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

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 Programme, 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 behavioural 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

How to apply

Successful candidates begin the Graduate Development Programme in September of each year; the recruitment process commences in October/November in the preceding year. Here is a typical timeframe:

  • Initial screening
    Submission of a CV and covering letter before the closing date.
  • The interview consists of pre-recorded competency-based questions, to which you will be given a window of time to record your answer.
  • Once successfully completing previous stages, shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an assessment day. The day will consist of face-to-face interviews, group tasks and an individual presentation. you will have the opportunity to ask questions, meet Lonza leaders and learn more about the business.
  • Shortly after, offers will be sent to successful candidates.

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Yoggya De Silva – Analytical Services

I decided to join the Lonza Graduate Programme because of the diversity of work. This allowed me to expand my skill set and learn about how different departments operate within Lonza Biologics. The highlight of my experience so far has undoubtedly been the networks I have made and the connections formed with people across the different departments. I have had the opportunity to learn from a diverse range of people who are experts in their field and are very generous with their time in supporting me on my journey.

Andreea Tataran– Analytical Services

As a part of Method Development and Validation (MDV) I participated in studies that involved the evaluation and validation of Lonza analytical methods for different antibody based drug therapeutics. This is a critical step in protein analysis as a minimal fluctuation in the temperature can have a major impact on the data obtained. The team I worked with were really helpful and friendly and shared their knowledge and experience.

I am currently training in Electronic Work Book (data recording software) and getting involved in departmental operational excellence projects. The future sounds so exciting!

Samuel Arnold – Quality Services

I started my career in Lonza in the Purification Development team and then joined the QA - Operations team. This was a great opportunity to observe the downstream processes I helped to develop in a manufacturing setting. The rotation highlighted my awareness on the attention to detail required to ensure GMP compliance.

I am now working in Quality Control – QC Biochemistry. I have been able to transfer the skills and knowledge gained from my QA experience to help me complete impurity assays. In addition to developing technical skills in analytical experimental methods, I am also on track to become a technical reviewer for some of the analytical methods.