Pharmaceutical Science Industrial Placement, UK 2022


Job Type

Job Function

Student Placement



Barnard Castle DL12, UK

On-Site or Remote



A salary of £21,000, plus a bonus  Access to GSK resources such as employee assistance programmes, private healthcare, and training and development. 

About the Role

GSK Undergraduate Industrial Placement Job Title: Pharmaceutical Science Industrial Placement, UK 2022


What you will do:

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.

You’ll be contributing to ensuring our pharmaceutical 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 pharmaceutical supply chain sites work.

Whichever role you go into you will be applying the skills you already have and developing new skills such as team working, problem solving and building relationships. You will work with and learn from an experienced team of analysts and scientists; they will coach and mentor you during your year to help you achieve your potential.

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


You’ll need:

  • To be a strong team player

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills

  • Ability to write technical reports

  • Problem solving skills

  • Well-organised and patient focussed

  • Drive for continuous improvement

  • Ideally, good IT skills (SAS and PowerBI routinely used – but prior experience not essential)

  • Ability to demonstrate qualities aligned with GSK Values and Expectations.

Need help with your application?

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Degree Requirements: Degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, 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.

About the Company

Locations and roles:

Barnard Castle

Multiple opportunities exist for candidates 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 and in our secondary manufacturing area providing technical expertise for oral solid dose (OSD) products, processes and activities.

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 - these may include specific improvement activities or product aligned support (e.g. 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 the 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.

At the secondary manufacturing Oral Solid Dose (OSD) value stream, we are looking for a high calibre technical individual to take part in strategically important business projects, working closely with key stakeholders across the business.  You will experience first touch troubleshooting, working on technical projects and supplying technical data. The successful candidate will also get involved in providing technical support in response to site quality notifications, corrective and preventative actions and internal audit findings. You will have the opportunity to build relationships and work cross-functionally with production, engineering, process engineering and quality representative, to provide technical expertise.





The Ware site is the largest site in the GSK network with a thriving early talent community. We manufacture and supply a huge range of different pharmaceutical products from our Respiratory and Oral Solid Dose (tablet) Supply Chains.

You will be working within our technical and operations teams putting your university knowledge into practical applications. This may include identifying and working on process improvement work and new product or process projects as well as investigating deviations, writing technical reports and assisting in analysing and visualising data from our manufacturing processes. The early lifecycle team focuses on the new product introduction.  For the late lifecycle team, the focus is on established products across both the respiratory and OSD streams.  The teams monitor and strive to improve product performance in conjunction with the Manufacturing and Quality departments, managing complex product or process changes, and leading or supporting investigations, as well as providing routine support for Production, OQ and the Labs.  There is a strong Continuous Improvement mindset at Ware, always looking to improve product or process performance.

How to Apply

Get to grips with our recruitment process 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 2022: Eligibility Form World of GSK Online Assessment Application Form Virtual Assessment Centre You’ll find hints, tips and guidance on our recruitment process on our website –

Closing Date

Application deadline: We recommend you apply as soon as possible. GSK will accept ongoing applications but will close this vacancy once they have had enough applications.