Chemical Engineering

GSK Undergraduate Industrial Placement Job Title: Chemical Engineering


Reference Number: 4013e


Salary: Competitive


Degree Requirements: Must be on track for a 2.1 (or above) in 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.


Locations: Maidenhead, Montrose (Scotland), Ware, Weybridge, Worthing (penicillin site)


Duration: 1 year (approximately)


Detailed Description of the role:


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.


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


Details of the role at each site:


Maidenhead – We have 2 placements, 1 in project engineering and 1 within Technical.

  • During your placement as a Project Engineer, you will be responsible for: Owning minor projects and supporting senior project engineer’s throughout the full project lifecycle; Assessing the feasibility of projects and developing a business case which aligns with the site strategy; Liaising with other departments to develop the project’s scope; Designing systems to improve health and safety, reduce defects or increase plant efficiency; Creating proposals and generating Capital to invest in the project; Working with suppliers and contractors to install and commission new installations; Producing project plans and managing the budget and timelines to ensure critical milestones are achieved; Developing engineering and project management skills.
  • During your placement in Technical, you will be involved in the implementation of manufacturing process improvement projects for the oral care category in order to reduce accidents, defects and waste as part of the sites drive for continuous improvement. Key tasks will include: Identify safety, waste or quality improvements in our oral care manufacturing processes; Develop potential solutions along with product owners and R&D; Develop and lead experimental plans to test solutions; Project manage solutions through to industrial implementation using the support of multifunctional team.

Worthing –

  • 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 within the Technical and Quality Validation teams as part of the Product lifecycle Management process: commissioning, qualification, decommissioning of analytical and process equipment as well as analysis of process trends and risk assessment.  You’ll participate in continuous improvement, and the generation of key documentation and project work to ensure the voice of the patient and the voice of the business is heard through all stages of product lifecycle, so that both patient and process efficiency requirements are met.

Montrose – You will be involved in the support to day to day manufacture of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients as well as capital projects. This will offer you opportunities to consolidate, and gain first-hand experience, on what you have learned during your studies about unit operations such as crystallisation, distillation, chemical reactions, drying, filtration etc. You will also have opportunities to gain experience in plant design, automation, process safety, technical transfers, project management, sustainability, quality, etc, in a highly regulated pharmaceutical environment. This will not only help you develop further your technical skills but also, through interactions with other functions on site, leadership and communication skills, fundamental to your performance. As a member of the largest Process Engineering team in Pharma Supply Chain you will have the opportunity to work alongside, and learn from, other Process Engineers with vast experience in the manufacture of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.


Weybridge – 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.


Ware – You will be working within our technical and operations teams you will work on improvement and new product Introduction projects. Putting your university knowledge into practical application. 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: Micronising Value Stream

o   Leading small projects and contributing to larger projects within the Value Stream (using both your existing Chemical Engineering knowledge and developing broader engineering and manufacturing skills)

o   Contributing to the day-to-day operation of the value stream - including all aspects of the operation of the micronising facilities.

o   Being part of the cross functional investigation teams (including Technical, Quality, Production, Engineering) who perform investigations when we deviate from our defined processes – finding the root cause of the problem and determining corrective and preventative actions to prevent recurrence in the future.

o   Play a part in delivering the digital strategy for the Micronising Value Stream - including introducing new technology and systems.

·         Role 2: Technologist

o   Based in New Product Innovation / Technical

o   Key deliverables:

o   To manage the day to day Product Performance Management of Ellipta.

o   To document the Control Limit Breakages in the CPV Log

o   To respond to atypicality breakages from the labs

o   To conduct Manufacturing Investigations

·         Role 3: Oral Solid Dose Production Management Associate

o   Manage and improve value stream management and governance processes

o   Manage readiness for strategy deployment and strategy development processes

o   Directly support value stream management team members with a variety of tasks

o   Lead investigations

o   Deliver projects aligned to own discipline area within manufacturing

·         Role 4: Process Engineer

o   Plan and manage change activity to deliver Continuous Improvement projects in support of Production OEE.

o   Prepare and carry out development trials within Production.

o   Support Process Qualification validation activity as applicable.

o   Conduct Root Cause Analysis and apply problem solving tools to lead deviations.

o   Provide Technical support in day-to-day Production Operations.

o   Aid in Manufacturing Investigations.

o   Prepare NPI trial documentation.

o   Carry out mechanical investigations for Ellipta customer complaints and provide written response.

·         Role 5: Process Engineer II

o   Provide technical support in the application of process engineering best practice, principles and process safety for key projects in oral solid dose.

o   Develop understanding of technical knowledge on manufacturing unit operations.

o   Provide process engineering support for delivery of product lifecycle management by supporting process improvement projects.

o   Support monitor product performance (post launch products)

o   To help troubleshooting support for products and associated processes.

o   Support internal problems solving

·         Role 6: OSD Engineer

o   Complete assigned projects focus on Continuous Improvement and Engineering Compliance.

o   Provide day by day engineering support to production and New Product Introduction activities.

o   Provide technical support to equipment maintenance, capital projects and root cause investigations.

·         Role 7: PAT Engineer  

o   Be responsible for training on Process Analytical Technology (PAT) applications using Near Infrared spectroscopy on Oral Solid Dosage (OSD) products

o   Support the delivery and installation of PAT methods to improve pharmaceutical manufacturing process such as granulation, drying of powders, blending and compression of tablets.

o   Help troubleshooting on equipment and processes issues


Additional Details: The Assessment Centre for successful applicants is expected to take place in:

  • Maidenhead – week commencing 26th November 2019
  • Worthing – from mid-November to mid-December 2019
  • Montrose – from the 2nd to the 21st of December 2019
  • Weybridge – from mid-November to mid-December 2019
  • Ware – week commencing 11th November 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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