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Science Careers Outside the Lab: Recruitment, Sales & Marketing

Working in science recruitment, sales and marketing is a great way to use your technical, interpersonal and communication skills to help promote a business, service or product.

Date/Time: 17 March 2021, 11:00-12:00

Venue: Online

Join this session to hear from science professionals and Newcastle University graduates working in a range of recruitment, marketing, sales and business development roles within science companies.

This session will help you:

  • learn about the range of job roles for science graduates in scientific sales, recruitment and marketing
  • chat with science professionals and Newcastle University graduates working in these areas
  • understand how to enhance your chances of success when applying for roles in sales, recruitment and marketing


  • Hannah Gorman, Graduate Trainee, Personal Care Sales Development, Croda
  • Graham Hankinson, Scientific Recruitment Management Consultant, CY Partners
  • Daisy Hughes, Oncology Marketing Graduate, Bayer
  • Natalie Huther, Senior Director of Business Development Europe, Arcinova
  • Alison Reeves, Marketing Executive, Lhasa Ltd 
Hannah Gorman, Graduate Trainee, Personal Care Sales Development, Croda

I spent an amazing four years at Newcastle, graduating in July 2019 with an MChem in Chemistry. I am currently working at a chemical company called Croda on their graduate scheme. As part of the scheme, I have learnt that I love roles outside of the lab, having recently worked in sales development for the beauty and cosmetics division of the business. I am now in the process of moving to Sweden to begin another role outside of the lab, this time working on the digital transformation of our Scandinavian business.

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Graham Hankinson, Scientific Recruitment Management Consultant, CY Partners

Graham studied Chemistry at Newcastle University from 2009-2012. Upon graduation, he joined the Gateshead-based chemical/instrument manufacturer, Palintest, as UK Business Development Associate for a year before moving to CY Partners and is now one of CY’s most senior consultants. CY Partners is an independent specialist scientific and technology recruitment consultancy. Established in 2008, it has a strong reputation for providing technically-skilled candidates in the Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas, Life Science, Chemicals, Electronics and the High Technology sectors.

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Daisy Hughes, Oncology Marketing Graduate, Bayer

As a member of the Bayer Oncology brand team, specifically aligned to the prostate cancer franchise, I play a key role in the delivery of marketing projects and the development of materials required by the sales force for their engagement with healthcare professionals. I have been given a breadth of responsibilities including managing my own projects and taking a leading role in the digital transformation for marketing within Bayer. Additionally, as part of my graduate scheme, I have the opportunity to partake in a curriculum of training courses to improve my commercial acumen and stakeholder management. I am thoroughly enjoying my current role within Bayer and the pharmaceutical industry and have strong aspirations to become a brand manager in the future.

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Natalie Huther, Senior Director of Business Development Europe, Arcinova

Nathalie started her career as a synthetic and process chemist in drug discovery and development. For the last 10 years, she has held various management positions in both tactical and strategic marketing and, more recently, in sales and business development, promoting services and products addressing the needs of the pharmaceutical and biotech markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She has previously worked for Sigma-Aldrich, Excelsyn, AstraZeneca and Pharmorphix (now owned by Johnson Matthey). Nathalie holds BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry from the University of Strasbourg (France) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of York, and is fluent in French and German.

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Alison Reeves, Marketing Executive, Lhasa Ltd

When I graduated from Newcastle University with a 2:1 in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do from a career perspective, but I knew that I wanted a role which involved people and business within the life sciences industry. After a short stint in scientific recruitment, I discovered Lhasa Limited, a not-for-profit organisation which provides software to the life sciences industry. In 2015 I joined Lhasa’s sales team where I travelled globally to deliver sales pitches to prospective organisations and also to represent Lhasa at scientific conferences.

Over time, my responsibilities developed from mentoring to line management. In 2020 I moved to Lhasa’s Marketing team and throughout the year I completed the CIM level 4 qualification in professional marketing. My role in Marketing is varied however the focus is communicating information (in line with Lhasa’s objectives) and measuring the success of that communication. Recent activities include creating promotional strategies for Lhasa’s newest products - which are in the growth phase of the product lifecycle, generating blog content (suggesting, organising and editing) and creating a campaign plan to promote cross-selling of Lhasa’s software to existing members.

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How to attend

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