Karen - OTC Brand Manager
"I joined Alliance in 2011 on the Commercial Graduate Scheme, where I rotated around several different departments in the company including International Export, Finance and Management Accounting, Established Products business unit, Consumer Healthcare business unit and finishing in Sales. I 'graduated' from the scheme in August 2014 after just under 3 years in to my current role as Brand Manager in the Consumer Healthcare business unit. Before joining Alliance I worked for Complete Market Access agency and Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics. I studied Anatomical Sciences at the University of Manchester, and in my third year undertook the Life Sciences Enterprise Project. This was a project, working with 5 others, to write a business plan for a spin out Biotech Company. It was after this that I decided I wanted to focus my career in a commercial role in pharmaceuticals, using the business knowledge I learnt on the scheme combined with scientific knowledge from my degree. The graduate scheme at Alliance gave me the perfect opportunity to start and progress that career.
Since day one at Alliance on the graduate scheme I have been given ample development opportunity. The scheme is fast track progression, so I was constantly learning new knowledge and skills every day. The nature of the scheme also meant I was able to learn how the business functions as a whole as well as individual business units. I completed the Professional Certificate in Marketing through the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the ABPI exam for medical representatives. I also attended several external training courses in Finance, PAGB advertising code, GXP etc. There has also been plenty of internal training specific to the business to continue my development.
Everyone at Alliance is so friendly and helpful. All the people I worked with on the graduate scheme contributed to my development by giving me the time to learn from them. With the Consumer Healthcare business unit growing, the last year as Brand Manager has been very busy and rewarding. I learnt a lot by being given the opportunity to be very hands on and take accountability and responsibility for many different projects. There is always something new to try my hand at as we grow and expand."