“I am currently on the engineering graduate scheme at DePuy Synthes and have just completed my first year. This scheme involves four sixth month rotations around various departments within the orthopaedic company, gaining vital knowledge and expanding the skillset already obtained from university. In my first two rotations, I was lucky enough to experience manufacturing and the Tribology test Lab. These provided me with an invaluable opportunity to input my ideas and learn about working in this field, the company as a whole and the different procedures and processes that occur. I loved the hands-on aspect of both these rotations, performing tests on the hip simulators, validating machines and gaining an understanding on the manufacturing route. I’m now looking forward to my next rotation in CPD (Commercialised product development). Here the focus will be much more around our existing products out in the field and how these can be developed and improved.
I’ve found the graduate scheme to be a great help with the transition from being a student into the working world. I have gained so much knowledge and development throughout this one year, which is only going to continue to grow in my next rotations. It has allowed me to meet some great people, make good friends and build a social life within this new city. The Company itself has numerous benefits, for example: the onsite gym, the discounted product shop and the Tuesday nail bar where profits go to charity. Not only has it provided me with the fantastic work experience and development but I have also been able to partake in external activities. These included a 48 mile charity walk, a Monday night tag rugby league, various STEM events, Volunteering at an IMechE evening and extensive training, including a physiology course with cadavers. This has been a great opportunity, in a company filled with very talented people and with the credo being such an important part of the J&J mentality, it helps to reinforce the reason why we are here - to help improve people’s lives.”
Asa – Customer Development Graduate
Programme: Sales Graduate Sector: Consumer
“I have completed the first year of the graduate scheme out in the field sales force (based in the North East) and have recently moved into the head office to work in the category development team on the “Emerging Channels” account. The reason I chose the J&J graduate scheme was because of the breadth of knowledge it would bring, across both the sales and marketing functions and it’s certainly done that. Managing one of the largest territories in the UK, both in size and value, in my first year was challenging however immensely rewarding. I got a chance to develop both harder and softer skills, including account management, selling, communication, organisation, decision-making and flexibility all whilst learning about the products and how our customers interact with them.
Going into my second year I’m working with accounts such as Amazon, Lidl, Ocado and the Co-Op, helping them develop and grow their category portfolios, across all the categories we operate in. My favourite thing about the graduate scheme has been the sheer variety of the projects I’ve had the opportunity to work on; whether it’s gaining experience in both local and national account sales or working with industry leading marketing teams on landing a range review. The whole scheme has made me a far more well-rounded person in terms of my business experience and knowledge, which will hopefully lead to further success going forward.”
Zoe – Assistant Media and Digital Business Partner
Programme: Marketing Graduate Sector: Consumer
“I started the Marketing Graduate Scheme in August 2016, and worked on the Benylin brand. My role involved helping with the execution of multiple activations for the Winter season and it was an incredible experience and one that taught me a lot. J&J is a fantastic company to work for, and they pride themselves on training opportunities, as well as ensuring a lovely friendly environment to work in, which is why I love working here.
In July 2017, I managed to secure a promotion to Assistant Media and Digital Business Partner, which is different to the brand marketing I was previously exposed to, but has helped me to further broaden my skillset, and has been another amazing step in my journey with J&J.”
Sophie – Graduate Engineer
Programme: Science and Engineering Graduate Sector: Medical
“I am currently half way through the two year ‘Science and Engineering Graduate Programme’ at LifeScan. I started working in the Franchise Quality team being closely involved in the lifecycle of the product and dealing with any complications post launch. I really enjoyed experiencing first-hand how any issues are resolved quickly to ensure our product gets to the patient whilst maintaining high quality. I then moved to the Customer Quality team focusing on a different quality aspect, which was interesting to see a different side.
I am now working in Operations seeing how our products are actually manufactured, it is fascinating to see the huge volumes we make daily and how impressive the process really is. Moving around the company, meeting so many people and connecting with different teams has improved my confidence hugely. J&J is a fantastic company to work for because they genuinely care about the patient and the number one business priority is always the patient.”
Alvaro – FLDP Analyst
Programme: Finance Graduate (FLDP) Sector: Rotation (Consumer, Medical & Pharmaceuticals)
“I have recently started my J&J journey on the Finance Leadership Development Programme. I am currently working as an analyst within the Consumer business. The experience is proving to be very enriching as I have the opportunity to work alongside really knowledgeable colleagues across different teams. This is allowing me to build on my technical knowledge base and develop soft skills such as effective communication and task prioritisation. My favourite aspect about this experience so far has been the great atmosphere we have in the office.
We normally organise after work sporting activities or simply go for a drink, which really helps new starters get to know other colleagues and gain confidence quickly. As part of the FLDP scheme, candidates from across the globe participate in 6 weeks of training at the Headquarters in the U.S. It is therefore a great opportunity to make invaluable relationships and learn from global J&J leaders. I am really excited about what the future will hold in my career at J&J!”
“I joined the Marketing Placement Programme in 2016. During my year at J&J, I got the opportunity to be part of a variety of projects, which ensured that each day was different. One day I was working on a patient support programme and the next on a promotional app. The large range of projects has allowed me to work collaboratively with so many people from across the business in a variety of functions. One of my biggest achievement at J&J was the running of an ‘Agency day’ alongside one other student. We decided to create a showcase event which involved over 10 companies, 6 of which were social enterprises pitching to an unmet need in the company. The event generated company wide recognition, as well as from our managing director who introduced the event. We were also put forward by J&J for a ‘Contribution to social procurement’ award and were invited to attend an event at the House of Lords.
J&J has a large modern office space, where you are encouraged to work wherever you feel comfortable with a Costa coffee onsite, as well as lots of outdoor courtyard space. There is also an onsite gym, where we spent lots of evenings doing the evening classes together with other students and graduates in the office. We have also undertaken the three peaks challenge together which involved training hikes and brought us a lot closer together as a group.”
Will – Business Unit Controller
Programme: Customer Development Graduate Sector: Consumer
“I joined J&J on the Customer Development graduate scheme in 2005, initially for a short period in field sales before joining the Asda/Morrison’s team in head office. I undertook a variety of roles on key national accounts, before moving departments to look after our skincare Commercial and Planning function. This role gave me the accountability and responsibility to develop my leadership capabilities, and also gave me great exposure to people outside of the UK. Since 2015 I have been part of the Customer Development Leadership Team as the Business Unit Head for Pharmacy.
Favourite thing about J&J?
Flexible working policy; which has allowed me to get the work I need to done whilst being available to help with the nursery run!”
“The J&J Graduate scheme has allowed full exposure to great development opportunities over my time so far. Across the 2 years of the scheme, I will have had chance to work within two therapy areas, Infectious Diseases and Oncology.
Within my role in ID this year, I was responsible for leading the multi-channel activity having developed the strategy for the year, which was both an amazing and challenging experience. I also regularly worked on the creation of other marketing materials outside of multi-channel, to support the commercial sales team. Overall, the year taught me a lot about adaptation, self-belief and working across various different functions.
I also know that I still have a lot to learn moving into Oncology, but as it’s such a growing space within pharmaceuticals and there are so many amazing developments occurring, I feel incredibly passionate about what I can bring to the team to help support health-care professionals and patients in the UK.
Favourite Aspect of J&J? The people you see every day are some of the most passionate, welcoming and unbelievably supportive people I have been so lucky to have met. I couldn’t have asked for a better company to be a part of.”
Jo – Senior Brand Manager
Programme: Sales & Customer Development (Placement), Marketing (Graduate) Sector: Consumer
“I joined J&J on a 12 month placement role within the category development and successfully gained a permanent graduate position in marketing. Since, I have held various roles across consumer and healthcare professional marketing on medicine and personal care brands. In my role in marketing you feel like what you do can make a real difference and I love the fact that we have products and services available that can help people in their everyday lives, be that consumers, professionals or patients.
J&J gives placement students real responsibility as soon as they join the team. Not only do they look after important brand administration, but they also take on projects that have a real impact on the business. This could be running PR activity, creating new materials or leading and supporting on digital campaigns. What I love about the industry? I love the fact that it is fast paced and ever changing and that you need to constantly evolve your skillset.”