Amanda

Clinical Operations Manager
Joined us in 1999, based in Brazil

What makes you, you?

My parents invested money in my education they probably didn’t have. This has given me a great sense of responsibility, ethical principles and the chance to change mine and my family’s future.

What’s the best thing about working here?

Development – you’re always stretched and people trust you to do your job. There’s also a breadth of opportunities, as my move from Pharmaceuticals to Vaccines proves.

What are your highlights?

After graduating in chemical engineering I worked here for a while to fund further studies. Then I saw another role in the clinical research team, different from chemical engineering but interesting. I decided to take it rather than go back to school. I worked in Pharmaceuticals for six years in therapeutic areas such as HIV, respiratory, oncology, metabolic, urology and neurology. Now I’m in Vaccines in Brazil, responsible for research and clinical operations, leading a team of 19.

How have we supported your development?

Extensive training has allowed me to make the transition from engineer to scientist. I’ve participated in different types of clinical research, and sharing knowledge with the other Vaccines teams in the US, Belgium and other  countries was very useful. I’ve been funded to do an MBA and learn Six Sigma. In my secondment in Panama, as regional clinical operations manager for LATAM, I saw Vaccines globally.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining us?

As long as you really want to progress, there are lots of opportunities to develop.