Trainee Profiles

Frazer McFadden 2012 Scheme

Frazer James McFadden Academic History: Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree classification: 2:1

Why you joined the scheme?

Having read the pen profiles of previous graduate trainees, and, subsequently, having realised their associated success stories, it became apparent to me that the scale and scope of opportunity available to HSC graduate trainees is second to none. One of the most attractive features of the scheme is the fact that it's associated programme / itinerary is so highly structured and is tailored in such a way as to provide optimal personal/professional development and rapid career progression. The resultant benefits of such structured progression are many in number; however, the reward, fulfillment and associated job satisfaction are ultimately key. Having previously spent three years practicing in a relatively stagnant community pharmacy environment, I am enormously excited by the aforementioned benefits/features/opportunities provided by the scheme and look forward to a long, successful career within BSO PaLs.

What you bring to the scheme:

  • Three years experience of primary HSC issues gained as a practicing community pharmacist
  • A generalised understanding of procurement and logistics processes gained through involvement in stock acquisition from pharmaceutical wholesalers (similarly structured process)
  • An appreciation of the importance of business support services (provided by BSO) to HSCNI in its entirety gained as a result of previous part-time employment in the Central Services Agency (CSA)
  • Four years experience of budget/accounts/personnel management gained as a serving member of my cricket club's management committee

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Laura Perry 2012 Scheme

Laura Perry Academic History: 1:1 in Physics with Astrophysics from QUB, plus degree plus prizes for top of year and best undergrad project.

Why you joined the scheme?

A Physics degree doesn't lead directly into any obvious careers and when I left uni I really didn't know what career path to take. I knew I wanted to do something interesting, with a bit of variety and that made a difference; that meant something and helped people. Procurement ticks all those boxes and more! It has excellent training and development opportunities as well, much more so than other big firms out there.

What you bring to the scheme:

Prior to PaLs, I worked in Waterstones while at university. While not directly related, there are a lot of transferable skills-talking to suppliers, dealing with stock and most importantly dealing with customers. Certainly so far they've come in very useful! The most important thing is to have an inquisitive kind and a friendly demeanour.


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