We recently interviewed one of our contractors, Alaa, to find out what it’s like to work as a Regulatory Affairs Associate. We asked what a general day involves, what experience and qualification are required for this job and what advice Alaa would give to aspiring Regulatory Affairs Associate.
Q1. What does the company you work at do?
The company I work at is a science-led global healthcare company that helps people do more, feel better and live longer.
Q2. What is your background?
I have a degree in Forensic Biology and have a variety of experiences between lab work, project management and administration.
Q3. What does your job involve?
Making sure Over the Counter Medicines (OTC) are maintained, renewed on time and regulated by Health Authorities in different countries globally.
Q4. What is a typical day like in your role?
Liaising with affiliates from different markets globally to meet deadlines. It also requires me to communicate with both internal and external stakeholders to legalise or update documents needed for a renewal for consumer healthcare products. Taking part in meetings to work on the best way to improve our processes for the best results.
Q5. How did you get into your current job role?
I worked or the MHRA for two years but I believe my degree also helped and working abroad meant I have experience which not many people have.
Q6. What do you enjoy most about your job?
I have an amazing team who supports me and helps me learn the most in this role. I also like deadlines as I an target driven.
Q7. What is the hardest part of your job?
When there’s a new process which hasn’t been tested and I have to try it first. Also when I have to help a colleague on something I am not too sure about.
Q8. Why did you decide to pursue this career?
Because I love helping people and this is a direct way in helping people. Also it gives me flexibility to work from anywhere and not be micro-managed.
Q9. What can this type of job lead on to?
Regulatory Affairs Manager.
Q10. What advice would you give to somebody considering this role as a career?
Work towards a goal and try every option possible. Make sure you are honest in interviews and prepare.