The PharmaTimes competition is incredibly worthwhile because the exercises on the competition day are both challenging and representative of the real world - they stretch you as an individual and as a team and push you to use all of the various skills and competencies needed to be successful in your day to day role.
It was an honour to win and the awards night was excellent – a good opportunity to network, and also catch up with old colleagues and friends.
Lundbeck, 2017 Winner (National Market Access Lead of the Year and Commercial Cross Functional Team of the Year)
The assessment day was great and required us work together as a team to solve the tasks. The day really got us thinking, with some great challenges that included all functions.
2017 Finalist (Commercial Cross Functional Team)
Entering the Pharma Times marketing awards provided me with a new and unique opportunity to demonstrate my core marketing capabilities to an independent panel against people outside of my organisation. I found the process to be a really valuable experience, which provided me with an opportunity to practice and refine my marketing skills and receive feedback on areas of improvement. To win the award on the night was a great honour and it gave me the confidence to take the next step in my career, which has resulted in me securing my first marketing role as a Brand Manager within my organisation. I would thoroughly recommend anyone who is interested in moving to a marketing role consider going through this process.
Novartis, 2017 Winner (Aspiring Marketer)
Taking part in the competition was certainly very valuable and it definitely brought me out of my shell. The judges were great and I found the task very interesting in the sense that it helped me to think outside of the box. I find that we get so used to working on our own brands that we get a little closed off and it’s useful to take a step back and think about how we would apply our learnings to other areas.
Abbvie, 2017 Finalist (New Marketer)
Participating in the Cross-Functional Team category has been an intense and challenging experience, but also a fun one! Benchmarking ourselves as a team against our peers in a full-day market simulation, where our strategic and tactical decisions were assessed in real time has been an invaluable undertaking. When we found out that we had won we were absolutely thrilled! This was a true cross functional achievement from across Sales (Shirley Taylor, Jack Hadfield), Medical (Paul Bloomfield), Market access (Alex Ledger) and Marketing (Stephanie Hecht) and was an endorsement of how we work together as ONE team.
Senior Brand Manager, Actelion
The pharmaceutical industry attracts and retains some of the world’s leading talent. With this in mind, it’s a great honor and privilege to be awarded PharmaTimes New Marketer of the Year 2015. The competition not only provided me with an opportunity to benchmark against industry peers but it also gave me the chance to develop my skills in a realistic, time pressured environment. At Roche we continue to invest significantly in marketing excellence and I see the competition as a valuable tool for validating our training and development approach.
Brand Manager – Oncology, Roche Products
To have won senior marketer of the year is great recognition. It’s seen as the flagship individual category, so to win is a very proud moment. Winning a competition such as this can only be great for your career development, it helps with both internal and external recognition. I’d recommend this competition to any marketer. The challenge was tough, but very realistic. It was a case of distilling the key issues from a lot of information in a short space of time and building a robust plan around them – very similar to the day to day work of a UK marketer leading a brand.
Head of Marketing & Market Access, Lundbeck
I am genuinely honoured to be highly commended for the aspiring marketer category. I am incredibly passionate about marketing and I am sure the validation through this competition will help me on my marketing journey. This competition was a great test of my capabilities and demonstrated for me where I need to grow as an individual professionally. I would wholeheartedly recommend this competition to anyone wanting to benchmark their ability against their peers.
Project Manager - ADP Practitioner, GSK
We are very proud and honoured to have won the prestigious Pharmatimes Marketing Company of the Year award. This is the "icing on the cake" after winning the Brand Manager of the Year award as well as Cross-Functional Team of the Year award. For a relatively small company such as Actelion, being recognised in such a visible way is a tremendous achievement and means a lot to everyone in our organisation!
Senior Brand Manager, Actelion