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Pharmaceutical Science Industrial Placement, UK 2023


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

Education required: Undergraduate degree from an accredited university, preferably in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacology, or related Chemistry undergraduate degree. Please note Bio-science related degrees are not accepted for this role.    

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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 Ware (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 a Pharmaceutical Science Industrial Placement at GSK today!  

Our manufacturing sites’ pharmaceutical science placements will give first-hand experience of the development, planning and manufacture of either respiratory or oral solid dose medicines.  

You will work directly with and learn from an experienced team of who will coach and mentor you during your year to help you achieve your potential. Your time with GSK will be spent primarily focused on:  

  • Supporting New Product Introduction (NPI) 
  • Responsible for the manufacturing processes and equipment for existing products 
  • Continuous Improvement (CI) activities 
  • Co-ordination and implementation of planned change 
  • Supporting troubleshooting of processes and investigations 
  • You’ll be contributing to ensuring our pharmaceutical healthcare products are manufactured to stringent quality and safety standards. Opportunities will be available daily to work closely with other GSK departments which will provide a deep understanding to the way our pharmaceutical supply chain sites work.  

Whichever role you go into you will be applying the skills you already have and developing new skills such as team working, problem solving and building relationships. You will work with and learn from an experienced team of analysts and scientists; they will coach and mentor you during your year to help you achieve your potential.  

Please note, some of the roles available are not lab based and therefore may not be suitable to integrated master’s students.   

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 Pharmaceutical Science 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.  

Multiple opportunities exist for candidates with a strong science background to work alongside the Steriles Operations / Process Support Teams who support the manufacture, filling, inspection and packaging of a range of Sterile Vial and Syringe pharmaceutical products and in our secondary manufacturing area providing technical expertise for oral solid dose (OSD) products, processes and activities.  

The Sterile Production Areas are multi-product facilities producing a vast range of aseptic vial and syringe products with many new, revolutionary products and associated complex manufacturing / filling processes and technology.

The successful candidate will integrate into the support teams and be expected to deliver a business or compliance improvement project. Project specifics will be agreed at the time of placement depending on area activities and course of study - these may include specific improvement activities or product aligned support (e.g., Product campaign readiness and improvements, inspection readiness, KPI monitoring and performance management).  

In addition to this the opportunities will arise to support day to day operations working in a safe and compliant manner. Exposure to this highly regulated and fast paced environment will build a great understanding of pharmaceutical manufacture and compliance activities, whilst also providing the opportunity to be involved in activities supporting the introduction of many new products.

The role will involve much cross-functional working, including but not limited to Production, Operational Quality, Engineering, Microbiology, New Production Introduction and Logistics. This will allow the successful candidate to develop existing communication skills and gain exposure to many different business and technical processes.  

At the secondary manufacturing Oral Solid Dose (OSD) value stream, we are looking for a high calibre technical individual to take part in strategically important business projects, working closely with key stakeholders across the business. 

You will experience first touch troubleshooting, working on technical projects and supplying technical data. The successful candidate will also get involved in providing technical support in response to site quality notifications, corrective and preventative actions and internal audit findings. You will have the opportunity to build relationships and work cross-functionally with production, engineering, process engineering and quality representative, to provide technical expertise.  


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.  

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 early lifecycle team focuses on the new product introduction. For the late lifecycle team, the focus is on established products across both the respiratory and OSD streams. 

The teams monitor and strive to improve product performance in conjunction with the Manufacturing and Quality departments, managing complex product or process changes, and leading or supporting investigations, as well as providing routine support for Production, OQ and the Labs. There is a strong Continuous Improvement mindset at Ware, always looking to improve product or process performance.  

Who are we looking for?  

  • To be a strong team player 
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills 
  • Ability to write technical reports 
  • Problem solving skills 
  • Well organised and patient focused 
  • Drive for continuous improvement 
  • Ideally, good IT skills (SAS and PowerBI routinely used – but prior experience not essential) 
  • 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
  • Barnard Castle (Durham) and Ware (Hertfordshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Pharmacology

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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