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Embrace innovation, engineering excellence and operational effectiveness and help us to keep solving some of the world's biggest challenges with a career at Smiths. 

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Smiths careers at a glance

Our people are what makes Smiths great

Since 1851, our collective curiosity, adaptability and commitment to excellence has helped Smiths to break through existing boundaries and re-define what’s possible. And we know that continuous investment in great talent is how we’ll keep doing it.

That starts with a commitment to internal promotions, underpinned by a rich learning programme that helps our colleagues realise their potential and build a long and rewarding career with us. But we also recognise that new people with diverse experiences help us uncover fresh opportunities, advance technologies and evolve our operations.

United by a common purpose at Smiths, strong teams of these talented individuals continue to improve our world. If that excites you, click here to find out what a Smiths career could look like for you.

Curious about life and work at Smiths?

Smiths careers at a glance:  


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Life at Smiths also offers a rich range of social and community outreach activities, from our Smiths Group Foundation and volunteering programmes, to our annual Smiths Day celebrations. In addition we have established several employee resource groups across the company including Veterans, LGBTQ+, Black Employee Network and Women@Work groups.

We think this makes Smiths an exceptional place to work

But don’t take our word for it. Why not meet our people and find out how they’re enjoying a diverse range of careers at Smiths?

Women pioneering engineering at Smiths

At Smiths we have many talented female engineers who bring their unique energy, creativity and technical expertise to our work, from design to production. But we need more. We have seen from experience how a diverse and inclusive team generates a broader perspective, better innovation and superior solutions. So we’re working hard to inspire future generations of women to pursue engineering and technology as a career.

Meet some of our pioneering women in engineering.

Meet some of our inspirational long-serving colleagues

At Smiths, we aim to create a culture where our people are motivated and inspired to stay with us for many years, creating great opportunities to continually build their career paths. Read the inspirational stories of some of our longest serving colleagues below.

Find your future at Smiths

Whether you’re a graduate, student or career changer, we offer a variety of opportunities globally.

Our Early Careers programme is designed to help you to find your own path, stretch your boundaries and discover your true potential - in a friendly, inclusive environment that believes in opportunities and continuous learning for life.

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Graduates: accelerate your career

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Expand your horizons

Smiths graduate programmes give you the opportunity to work in a fast-paced global business alongside world-class industry specialists and leaders.

Try new things and make new contacts. At Smiths, you’ll be given an interesting mix of relevant opportunities and support to help you map out and accelerate your career.

Check out this video to see what you can expect starting your career at Smiths.

Develop your skills

Whatever your interests and talents, from the classroom to the boardroom you’ll be working with a variety of teams, gaining valuable hands-on experience of putting strategy into action and driving our business forward.

Apprenticeships: advance your future

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Discover your passion

Work alongside our curious minds and technical experts.  Learn to see the world differently  and find out what really makes you tick.

Learn and earn

Learn on the job and work with experienced people as you gain an industry-recognised qualification funded by Smiths.

Internships: access your potential

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Start your journey

Take the first step into the world of work with Smiths – and discover there’s more to our business than ‘just a job’.

Find your place

Find out what makes you unique. Join a dynamic and supportive team who are passionate about improving our world and the communities in which we operate. Meet new people, learn new skills and get involved. Get excited about your future, at Smiths.   

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Things you may want to know before meeting us

Get answers to your questions about the culture and life at Smiths as well as what to expect during the recruitment process. 

How do we make sure we remain dynamic, inclusive and focused on delivering results that create value for all our stakeholders, including you?

We are guided by the Smiths Leadership Behaviours, a framework for our culture which distinguishes Smiths for our people and our customers, and is why people choose to join Smiths and build their careers with us.

On top of driving our performance and enabling our growth strategy, our Behaviours anchor our Values - integrity, respect, ownership, customer focus and passion – which everyone in Smiths, in any role, lives every day, in every action and decision that we make.

Along with health, the safety of our colleagues is a priority for Smiths, and is overseen by our Vice President, Safety & Health in our Senior Leadership Team. You can read about our safety commitment and record here.

In FY2022, Smiths committed to ambitious net zero targets that align us with the UN’s critical global climate objectives and the ambition to limit global warming to 1.5°C. We will achieve this by delivering net zero emissions from our operations by 2040 and our value chain by 2050. Find out how we plan to achieve this here.

Yes. We protect all personal data as detailed in our Privacy Statement.

One of our recruiters will contact you directly if you have been selected for an interview.

The application process may take longer than expected but your recruiter will keep you updated throughout the process.

Every interview is a two-way conversation. We will ask you about your skills and experience, but we will also give you the opportunity to find out more about us and the role you’re applying for.

We suggest that you take the time to review our wider website before speaking to us, and, in particular, that you familiarise yourself with our Smiths Leadership Behaviours which describe the characteristics we look for, support and reward in our people.

I have a disability, illness or injury which requires an adjustment or support during the recruitment process. What should I do?

Please contact your recruiter to discuss anything we can do to support your application.

At Smiths, we understand that our success is driven by our people. That’s why we offer an attractive range of benefits which are continually benchmarked against leading organisations in our sector. These include:

  • Pay and benefits
    • We offer competitive compensation packages that include bonus payment opportunities, recognition programmes and saving for retirement, as well as deals and discounts on a wide range of products and services.
  • Career development benefits
    • We’re committed to helping our talented colleagues reach their full potential through a variety of training, learning and mentoring programmes. Our reward frameworks are well defined across the organisation to support professional development and career progress internally.
  • Wellbeing support
    • We offer free and confidential access to our Employee Assistance Programme which provides 24/7 wellbeing support and counselling. We also offer a range healthcare benefits such as private medical insurance and health cash plans, as well as financial benefits for our colleagues’ families in the event of an accident, disability or death in company service.
  • Flexible leave entitlement
    • We are proud of our record of retaining employees for many years and understand that everyone’s personal lives go through different stages at different times. We work hard to help colleagues maintain a happy work/life balance, with a range of leave entitlements including generous holiday allocation, volunteering leave, enhanced parental leave, sick leave, reserve military service and veteran leave. 

We offer at least 16 weeks’ leave for primary caregivers in all markets globally. We also offer specific support for returning mums, with a dedicated Maternity Buddy programme.

Our internal THRIVE network provides a platform to support physical, emotional, intellectual and financial well-being. We have dedicated mental health first aiders installed across our business and we have various initiatives to support mental health and wellbeing. Find out more here: Empowering culture and shared purpose | Smiths Group

We continually strive to create a workplace where all our colleagues feel safe and respected. Through our Diversity, Inclusion and Equality approach, we organise a programme of #IAmRemarkable workshops and support a range of employee-led affinity groups, including:

  • Veteran Employee Resource Group
  • Black Employee Network
  • Pride Coalition
  • Women@Work

Our communities are important to us, and we know that colleagues find community outreach and support programmes an enjoyable and rewarding experience. We run an annual, whole-of-company community project day (Smiths Day), have a Global Volunteering Policy that offers every colleague one day of paid leave for volunteering activity, and run numerous employee-led fundraising activities.

Our Smiths Group Foundation is a charitable foundation that is focused on expanding access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills in the communities in which we operate, linked to our purpose of improving our world through smarter engineering.

Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud that all Smiths Group companies have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging our support to the armed forces community. The Covenant is a promise to treat those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, fairly and to ensure they are not disadvantaged when seeking work or access to goods and services in the UK. It also makes special provisions for those who have given the most, such as the injured and the bereaved.

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Explore the opportunities currently available

Whether you’re starting your work adventure, exploring new opportunities or an experienced specialist seeking to expand your horizons, find out how you might progress your career at Smiths.

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