for?  

  • A passion for engineering in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Strong analytical skills 
  • To be organized with a drive to get things done 
  • To be a team player 
  • Continuous improvement mindset 
  • Excel / Data skills 
  • Ability to demonstrate qualities aligned with GSK Values and Expectations 

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
  • Montrose (Angus, Scotland) and Barnard Castle (Durham)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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