graduate scheme

Digital Engineering Future Leaders Programme 2021

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

Want to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges?

With over 300 years of innovation, we’re a science-led global healthcare company that delivers billions of innovative products each year. Join us and help millions of people do more, feel better, live longer.

We’re looking for leaders of the future in Digital Engineering

Are you a capable engineering graduate ready to use your skills and knowledge (coupled with the latest technology and processes) to help us deliver billions of packs of medicines to our patients every year? If so, there’s no limit to how far you can go with us – it’s up to you to prove yourself.

Develop your career

Our Future Leaders Graduate Program will challenge and support you to grow professionally and personally. You’ll have up to three stretching rotations within our Biopharm and / or Respiratory manufacturing sites in one or more Digital disciplines including Automation, Cyber and Data Science.

As you work, you’ll improve your technical skills while gaining valuable leadership expertise. Meanwhile, you’ll be meeting senior leaders, networking with diverse graduates and enjoying the support of a technical mentor and a generous personal training budget. It all adds up to a programme that’s designed to transform talented graduates into key, senior figures.

What will you do?

Gain a broad understanding of our automation, cyber and data analytics systems.
Rotations may include:

  • Project managing the introduction of new digital technologies - from design to test and commission.
  • Automation Optimizing the performance of our manufacturing control systems. Delivering automation projects such as new robotic systems - ensuring compliance with pharmaceutical and regulatory standards.
  • Data Science: Working on data analytics and machine learning projects - using your skills and knowledge to transform our business – from manufacturing lead times to cost of goods, from quality analysis to planning & scheduling – there are a wealth of opportunities to make a difference.
  • Cyber security – identifying and mitigating potential risks and vulnerabilities

Benefits include

  • A salary of £30,000
  • An annual bonus based on company performance
  • Relocation allowance (eligibility will be confirmed once your first location is confirmed)
  • Access to healthcare and well-being programs, pension plan membership, savings programs, time off and childcare support
  • Employee recognition programs, which reward exceptional achievements
  • Long-term incentives through shared ownership link your rewards to our longer-term performance
  • On-the-job experience and formal and informal training and development, delivered through a mixture of coaching, mentoring and formal training programs

What we are looking for

  • Willing to move between sites and relocate domestically
  • The ability to work with and build relationships with key stakeholders
  • To be a self-motivated and proactive graduate
  • To be enthusiastic and driven to succeed.
  • To be a natural team worker
  • The ability to adapt to change and stay focused under pressure
  • To be analytical and process driven with excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills and a gift for solving problems
  • A genuine interest in the healthcare industry


BSc degree in engineering, data science or related field with interest in automation, robotics, software, cyber security and data science. Graduation by Spring/Summer 2021.

Accepted degree subjects

  • physics
  • mathematics
  • computer sciences

Additional job details

Barnard Castle

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

*You can apply to only one Future Leader Program in the UK

We have changed the way we recruit in light of the COVID-19 pandemic - you can learn more about how our practices have adapted here.

We’ll close this vacancy once we have enough applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible. You’ll be asked for your personal information and why you want to work for us.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31 January 2021

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Closing date:  31 January 2021

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