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Engineering Graduate Programme

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Cheshire East, Merseyside

Job Type: Full time


Engineering Graduate Programme

Macclesfield, Liverpool, Cambridge - UK

Competitive salary and benefits

About AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca, we are united by a common purpose – to push the boundaries of science. This purpose underpins everything we do; our work helps to make hearts healthier, to help people breathe easier, and to help more people survive cancer. Every day, we make a difference by delivering potentially life-changing medicines to millions of people worldwide and by leading breakthrough science that promises to transform the treatment of disease.

Join a supportive and welcoming team of equals

Are you a recent Engineering Graduate looking for an exciting role on a Graduate Programme? If so, this could be the challenge you've been searching for!

Be welcomed into our inclusive network of diverse and high performing teams. Have the support, trust and respect to thrive – fair leadership, great workplaces and energised teams who always have each other’s back. For those with a shared drive and passion for changing people’s lives, experience a sense of belonging like no other.

Working on meaningful tasks and projects with real implications, you’ll tackle high levels of responsibility and ownership – applying your existing knowledge and broadening your skills to make valuable contributions and deliver real results for our patients and business.

What is the Engineering Graduate programme?

This is an outstanding opportunity which will give recent graduates the prospect to work for a global pharmaceutical company, who are dedicated to making life changing medicines. As a Graduate Engineer you will develop your engineering knowledge, getting involved in technical operations and projects that will make a difference to AstraZeneca.

We will offer you a stimulating environment where you can develop and learn as you participate in a wide variety of exciting and meaningful work. We'll support you on your way to becoming a Chartered Engineer, as we have accredited schemes with the IET, IMechE and IChemE; and you’ll have the opportunity to become a STEM Ambassador and be involved in external outreach activities to inspire the future generation of Engineers.

At the end of the Graduate Scheme, you will be supported by a Mentor to help you find your first permanent role in AstraZeneca.

What you'll do

You'll learn how AstraZeneca needs Engineers to keep the business operating, by being integrated into operational and technical teams across various functions. You’ll manage your own improvement projects, and complete tasks assigned to you working within larger teams. You’ll get to explore many of the diverse functions within the business, and have the opportunity to build a global network of colleagues and friends.

Starting in September 2024, our Engineering Graduate Programme consists of three 12-month rotations. Placements could be located at our Macclesfield, Liverpool, or Cambridge sites. There may even be the opportunity for business travel abroad, to support projects for Global Engineering, this will be based on business needs. You’ll be part of a multi-discipline engineering team, and you will have the flexibility to collaborate and provide insight into day-to-day business operations and projects.

Essential for the role

  • You should be a recent graduate with an engineering degree accredited by an Engineering Council backed institution.
  • You should have a strong technical curiosity and interest in STEM, manufacturing, or sustainability.
  • Problem solving skills will be important, and we will develop your skills in Lean/Manufacturing Excellence methodology.
  • An understanding of project management would be beneficial.
  • You should be able to collaborate within teams and have the ability to work on your own initiative.
  • We're looking for a confident communicator, who can work with a variety of people across the organisation.

So, what’s next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we’d love to hear from you! Click the link to apply by submitting your CV and cover letter, and we will be in touch once the advert closes.

Applications Open: 13 Nov 2023

Applications Close: 27 November 2023

After you submit your application, you will be asked to complete an online assessment (SHL). If shortlisted, you will then be invited to a full day virtual assessment day in the beginning of February 2024.

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.