Technical Development Engineer


Cillian joined GSK on the Future Leaders Programme after having graduated from UCD in 2013 with a degree in Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering (BE). Cillian has worked in all of GSK’s manufacturing facilities in Ireland (Sligo, Cork and Dungarvan) during his time on the graduate programme. Over the course of 2.5 years Cillian gained valuable experience in Process Engineering, Process Safety, Project Management, People and Budget Management etc. The mentoring Cillian received from senior corporate leaders and technical subject matter experts while on the Future Leaders Programme was also of great benefit to his development. Cillian completed a post graduate certificate in Industrial Project Management at the University Of Birmingham while on the Future Leaders Programme.

Day to Day

As a Technical Development Engineer Cillian is technically accountable for the manufacture of six chemical entities. Two of these substances are used as active pharmaceutical ingredients in HIV therapies and Parkinson’s Disease therapies. His technical focus is on the equipment, facilities and control systems used for the manufacture of these chemical entities. Cillian’s responsibilities are diverse. Some of his day to day responsibilities include the leading of process deviation investigations, problem solving of plant technical issues, identifying and implementing engineering solutions to improve throughput, yield, plant operability, safety, quality and cost reductions.

Why STEM? 

Cillian would encourage students to follow a career in STEM for the following reasons:

  • Fantastic opportunities to see the application of core scientific principles in real life

  • Valuable opportunities to be creative in developing smart and innovative solutions to real world problems

  • Excellent career prospects

  • Opportunities to work anywhere in the world

Opportunities to work with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures.