Our paid, industrial placements, also known as ‘professional training placements’ or a ‘year in industry’, provide opportunities for you to put your university learnings into practice and to gain work experience during a year in our leading healthcare company.
This programme runs within our Innovative Medicines division and you will join Novartis at our UK Head Office in Frimley where we will introduce you to our working environment and give the training you need to be involved in real projects.
Undergraduate placement opportunities are available in our Medical and Finance departments where you will have a strong support network consisting of your line manager, a mentor and our wider future talent community.
What we can offer: • Paid work experience • Opportunity to work on real projects and explore potential future career opportunities. • Training and mentoring support • Opportunity to gain confidence and motivation, providing a professional context for your final year of study • Friendly, fun and challenging environment in which to work • Our Frimley site has a staff restaurant, coffee shop, gym, free on-site parking and a bus service connecting from the local train station
A positive and successful work experience will pave the way to exciting future career opportunities as you enjoy valuable networking with the best talent in the industry. During your placement, we will work with you to consider your future career opportunities at Novartis, after you complete your degree course.
Who we are looking for: To be considered for our placement opportunities, you must be in your penultimate year at university studying a life sciences or business / finance course. To apply, your placement must be recognised and supported by your university.
You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a strong sense of teamwork. You will also be a quick learner and self-starter with a strong desire to enhance your skills with practical work experience.
Jed, former Chemistry student, Hull University
Whilst reading Chemistry at Hull University, Jed undertook a Novartis-sponsored, part-time, distance learning programme. This opportunity provided him with hands-on experience at Novartis Grimsby Ltd, alongside his university studies. For his final university project, Jed chose to analyse the pharmacology of one of Novartis’ own medicines to determine whether it could be improved using alternative components. Jed achieved a First-class degree and feels the unique experience of combined working through university studies has given him a stronger focus on his future – Jed aspires to begin a career in Chemical Engineering and to potentially continue his studies in this subject.
Recruitment process: New vacancies are advertised via our partner Cogent Skills
There are several stages of the application process. To apply, simply search the Cogent website for available opportunities within your area of interest and submit your CV and covering letter by the set deadline for your chosen placement.
Cogent will contact you to let you know if you have been successful in securing a telephone interview at the initial stage. Following the initial screening, a 2nd stage, face-to-face assessment with Novartis will be scheduled for successful candidates.
Please note this programme is not currently open for applications but please check back as we update these pages regularly.