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Chemical Engineering Industrial Placement

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Job/scheme locations: 
Maidenhead, Montrose, Worthing, Weybridge
Type of opportunity: 
Application deadline: 

A Chemical Engineering placement in one of our GSK manufacturing sites will give you hands on practical application of the theory from university. 

Our sites produce a huge range of different products, from tablets and inhalers to toothpaste and mouthwash.

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

  • Process improvement activities to ensure good manufacturing practice
  • Safety and/or quality risk assessments
  • Plant commissioning/design (change management and validation)
  • Project management and planning
  • Leading root cause analysis investigations.
  • A range of manufacturing processes, such as: dry blending, milling, enzyme extraction, solids separation, evaporation, powder mixing and transfer, granulation, coring, tablet compression, film coating of tablets, roller compaction, milling, tablet or bottle filling.

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.

Locations available:


Working within the Engineering or Technical teams identifying, planning and implementing compliance, new product introduction and productivity improvement projects to support the site’s Innovation, Performance and Trust strategies.


Working within the Bioprocessing Department: The role involves designing chemical reactions/downstream purification processes for scaling up our R&D new drugs & enzyme catalysts, from bench scale to pilot plant and manufacturing scales globally and externally.

Working within the Sterile Manufacturing Business Improvement Department: Designing and carrying out capital and non-capital projects, to improve equipment and processes and ensure robust medicine supply to patients.  You will learn about Sterile Bulk API manufacture and secondary sterile manufacture and work closely with the Process Support, Operations, Engineering, and Aseptic Assurance departments to develop effective solutions based on data.


Working in R&D New Product Development you will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of processes, dose formats and brands within Consumer Healthcare. You will get exposure to a matrix environment and will lead your own project(s) during your 12 months. Typical projects will look at process optimisation, scale-up challenges, value engineering, new technology design and validation.


Working in the Technical Development Department you will have the opportunity to get involved in supporting activities related to the day to day manufacture of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients; Capital Projects; Automation; Health, Safety and Environment and Quality. You will get support to develop your skills and knowledge from your line manager as well as from experienced colleagues.

What we are looking for:

We’re looking for well-organised, patient-focused students who are passionate about problem solving and the products we make.


Degree Requirements: Must be studying an IChemE accredited undergraduate degree.

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 will be expected to provide evidence from your university to show you will be an undergraduate student for the duration of the placement year.

Closing date for applications:
Wednesday 14th October 2020

Additional Details: The Virtual Assessment Centre for successful applicants is expected to take place in the latter part of November / beginning of December.

 We recruit on an on-going basis and prioritise applications based on the application date.  

Applications will close when we have filled our virtual assessment centre dates. If you have what we’re looking for apply today!

This opportunity has the following recruitment stages you must successfully pass to be offered a placement year with GSK for 2021!

  1. Eligibility Form
  2. Online Assessment
  3. Application Form
  4. Virtual Assessment Centre​

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London, South East, Scotland