GSK is one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical companies. It currently employs more than 700 permanent staff in Scotland. Bernd Schmidt, Technical Director at GSK’s Montrose facility, tells about their ambitious plans and opportunities for engineers and scientists in the company.


We're one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical companies with a portfolio of both pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products.  GSK develops, manufactures and supplies medicines to millions of patients across the globe.

Our Irvine location in the south-west produces antibiotics and employs more than 350 people.  And our Montrose location in the north-east produces a wide range of active pharmaceutical ingredients and raw materials for other GSK sites.  It has more than 350 employees.

Opportunities for scientists and engineers

In 2012,  we announced plans for a £125 million programme of investment at our Scottish locations.

This new investment creates considerable opportunities for engineers and scientists. Our new production facility in Montrose will support the global multi-billion pound GSK vaccines business.

And our new centre of excellence for antibiotic manufacture and investment will create a wide range of ‘green’ energy-saving initiatives at both sites.  This includes things like installing wind turbines and solar energy technology to reduce GSK’s overall carbon footprint in Scotland.

What it’s like to work for GSK

The great thing about GSK is the diversity of the work in Scotland for scientists. For example, we have numerous people with backgrounds in chemical and analytical sciences who work in our Technical Development and Quality departments.  They ensure our processes and medicines meet the very high standards required for our patients and various international regulatory bodies.

We want our staff to continually develop professionally so there’s ample opportunity for you to broaden your skills. This includes roles beyond pure science such as production, operational excellence or supply chain management.

We’re a successful but evolving organisation.  Investing in our manufacturing facilities in Scotland means there’s really exciting career prospects at GSK in Scotland.