Are you an ambitious and dedicated student or a graduate who is interested in the Biotechnology and Pharma Industry?

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Lonza is a leading global Pharma and Biotechnology organisation employing over 15,000 people worldwide.

Our three year Lonza Graduate Development Programme based in Slough provides you with an opportunity to gain knowledge of the biological pharmaceutical industry. Rotations are offered in departments such as process development, quality assurance, manufacturing and analytics. This will equip you with industry specific skills for a successful career with one of the world’s leading suppliers to the Pharma & Biotech market.

Who you are:

  • You will have a strong interest in science and technology, with an eye for detail and a drive to work in a pharmaceutical environment
  • Holder of a 2.1 Degree or higher in a relevant science or engineering discipline

Please be aware due to the competitive nature of the Graduate Development Program, technical skill and strong academic records are necessary. However, in order to thrive and succeed in our company, this is just the start. Strong communication skills, extracurricular responsibilities and interpersonal skills also demonstrate valuable competencies, so be sure to give details of your attributes through the duration of our application process.

What you can expect from Lonza:

  • Enjoyable and detailed lab-based training, building on existing skills and the opportunity to learn new techniques
  • A permanent position with a competitive salary and benefits package, discounted gym membership and social events
  • The opportunity to make a valuable contribution within the organization that supports our overall goal of serving our customers and contributes to patient safety
  • Development initiatives designed to build behavioral and technical competence

Desirable attributes:

Lonza’s success depends on our employee’s application of our six core competencies. The competencies we will be looking for are:

  • Business acumen
  • Customer focus
  • Driving results
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Agility

Application Process and Timelines:

  • Successful candidates begin the Graduate Development Program in September
  • The recruitment process starts in October/November the preceding year



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Ellen Frost
Graduate Intern, Downstream Manufacturing

Following on from her Chemical Engineering degree at the University of Edinburgh, Ellen feels Lonza provides challenging and creative work which she thoroughly enjoys. “Lonza are extremely invested in their employees as a company and there are countless opportunities to learn and develop. I believe my love of a solving problems will be majorly beneficial to Lonza as I continue my time here.” Alongside the Graduate Program, Ellen hopes to learn from the many experienced personnel and contribute to the meaningful work carried out for patients in need.

Max Davies-Wild
Graduate Intern, Fermentation

Max completed his Industrial Placement year at Lonza and returned to Slough to join the Graduate Program after completing his degree in Biochemistry at the University of Portsmouth. “Lonza has been a huge eye-opener into the CDMO industry for me, in that I have been able to see the huge amount of teamwork and man-hours that go into delivering batches on time and safely. There is still plenty to look forward to in my upstream graduate rotation.” In the future, Max hopes to become an even more integral part of the delivery of batched through direct liaison with customers.

Jess Shaw
Graduate Intern, Cell Culture Development

During her time at Sheffield University, Jess gained foundational knowledge in biomanufacturing techniques which left her well-prepared for life at Lonza. “I have been able to enjoy the team-orientated and supportive environment here and am excited to gain more responsibilities with internal and customer projects.” Following the Graduate Programme, Jess would like to use the skills she will have gained to work towards a leadership role.

Beila Finklaire
Graduate Intern, Upstream Processing

Belia joined Lonza after completing her degree at the University of Birmingham. Her experience learning about the scientific theory behind Lonza’s products have aided her into working life on site. “The company provides a friendly and open working culture in which colleagues are incredibly supportive of one another with a heavy focus on the impact of teamwork. I’m incredibly excited to gain more responsibilities as I progress further into the Graduate Programme, including managing a batch in Pilot Plant and leading a 6S area. ”

Phoebe Kirtland
Graduate Intern, Purification Development

Phoebe graduated from the University of Huddersfield after gaining a degree in Biochemistry and also spent her Industrial Placement year at Lonza. “I always feel welcomed and supported by my colleagues in various departments and am made to feel like a valuable member of every team. I am looking forward to gaining the experience on the Graduate Programme that will allow me to progress both personally and professionally.”

 Akshay Anand
 Technologist, Manufacturing, Science & Technologies

"When I finished my Master's degree I knew I wanted a career in the pharmaceutical industry, but had no idea about the different roles and responsibilities that I could take. The Lonza Graduate Program is perfect as it gives you the chance to rotate through different departments to get an appreciation of the different roles at the company and ultimately find the right one for you."

 Leah Walker
 Technologist Analytical Services

"I chose Lonza's Graduate Program over PhD opportunities, as it allowed me to experience different departments inside the business to help me develop and discover where my talents excel. The leadership and personal development training available has improved my core skills that I wouldn't have had the opportunity to enhance and experience if I stayed in academia."

 Sarah Roberts
 Technologist Analytical Services

"Despite only being here a year, the Lonza Graduate Program has already enabled me to broaden my horizons and develop my knowledge of the biopharmaceutical industry. As we progress I'm becoming increasingly exposed to further business departments on a rotational basis allowing for a unique experience within multiple functions ensuring a well-rounded, diverse beginning to my career path."