Research and Development Graduate Programmes

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Your unique talents can make a vital contribution to innovative products that improve the lives of people everywhere. Career opportunities within Johnson & Johnson companies may provide you with an ideal setting to build your experience; express your passion and touch the world.

Position summary:

Johnson & Johnson offers graduate program within our Consumer business based in our offices in Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.

The Johnson & Johnson Group of Consumer Companies is recognised as a world leader in providing health and beauty products and solutions across Baby Care, Beauty, Healthcare and Over the Counter (OTC) medicines. We are one of the world’s fastest growing consumer companies, with a truly unrivalled brand portfolio with power brands across multiple categories including Johnson’s, Neutrogena, Piz Buin, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Calpol, Imodium, Compeed and Sudafed. We have achieved consistent growth and our breakthrough plans for the future make this a great place to gain commercial hands-on experience like no other.

Each day, millions of people of all ages in homes around the world use products from one or more of our consumer health care companies. These products keep babies clean and comfortable, hold allergy symptoms in check, help heal wounds, reduce fevers, relieve muscle pain, prevent sunburn, and help ensure a healthier diet. The breadth and depth of our product portfolio is truly impressive and constantly expanding as we strive to bring science to the art of healthy living.

Each one of our consumer businesses embraces cutting-edge science to create products that are doctor-recommended, helping you and your family to be well and stay well. As a result, our consumer companies produce many of the world’s most trusted brands.

During the course of this program you will have the opportunity to develop yourself and your skill set through a rotational program that will include spending time learning about different aspects of Consumer R&D. The functional rotation may include:

  • Medical Affairs
  • R&D Deployment of projects
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Global CMC (Chemistry, Manufacture & Control
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Supporting Marketed Products

A brief summary of what these functions do is provided below:

Medical Affairs - Medical Affairs professionals use their medical knowledge to help bring products to market, and ensure their safe and effective use in the hands of healthcare professionals and consumers. They may be involved at any stage of development from trials to marketing, working internally with marketing, regulatory, safety and legal colleagues, and externally with important regulatory bodies.

R&D Deployment of projects - Deployment is responsible for delivering of Johnson & Johnson growth projects, meeting all technical requirements. In Maidenhead we work with Sales & Marketing, Finance and Supply Chain to ensure that we invest in the best projects to deliver strategic profitable growth and maintain compliance. We also lead major cross-functional business programs to deliver Johnson & Johnson top strategic priorities such as emerging market growth, ‘next generation’ regulatory compliance and innovative process technology.

Regulatory Affairs - Regulatory Affairs professionals are responsible for registration or placing on the market of products that meet the regulatory requirements of a country or region. Johnson & Johnson Consumer has a diverse portfolio of products that include Cosmetics, Medical Devices, and Medicines. The individual would learn about the framework of Regulatory Science and apply the knowledge in bringing new products to market and maintaining products already on the market. It will include interacting with a diverse range of functions within the company; Medical Affairs, Pharmcovigilance, Clinical Research, Toxicology, Legal Affairs, and Quality Assurance. Externally interactions may include Regulatory Authorities, Trade Associations, and Non-Governmental Organisations.

Global CMC (Chemistry, Manufacture & Control) - Is responsible for ensuring that the Company’s OTC medicinal products remain in compliance with registered information and with relevant regulatory guidelines. This is achieved by ensuring that marketing authorisations applications for new products meet appropriate requirements, and that any changes to our products are evaluated and the registration files updated by applications to regulatory authorities throughout the lifetime of the products.

Supporting Marketed Products - To manage and provide technical oversight to various projects associated with currently marketed OTC finished drug products within EMEA region. The technical oversight will be covered but not be limited to manufacturing trouble shooting, process improvement, analytical validation, product reformulation, manufacturing site transfers, whilst ensuring adequate documentation is available to support successful registration of projects. The technical oversight is completed by working in cross functional team with both internal and external manufacturing sites. Our technical solutions enable innovation, quality, complexity reduction and reliability to fuel growth through improved quality and profitability.

Pharmacovigilance - Is responsible for safety monitoring of medicines marketed by Johnson & Johnson. This department has oversight of activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problem.

In this program you will gain continued professional development using internal Johnson & Johnson courses and selected external courses and you will also have the opportunity to participate in training where you will learn new leadership and technical skills, which will be combined with the opportunity to apply this business knowledge in an environment that requires launching new products and lifecycle management of existing products. This is an exciting opportunity that will take you and your career to great heights with one of the world’s leading healthcare companies.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Materials: Supporting Product and Process material supply i.e. Polyester, adhesives, precious metal technology with a working knowledge of the mechanics of materials and material performance
  • Systems: Work within the Manufacturing Engineering team to support the implementation and maintenance of data systems and integration with automation based control.
  • Support new equipment programs and existing equipment upgrades to allow Operations to have up to date performance information
  • Opportunity to support a wide variety of highly specialised teams
  • Process product and system improvements - Utilise formal problem solving tools and methodologies to actively lean out and improve processes, improve products, raw materials and reduce customer complaints
  • Reduce the cost of quality and non-compliance to the business
  • Conduct risk analysis and management to reduce any risks
  • Potential to pursue a number of internal developmental training programmes as well as externally recognised qualifications such as Process Design Excellence

Requirements of the role:

To be considered for this programme you must have:

  • Graduated within the last 2 years with a bachelor's/master's degree in one of the following scientific disciplines:
  • Biology
  • Life Science (e.g. Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Bio-medical Science)
  • Pharmacy
  • Product Engineering
  • Material Science
  • Physical Sciences (Chemistry or Physics)
  • Natural Sciences
  • Degree qualification at 2:1 or above

Key skills and competencies:

  • Excellent team working skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving abilities
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Pro-active ‘can do’ approach to achieving success
  • A desire to work with exciting innovation in Consumer Healthcare products that touch lives of millions of Consumers everyday
  • Willingness to relocate to Maidenhead, UK
  • Eligible to work within the UK on a permanent basis

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