Graduate scheme

South East

Consumer EMEA Research & Development Leadership Development Programme 2022
Location: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK
Sector: Consumer Health

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We know that the success of our business depends on having the best talent in a workforce that reflects the diverse markets we serve around the world and an inclusive culture that values different perspectives and life experiences.

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Position summary:
Johnson & Johnson offers a graduate programme within our Consumer business based in our offices in High Wycombe, Bucks, UK.

The Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies offers the world’s largest range of consumer healthcare products. Our baby care, skin care, oral care, wound care, over-the-counter medicines and women’s health products feature brands trusted by consumers and healthcare professionals worldwide. By anticipating needs and creating solutions and experiences, we help people live healthy, vibrant lives. We have achieved consistent growth and our breakthrough plans for the future make this a great place to gain R&D and 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 programme you will have the opportunity to develop yourself and your skill set through a rotational programme that will include spending time learning about different aspects of Consumer R&D. The functional rotation may include:

  • Medical Affairs
  • Regulatory Affairs including Global CMC (Chemistry, Manufacture & Control)
  • R&D
  • London Innovation Centre 

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

Medical Affairs
Medical Affairs professionals use their medical knowledge to help bring over the counter medicinal products to market and ensure their safe and effective use in the hands of healthcare professionals and consumers. They work with marketing, regulatory, safety and legal colleagues, and externally with important regulatory bodies.

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. They interact with a diverse range of functions within the company such as: Medical Affairs, Clinical Research,  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.

London Innovation Centre
The Innovation Centre is the only regional office where all three business sectors from J&J converge. The different teams located at the London Innovation Centre are focused on identifying disruptive and transformational opportunities for the Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Consumer sectors primarily by working with external biotech start-ups and entrepreneurs. The Consumer team will review product technologies, new business models and digital platforms amongst other opportunity areas that are consistent with the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health business strategy. In this function an individual can expect to collaborate with small and medium size enterprises to undertake due diligence of innovations, present to business leaders, R&D functions within Consumer Health and see the output in launch on a product or technology in the marketplace.

In this programme you will gain continued professional development using internal Johnson & Johnson programme, 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.


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 at 2:1 or above 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

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
  • Eligible to work within the UK on a permanent basis

Please note that we plan to close for first round of applications on 28th November, but could close earlier if we receive too many applications

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High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire


South East

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