GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) - Future Leaders Programme - Manufacturing Operations



Location (s):

  • Germany
Dresden, Sachsen


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 Future Leaders in Manufacturing operations

Are you a graduate with the talent and adaptability to help us get vaccines to people in 90% of the world’s countries?

If so, you could be part of our highly scientific Manufacturing operations function. This is where we manufacture, formulate, fill, pack, control, release and deliver vaccines safely – a process that takes 15 to 18 months and uses cutting-edge technology. It’s a challenge that touches on four very different activities: manufacturing operations, technical services, quality and supply chain management. Different challenges arise at every stage, so every working day is different. These challenges might include transporting delicate biological materials that need special handling, overseeing quality throughout the manufacturing process, or managing a complex supply chain to ensure that vaccines are received exactly when they’re needed. 

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 two years, our Future Leaders graduate programme will challenge and support you to grow professionally and personally. You’ll have three stretching rotations that will give you an insightful experience into the manufacturing side of our vaccines business. They start with a one-year rotation on the shop floor at the centre of our technical functions (e.g. Maintenance and Engineering). This will be followed by a six-month rotation in Quality and a further six months in Supply Chain Management. One of the two six months rotations will be based abroad. Through these placements, you’ll develop your expertise in Technical Services, Quality and Supply Chain Management, while broadening your global business perspective. 

What will you do?

  • Learn to lead an interdisciplinary project team and interact with stakeholders and external partners
  • Experience GSK project management tool and how the validation life cycle starts and runs 
  • Understand the interaction between quality and safety requirements and the balance of costs
  • Move continuous improvement and participate in efficiency initiatives to improve business performance 
  • Learn operational and strategic thinking in an environment of daily control, mid-term planning and long-term visioning

Tailored training – and great career progression 

All learning follows the 70:20:10 learning principle: 70% of your learning takes place on the job, 20% comes from the support of your mentor (a senior leader) and the remaining 10% is from formal leadership training sessions.
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, with a solid foundation for a variety of manufacturing careers within the pharmaceutical industry. 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: 

  • getting a good understanding of all areas of our Vaccines business on a tailored development programme  
  • discovering how technical services, manufacturing, the quality function and supply chain work together
  • learning about the cutting-edge technologies used in vaccines manufacturing 
  • following our vaccines through the entire manufacturing process
  • gaining valuable people management experience
  • learning about the challenges of working in a highly regulated and controlled environment
  • being part of  diverse network, working with graduates from all over the world

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

Why You?

Basic qualifications

You’ll need:

  • an excellent university degree (e.g. biotechnological, electro-mechanical and / or maintenance engineering, pharmaceutical)
  • fluent English plus fluency in your home site language (German)
  • a flexibility and willingness to attend one rotation outside from Germany
  • a maximum of two years’ professional experience

Preferred qualifications: 

  • a keen interest in technical functions
  • a passion for tech and science, as well as people management and teamwork
  • a keen interest in the healthcare industry
  • the ability to build trust and relationships with key stakeholders
  • to be eager to work with others and learn how to lead a team
  • to be process driven with good technical ability
  • resilience and strong problem-solving skills
  • to be ready to acquire new knowledge and embrace new experiences

This career path attracts graduates from various technical, scientific and business disciplines, including pharmacy, industrial pharmacy, engineering, bio-engineering, business engineering, electro-mechanical engineering and maintenance engineering.


Deadline: May 29, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

Why GSK?

Benefits include:

  • an attractive base salary and bonus system & recognition programmes
  • a family friendly, dynamic and flexible working environment
  • care about your well-being by giving access to modern free healthcare and prevention programmes, vaccinations and insurances
  • support of your individual development by flexible and digital learning opportunities
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