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Pharma career advice from top professionals

Want to know the best career advice from top pharma professionals? Take a look at this expert guidance to drive your pharma career. The importance of regular communication Clara Carter,…

Pharma e-detailing explained

As the COVID-19 pandemic has moved a large proportion of the world online, new ways of working are becoming the norm, including pharma e-detailing. Mehrnaz Campbell and Lindsey Brookes explain…

The future of the pharma field force

Is the field force as we know it obsolete? The impact of COVID-19 has affected how sales professionals engage with customers. What does the future of the pharma field force…

Moving forward: Steps to take after redundancy

As furlough comes to an end and companies review their workforces, redundancies are inevitable. Clare Hill reviews the psychological effect of redundancy, and practical steps that can be taken to…

Benefits and challenges of remote working

The pandemic has forced us to change our working practices – Emma Clayton sets out the benefits and challenges of remote working. It’s clear that the once-gradual transition towards flexible…

Pharma recruitment during COVID-19

COVID-19 has presented many challenges to industry, not least in recruitment and retention strategies. Richard Clegg discusses how pharma recruitment has adapted. As a result of customer demand at the…

Project management in pharma

Projects and project-related skills have taken on a new importance in the post-pandemic landscape. Rebecca Fox explains why project management matters in pharma. The importance of projects in the UK’s healthcare…

Evolving commercial recruitment in pharma

Paid partnership with Evolve As Covid-19 continues to shift and shape the landscape of commercial recruitment, Pf talks with Andy Anderson at Evolve about its impact going forward. How has…

Are you omnichannel ready? Required skills for pharma candidates

Paid partnership with CHASE Judy Phillips discusses why it’s crucial for pharma candidates to be omnichannel ready in 2020. COVID-19 and its devastating global impact immediately put the UK healthcare industry into the…

Is your pharma sales force effective post-pandemic?

Paid partnership with Star OUTiCO Smart organisations don’t just invest in technology, they invest in people. Kevin Lennon explains how to make the pharma sales force effective post-pandemic. It is…

What it takes to be a future leader in pharma

Pf Awards Future Leader winner, Lauren Laskier, reflects on her accolade and how the recognition has pushed her forward in her pharma career. Congratulations on your Pf Awards win. How did…

Pf Awards winner sees career catapult

Pf Awards winner Nick Meeks on how winning the Award has catapulted his career and how COVID-19 changed his course, causing him to reflect and find a renewed sense of…

Making a difference: Pharma supporting the COVID-19 effort

Working in the pharma industry has many benefits and supporting the COVID-19 effort is just one. See how these individuals and companies made a difference during the pandemic. On the…

Trust and values in pharma company culture

Darren Fergus, Managing Director, Sintetica Ltd shares his thoughts on the importance of trust and values in pharma company culture to ensure that employees want to stay. When I was…

The changing pharma workforce post-COVID

There’s no denying the COVID-19 has changed the world, but what will the pharma workforce look like post-COVID? Graham HawthornManaging Director, CHASE It is too early to tell for sure…

Virtual job seeking and remote interviews

PharmaJobs asked industry leading recruiters for their top tips for virtual job seeking and remote interviews. Tips for remote interviewing Pick the best location, what’s your background? Check the camera…

Self-awareness and behavioural culture in pharma

PharmaLex shares guidance on the importance of self-awareness on behavioural culture in pharma. Practicing self-awareness does not need to be a time consuming, planned or structured process. It merely involves…

Taking on a new role

Your thoughts might be turning to taking on a new role. We asked expert pharma recruiters for their advice on levelling up your career in 2020. Victoria Henderson, Senior Consultant…

Taking a psychometric test

Hints and tips for taking a psychometric test explained by Martin Anderson, Managing Director of Carrot Pharma Recruitment. “Psychometric Test” is an overarching phrase which can encompass a mix of…

A week in the life of…a solution owner in biologics R&D

Unjulie Bhanot, Solution Owner, IDBS Top five skills Lab experience Communication Subject mater expertise Time/risk management Collaboration/partner management About me The research and development industry is growing, and with growth,…

How to write the best pharma CV: Top Tips

When it’s time to move on, knowing how to write the best pharma CV is the first step. In a competitive recruitment market such as pharmaceutical sales, sending out any…

A Week in the Life of…A health agency account executive

Emma Curley is a health agency Account Executive at Ogilvy Health Top five skills Team player Multi-tasking Eye for detail Creativity Calm under pressure About me I started working at…

What does a multi-channel key account manager do?

Nick Gabelle is a Multi-Channel Key Account Manager for Star, working with a client on the launch of their new diabetes treatment.

Which size of pharma company is the best fit for you?

Artyom Smirnov, Managing consultant at Talentmark, explores the big name firms to start-ups – which size of pharma company is the best fit for you?

Understanding the role of the MSL

Helen Kane surveyed more than 200 medical science liaisons to understand more about the role of the MSL and their current in-role reality. She gave Pf Magazine exclusive access to…

Making a career move in pharma

If you feel that you have gone as far as you can in your current role, it could be time to make a career move in pharma. Here’s some advice…

Six steps to key account management in pharma

David Southern and Gary Lunt outline six steps to key account management in pharma to enable the sector to adapt to complex and ever-changing NHS pathways and how pharma should…

How to get into a healthcare agency

Louise Lavelle, Team Lead of Healthcare Communications, Carrot Pharma Recruitment discusses how to into a healthcare agency and where it could take you. What is a healthcare communications agency? Healthcare communications agencies…

Entering the pharmaceutical industry as a graduate

Tom Woods is an ambitious young pharma graduate. Having started his career on a placement at MSD, he has held the roles of student business analyst, medical representative, business development…

Fit for the Future: Can you fill the life sciences skills gap?

Alex Felthouse explores the life sciences skills gap and how big data and informatics will underpin the future success of our sector. Over the last century, we have witnessed a…

Taking the next career step with leading pharma recruiters

ADVERTORIAL: Not sure what role is next? Find your trusted advisors in leading pharma recruiters, CHASE’s Helen Weller shares her expertise. If you’ve been doing the same job for a…

Addressing the skills shortage in life sciences

How can collaboration help to fill the life sciences skills shortage gap to ensure that the UK can compete in the global future? The Topol Review* of digital training needs…

The social media guide to looking for a job

Your social media presence could be the clincher or your collapse when it comes to looking for a job. Use this social media guide for looking for a job to…

I love my job because… Job satisfaction in pharma

Catherine Williams, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Business Unit Director, MSD in the UK, joint winner of the Cross-Functional Team Pf Award 2018 shares what gives her job satisfaction about working in…

Chris McCourt: Mentors, motivation and women in pharma

As Chris McCourt, Global Sales Excellence Lead, Respiratory, AstraZeneca, celebrates three decades in industry, we ask her about mentors, motivation, and encouraging more women in pharma. What brought you to…

How to get promoted

Liz Walker, HR Director, Unum UK, shares her top tips to help you get promoted. If you’ve been working consistently hard, meeting and exceeding all expectations and targets, and you…

I love my job because…Pf Award Winner Priyanka Trehan

Priyanka Trehan, Area Health Lead, MSD North West London, joint winner of the Account Project Pf Award 2018. I love my job because…Since February of this year I have moved…

How to get a pay rise

You deserve to be rewarded for a job well done, but what’s the best way to get a pay rise and approach the subject? If you’ve been putting in the…

Pf Awards: Looking for the brightest talent in pharmaceutical sales and medical devices

Pf Awards, the UK’s premier pharmaceutical sales and medical device awards, are open for entries. Pf Awards are looking for the brightest talent working in pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Companies…

Celebrating success: Pf Award Winners Club 2018

The third Pf Award Winners Club brought together winners past and present to commemorate the accomplishments that embody true sales excellence. On 27 September, an exclusive invitation brought together Pf…

How to be a successful key account manager in pharma

Pf asked two consultants from top recruitment agencies for their views on what it takes to be a successful key account manager in pharma. Andy Boyd, Senior Recruitment Consultant at Evolve…

What is the role of a National Implementation Lead Manager in pharma?

Sandy Lindsey, National Implementation Lead Manager, Vaccines, MSD, joint winner of the Account Project Pf Award 2018, on how her role is really all about the people. I love my…

How to address common challenges in the workplace

Simon Toy, Managing Director of Performance Associates discusses addressing common challenges in the workplace. At Performance Associates, we are regularly asked what are the hot topics and/or concerns that we…

Improve your sales insight using AI

Will this be the year in which pharma sales and marketing teams use augmented intelligence to successfully exploit infinite data? Improve your sales insight with AI. Buzz Lightyear made his…

Taking control of your career as a sales representative in pharma

Mark Ward, Operations Director at Star, on the key skills that a sales representative in pharma needs to develop to take control of their career. People are the lifeblood of…

CHASE Graduate Academy: Diving into the pharma graduates talent pool

Graham Hawthorn, Managing Director and Kate O’Neill, Graduate Recruitment Lead discuss CHASE’s support of the pharma graduates talent pool. With over 2 million students studying at more than 130 UK Universities, the…

You’re about to start a new job. How do you make the most of this opportunity?

When you’re about to start a new job, chances are you’re feeling on top of the world. You were chosen above everyone else, and you’ll have the excitement about joining…

Pf Award Winner & Regional Business Manager at Star, Greg Palin, on building the foundations for success.

Congratulations on being a Pf Award winner, how did it feel when your name was announced as winner of the Emerging Talent Award? A shock! My name was read out…

Is being easily influenced really that bad? Ryan Wooller, Head of Business Development at Star

Ryan Wooller, Head of Business Development at Star, discusses leadership and the importance of influence. Recently, I was talking with a client around the challenges of developing great sales leaders and…

How to get pharma sales experience in and get ahead

Getting into pharma sales is about more than good grades: it’s about showing that it’s really where you want to be through real-life experience. Whether you shadow a representative for…

Pf Award Winner Sarah Valente-Smith on the power of pharma mentors

Sarah Valente-Smith, Key Account Manager for women’s cancers in the oncology division for the south west, MSD, and Joint Winner of the Best Newcomer Award at Pf Awards 2018, on how…

How to find a graduate job in pharma

What does it take to land your first graduate job in the pharma industry? Megan Bryant has some useful advice. The pharmaceutical industry is continuously adapting to match the fierce…

Pharma Millennials: Have you considered a career in pharma?

Do you see the potential in a career in pharma? We asked our experts for advice on how they attract the best talent and what they’re looking for. Have you…

What do pharma sales recruiters look for?

A medical sales career in the pharma industry offers myriad opportunities to the brightest graduates. What do pharma sales recruiters look for? For graduates who do their homework on the…

Pf Award Winner Zuchaela Smylie on her path to pharma sales

Zuchaela Smylie, Therapy Representative at GSK in partnership with Ashfield Healthcare and 2018 Pf Award winner – Best Newcomer, on how coming from a non-scientific background has not held her back….

How to stand out from the crowd and get that pharma graduate job

As a graduate entering the pharma sales arena, how can you stand out to recruiters and hiring managers and get that pharma graduate job? Let’s discuss how you can enhance…

Pharma Graduate Profile: Dylan Nichol, App Developer at AstraZeneca

Pharma Graduate Profile: I am studying Computer Games and Software Development at Glasgow Caledonian University, and within AstraZeneca, my role has been as an app developer. Embrace change My project started…

Pharma graduate profile Novo Nordisk: Anne Schou, Market Access Manager, Novo Nordisk

Pharma graduate profile Novo Nordisk: I studied a Master’s degree in Public Health Science at the University of Copenhagen, where I focused on pharmaceutical policy, epidemiology and health economics. In…

How to identify the right company culture fit for you

Company culture is a critical factor in job satisfaction for most people. How do you make sure that the company you’re applying to is the right fit for you? Culture…

How to successfully prepare for the ABPI exam

The ABPI Medical Representatives exam is an essential part of the professional development of pharmaceutical sales representatives. Here’s how to prepare for the ABPI exam and pass with flying colours….

AstraZeneca Graduate profile: Shannon Douglas, Launch Planning Intern, AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca Graduate profile: I’m just about to go into my final year of my BA (Hons) Business Management degree at Abertay University in Scotland. At AstraZeneca I’m responsible for the…

5 hobbies you need on your CV

To list hobbies, or not to list hobbies? That is the question when it comes to your CV. But in fact, your interests say a lot more about you than…

Top 5 job search tips

Looking for a job can be a full-time job in itself, but with these top five job search tips for efficient and effective job searching, you won’t miss out on…

Graduate profile: Anna Sophia Hendy, Behavioural Economics Project Assistant, AstraZeneca

Anna Sophia Hendy is currently Behavioural Economics Project Assistant at AstraZeneca. I am currently studying a BSc in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. I have experience working in Healthcare as…

The assessment centre process explained

The pharmaceutical industry’s recruitment processes are notoriously rigorous. What does the crucial assessment centre stage involve? Pharma recruiters and hiring managers are looking for the best of the best and…

Graduate profile: Lauren Chapple, Diabetes Care Specialist, Novo Nordisk

Lauren Chapple, Diabetes Care Specialist, Novo Nordisk: I studied Pharmacology at the University of Leeds, and after university I wanted to continue my passion and explore work in the pharmaceutical…