What do you do?
Lead a broad team of medical, pharmacist and scientifically qualified colleagues in medical affairs, clinical operation, PV and quality departments to ensure the safe promotion of medicines, run clinical studies.
What qualifications and experience do you have?
MSC, BSc, BM, dip pharm med & MRCPM
What does your typical day involve?
Every day is different! Early start (avoid traffic); team meetings, individual calls; travelling to meet scientific leaders / coach team – flexible working pattern – work 2 days a week from home – output more important than 9-5 clocking on mentality
How has your career developed since you entered the industry?
I have owned my own career - 4 companies, 6 roles over 7 years.
Research, early clinical development, medical affairs and senior leadership.
When did you decide on a career in the pharmaceutical industry?
08/2007: why: looking for something different!
Trained as a pathologist; I talk too much and don't concentrate long enough for that speciality.
Do you work mostly on your own or as part of team?
What is it like socially where you work?
Fast, fun, challenging, every day is different.
What are you most proud of in your career?
Very fast positive PIM designation (see EAMS scheme). Seeing my team(s) be recognised successfully globally through company awards.
Do you think additional qualifications or experience would be an advantage for someone entering the industry now?
What possibilities are there for your career in the future?
Limitless to my own needs and desires (likely geography and work / life balance for international roles).
What do you think the most important skills are for someone in your role?
Negotiating, communicating, decision-making, leading teams to success rather than individually succeeding. Credible medical / technical expertise ….
What one piece of advice would you give to someone seeking a career in the pharmaceutical industry?
Don't give up (I joined at a time when no-one wanted to recruit a pathologist).
The great thing about medical information is that it gives you transferable skills you can go on to use in lots of other jobs within the industry depending on where your interests lie.