Melanie Barker, Immunology Marketing, MSD, joint winner of the Cross-Functional Pf Award 2018
…I love belonging to an exciting and innovative organisation with people who are inspiring and supportive…
Knowing the impact that our medicines have on patients’ lives feels very rewarding. I love that I get to think about how we communicate with healthcare professionals in a digital age to ensure that the real benefits and value of our medicines are highlighted and that patients are supported on their life long chronic disease journey.
“Knowing the impact that our medicines have on patients’ lives feels very rewarding”
…there isn’t such a thing as a typical day.
Working in marketing I get to shape the strategy of tomorrow while delivering on the plans of today.
MSD are passionate about the importance of a work life balance which means I can focus on what I do instead of where I do it, which is really important for me in managing my family commitments.
…my job really matters to me.
Being a working mum of twins, one of whom has disabilities, means that being able to focus on changing the lives of patients really resonates with me, helping them control their disease so it doesn’t control their life. It’s the simple things, hearing how patients can now enjoy family time, taking a trip they dreamed of or being able to study at university because their disease is under control which feels like such a gift.
…having seen the challenges that living with long term conditions can have on patients’ lives and that of their families,
ensuring that no patient is denied access to our medicines and the impact that this can have on patient lives, is something I am really passionate about. Ensuring that as many patients as possible can receive this gift really motivates me.
…having been a member of the winning Account Team previously,
in 2018 being asked to co-ordinate a Pf Award application for the Cross-Functional Team Award for the MSD HCV Cross Functional Team felt like a huge honour and a privilege, as well as a huge responsibility.
The enormous success that the HCV Cross Functional Team delivered in 2017 through working collaboratively with trust and respect has been an inspiration to me. The sheer volume of expertise and skills within the team was incredible and the passion and culture really united us in our vision to deliver a future free of Hepatitis C for UK patients – a true career highlight.
…it’s not a surprise to me that MSD has been certified as one of the top employers in the UK in 2018.
I have been blessed to have been supported at MSD with my personal development; there are lots of opportunities to broaden your skill base with courses that benefit not only your professional life but your personal wellbeing too.
I have been lucky enough to have a coach who amongst others has been instrumental in supporting me to make career choices and move from a field-based role last December into a marketing role which I am thoroughly enjoying. I am continually learning with the support of processes, tools and a culture which empowers me to shape my development and hopefully reach my potential.
“Being a working mum of twins, one of whom has disabilities, means that being able to focus on changing the lives of patients really resonates with me, helping them control their disease so it doesn’t control their life”
…a big family girl at heart, spending time with my children, parents and wider friends and family is something I really value.
I love the outdoors and am trying to ‘hang up my rugby boots’ for the fourth year in a row. I like to travel and see the world and have enjoyed trips to Rome, Tuscany and Portugal. I finished my Master’s degree in Marketing in June so I am looking for my next challenge.
I don’t mind trying out a different type of wine or two either.
…MSD has amazing people and medicines which benefit patients.
I am excited about the way in which digital marketing is integrating with field forces to enhance customer engagement and experience.
I am excited about the possibilities that this offers our customers and patients and with MSD’s passion and drive to make this happen I feel in a great place.
Melanie’s winner’s interview at the Pf Awards 2018 is available online.