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analytical chemistry



Manufacturing & Supply - Analytical Chemistry


A little about GSK:

We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare products. These help millions of people around the world do more, feel better and live longer.

Our commercial success depends on creating innovative products and making these accessible to as many people who need them as possible. By achieving this, we will be able to grow our business and provide benefits to patients, consumers, society, our employees and our shareholders. We have a significant global commercial presence in more than 150 markets, a network of 84 manufacturing sites in 36 countries and large R&D centres in the UK, USA, Belgium and China.


Is the Future Leader Programme for you?

Not only do we want to find the right candidate, we want you to choose a scheme that’s right for you.

Our Future Leaders Programmes are for those who aspire to be leaders, inspire others and relish some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges. We believe in focusing on the patient and conducting our business with integrity, transparency and respect for everyone we work with.

Our Global Manufacturing & Supply (GMS) programmes are three years long and have 3 rotations. This is to enhance the development of your skills through having a breadth and depth of our business.

We invest heavily in your personal development to prepare you for a career as a leader through regular discussions with your line manager and support from a wide network of colleagues but you are still the driver of your development. You will also have continuous training where 70% is on-the-job, 20% is through developmental relationships and 10% is through formal training and educational courses.


What to expect on the Analytical Chemistry Future Leader Programme?

GSK offers a range of opportunities leading to successful careers. This career path focuses our resources on training highly motivated and capable analytical chemistry graduates who want to improve their technical skills while gaining valuable leadership training in the pharmaceutical industry.

This three-year career pathway involves three rotations across our manufacturing network to give you depth & breadth of experience within different roles and working environments to become a successful future leader at GSK.

Throughout the programme you’ll have numerous opportunities to meet and network with other graduates and key business stakeholders. You will receive a personal development budget to use for technical and personal development in addition to core training and development required for the role.

When you join one of our Global Manufacturing & Supply (GMS) programmes, you will become part of a huge, global network that supplies four billion packs of medicines and healthcare products a year. You’ll undertake business-critical roles within Pharmaceutical or Consumer Healthcare supply.

Typically, around 95% of the people joining the GMS program continue to work in GSK one year after finishing the program. Here they are working to ensure GSK makes the right products and delivers them to the right place at the right time.


A day in the life of an Analytical Chemistry Future Leader:

  • You will have the opportunity to work across functions to participate in &/or lead key projects
  • You will undertake analytical testing on various dose forms of products (which could include tablets, sterile injectable, topical products, intermediaries or active Pharmaceutical Ingredients)
  • You will further develop your technical understanding of analytical equipment and analytical test methods
  • You will be participating in new product introductions and the product transfer process
  • You will be trouble shooting and investigating manufacturing issues
  • You have the opportunity to have an impact and make a real difference to the patients and consumers receiving our products at the end of the supply chain

Hear from our current Analytical Chemistry Associates:

"One of the best aspects of the Analytical Chemistry programme has been not only the chance to extend my technical knowledge and capabilities within Analytical Chemistry, but also the opportunity to move outside the discipline. I’ve used and developed my experience in different areas whilst making a real difference on real-life, large scale projects. You can quite quickly make a real difference to the business which is really satisfying.

I’m currently working on a data integrity programme - a key regulatory programme - which has offered additional development outside of the laboratory. I’ve helped develop and deliver training, develop metrics with senior leaders across the GMS business and have also attended conferences where key issues that affect the industry are discussed.

My next rotation will be different again, into audit and assurance, which offers me additional breadth of experience. I like the ability to guide my own future within the programme."

- Chris, Analytical Chemistry Associate


"For my first rotation, I’m based in the Steriles and Inhalations (SIBU) Projects Laboratory at our Barnard Castle site where I am gaining knowledge in analysis techniques. I am hoping to use this experience to broaden my knowledge of the Quality function and it is a great opportunity to get involved in a variety of activities and meet a range of people from all different business areas with different experiences to share."

- Jessica, Analytical Chemistry Associate


Our ideal candidate will have:

  • The ability to work well with others and build strong relationships with key stakeholders
  • A genuine passion for the healthcare industry
  • A self-motivated and proactive approach
  • Strong problem solving and communication skills
  • An analytical mind and process driven
  • The ability to adapt to change and keep focused under pressure
  • Strong technical understanding of analytical equipment and analytical test methods
  • Flexibility to be based across any of our UK manufacturing sites
  • You must have or expect to obtain in 2018 a 2.1 or higher in the following disciplines: Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Pure and Applied Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Process Chemistry and similarly aligned subjects. Bio-science related degrees are not acceptable (e.g. Zoology, Biochemistry, Biology) as we would prefer to see graduates with chemistry as the primary focus of their degree for this programme

Before you apply:

Our Future Leader Programme is passionate about developing local leadership capabilities for local countries so it is vital you have eligibility to live and work in the country for which you are applying.

Please note that candidates need to be available to attend a 2-day assessment centre in London, UK in December 2017.



GSK is committed to empowering employees and creating an inclusive and diverse environment because it shows that we value and respect all contributions. It is good for business because it brings different knowledge, perspectives, experiences and working styles to GSK.

Our recruitment decisions are based on selecting the best person for the job, regardless of gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability.