My journey so far
It’s a fast paced industry
My current role is to support, develop and launch customer wholesale propositions to AAH’s third party customer base, which includes community pharmacy and dispensing doctors’ channels. This is achieved by working closely with various internal departments and external suppliers, combined with customer and market insight to develop market-leading propositions.
No one day is the same as the next, which is why I really enjoy my role. The industry moves at a fast pace so there’s always something new, exciting but also challenging to get on with. Day-to-day I maintain the existing propositions AAH have within the market today. This includes updating the sales materials for the team out in the field, but also supporting the customer experience journey along the way.
Several doors have opened
By joining McKesson, I already feel like several doors have opened for me, and I’m only at the start of my career. Being a part of an organisation like this gives me the opportunity to experience lots of different roles whilst being a part of the same company.
And one of the great things about working here is that everyone’s always more than willing to help you out. I’ve certainly acquired the majority of my skills and knowledge through my line managers and colleagues.
Aside from learning on-the-job, I’ve had a number of opportunities to go on formal training courses. One was run by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, to help enhance my knowledge on developing compelling propositions.
I’m currently on a Project Management Apprenticeship, which has been funded through McKesson. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to gain skills to really help me in my role. I’ve gained an Agile Foundation qualification three months in, and am working towards achieving the PMQ IPMA Level D qualification at the end of the apprenticeship.
I’ve also been fortunate to attend an internal training course which focused on how to run successful training session. This was really ideal for the role I do, as I carry out training for things like new proposition launches or refresher session on existing propositions.
Both of my line managers have acted as informal mentors. With this being my first role out of university, I had no prior experience in an office environment, so it was quite overwhelming. They’ve both been very supportive, and have guided me to be the best version of myself at work.
At times, of course, they’ve challenged me and thrown me in at the deep end. However, this has really helped me enhance my personal skills, and empowered me to become more confident in the work I do. They’ve also helped me manage internal and external stakeholder relationships, which for me was one of the biggest hurdles to overcome.
Looking to the future
In the future I’d love to have a team of my own, continuing to provide an excellent customer journey, and helping McKesson reach their strategic goals. Which means AAH becoming the number one pharmaceutical wholesaler.
McKesson has been a fantastic company to be a part of especially at such an early stage in my career. Coming out of university as a graduate and trying to find your place in the working world can be difficult but they gave me the opportunity to be kick-start my career in the best way possible.