I was responsible for implementing process improvements within the team with the view of improving efficiencies and improving the customer experience. I was involved in a number of different projects and also supported the team transactionally. A typical day for me would involve checking my emails, attending project meetings, coordinating project meetings, completing action points etc. I was involved in a number of different ERG groups and opportunities outside of my job description which kept my days busy.
For the first six months of my placement, I was learning SAS (a programming language used for statistical analysis) through online courses. Before starting my placement, I had no experience or knowledge of SAS. The languages I had experience in were MATLAB and a brief introduction to Python. However, by having these programming skills, I was able to pick up SAS quickly because a lot of the skills in programming are transferable. Once my SAS training was complete and I felt more confident programming independently, I started working on my first study. The study was investigating the drug Daratumumab or more commonly known as Darzalex. Daratumumab is a monoclonal antibody drug used in the treatment of multiple myeloma. This study was evaluating the safety of Daratumumab without corticosteroids. Corticosteroids suppress the immune system which might reduce the efficacy of the immune therapy drugs that treat cancer. My tasks were to Quality Check (QC) datasets and tables produced for this study. QC is recreating statistical and analytical data and cross-checking them against an analysis table. This is a way of validating and ensuring no errors exist in the data. I also checked the tables for mistakes (e.g., spelling mistakes, missing values, missing variables etc.). The tables also had to follow a specification that outlined the layout and variables for these analysis tables.
- Ownership of month-end reporting of Opex spend, Travel and Expenses spend, and Samples spend for all franchises. - Production of the monthly P&L’s for financial reviews. - Aiding the sales team with their use of the samples ordering system, CIGNON. - Production of the monthly Opex Dashboard for the DePuy Synthes franchise. - Ownership of the monthly headcount reconciliation process. - Prepare the purchase orders for the team. - Responsible for organizing the monthly finance extended team meeting.
My role involved a lot of asset management, creating assets and managing the review process, ensuring they were available in a timely manor. Beyond this I had opportunities to lead on various projects, such as the brands congress plan. Working in marketing, the role involves a lot of stakeholder management, and therefore you are expected to lead numerous calls and build effective relationships across the organisation.
• Proactively managing online partnerships planning and optimising content to deliver against KPIs and managing external agency relationships, proactively leading regular status calls • Leading monthly share reporting and performance analysis, presenting monthly share updates and performance review and action planning sessions. • Development and implementation of new e-content, including leading the design of Amazon and Boots brand stores, additional imagery, and ratings & reviews campaigns. • Owning and shaping brand activation, delivering a holistic plan across touchpoints • Daily management of brand budget • Leading content design and creation for brand activations across digital partnerships, ecommerce, video and social. • Day to day management of Influencer activity, working with J&J influencer management team and regulatory to brief and approve content. • Management of all updates to brand website including new page design • Day to day management of relationship with consumer care team, managing queries, and communicating brand plans
• Support trial management of global phase I, phase II and phase III oncology clinical trials. • Correspond with local teams to ensure trial specific data is up-to-date, complete, and accurate. • Develop and update multiple trial specific tracking systems for various trial information. • File in and manage the central Trial Master File. • Create and distribute weekly reports from CRF, IWRS and vendor management systems. • Present and provide biweekly updates at study team meetings. • Engage cross-functionally with internal teams. • Manage global vendors to ensure protocol is adhered to.
Working on an independent research question assigned by the team. Learning about regulatory affairs through discussions with line manager plus reading TOPRA articles. The project involves data collection from the EMA and FDA websites and collaboration, then giving presentations to the team and wider groups within the organisation. Writing up the project is then a multi-step process with input from other colleagues. There is the opportunity to have your work published.
I loved my year at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Healthcare. I was part of the sales department, but also had lots of interaction with colleagues outside of sales. Johnson & Johnson had a big focus on personal development, and if you show interest, you can get lot's of opportunity to work on interesting projects. Johnson & Johnson really take care of employees well-being, and offer lots of benefits, such as free gym memberships.
My placement year has been one of the most valuable and enjoyable experiences I have ever had the opportunity to undertake. It has been a busy year working on a variety of cross functional projects and I have learnt so much throughout my time at Johnson & Johnson.
It was a great year, I learnt a lot that I can bring back to my university course and for my future career. Everyone was really welcoming and made sure that you got what you wanted out of the placement. There were amazing extras to working for JnJ including free gym and PT sessions, staff shop of JnJ products, exercise reimbursement and football / climbing/ gardening clubs. There was many opportunities to do volunteering within and outside of the company with 5 paid days of volunteering a year. Also a large group of around 20 students in Leeds provided a great friendship group. The work itself was really interesting and I got to have some many more amazing experiences than I would have if I didn't do this year.
I have had a fantastic year at Johnson & Johnson and have gained so much insight and experience into what a marketing role really entails. I had projects with real responsibility such as briefing creatives to agencies, doing customer research and working on new product launches. I had a great team who really valued my input and my ideas so I felt really welcomed into the business. There were lots of other placements which made it less daunting and meant I had people my age to hang out with at lunch and meet at the weekend.