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Device Engineer

A little about GSK:

We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare products. These help millions of people around the world do more, feel better and live longer.

Our commercial success depends on creating innovative products and making these accessible to as many people who need them as possible. By achieving this, we will be able to grow our business and provide benefits to patients, consumers, society, our employees and our shareholders. We have a significant global commercial presence in more than 150 markets, a network of 84 manufacturing sites in 36 countries and large R&D centres in the UK, USA, Belgium and China.

Product Development & Supply within GSK:

Product Development & Supply is a department of scientists and engineers which turns the substance with the pharmacological activity into a high-quality medicine (e.g. a tablet, capsule, vial, inhaler or suspension) that meets the needs of the patient.  We progress the development of these medicines from discovery through clinical trials and registration to the factory and beyond.  We also manage R&D supply chains to ensure that the right experimental medicines or discovery research compounds get to the right place at the right time to meet the needs of clinical trial volunteers and scientists respectively.

Is the Future Leader Programme for you?

Not only do we want to find the right candidate, we want you to choose a scheme that’s right for you.

Our Future Leaders Programmes are for those who aspire to be leaders, inspire others and relish some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges. We believe in focusing on the patient and conducting our business with integrity, transparency and respect for everyone we work with.

We invest heavily in your personal development to prepare you for a career as a leader through regular discussions with your line manager and support from a wide network of colleagues but you are still the driver of your development.  You will also have continuous training where 70% is on-the-job, 20% is through developmental relationships and 10% is through formal training and educational courses.

What to expect on the Device Engineer Future Leader Programme:

What you will do will be dictated by the needs of GSK’s pipeline of products and your role.  Because of the highly specialized nature of the science and engineering work that we do, FLP roles in Product Development & Supply vary markedly between individual programs.

You’ll be a full-time, permanent employee enjoying a competitive salary and benefits package from the start.

You’ll spend 16 months in the role for which you have been hired, then spend a 12 month rotation and then an 8 month rotation in two related technical areas of the business, which could be within or beyond the department.  You will choose your second and third rotations in the previous rotations.  They will be in the country where you are employed and will meet both your developing aspirations and the needs of the department.  You will be encouraged to network and to spend development days in other areas to help you make the very best choice. Rotations into Regulatory Affairs, Global Manufacturing & Supply, Biopharmaceutical Product Development, Drug Design & Selection, project management and other technical areas relevant to the department are possible.

A day in the life of a Device Engineer Future Leader:

  • You will contribute to detailed reviews of different technologies and device designs to identify potential strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • You will utilise state-of-the-art Computer Aided Engineering tools, in line with your chosen technical discipline, to either:
  • Create innovative, patient-centric device concepts and design solutions
    • build mathematical models to understand the operating space, within which a technology and/or device design will operate
    • develop new manufacturing processes from which new devices can be produced
  • You will have the opportunity to effectively communicate your observations and suggestions based upon sound engineering principles and understanding
  • As a result of your training and support you will be able to design, develop and execute test protocols to validate any mathematical models, design remediation ideas or new manufacturing solutions to guide product development
  • You will demonstrate an understanding of the literature in your area of technical competency
  • You will have the chance to actively communicate promising ideas and new technologies
  • You will develop a working understanding of the product development process so that you can effectively operate in the broader matrix team
  • You’ll interact with suppliers, peers and/or formulation scientists to support ongoing projects to develop robust, differentiated patient-centric medicines.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Provide innovative ideas
  • Demonstrate an interest and proficiency in one of the three technical disciplines that reside within Device Engineering: Device Design, Applied Mechanics or Advanced Manufacturing Technology.
  • Solve problems
  • Be resilient
  • Consider practical patient needs
  • Assimilate information and prioritise even outside area of expertise
  • Recognise that GSK is a global, multidisciplinary organisation
  • Have a desire to interact with different parts of the business
  • Have an interest in the evaluation of scientific data
  • Recognise the importance of quality
  • Have an interest in product design, how people interact with consumer and medical products
  • Have an interest in how things work and how they are made
  • Have undertaken work experience in the pharmaceutical industry and/or an industrially-focused project in the field of product/process design

You must have or expect to obtain in 2018, a Masters (2.1 or better) or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Applied Physics, Bioengineering or Medical Engineering.

Before you apply:

Our Future Leader Programme is passionate about developing local leadership capabilities for local countries so it is vital you have eligibility to live and work in the country for which you are applying.

Please note that candidates need to be available to attend a 2-day assessment centre in London, UK.

GSK is committed to empowering employees and creating an inclusive and diverse environment because it shows that we value and respect all contributions.  It is good for business because it brings different knowledge, perspectives, experiences and working styles to GSK

Our recruitment decisions are based on selecting the best person for the job, regardless of gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability.





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