Automation Engineering Future Leader Programme

Engineering within GSK

Engineering is about developing leading-edge, robust and cost-effective manufacturing technologies that make treatments to save lives. Our talented teams include chemical, electrical, mechanical, biopharmaceutical, sterile and automation engineers. They ensure we have the latest technology and processes to deliver four billion packs of medicines and healthcare products a year.

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. 

Our Global Manufacturing & Supply (GMS) Programmes are three years long and have 3 rotations. This is to enhance the development of your skills through having a breadth and depth of our business. 

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 Engineering Future Leader Programme:

  • GSK offers a range of opportunities leading to successful engineering careers. This career path focuses our resources on training highly motivated and capable engineering graduates who want to improve their technical skills while gaining valuable leadership training in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • This three-year career pathway involves three rotations across our manufacturing network to give you depth & breadth of experience within different roles and working environments to become a successful future leader at GSK.
  • Throughout the programme you’ll have numerous opportunities to meet and network with other graduates and key business stakeholders. You will receive a personal development budget to use for technical and personal development in addition to core training and development required for the role.
  • When you join one of our Global Manufacturing & Supply (GMS) programmes, you will become part of a huge, global network that supplies four billion packs of medicines and healthcare products a year. You’ll undertake business-critical roles within Pharmaceutical or Consumer Healthcare supply.
  • Typically, around 95% of the people joining the GMS program continue to work in GSK one year after finishing the program. Here they are working to ensure GSK makes the right products and delivers them to the right place at the right time.
  • A day in the life of an Automation Engineering Future Leader:
  • You will develop your skills in an industry that is making radical changes to the way it develops and manufactures products.
  • You will participate in key projects
  • You will analyse information and report your findings
  • You will have the opportunity to build an understanding of the state-of-the-art technologies we use (eg DCS systems)
  • With our training and support you will be maintaining and troubleshooting site control systems
  • You will be responsible for managing automation projects e.g. modification or improvement design, upgrading and installing control systems, ensuring that suppliers and site equipment comply with international standards
  • You will be testing and commissioning

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • The ability to work well with others and build strong relationships with key stakeholders
  • A genuine interest in the healthcare industry 
  • A self-motivated, proactive approach and ability to prioritise tasks effectively
  • Strong problem solving and communication skills
  • Technical strength: an analytical mind and processes driven
  • Ability to adapt to change and keep focused under pressure 
  • Flexibility to be based across any of our UK manufacturing sites 
  • You must also have or expect to obtain in 2019 a minimum of 2:1 an IET / IMECHE accredited degree in an Automation related subject, or suitable Engineering degree with specific automation related modules. 

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.

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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