I studied chemistry, physics and maths A-levels and went on to do a 4 year MChem chemistry degree at Leeds University.
Analytical Chemist (Discovery)
I think, in my company, if someone is keen to learn, and willing to work their way up, it isn’t essential to have experience or higher level qualifications.
I am responsible for the health and welfare of laboratory animals and for training junior animal technologists.
I am proud of the work I did during my placement year, which I have presented at several internal poster sessions.
Post-graduate qualifications aided my early career progression and also meant that I started at a grade higher than fresh graduates.
I was attracted to the industry by the breadth of research involved and the crucial interactions between scientists, clinicians and even lawyers.
I often have many different activities ongoing at the same time and need to be really organised in order stay on top of them all.
Business Engagement Director
I work within a team who develop business strategy, lead and manage business change and measure our business performance against our business strategy
By working in the pharmaceutical industry you are doing something to make people better and improve their quality of life, and that is very important to me.
A research chemist needs to have excellent laboratory skills, an in-depth knowledge and understanding of organic chemistry, and a love for science.
Chemistry Outsourcing Manager and Synthetic Chemist
A talk at university from a pharmaceutical industry chemist gave me an insight into what the pharmaceutical industry could offer and inspired me to try to get some work experience in a pharmaceutical company
Clinical Data Manager
I’m not just making a living but I’m making a difference, helping to develop new medicines.
Clinical Research Associate
I worked here for this company, in this department, for the industrial placement year of my degree, that’s how I got this job!
Clinical Safety Scientist
I am responsible for monitoring and evaluating the safety profile of my company's neuroscience medicines.
I was looking for a job with good career prospects and with plenty of future and present opportunities for learning
Clinical trials supplies
My first experience of the pharmaceutical industry was as a 12-week summer placement at Pfizer in their early formulation department.
I decided that I wanted to continue working in science but wanted a job that was more varied, challenging and involved more working with people
Data Sciences Manager
I’m responsible for delivery of high quality clinical trial data for statistical analysis within the neurosciences therapeutic area.
Drug Safety Officer
Don’t give up looking for a job in industry because when you get one it’s very rewarding.
I look at disease trends, identifying individuals who are at risk and analyse the impact of interventions such as drug and vaccination programmes.
I have had opportunities to mentor and supervise new starters and am currently supervising an industrial trainee student.
Graduate Trainee Biologist
I am on a graduate scheme, an 18 month training programme in different therapeutic areas within discovery biology.
Graduate Trainee Chemist
Choose a degree that will give you the opportunity to undertake a period of industrial experience within a pharmaceutical company.
Graduate Trainee In Vivo Scientist
I am on a rotation scheme that my company runs for graduates, which involves moving from one therapeutic area to another over a course of 2 years
Head of Drug Safety and Local Safety Officer
I have progressed through several roles, starting as a Drug Safety Scientist to my current role. Along the way I have completed a post graduate diploma and many pharmacovigilance development courses.
I get to travel a lot – I went to the USA twice last year and the year before, and I have also been to lots of different European cities.
Human Resources Manager
I support the business from the people side of things, employee relations, team building, team events, salary review and talent management.
Industrial Placement (Medicinal Chemist)
I am in my fourth year of a five-year Masters degree in Chemistry and Drug Discovery at Strathclyde University. I am 10 months into an industrial placement year in a pharmaceutical company.
Industrial Placement Pharmacologist - Respiratory
I currently work in the fibrosis discovery performance unit within the biology respiratory department. Fibrosis is scar-like tissue formed in the lungs which causes shortness of breath and other health issues.
Industrial placement student – biologist
I have been really lucky to be able to work within different groups while doing my placement project. This gave me an opportunity to see several roles and different tasks performed by various people.
An understanding and appreciation of your specialisation, coupled with a good work ethic will get you in the door. After that it definitely is what you make of it.
IT Project Manager
I project manage the implementation of new computer systems or upgrades to existing systems that support our clinical trial management processes.
If I made a mistake the whole batch of tablets would have to be scrapped, so that’s a million pounds down the drain
People with strong mathematical and/or engineering backgrounds would be highly suited to this role.
I am proud of the fact that I can make a difference to patients’ lives.
I was not aware of medical writing as a career until I saw a job advertisement – then I immediately knew it was something I would enjoy.
I have been involved in two projects where compounds have progressed to clinical trials.
Medicinal Chemistry Director
There’s a drug that recently came to market, and I was one of three people who had worked on the program when it started.
What is important in addition to academic qualifications is a good work ethic, enthusiasm, and confident communications skills.
I support manufacturing areas by problem solving when pieces of kit go down, and by monitoring the processes involved and raw materials.
In my pre-registration placement I got a snapshot of the jobs pharmacists can do in industry and I was attracted to work with world class researchers.
I have been surprised by the number of pharmacists I have come across, they are literally everywhere from discovery to marketing.
At school I was very interested in health and disease but I didn’t want to go into medicine and work with patients directly.
The more skills you have the better, you will always be competing against people with similar skills and degrees
Physical Chemist (discovery)
Every day you have the opportunity to apply your skills to chemical problems that directly contribute to the discovery of potential new drugs.
My role involves managing the day to day activities of an oncology product, as well as leading the strategic direction for the product in the UK.
Attracted by an advertisement for apprentices I decided to join the company’s work-based degree scheme rather than going straight to university.
I am currently on an 18-month secondment working on my company's sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Public Relations Officer
I started at the company working in technical support – so using my PhD – then moved through a variety of international sales and marketing roles, changing to communications four years ago.
Quality and compliance
There is no such thing as a typical day – the main feature of my work is the variety – on any particular day, I could be almost anywhere in the world.
Regulatory Affairs Associate
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.
Regulatory Affairs Executive
My initial role was a massive learning curve as I got to grips with the industry and the technicalities of a role in regulatory affairs.
People are very friendly in all departments and because of the interaction with different departments you get to know lots of different people.
Research Project Leader
The level of responsibility I have has gradually increased with time. I am now accountable for ensuring the success of the project and delivering new lead compounds for clinical testing.
Research Scientist – Video
My job is a bit like [being] a detective, you are constantly looking at problems and ways to work them out.
I have worked in several companies, each has given me different experiences, allowed me to work in different therapeutic areas and clinical trial phases.
A typical day can include discussing trial designs, writing analysis plans and reviewing analyses.
During my degree I became interested in toxicology after doing some modules that included aspects of toxicology.
Toxicology Study Director
As a graduate you are totally unaware of all the opportunities and possibilities that are available within the Pharmaceutical Industry.
I head up a team of trainers and training coordinators who provide training on running clinical trials. This includes training on technical regulations and laws, computer systems and the behavioural ('soft') skills needed to effectively do the job
The pharmaceutical industry offered me everything that I was looking for in a career.
I feel like I’m making a contribution to improving the health of both people and animals... because most of the drugs used in humans are also used in animals.