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Packaging Professional Degree Apprenticeship

Location Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-070106 Date posted 01/08/2020

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven bio-pharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world's most serious diseases. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies.

At AstraZeneca, we're proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives and are made to feel valued, energized and rewarded for their ideas and creativity.

At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and you’ll develop beyond what you thought possible. We make the most of your skills and passion by actively supporting you to see what you can achieve. We need great people who share our passion for science and have the drive and determination to meet the unmet needs of patients around the world. If you’re curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

Our scientific research and development is afforded the utmost respect so we give our people the same. We do everything we can to make sure each AstraZeneca person has everything they need to stretch themselves and see what they can achieve.

Where you start your journey with us doesn't determine the course of your career. So many of our people develop themselves beyond their wildest imaginations, both in terms of their roles and the countries they've worked in. We don't limit their capabilities by what's possible from them now but by what's possible from them in the future.

Our Degree Level Apprenticeship Programme in Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PT&D) offers a unique opportunity for a four-year, real alternative to full-time university, with the opportunity to study for a BSc Degree in Packaging Technology. PT&D turns innovative drug candidates into medicines that help millions of people. We work across the entire value chain, designing and delivering active ingredients, formulations and devices required to support new medicines; from supplies used in clinical trials, to developing the technology to ensure drugs can be scaled up for commercial manufacture.

As an AstraZeneca Apprentice in PT&D you will have a unique opportunity to learn within a multi-national company gaining useable skills whilst working closely alongside industry experts and professionals. The workplace experience acquired during your apprenticeship will ensure you develop the skills to provide good prospects for future scientific positions in AstraZeneca and the pharmaceutical industry in general.

In addition to gaining valuable working experience you will have the opportunity to study towards professional qualifications dependant on your chosen department whilst earning a competitive salary.  You will be supported throughout your apprenticeship by mentors and managers committed to developing your full potential within AstraZeneca. 

The apprenticeship programme commences annually in September at the Macclesfield site and we are offering a Packaging Professional Degree Apprenticeship within Pharmaceutical Technology and Development.  You will be working in a team that covers all aspects of packaging within the research area of AstraZeneca, spanning pre-clinical, late clinical phase and commercial products.  As a team member you will be part of all aspects of the team’s work in supporting:

  • The science of packaging including Quality control testing of packaging components where laboratory skills are key
  • Understanding the influence of pack choice on product properties
  • Exploring how to make the impact of pharmaceutical packaging on the environment as low as possible.
  • Packaging design and how the patient interacts with the medicine

We are offering a role in Global Product Development and this will follow the Packaging Professional Degree standard and further information of the apprenticeship standard can be found at;

As part of the apprenticeship you will work towards gaining a BSc Degree in Packaging Technology with our chosen training provider (to be confirmed).

Your apprenticeship will provide you with transferable core skills and knowledge. In addition, you will gain skills specific to the working practices of your department. The requirements of the Apprenticeship are designed to offer stretch and progression.

Further training as required will be confirmed at the start of the apprenticeship. Training to be part of the contracted hours making up the working week.

Additionally, achievement of the apprenticeship standard will lead to recognition as an Accredited Packaging Professional by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Essential skills/capabilities required:

  • Passion for science, sustainability or design
  • Good communication skills
  • Good team working skills
  • High organisation skills and confidence to work independently
  • Logical thinking to be able to apply processes
  • The ability to apply a rational approach to problem solving; making judgments based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner
  • Concerns for standards
  • High numeracy and literacy skills
  • Computer literacy
  • The ability to learn
  • Self-motivation
  • Initiative

Entry Requirements:

We are looking for candidates with;

  • GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or grade 4 or above or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • A minimum of 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.


  • A minimum of 96 UCAS points from three A levels, including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies.

To apply for this position, please click the apply link below

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.

This will be a 4 year Fixed Term Contract opportunity based at Macclesfield with a competitive salary on offer.

Opening date of advert:  3rd January 2020

Closing date of advert:   19th March 2020

Successful candidates will be notified after the closing date and will be asked to attend an Assessment day during week commencing 27th April 2020 in Macclesfield.

If you share our passion for scientific excellence, find out more at

These positions are not open to those already educated to Bachelors degree level or above – for which we have specific Graduate Programmes, see our website for more details

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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