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Medical Device Development Engineering Apprentice

Macclesfield, Cheshire
Closing date
25 Feb 2022

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At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. We’re deeply committed to our strategy of being a great place to work. For us, that includes fostering an environment where everyone can be among inclusive, supportive individuals with curious minds.

A company that genuinely follows the science and values individuals at all levels, you’ll be backed and encouraged to speak up, ask questions, and share ideas to push the boundaries of science and continuously learn and explore.

Make the start of your journey a lifechanging one

As part of our Early Talent Programme, you’ll be involved in projects and learning opportunities that have real impact from day one.

Being part of our journey and helping us to provide life changing medicine to patients all over the world and transform lives for the better. Making important contributions and embracing our values to deliver on our purpose. Because regardless of role or level, we all have an important part to play in  making a positive difference.

We are offering an engineering apprenticeship within the device commercialisation and on-market technical area. AstraZeneca has multiple medical devices/ combination products within its portfolio including pre-filled syringes, autoinjectors and inhalation devices. In this team you'll be working with engineers across 2 sites with this role being based in Macclesfield. This team includes a group of engineers with broad backgrounds and various specialisms including design and development, manufacturability, usability engineering, device testing etc.

Product design and development engineers use engineering techniques i.e. mechanical design, fluid dynamics etc to bring new products to the market or improve the design of existing products.

This Apprenticeship is designed to build the engineers of the future who will be responsible for medical devices that are used to deliver medications to a wide range of patients. Engineering apprentices play a hugely important role at AstraZeneca, supporting the development of our new products while also maintaining products already on the market. This role will provide experience in a broad range of areas working with various diverse functions across AZ sites globally allowing candidates to develop technical as well as developing leadership/interpersonal relationship skills.

Specifically it will involve supporting the following activities:

  • Carrying out feasibility assessments of potential designs
  • Use of rapid prototyping to generate prototypes
  • Introducing new products to the market
  • Analysing data to identify any improvements or design changes
  • Use of software to support design and analysis i.e. CAD, FEA, CFD etc
  • Designing and running usability studies to assess user interactions
  • Assessing risk related to design, use and manufacture of products
  • Carrying out mechanical testing of devices
  • Initiating and managing design changes to currently marketed devices
  •  Carrying out investigations to determine root causes
  • Selection and introduction of manufacturing processes
  • Working with suppliers to deliver discreet work packages
  • device lab maintenance/ownership
  • Improve working practices to increase efficiency and quality of output

Training and Development

AstraZeneca will sponsor you through your Product Design and Development Engineering Apprenticeship at The University of Sheffield.   

The apprenticeship combines working, earning a full-time salary, with fully funded part-time university learning (on average 1 day/week). This will give you the opportunity to gain a Bachelor of Engineering qualification, just as you would if you went to university full-time, with the advantage of gaining relevant work-life skills and the excitement of helping to develop new medicines whilst taking your first steps towards a rewarding career.

We truly value Early Talent– their thoughts, ideas and contributions. So throughout the programme, you’ll be encouraged and inspired to speak up, have a voice and make an impact.

Skills and Capabilities

We would be looking for the following attributes from our successful applicants:

  • Enthusiastic individuals who are keen to learn and with a genuine curiosity
  • Innovative/ creative thinker
  • Able to act independently but also to work and contribute in a team environment
  • Good organisational skills with an excellent attention to detail
  • The ability to work on multiple tasks and understanding how to prioritise
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • A proactive and rational approach to problem solving

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs (or equivalent) grade 5 (or C) or above, in mathematics, English and a science, technology or engineering-related subject

To have achieved or predicted to achieve a minimum of 2 A levels at grade B or above ( including a mathematical based subject and a science, technology, engineering or an additional mathematics related subject).

Benefits, open and close dates

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

Opening date of advert: 24th January 2022

Closing date of advert:   25th February 2022

This is a 4 year fixed term contract opportunity based at Macclesfield with a starting base salary of £21,000 + 11% benefits fund + bonus.

All applicants are required to successfully complete the employer and training provider recruitment and selection process.  This will include a series of assessments and activities to determine suitability for the role and to secure a place on an apprenticeship programme.  Successful candidates will be asked to complete a series of assessments online (prior to) and also attend a virtual Assessment day on 31st March 2022

Should you require any reasonable adjustments or accommodations, please let us know on your application.

Start date for the apprenticeship programme is 5th September 2022

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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