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Automation Engineering Future Leaders Graduate Programme, UK – 2021

Salary notes: 
Job/scheme locations: 
Barnard Castle, Ware
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Closing date: 

Exciting minds with our Future Leaders Graduate Programme – Automation Engineering

Education required:  BSc degree in Automation Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Robotics Technology Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related field with interest in automation, robotics, systems, software and/or cyber security.  Graduation by Spring/Summer 2021. 

Start date: September 2021 or before

Other requirements:

  • Willing to move between sites and relocate domestically.

*You can apply to only one Future Leaders Programme in the UK

Application deadline:

We accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible.

Want to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges?

With over 300 years of innovation, we’re a science-led global healthcare company that delivers billions of innovative products each year. Join us and help millions of people do more, feel better, live longer.

We’re looking for leaders of the future in Automation Engineering

Are you a highly capable engineering graduate with the skills to design, develop, improve and maintain robust, leading-edge manufacturing technologies? If so, you could be part of a supportive engineering team, ensuring we have the latest technology and processes to deliver billions of packs of live saving medicines to customers every year.

Develop your career

Over three years and three stretching rotations, our Future Leaders Graduate Programme will challenge and support you to grow professionally and personally. You’ll get to meet senior leaders and network with other graduates from across GSK. You’ll also receive a generous development budget to accelerate your learning. Which all adds up to a role that’s designed to transform talented engineers into key, senior figures.

What will you do?

  • Introduce new digital technologies to transform our business
  • Optimize the performance of control systems for our manufacturing operations, e.g., maintaining and troubleshooting site control systems
  • Deliver automation projects, such as defining and implementing design improvements, upgrading and installing control systems and robotics systems, and ensuring that suppliers and site equipment comply with international standards
  • Testing and commissioning
  • Identify and mitigate potential Cyber security risks or vulnerabilities
  • Gain hands-on knowledge of digital technologies, the business and the role that Automation plays in supplying our patients

Tailored training – and great career progression

We’ll tailor your training and development to suit your talents and ambition, as well as our business needs, setting you up for a successful career. After you complete the Programme, you’ll have the skills to become a leader of the future. There’s no limit to how far you can go with us – it’s up to you to prove yourself.

You’ll be excited by the thought of:

  • Developing your skills in an industry that’s making radical changes to the way it develops and manufactures products
  • Building an understanding of the state-of-the-art technologies we use
  • Working with (and in) cross-functional, multi-cultural teams – delivering business critical projects.
  • Managing multi-discipline engineering teams
  • Having a generous development budget to accelerate your learning

You’ll need:

  • A relevant engineering degree and be keen to learn.
  • The ability to work with and build relationships with key stakeholders
  • To be a self-motivated and proactive graduate
  • To be enthusiastic and driven to succeed.
  • To be a natural team worker
  • The ability to adapt to change and stay focused under pressure
  • To be analytical and process driven with excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills and a gift for solving problems
  • A genuine interest in the healthcare industry

Our Future Leaders Programme is designed to accelerate the development of graduates who don’t have significant experience in the area to which they’re applying. Of course, many graduates who join the programme have worked while studying or after graduation. If you’ve already worked in a professional role in your sector, you’re welcome to apply, but you may also want to look at direct entry roles in our businesses.

Benefits include:

  • A salary of £30,000
  • An annual bonus based on company performance
  • Relocation Allowance (eligibility will be confirmed once your first location is confirmed)
  • Access to healthcare and well-being programmes, pension plan membership, savings programmes, time off and childcare support
  • Employee recognition programmes, which reward exceptional achievements
  • Long-term incentives through shared ownership link your rewards to our longer-term performance
  • On-the-job experience and formal and informal training and development, delivered through a mixture of coaching, mentoring and formal training programmes

Apply now

We’ll close this vacancy once we have enough applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible. You’ll be asked for your personal information and why you want to work for us.


We’re 100% open to all talent

We’re 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability. We want to recruit the right people for GSK from the widest possible backgrounds, so we can better serve the diversity of our patients and consumers. And also because it’s the right thing to do.

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East of England, North East
Number of vacancies: 
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