At Ashfield we are always looking for talented individuals to work with us in an array of fantastic field based roles, including trainee and experienced Pharmaceutical Representatives, Hospital Specialists, Key Account Managers, Medical Scientific Liaison Managers and Market Access Managers.
And if its management and developing others you are interested in, we also offer Regional Business Manager and Field Trainer roles which offer new and exciting challenges for people who demonstrate strong coaching and effective leadership/management skills.
As UK market leader in this field, Ashfield are partnering with clients; pharmaceutical and medical devices companies, to provide excellent outsourced representatives and managers who deliver results for our clients and are integral to the success of our business. It is this success which has enabled us to become the multinational organisation we are today and to provide enviable job security, engagement and development opportunities in the UK and around the globe.
Our clients require us to offer a vast array of pharmaceutical sales jobs to suit different people in varied geographies
The most common first medical sales job is the position of trainee medical sales representative. Trainee medical sales representatives promote pharmaceutical products to healthcare professionals, in primary care (GPs, Practice Nurses and related professionals). To ensure you have the required skills for your first medical sales job, you will be given thorough training on your products and also sales skills training, so you can interact effectively with your customers.
Ashfield currently work with over 80 different pharmaceutical and medical companies, so a medical sales role with Ashfield will offer you unique and varied opportunities. In order to continue your career in medical sales, you need to take the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) examination within one year of starting your medical sales career, and pass it within two year. A scientific background will therefore be an advantage, however this is not essential and many people without higher-level scientific qualifications are extremely successful in medical sales jobs.
"...offer you unique and varied opportunities"
There are many other elements that help our representatives succeed within medical sales. Working in designated territories, pharmaceutical sales representatives need a good working knowledge of their customers' environment and strong analytical skills to maximise the impact they can make. Being able to plan and organise is a prerequisite for success in field based roles.
This is an exciting chance to get to know more how the NHS works. As the NHS continues to change, there are many variations on the primary care sales theme. Many companies have moved from a "share of voice" approach to sales to an account-management approach. As a result there is now a great deal of opportunity for career progression for representatives without having to leave the primary care environment. Occasionally some entry level roles for graduates will also include the opportunity to work in secondary care. You may be selling highly technical life enhancing medicines to senior consultants and professors. You may also be engaging in discussions with hospital procurement managers and clinical networks.
We have a career pathway for medical sales representatives, including Senior and Executive Medical Representative jobs and you could also look to develop into a Specialist or Key Accounts role. In addition, Field Trainer and Regional Business Manager jobs are field-based and offer new and exciting challenges for people who can develop and demonstrate strong coaching and leadership skills.
If you wish to move into more specialist primary or secondary care (hospitals) medical sales jobs, you will need evidence to demonstrate that you are able to deliver exceptional results and exceed the objectives that have been set for you in your previous role/s. Working for Ashfield gives you many other career options. Pharmaceutical sales jobs require sound business acumen and excellent communication skills. These skills are valuable in many areas of business and could lead to opportunities in other areas of our business, usually based at our head office in Ashby de la Zouch.
Many pharmaceutical companies are now looking to outsource their medical sales positions to contract sales organisations and Ashfield is the UK market leader in this field. Working for Ashfield gives you a level of job security that other medical sales jobs cannot offer. You will also be joining a multinational organisation with offices in 20 countries. Our parent company UDG Healthcare is still investing in contract sales so the opportunities for people looking for medical sales jobs continue to grow.