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A Regulatory Affairs Officer - Regulatory Affairs Department
Degree in Applied Biochemistry from University of Liverpool
What I Do
"After completing a degree in Applied Biochemistry, I joined Rosemont Pharmaceuticals in the Regulatory Affairs Department, initially as a Regulatory Affairs Assistant, then progressing to my current role.
My job involves maintaining our company's product licences, and applying for licences for new medicines. Every medicine must have a valid licence and to do this, Rosemont has to demonstrate the safety, efficacy and quality of the product to the licensing authorities.
I also apply for product variations, which is when a change is made to a product such as a change in the manufacturing process. I research and collate data and submit the information to the health authorities. The key to a successful licence application or variation lies in presenting comprehensive information in a clear and concise way.
I spend much time gathering data and completing forms. I prepare overviews and explanations to go with the licence variations. I also answer technical questions from healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses and pharmacists about our products.
To be successful in this position, it's essential to have an aptitude for communication skills - both written and verbal. A strong analytical ability and methodical approach are also needed. I find it a very satisfying career, as no two days are the same and I am constantly meeting new challenges."
A Product Manager - Marketing Department
BSc (Hons) in Genetics from University of Liverpool
MA in Marketing and Management from University of Bradford
What I Do
"I initially chose to move into selling to gain experience within the pharmaceutical industry with the view to move into marketing in the future, but the more time I spent in sales, the more I felt that I needed to experience a broader understanding of how the whole business worked. For me the best way to do this was to study for an MA in Marketing and Management.
When I worked on the road as a sales rep, I thought that marketing mainly involved providing literature for the sales team. The reality is very different. I am involved in the co-ordination of many aspects of the business. This includes liaison with regulatory affairs, pack design, advertising, market research, promotional campaigns, branding, exhibitions, patient support and education, healthcare professional education, new product development and sales team support.
Although the basic principles of marketing are the same whether you are promoting washing powder or medicines, pharmaceutical marketeers need to be more flexible and in some ways more creative. The healthcare market is both highly regulated and highly emotional because you are improving and sometimes saving peoples lives.
Part of my job is to continually look for new and innovative ways to promote our products. With over 90 products in 7 different therapeutic categories, this can be quite a challenge. Whether revitalising older brands or supporting new product launches, the marketing principles do not change. The three key steps are, research, identifying the optimum communication method(s) to reach our customers and gaining third party endorsement.
I think that pharmaceutical product management offers more scope for creative thinking and more flexibility to make things happen than any other job there is. I love being part of the team and also finding new ways to open doors and create access for liquid medicines. Marketing is about finding solutions and making things happen, by focusing time on listening to our customers."
A Quality Control Technical Support Supervisor - Quality Control Department
BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Aston University
What I Do
"I have worked at Rosemont Pharmaceuticals for 4 years as a Quality Control Technical Support Supervisor. The pharmaceutical industry has an overriding concern for product quality and patient safety, so Rosemont Pharmaceuticals is committed to manufacturing medicines to the highest possible standards. This is demonstrated through our use of strict quality control systems. So, at each stage of the manufacturing process a medicine is tracked and tested for quality.
Pharmaceutical manufacture is a high technology process and a key aspect of my role in the company is to ensure that all of the instruments that we use in the Quality Control Department are working correctly and perform to an optimum standard. So, put very simply, my job involves ensuring that the quality control instruments employed are giving correct and accurate results at all times.
I undergo regular training courses to ensure that my knowledge remains up-to-date and in line with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP is a standard that all Pharmaceutical Companies need to work to). Regular training is essential part of my job to ensure that we run our quality control systems as efficiently as possible.
The best part of my job is the constant variety - each day throws up new challenges and new opportunities."
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