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Automation Engineering Future Leaders Programme, UK, 2024

United Kingdom

Job Type

Job Function

Graduate Programme



United Kingdom

On-Site or Remote

Job Type


A competitive salary of £32,100

About the Role

Are you looking for a career where you can help positively impact the health of billions of people? Apply for the Automation Future Leaders Programme at GSK today!

In GSK’s Global Supply Chain (GSC), we are on an exciting journey with bold ambitions. We are creating one world class Global Supply Chain to deliver GSK’s new product portfolio and pipeline.

In GSC, we make and supply medicines and vaccines all around the globe and our teams own every production stage, from creating quality products at our manufacturing sites to designing effective supply forecasting and regulatory inspections; all powered by digital, data and analytics.

Over 3 rotations, our Future Leaders graduate program will:

  • Challenge and support you to grow professionally and personally

  • Give you stretch rotation

  • Provide the opportunity to network and increase your visibility with senior leaders who will mentor or coach you and support you with planning your rotations.

  • Improve your technical skills while gaining valuable on the job leadership experience

  • Give you a generous personal development budget to accelerate your learning & grow your technical, professional, personal or leadership skills;

  • Provide Kaizens – a short-term breadth project which could give you international exposure

What will you do?

  • Introduce new digital technologies to transform our business

  • Optimize the performance of the control systems that are part of our manufacturing operations, e.g., maintaining and troubleshooting site control systems

  • Deliver automation projects, such as defining and implementing design improvements, upgrading and installing control systems and robotics systems, and ensuring that -suppliers and site equipment comply with international standards

  • Testing and commissioning

  • Identify and mitigate potential Cyber security risks or vulnerabilities related to Operational Technology hardware and software

  • Gain hands-on knowledge of digital technologies, the business and the role that Automation plays in supplying our patients

What are we looking for?

  • Clear enthusiasm and motivation for engineering in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry

  • A continuous improvement and growth mindset

  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills

  • A team player with the ability to build collaborative relationships

  • Self-motivated and proactive, keen to develop and learn.

  • To be analytical, organized and process driven with excellent attention to detail

  • A high degree of flexibility and the ability to adapt quickly to change under pressure


We are looking for highly motivated graduates who are keen to develop into the future engineering, operational and technical leaders in GSC. Working at our manufacturing sites you will help to ensure we have the latest, safe, efficient and reliable processes and equipment to deliver life-saving medicines and vaccines to people in 90% of the world.   This role will enable you to develop your skills in an industry that’s making radical changes to the way it develops and manufactures products.

Education required:  Bachelor’s or Masters degree in Automation Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Robotics Technology Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related field with interest in automation, robotics, systems, software and/or cyber security.  Graduation by Spring/Summer 2024.

Language requirement: Written and spoken fluency in English

Other requirements: Willingness to be geographically mobile (domestic) throughout rotations

Locations in Ware, Barnard Castle with possible rotations in Worthing, Montrose & Irvine

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

Vacancy will close as soon as there as enough applications.

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