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AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Graduate Device Engineer in Macclesfield, United Kingdom

Graduate Device Engineer


At AstraZeneca, we’re not afraid to do things differently. We’re building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening up new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

At AstraZeneca, we don't follow the crowd and that means we don’t expect our people to either. To develop life-changing medicines we approach problems in a different way – agile and nimble, and focused on what our people need to make groundbreaking discoveries.

Macclesfield Campus is a vital part of the AstraZeneca network and is the largest pharmaceutical complex in the UK employing approx. 3000 people across multiple disciplines (manufacturing, supply chain, process development, R&D, IT and so on). We develop, manufacture and supply over 20 life-changing and life-saving medicines to patients around the world. We are currently investing over >$300M in new facilities, designed to meet our future needs.

Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PT&D) utilises great science delivered by great people to make medicines that help millions of people worldwide. We work across the entire value chain, designing and delivering the active ingredients, formulations and devices required to support new medicines – from supplies for use in early toxicology studies and clinical trials to developing the technology to ensure drugs can be scaled up for commercial manufacture.

Are you a recent engineering graduate looking for a development opportunity? If so, this role offers you the opportunity to work to across both Manufacturing Operations and PT&D at AstraZeneca. This position is in an emerging area of specialism within the pharmaceutical industry: medical devices & combination products. The role is designed to equip you with a good working knowledge of Operations and PT&D, building your skills and experience to flourish in either function or in roles that work collaboratively across both.

We're looking for you to have a strong academic record and (ideally) some level of industrial experience within a R&D or manufacturing environment. This may have been gained through either a sandwich placement or employment after graduating, however this is not essential.

As a graduate device engineer, you will follow a structured 4-year programme split between Manufacturing Operations and PT&D. The role is intended to give a blend of theoretical and practical operational and R&D experience over three years, leading to a final year focussing on the delivery of a more substantive project. Within this programme, there will be an opportunity for an assignment at another AstraZeneca site to learn about different products, ways of working and cultures.

The role involves working collaboratively with device and packaging engineers, quality assurance, project managers and other scientists to effectively build knowledge and experience whilst delivering tangible business benefits.


  • Learning about qualification and validation in a pharmaceutical context and applying the principles to real life projects.

  • Assessing and interpreting data, drawing conclusions and recommendations for future work.

  • Application of technical knowledge and problem-solving skills to improvement projects and the evaluation of new technology/processes.

  • Developing scientific and/or technology networks within Operations and PT&D.

  • Use of analytical and metrology techniques to understand performance/reliability characteristics of products.

  • Building an understanding of design controls and risk management.

  • Working as a member of multi-functional teams, representing own department or area of expertise.

  • Ensuring that work is performed in accordance with appropriate Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) guidelines, quality and compliance standards, e.g. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) or Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).

Minimum Requirements


  • Degree or equivalent in engineering (2:1 or higher) obtained within the last 2 years or be about to be obtained in 2019.

  • High level of academic achievement demonstrated in all academic years at university in exams, course work and practical modules.

  • A curiosity to work in the pharmaceutical industry and have the unique opportunity to work across both R&D and Manufacturing Operations.


  • Sandwich placement or employment after graduating.

  • Experience within a medical device, R&D or pharmaceutical company.

  • Good working knowledge of scientific literature and searching techniques.

  • An understanding of biocompatibility and how material selection or processing can influence biocompatibility.

Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 4th August

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.