Pharmaceutical Science

GSK Undergraduate Industrial Placement Job Title: Pharmaceutical Science


Reference Number: 2014e


Salary: Competitive


Degree Requirements: Must be on track for a 2.1 (or above) in a Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacology, or related Chemistry undergraduate degree. Bio-science related degrees are not accepted.


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.


Locations: Barnard Castle, Ware


Duration: 1 year (approximately)


Detailed Description of the role:


Our manufacturing sites pharmaceutical science placements will give first-hand experience of the development, planning and manufacture of either respiratory or oral solid dose medicines.


You will work directly with and learn from an experienced team of who will coach and mentor you during your year to help you achieve your potential. Your time with GSK will be spent primarily focussed on:

  • Supporting New Product Introduction (NPI);
  • Responsible for the manufacturing processes and equipment for existing products;
  • Continuous Improvement (CI) activities;
  • Co-ordination and implementation of planned change;
  • Supporting troubleshooting of processes and investigations.


In the role you will utilise the skills you already have, and develop new skills such as; team working, problem solving and building relationships. The successful candidate will require a high degree of report writing; presentations skills; strong interpersonal and communication skills.


You’ll be contributing to ensuring our pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products are manufactured to stringent quality and safety standards. Opportunities will be available on a daily basis to work closely with other GSK departments which will provide a deep understanding to the way our GMS sites work.


We are looking for well-organised, patient-focused students who are passionate about the formulation and manufacture of pharmaceutical products and working with others to improve our ways of working.


Please note, some of the roles available are not lab based and therefore may not be suitable to integrated master’s students.


Details of the role at each site:


Barnard Castle – An opportunity exists for a candidate with a strong science background to work alongside the Steriles Operations / Process Support Teams who support the manufacture, filling, inspection and packaging of a range of Sterile Vial and Syringe pharmaceutical products.

The Sterile Production Areas are multi-product facilities producing a vast range of aseptic vial and syringe products with many new, revolutionary products and associated complex manufacturing / filling processes and technology.

The successful candidate will integrate into the support teams and be expected to deliver a business or compliance improvement project. Project specifics will be agreed at the time of placement depending on area activities and course of study, however these may include specific improvement activities (processes, yield, cost of waste etc) or product aligned support (eg. Product campaign readiness and improvements, inspection readiness, KPI monitoring and performance management).

In addition to this the opportunities will arise to support day to day operations working in a safe and compliant manner. Exposure to this highly regulated and fast paced environment will build a great understanding of pharmaceutical manufacture and compliance activities, whilst also providing the opportunity to be involved in activities supporting introduction of many new products. The role will involve much cross-functional working, including but not limited to Production, Operational Quality, Engineering, Microbiology, New Production Introduction and Logistics. This will allow the successful candidate to develop existing communication skills and gain exposure to many different business and technical processes.


Ware – The Ware site is a lead New Product Introduction site for GSK and we manufacture and supply a huge range of different pharmaceutical products from our Respiratory and Oral Solid Dose (tablet) Supply Chains. Roles available:

  • Role 1: Validation Lead

o   Reporting directly to the lead Validation Manager, you will lead validation activities for projects to ensure they are compliant with regulatory requirements.  This will include providing quality oversight for process, equipment, utilities, and cleaning validation projects.  You will also be responsible for authoring, reviewing and approving validation plans, protocols and reports.  This element of the role extends to leading cross-functional teams as Validation Working Parties to determine the validation scope for technical and engineering projects (ensuring that the appropriate level of validation activities is built into project plans and executed to meet regulatory requirements). 

o   This role is multi-faceted and includes liaising with a wide variety of on-site production and operations teams, you will be a self-motivated individual who is resilient and calm under pressure, with strong people skills and the ability to influence people to achieve objectives and drive performance.  You will also have a strong continuous improvement mindset.

  • ​​Role 2: Data Integrity (business management degree also accepted)

o   An opportunity exists for a candidate with a strong science background to work within the Quality systems functions. This is a unique experience to work across a number of functions which can involve a mixture of environments that support the manufacture and filling of a range of pharmaceutical products.

o   The successful candidate will integrate into the Quality team and be expected to deliver a business or compliance improvement project. In addition to this, opportunities will arise to support day to day operations, working in a safe and compliant manner. Exposure to this high volume and fast paced environment will build a great understanding of pharmaceutical microbiology and compliance activities.

o   The final task will be for the student to collate all the information and analysis to provide the business with a range of recommendations, Including a completed project.

  • ​Role 3: Facilities Management (business management or finance degree also accepted)

o   An opportunity exists for a candidate with a desire to learn and grow in general management capability across a range of areas within facility management on a large Pharmaceutical manufacturing Site. Budget and project management skills, general control of contractors and teams, and skills in financial governance, can all contribute and be expanded on in this role.

o   The successful candidate will work to support the site Facilities and Contracts Manager in a range of areas supporting a large site manufacturing life-saving medicines. The types of areas where the candidate can contribute will be; Waste Management – helping support Veolia site waste operations by seeking sustainable solutions and close budgetary management; Supporting the control of Spares provision and management on site; supporting activities related to pharmaceutical and general cleaning, as well as catering operations.; Financial support in tracking and raising PIP’s to support site minor works projects; Supporting Wellbeing initiatives and helping improve the Site Working Environment.

o   NOTE – Only over 18s can apply for this role

  • ​​​​Role 4: OSD Technologist

o   Support delivery of product lifecycle management by supporting process improvement projects.

o   Supporting implementation of new products, technical support for development NPI campaign preparation and production activities.

o   Support monitor product performance (post launch products)

o   To help troubleshooting support for products and associated processes.

o   Determine cleaning methods and validation requirements NPIs and new equipment. 

o   Support internal problems solving and Laboratory investigations


Additional details

The Zinnat Supply Chain is a well-established, fast moving manufacturing environment based at Barnard Castle with a dedicated technical team monitoring, supporting and improving the manufacturing work streams.

You will have the opportunity to join the technical team to assist with the day to day support of the Oral Solid Dose (OSD) manufacturing and packaging lines. You will have the opportunity to work alongside other areas of the business such as Manufacturing, Validation, Engineering and Quality. You will be expected to deliver a business or compliance improvement project that will provide the business with a beneficial result. You will learn the manufacturing processes and the technical approach to problem solving, process enhancing and improving using various tools.  


Additional Details: The Assessment Centre for successful applicants is expected to take place from November to mid-December 2019.


Closing date for applications: Wednesday 16th October 2019


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


Applications will closed when we have filled our 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 2020!

1.       Eligibility Form

2.       Online Assessment

3.       Application Form

4.       Assessment Centre​

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