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GSK Return to Work Programme

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GSK would like to re-launch your career in Engineering! Are you ready? If the answer is yes, you have taken a voluntary career break of 2 years or more and are currently not working, then applying for a return to work role with GSK might be right for you…

GSK’s 12-month UK returner programme is designed for qualified and motivated people who want to resume their career following a break of between 2 – 10 years. You may have personal commitments that you did not have previously or find the thought of returning to work daunting. GSK understands your concerns and that’s why they have created a return to work programme that offers the opportunity for flexible working, to make sure your work life balance is just right; a supportive environment, where you can re-establish and enhance your skills; tailored personal development plans; plus coaching, mentoring and peer support. GSK’s return to work programme will guide you back onto your career path.

What are the Opportunities?

GSK has two opportunities currently available, in Barnard Castle (County Durham) and Maidenhead (Berkshire).

Both sites are key members of the Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS) organisation. Barnard Castle produce some of the world’s leading dermatological, sterile, inhaled and oral medicines for a wide range of diseases including MRSA, leukaemia and HIV. Maidenhead produce some of the world’s leading consumer healthcare products such as Sensodyne.

Engineering Operations Manager, Barnard Castle, County Durham 

You will be the engineering customer for the sterile and inhalation business unit (SIBU) small-scale project activities. GSK needs your help to provide an engineering support service that meets the business and regulatory needs of the department. With your skills and experience they’d like you to be responsible for engineering activities associated with the GSK production process including the management and supervision of the SIBU engineering team and any contractors.

Who are they looking for?

Project Engineer, Maidenhead, Berkshire

You will join a team of Project Engineers. You will design, cost, lead and execute engineering projects through the full life cycle from front end studies and capital investment proposals through detailed design, tender processes and selection to contractor management, installation and qualification of the project. Alongside this you will maintain good communication with key stakeholders and ensure the safe and effective implementation of projects, delivering real and measurable benefit to the business. GSK would like you to work with customers, understand and confirm the business need for investment and be responsible for the hire of contractors where required.

Who are they looking for?

What can GSK do for you?
GSK will reward your commitment and contribution to their success through your salary, bonus and employee recognition awards. They offer you a stake in their success through shares and savings opportunities and help you save for the future. You will automatically become a member of the GSK pension plan when you join them and to ensure you have some well-deserved time off you will be entitled to 26-days paid personal holiday each year, plus eight paid public holidays. GSK’s Healthcare Plan is designed to provide you and covered family members access to prompt medical treatment.

Following completion of this programme, you’ll be perfectly placed for GSK onward employment opportunities.

If you want to find out a little bit more about being an Engineer at GSK, follow this link to watch their video: Engineering a better world

How do I apply?
If you feel that you are ready to join GSK, please apply by following the relevant link for the role you are interested in:

Engineering Operations Manager WD135352

Project Engineer WD143742

If you want to talk to someone at GSK  before applying, please email  and add ‘Returnship’ in the subject title. They will be happy to talk with you.

Closing date for applications: Noon on 16th February 2018

Selection timings: GSK will contact you after the closing date to discuss your application in more detail. Assessment will be held from week commencing 19th February 2018 at the site where the role is based. This will give them the opportunity to meet you and for you to get a feel for the site and GSK.