Biopharmaceutical Associate

Our biopharmaceutical associate apprenticeship will equip you with the specialist skills needed to support the production of our life-saving drugs.

Achieve your career goals on our apprentice program

Our biopharmaceutical associate apprenticeship offers you the chance to study fully funded towards nationally recognized qualification while gaining valuable, paid work experience.

Over the course of this paid 3-4 year program you will spend most of your week at our biopharmaceutical site receiving specialist on-the-job training from our in-house industry experts, combined with early responsibility to help you develop and progress. 

You will also study part time at Montgomery Community College working towards an Associate’s degree (AAS) in Biotechnology, fully funded by GSK, with the potential to go on to further study.

Upon completion of the program, you will also receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion from the US Department of Labor, an industry issued, portable nationally recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency.

Working with both your line and program manager we want to identify the right opportunities to help you succeed in the short term and throughout your career with us.  You will also be assigned a buddy or a mentor who will be there to offer support and guidance throughout your apprenticeship.

What will you do?

During the biopharmaceutical associate apprenticeship you will learn how our products are made in order to be able to confidently support manufacturing new and existing products, process controls & validation as well as process improvement work.

Depending on your preferences, strengths and ambition, this apprenticeship could lead in many career directions including manufacturing or process technologist, equipment and automation support, operations management and operational quality.

You can expect to work both individually (when appropriately trained) and as part of a manufacturing team - taking responsibility for the quality, safety and accuracy of the work you undertake.

Your role may involve:

  • Performing complex manufacturing processes in a highly automated, regulated environment – ensuring quality, safety and accuracy in all that we do
  • Operating bioreactors, chromatography columns, parts washers, and autoclaves, to make our products
  • Preparing media and buffer solutions for the manufacturing processes
  • Monitoring and analyzing production processes and data, utilizing various instruments and control systems
  • Working in teams to continuously improve the functionality of our automated equipment and processes.

You’ll be excited by the thought of developing your personal skills such as reasoning, communication, problem solving, team working, relationship building and influencing.

What qualifications do you need?

To be eligible for our manufacturing associate apprenticeship program, you will need:

  • High school diploma or equivalency diploma (such as TACC or GED)
  • High school GPA B (2.5) or above (4.0 scale)
  • High school math and english (GPA 2.5 or above in each case)
  • High school chemistry or biology (GPA 2.5 or above)
  • Less than 2 year’s industry related work experience

Where will you be based?

You will be based at one of our manufacturing site in Rockville, Maryland or Upper Merion, Pennsylvania.

What our apprentices say about the biopharmaceutical associate apprenticeship...

I chose to pursue an apprenticeship so I could experience working in a large company and get valuable work experience. It’s a great way to develop your skills early as well as getting a qualification simultaneously.”

My biggest highlight was the Outward Bounds Experience! I got to travel to Europe and meet apprentices from all over the world.”

When does the apprenticeship start?

Our apprenticeships start August 2020

Benefits include:  

  • A competitive base salary
  • An annual bonus
  • Benefit programs benchmarked against industry standards
  • A recognition program to reward exceptional work by you and your team
  • A performance and development program
  • A training and development program including opportunities to attend events such as the “Outward Bounds” course

How can you apply?

Applications will open the first week of December.

Please register your interest

We’re 100% open to all talent

We’re 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, color, 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, because it’s the right thing to do. 

Need help with your application?

Please contact us at ww.earlytalentrecruitment@gsk.com  

GSK is focused on creating an inclusive organization where all employees feel engaged and know their work makes an important contribution. We aim to attract and retain the most talented people from all backgrounds and cultures regardless of actual or perceived race, color, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, gender identity and/or expression, religion or belief, physical ability/ disability.