We employ some 5,500 people worldwide. And while they may all join us with very different skills and backgrounds, they have much in common. They’re eager to contribute – be that a fresh insight, a novel idea or a well-thought-through plan; they love pulling together as a team; and they care deeply about the patients we serve. What’s more, they’re determined to develop themselves as well as our business. Have a look at the routes the careers of just a few of them have taken.



Focus Factory Manager
St. Louis Plant
12 Years

When I was studying for my Chemistry degree, it never occurred to me that management in pharmaceutical manufacturing would be the career path I'd take. I've met a lot of great people here who've given me the chance to develop professionally and personally down a path I never envisioned for myself. Essentially I've grown up in this company and discovered leadership qualities in myself I didn't realize I had. My goal as a manager is to guide my current employees in the same way my managers and supervisors guided me.

“I’m looking forward to the new opportunities that our independence will bring. There could even be another undiscovered career path out there in the business for me.”

2012 - Present Current Position 

Focus Factory Manager

In my last year as a Production Supervisor, my manager took on extra responsibilities in another department. So I managed the day-to-day running of the Peptide department while he focused his attention on rebuilding the new department. I immersed myself in the business side of things and worked with functional groups I’d never worked with before. When the role of Focus Factory Manager for the department came up, I felt more than ready for it.

2008 - 2012Previous Position 

Production Supervisor

When the department went to a 24/7 schedule I was promoted to Production Supervisor. As well as helping my direct reports develop, I began learning the business of running the department which meant getting to grips with long-term production planning, scheduling, raw material supply and departmental budget and spend. I also learned how to investigate safety, environmental and quality issues, and prevent repeat incidents.

My time on the floor as a Technician and Senior Technician really helped me in my later roles. It gave me a technical understanding of the manufacturing process which made learning the business and managerial side of things easier. Just as important, I know what the members of my team are going through, what information will help them do their job better, and what will motivate them to make the department – and themselves – more successful.

2006 - 2008Previous Position 

Senior Technician

I began developing my leadership skills in this role. I ran the shift change meetings and assigned daily tasks to the other technicians in the group. I also supervised on/off shift hours. The more responsibility I took for project work, the more my interactions with engineers and supervisors increased.

2005 - 2006Previous Position 

Chemical Technician

In this role I learned the basics of work in a pharmaceutical pilot plant – from quality, safety, and environmental and regulatory requirements to manufacturing API products.