Kyowa Kirin International is headquartered in the Scottish Borders with full commercial operations in the UK and Ireland.
Working at Kyowa Kirin, we are passionately driven to make a positive impact on patients and their families. We are committed to this by truly living through our core values and always understanding the needs of our patients and those of health care professionals. No two days at Kyowa Kirin are ever the same, as we focus to be better every day.
Having a strong, vibrant and positive culture has a dramatic effect on business performance. Kyowa Kirin is fortunate to have people that create a unique environment to work in. The culture is one that promotes from within, empowers people to achieve great goals and rewards for this accordingly.
I came to Kyowa Kirin with experience of both big and small pharmaceutical companies, having worked on both blockbuster and smaller niche brands. I was immediately impressed by how Kyowa Kirin strikes the right balance between motivating their people to get the best results in a commercial environment while not losing sight of our shared goal – helping to improve quality of life for patients.
My role as Key Account Manager is a busy one with no two days being the same! A typical day can include meeting customers / stakeholders, analysing business intelligence and working with my U.K. colleagues across many different functions. There is a collaborative culture where integrity, hard work and innovation is recognised and rewarded. I believe this organisation, with its phenomenal growth rate, range of opportunities and great people is a very exciting place to be.
I have over 20 years of experience in commercial sales and marketing in the medical equipment/diagnostic and pharmaceutical sectors with some large healthcare company brands in the UK and International arena.
I joined Kyowa Kirin in September 2015. My primary focus is to continually increase brand awareness with two of Kyowa Kirin’s major UK brands. Part of my role is management of the products, media coverage and collating business intelligence to review industry trends.
Working at Kyowa Kirin is fast paced, challenging and all about delivering results, but with the focus of putting the patient at the heart of everything we do. You are part of a team that makes a difference every day. We are passionate about having an honest and open culture and doing business the right way.
Kyowa Kirin acquired Archimedes Pharma in 2014 and I had been with the company for 5 years prior to that point. My role includes product and therapy area specialisation and assistance to international pharmacovigilance in the monitoring of patient safety activities, for the UK and Ireland.
Every day presents exciting opportunities, including;
• Making a significant difference to patients’ lives
• Supporting healthcare professionals in making informed clinical decisions; and,
• Proactive engagement in several multidisciplinary teams, which contribute to activities in several company departments.
The company culture, as reflected by our philosophy is called “Commitment to Life”. It embraces high ethical value and compliant practice.
Proud moments are many and are related to collaborative projects, especially participation in bringing new products to market, and our vigilance in ensuring patient safety.
My fondest memory is of a charity day when we built bicycles for donation to children suffering extreme challenges. On collection, their faces shone with delight.
After joining Kyowa Kirin in March 2013 as a Medical Representative, I moved into the Healthcare Partnership Team in July 2014, and then into the Marketing Department in January 2017. At Kyowa Kirin, we have a culture you won’t find anywhere else. We have a very open working environment where personal and professional development are held in the highest regard. Work hard, keep improving and when an opportunity arises that suits you, you’ll be supported and given every chance to prove yourself.
If you seek it, you’ll be exposed to various departments where you can share opinions and ideas, and be mentored by great managers at every stage.
My proudest moment was moving into the Marketing Department. I’m surrounded by talented, enthusiastic people and learning from them is a privilege. Personally, my fondest moment was our entire commercial arm rallying round to raise in excess of £3,000 for the Willow Foundation.
The initial feeling of embarking in a career within a rapidly growing pharmaceutical company was that it would be extremely exciting. That feeling still remains as I develop at Kyowa Kirin.
My journey began in August 2010 as a Medical Representative working across primary and secondary care in Kent. Following two years of hard work, I was promoted into the Healthcare Partnership Team working in the South West of England and South Wales, which involved working closely with key customers within CCGs and Health Boards to generate opportunities for collaboration to enhance the health and wellbeing of the local population.
After a few years in the role I was then promoted into the management team as a Regional Business Manager covering Southern England. My role now is to effectively lead, manage and motivate a team of Medical Representatives to grow our promoted brands from strength to strength.
Each role has given me more insight and experience into how the company operates within the commercial business unit, whilst at the same time opened routes for opportunities for the future, and that’s the exciting part.
There are so many different avenues you can pursue in Kyowa Kirin, all at a pace that is comfortable to you.
One thing that is very clear to me, if you want a long-term career with the right support in a company that has a passion for innovation and embraces its culture and core values with the patient at the centre, then Kyowa Kirin is the place for you.
I have been at Kyowa Kirin for over 6 years with over 9 years previous industry experience across different sized companies and therapy areas. In my current position I work in the Specialist Account Team which gives me the opportunity to engage with and across nearly every level of customer in the NHS.
Kyowa Kirin is a company which is responsive to patient care, and I believe we lead the industry with a culture of openness and transparency across all aspects of the business. I am proud to say I work for Kyowa Kirin as the company has qualities like no other. It gives you the opportunity to grow and develop professionally in an environment which feels like you are part of a dynamic family that stays true to its vision and values.
One of my proudest moments was to be in STARs where top performers from all key areas of the business across the company are acknowledged for their success over the past year.
“Never had responsibility and autonomy like it. It’s great.”
“I get to work on challenging international projects.”
“There’s great enthusiasm here. It’s infectious!”
“I get to work with some of the best and most talented professionals in the business and I learn from them every day.”
“The business is growing and expanding and there are always new projects to work on.”