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Automation Engineer (Multiple Locations) Industrial Placement, UK 2024

United Kingdom

Job Type

Job Function

Student Placement



United Kingdom

On-Site or Remote

Job Type


£21,400, plus a bonus

About the Role

Are you looking to gain valuable real world work experience and help positively impact the lives of others?

A GSK internship offers you the opportunity to kickstart your career – to take on a real role with genuine impact. You’ll take on challenging tasks within live projects or assignments.  You’ll also get to learn from others in your team and other parts of GSK whilst developing your skills and gaining valuable experience for wherever the future takes you.

Global Supply Chain (GSC) is the group within GSK that is responsible for making and supplying medicines and vaccines across the globe. At our manufacturing sites we produce over 2.3 billion medication packs and vaccines doses to 90% of the world's countries.

An automation 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 primary manufacturing of our active pharmaceutical ingredients.

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

  • Help the site team with automation capital project delivery for new equipment and digital systems.

  • Provide business system support to front line teams for new systems.

  • Upgrade existing platforms and help deliver cyber security upgrades.

  • Work with digital technology teams to deliver machine integration to cloud data analytics platforms, which support machine learning and AI projects.

  • Develop skills with automation systems such as PLCs, HMIs, Distributed Control System (DCS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) based equipment using Siemens S7/PCS7; and OPC systems such as Kepware, Manufacturing Execution System (MES) systems based on Aspentech.

  • You will be applying the skills you already have learnt at university 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.

Roles Available in Locations: Barnard Castle and Ware

What do we offer you?

  • Salary of £21,400, plus a bonus

  • Access to GSK resources, including employee assistance programmes, private healthcare and well-being programs

  • On-the-job experience, training and development, delivered through a mixture of coaching and mentoring

  • A GSK placement which gives you the opportunity to take on a real role with genuine impact

  • You will join IP Unite, GSK’s community of over 250 students across all UK sites and business areas, run by the Industrial Placement students committee

  • Once you accept your offer you will be invited to join LinkedIn groups and pre-joining webinars, to enable you to connect and network with new students


Who are we looking for?

Strong people skills

Passion for innovative automation solutions and their use in real world applications

Awareness of pharmaceutical production processes and current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and Good Laboratory Practice

Time management and organisational skills

An awareness of industrial networks

Able to demonstrate qualities aligned with GSK Culture

Education required:  To apply for this placement, you must be:

Currently an accredited undergraduate degree in Controls, Automation, Computer Systems or Science, Electrical, Electronic Engineering or related engineering subject.

Other requirements:  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 must be enrolled at a UK (United Kingdom) or ROI (Republic of Ireland) university for the duration of your placement.

If you have already graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree and are currently studying a postgraduate Masters, you are not eligible for this programme.

Language requirement: Written and spoken fluency in English

About the Company

GSK is a global biopharma company with a special purpose – to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together – so we can positively impact the health of billions of people and deliver stronger, more sustainable shareholder returns – as an organization where people can thrive. Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it, and we aim to positively impact the health of 2.5 billion people by the end of 2030.

Our success absolutely depends on our people. While getting ahead of disease together is about our ambition for patients and shareholders, it’s also about making GSK a place where people can thrive. We want GSK to be a workplace where everyone can feel a sense of belonging and thrive as set out in our Equal and Inclusive Treatment of Employees policy. We’re committed to being more proactive at all levels so that our workforce reflects the communities we work and hire in, and our GSK leadership reflects our GSK workforce.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to neurodiversity, race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

How to Apply

Closing Date

11th October 2023

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