graduate scheme

Robotics Technology Engineering Future Leaders Programme

Job description

Are you a capable engineering graduate with the skills to develop robust, leading-edge manufacturing technologies? If so, you could help create the systems we need to make treatments that save lives.

Our talented teams include Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Biopharmaceutical, Automation & Robotics Technology Engineers. They ensure we have the latest technology and processes to deliver billions of packs of medicines and healthcare products to customers every year.

Develop your leadership potential on our Future Leaders graduate programme
If you’re a graduate with the talent and ambition to lead others, we’ll help you develop the expertise to become one of our Future Leaders.
Over three years, our Future Leaders graduate programme will challenge and support you to grow professionally and personally. You’ll have three stretching rotations in business-critical roles within pharmaceutical or consumer healthcare supply. Your responsibilities will depend on your engineering discipline, but whatever your specialist area, you’ll get to meet senior leaders and network with other graduates. You’ll also improve your technical skills while gaining valuable leadership expertise. It all adds up to a role that’s designed to transform talented engineers into key, senior figures.

What will you do?

  • Optimize the performance of the control systems that are part of our manufacturing operations, e.g., maintaining and troubleshooting site control systems
  • Integrate robotic technologies to existing automation system, establish communication and ensure seamless interaction between equipment
  • Identify opportunities for robotics deployment, for example repetitive and strenuous tasks in material handling and movement
  • Maintain and troubleshoot robotic systems
  • Support and manage projects from design, simulation, factory acceptance test, to final commissioning
  • Perform risk assessment and ensure adherence to international safety standards

Tailored training – and great career progression
We’ll tailor your training and development to suit your talents and ambition, as well as our business needs, setting you up for success in your chosen niche. After you complete our Future Leaders programme, you’ll have the skills to become a leader of the future, making sure that we make the right products and deliver them to the right place. There’s no limit to how far you can go with us – it’s up to you to prove yourself.

You’ll be excited by the thought of:

  • developing your skills in an industry that’s making radical changes to the way it develops and manufactures products
  • taking part in projects and prioritising tasks
  • analysing information and reporting your findings
  • building an understanding of the state-of-the-art technologies we use

Our Future Leaders programme is designed to accelerate the development of graduates who don’t have significant previous professional work experience in the area to which they are applying. Of course, many graduates who join the programme have worked while studying or after graduation. If you’ve already developed substantial experience working in a professional role in your sector, while you would be able to apply for this programme, you may also want to look at direct entry roles in our businesses, as these may be the best way to build on your existing skills and expertise and develop a career at GSK.

Start date: September 2020.

What we are looking for

  • ability to work with and build relationships with key stakeholders
  • self-motivated and proactive graduate
  • ability to adapt to change and stay focused under pressure
  • analytical and process driven
  • excellent communication skills and a gift for solving problems
  • genuine interest in the healthcare industry


A 2:1 degree in robotics eng., mechatronics eng., automation eng., electrical eng., electronic eng., chemical eng., systems eng., control eng., manufacturing eng. or related field with interest in automation/robotics/software.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

UK wide
Competitive salary

How to apply

We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications.

Assessment centre dates: 10 December 2019.

We’re 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability. We want to recruit the right people for GSK from the widest possible backgrounds, so we can better serve the diversity of our patients and consumers. And also because it’s the right thing to do.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 28 September 2020

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

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