I am responsible for the health and welfare of laboratory animals and for training junior animal technologists.
I work as part of a small team of dedicated scientists within drug product design using spectroscopy to gain a better understanding of the interactions that take place within a drug product between the active ingredient (the drug) and the excipients.
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.
Being able to find a role that I really enjoy and that I can make a real contribution to, from all the possibilities out there, is extremely satisfying.
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.
I work within a team who develop business strategy, lead and manage business change and measure our business performance against our business strategy.
I am surrounded by fantastic scientists - I feed off their enthusiasm.
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.
Each day is too variable to be typical, which is one reason why I like the job.
A research chemist needs to have excellent laboratory skills, an in-depth knowledge and understanding of organic chemistry, and a love for science.
My experience of doing a Nuffield Bursary encouraged me to do an MChem degree.
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
I’m not just making a living but I’m making a difference, helping to develop new medicines.
During my career I have had a number of roles in contract research organisations and pharmaceutical companies in India and the UK.
I work in the Clinical Pharmacology Unit, co-ordinating laboratory tests for clinical trials.
I worked here for this company, in this department, for the industrial placement year of my degree, that’s how I got this job!
I genuinely hope that everything I do will one day be of huge benefit to patients.
It’s often hard to find that first position, but persevere.
I am responsible for monitoring and evaluating the safety profile of my company's neuroscience medicines.
The industry is so vast that I soon realised I could take my career in so many directions.
I was looking for a job with good career prospects and with plenty of future and present opportunities for learning
My first experience of the pharmaceutical industry was as a 12-week summer placement at Pfizer in their early formulation department.
I have been exposed to the challenges of working in a small family owned pharmaceutical company to working as I am now for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
I have had a wide ranging commercial career in the pharmaceutical industry.
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.
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.
I’m responsible for delivery of high quality clinical trial data for statistical analysis within the neurosciences therapeutic area.
I work with medics and scientists to support multiple brands in specific therapy areas.
I like the fact that my role goes towards making our medicines safer for patients.
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.
For a career in medical sales you have to be able to communicate with your customers and develop rapport.
I have had opportunities to mentor and supervise new starters and am currently supervising an industrial trainee student.
I am on a graduate scheme, an 18 month training programme in different therapeutic areas within discovery biology.
Choose a degree that will give you the opportunity to undertake a period of industrial experience within a pharmaceutical company.
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.
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 enjoy working in the highly innovative pharmaceutical industry with the exciting opportunities and challenges it provides.
I was attracted to the industry as I felt it would be a good place to use my scientific background in a more commercial environment.
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.
I support the business from the people side of things, employee relations, team building, team events, salary review and talent management.
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.
I am in my third year of a four year undergraduate chemistry degree at Bristol University.
I have much firmer career plans now that I have completed a placement year, and working in a large organisation has opened my eyes to the breadth of roles that are available in the pharmaceutical industry.
There are so many job options open to science graduates that it is hard to decide what to do as a career.
My year in industry has undoubtedly opened my eyes to things I may pursue, as well as things I will not!
I think doing a placement in the pharmaceutical industry was a good opportunity to gain some experience working in a lab.
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.
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.
I project manage the implementation of new computer systems or upgrades to existing systems that support our clinical trial management processes.
Once a week I travel up to college with my friends from work to study for my Degree.
I joined a pharmaceutical company straight from school. I am now studying part time for a degree.
With career progression in the industry, you get out what you put in.
If you excel in your job, have a clear focus and drive and own your development plan, then the pharmaceutical world is your oyster.
I work mainly as part of a team liaising with a lot of different teams and external providers. My intention is to complete my degree and to train as a lawyer.
If I made a mistake the whole batch of tablets would have to be scrapped, so that’s a million pounds down the drain.
It is a tough job trying to obtain access for innovative medicines in this country, and you have to want to keep fighting, always with the patient in your mind.
People with strong mathematical and/or engineering backgrounds would be highly suited to this role.
I was always keen to help people and had a great interest in science and I think the pharmaceutical industry brings those two things together for me.
In my role as Country Managing Director all heads of functions and businesses (Prescription Medicines, CHC, Animal Health) report to me.
Over 75% of my time is spent with other people in different teams such as the medical team, brand teams and company leadership team.
Working across multiple medical, regulatory, compliance and drug safety disciplines.
My role involves managing a team of 90 employees working across multiple medical, regulatory, compliance and drug safety disciplines.
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.
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.
Good communications skills are a must, and you need to be confident enough to explain your thoughts.
I have been involved in three projects where compounds have progressed to clinical trials.
To bring medicines forward… we have to be creative, we have to be innovative.
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.
There is a great shortage of qualified occupational health nurses so it’s a great career to get in to.
What is important in addition to academic qualifications is a good work ethic, enthusiasm, and confident communications skills.
The project I am working on is about to go into clinical trials – so I am looking forward to learning about the next phase of development.
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.
I am involved in drug discovery, the early phase of drug development, where a lot of compounds are screened for their properties.
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.
My role includes working on science policy issues relevant to biotech and helping with communications to our members and the public.
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 proud of the fact that I managed to juggle a career with bringing up a family.
In pharmaceutical PR every day is completely different and sometimes can be completely unexpected!
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.
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.
A degree in pharmacy provides a broad background and is therefore suitable for many different types of jobs within the pharmaceutical industry.
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.
I had worked as a scientist (doing my PhD) and liked science, but preferred to wear a suit rather than a lab coat.
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.
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.
My job is a bit like [being] a detective, you are constantly looking at problems and ways to work them out.
I became a rep because I wanted to do something more challenging.
Due to the diversity of the roles within the industry, if you have a broad interest in science you will be able to find something that suits you.
I have worked in several companies, each has given me different experiences, allowed me to work in different therapeutic areas and clinical trial phases.
When I hear a success story from a clinician that my product has changed a patient's life for the better I feel proud.
A typical day can include discussing trial designs, writing analysis plans and reviewing analyses.
My summer placement enabled me to get hands on experience with many specialist techniques.
I love it, I absolutely love it; you do lots of practical hands-on stuff so it never gets boring.
During my degree I became interested in toxicology after doing some modules that included aspects of toxicology.
I have been very lucky to found an area of science that I enjoy, which I feel I’m making a difference for future generations.
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 work with medics, pharmacists and scientists to ensure the safe promotion of medicines and to run clinical studies.
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.