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Mechanical Engineering Industrial Placement

Salary notes: 
Job/scheme locations: 
Barnard Castle, Maidenhead, Montrose, Worthing, Ware
Type of opportunity: 
Application deadline: 

A Mechanical Engineering placement in one of our manufacturing sites will give you hands on practical application of the theory from university.  Our sites produce a huge mix of different products, from tablets and inhalers to toothpaste and mouthwash.

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

  • The design and project management of engineering activities such as maintenance, equipment improvement (safety, quality and efficiency) as well as other engineering continuous improvement projects.  
  • Developing skills for leading and managing groups of technicians or contractors to achieve the above.
  • Safety and quality risk assessments
  • Leading root cause analysis investigations
  • Developing a thorough understanding of the equipment, plant and processes used at the site.

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.

Desirable Criteria:

  • A passion for engineering in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Organized with a drive to get things done
  • Team player
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • Excel / Data skills
  • Able to demonstrate qualities aligned with GSK Values and Expectations.

Locations available: 


Montrose is a 45-acre primary manufacturing site, located by the sea. At this site, active pharmaceutical ingredients are converted into products such as tablets, creams and inhalers- used to treat a range of illnesses and diseases.

Barnard Castle

Working within the Operations or Project Engineering teams you will be focussing either on improving equipment reliability and production performance and / or delivering a range of new manufacturing, packaging & utilities equipment.

Worthing  (Penicillin site)

In Worthing, you will be focussing on improvement activities (such as changeover time reduction, safety and efficiency improvements) and other projects as well as supporting operational elements within one of our Engineering departments on site. You will be given the opportunity to learn and develop in the area you are working and will be a key member of our dynamic Engineering teams. 


Working in toothpaste and mouthwash processing within Engineering. It will focus on improving reliability through design, process development and maintenance improvements. It will involve cross functional working, innovative approaches through to managing change. The role is key to drive quality, safety and cost improvements.


Ware is the largest GSK site in the UK with a thriving early talent community.  The Ware site supplies oral solid dose (HIV and oncology products) and respiratory devices to over 140 countries, as well as to patients participating in clinical trials. You will be working in the pharmaceutical engineering team helping us to deliver safety, quality and efficiency improvements while developing your engineering knowledge and skills.


Closing date for applications: Wednesday 14th October 2020

Additional Details: The 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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More about this vacancy

Scotland, South East, East of England, North East
Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5