I am responsible for maintaining compliance in the multi-country organisation of the UK and Ireland. I am a final signatory in line with PMCPA & MHRA requirements and raise awareness of compliance, ethics and changes in laws and regulations in the organisation. I also regularly perform audits and am part of a Global Compliance Team, focussing on putting patients first and enhancing and maintaining company reputation. In addition I manage a team responsible for the disclosure of transfers of value as required by EFPIA
I work as part of a team, but my role is very autonomous
I have only been in my present role six months but have been in the field of compliance since 2009. I joined the industry from nursing in 2001.
I joined the industry after being in the nursing profession for over 20 years; I wanted a change but still wanted to be in an area that would benefit patients.
The pharmaceutical industry was a great choice because I get to see and hear how our medicines help people every day, all over the world.
My career has continually grown each and every year.
I think science/health related subjects are always very useful, but there are so many roles in the industry that it does vary role to role
It is a very social environment; people are very friendly and easy to work with. We all work hard and sometimes very long hours, but we take time to meet at lunch for a chat or share an evening out sometimes.
My proudest moments remain in my nursing career but in the industry I have twice been rewarded for being in the top 10% of achievers in the company. I have also felt very proud when junior colleagues I have coached have gone on to pass their ABPI exam, especially after having doubted themselves.
There are possibilities for positions in our global headquarters.
The ability to keep calm under pressure, being able to think of the "bigger picture" and having a good sense of humour.
I would highly recommend doing some research into the industry, find someone already working in the area and quiz them!
I did a Masters course at Kings College London, which provided me with a sound foundation in drug discovery, as it was tailored towards a career in the industry.