I'm the Marketing Manager for the Generics part of the business, based at Ridings Point in Castleford. I've been with the company since 2006 and what I really love about my job is the way everything moves at such a fast and exciting pace. That's because the industry in which we work changes very quickly, so the company has to react just as swiftly to keep up with it.
My career progression within Teva has been equally fast and exciting. I joined the company in October 2006 as Brand Manager for our pharmacy customers. I was then promoted to Group Brand Manager in February 2009 before being promoted again in late 2009 to the position of Marketing Manager.
Being Marketing Manager for Generics involves championing the customer and Teva, so as an organisation we understand exactly what we have to provide in the way of products and service. And I do that with the help of a marketing and telesales team.
What I really love about my job is the way everything moves at such a fast and exciting pace. My career progression within Teva has been equally fast and exciting.
It's a great role because there’s no such thing as a typical day. One minute I could be out visiting a customer and writing strategy plans, and the next I could be working with one of my team and a design agency to create new promotional campaigns.
And because I work at the 'front end' of the business, defining and championing what our customers really need, I spend a lot of time communicating with colleagues in other areas of the business, such as Sales, Pricing or Finance.
In June 2008 I was lucky enough to co-ordinate a project with colleagues from our European operation which helped give me an even better understanding of our wider organisation.
Teva is full of opportunities. My first promotion brought line manager responsibilities which was challenging, but the company helped out by providing a coach and a mentor for me. The coach supported me with getting to grips with my new responsibilities while the mentor gave me that extra perspective in terms of business awareness.
When opportunitues have come up, they have encouraged me to take advantage of them.
The lack of bureaucracy can be a real plus point for Teva too, because it means people can be creative and do things fairly quickly. Regardless of your position, you always feel empowered to come up with new ideas and to do things. You're not put in a box, so to speak, with limitations.
As a company Teva are great at recognising emerging talented employees and giving them development opportunities. I think they have recognised that I can add value, so when opportunities have come up, they have encouraged me to take advantage of them.