Hannah Gee

Hannah Gee

What was the name of the company you worked for and what do they do?

The company I am working for is called Indivior, previously Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals. It specialises in the treatment of opioid dependency, with many other exciting addiction treatments in the pipeline.

What was your role within the company?

I work as a formulation scientist as part of a small team in the research & development department. Our role as the only formulation team globally is to collectively drive forward innovations in numerous projects, ensuring they come to fruition within a designated time schedule.

Can you please give me an insight into a typical day?

My mornings begin with the maintenance of the purified water system for which I am responsible, this involves daily checks and sampling. However, when issues with the system arise, this responsibility extends to troubleshooting, repairs and maintenance works. The rest of the day is focused on the drive of the main company projects, which involves contacting various suppliers, paper work and tablet manufacture.

What do you enjoy the most and did you get involved in any interesting projects? 

I am involved in several interesting projects, and have additionally been afforded the opportunity to lead my own project. As a result, I work closely with approximately 4 main projects that involves working across a variety of areas in pharmaceutical development and innovation. So far, I have enjoyed the opportunity to get involved with a diverse range of projects across the company pipeline.

Why did you want to undertake a year in industry?

I chose to undertake a placement year to further my experience and understanding for an area of engineering for which I am passionate in. I wanted to improve my post-graduate employability, and learn skills that will be invaluable to my career. I also aimed to better my understanding for the industry with a hope to make a fully informed post-graduate decision regarding whether to go immediately into a graduate job or pursue further education in the form of a PhD. 

Do you have any tips and advice to current students thinking of undertaking a year in industry?

I would strongly suggest applying early! Filling applications and preparing / attending interviews is extremely time consuming, which quickly becomes stressful when it is combined with university exams, revision and deadlines. It's best to get the placement secured early to avoid this stress around exam period.