Once a year, PPD® Laboratories’ GMP lab in Middleton, Wisconsin, hosts an open house for prospective local, regional and national candidates to explore what it’s like to work at PPD and the exposure they would have to clinical trials. PPD® Laboratories work with top pharmaceutical, biotech, academic and government organizations to develop life-changing therapies. During the open house, prospective employees can visit the site, network with supervisors and talk directly to a PPD recruiter. Its fifth open house is March 9, 2018.
PPD will highlight the exciting work and culture of PPD® Laboratories’ GMP lab at its fifth open house. The lab and its employees help change lives. The passion and dedication of the Middleton team has helped PPD drive our industry in drug products, inhaled products and other medical devices, small molecules and biologics, including active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). Hannah Kranz and Elizabeth Hyslop are two such employees and each attended an open house in previous years. They are now full-time employees in Middleton.
Hannah Kranz, assistant scientist, visited the 2016 open house while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“Science has always been fascinating to me, but also a challenge,” said Hannah. “At the open house, I was able to get a feel for the company. Having so many PPD employees take the time to speak with college students was impressive to me.”
Elizabeth Hyslop, quality assurance auditor II, had been targeting lab science employers when she came across the open house during an internet search.
“PPD has a good reputation so it was on my short list of companies. The open house popped up during my research,” said Elizabeth. “At the open house, I felt respected and heard. It was a positive atmosphere, and I wasn’t just another unknown applicant.”
The director of quality assurance (QA) greeted Elizabeth and she met personally with the QA managers, connected with a recruiter, and was provided with all the steps to apply for her current position.
The open house offers a sneak peek into a variety of positions and opportunities to start or advance your career. It showcases entry level to advanced careers across multiple disciplines.
“The company has an excellent training program, and an involved management who help you set goals and think long term about growing within the company,” said Elizabeth. “PPD is well-respected and offers good benefits. It has a strong culture of quality, which is readily apparent.
“Being an assistant scientist is a great start to my career goals,” said Hannah. “I’m using my biology degree and continue to learn every day. So far, I’ve worked with osmometers, thermogravimetric analyzers, disintegration baths and ovens. HPLCs are the most common instrument I work with and I’m very comfortable with it.”
Join PPD employees at the open house on March 9 and discover what it’s like to work and grow at PPD. Attending the open house does not guarantee you a position, but you can prepare for you for your visit with the following tips from Elizabeth and Hannah to maximize your experience.
“Don’t just ask what a typical day in the lab is like, instead ask for specific examples of the type of testing done in that department,” said Hannah. “Then, follow up with questions about the instruments or the type of prep work that is involved. The best advice I can give is have a lot of questions ready!”
“Read the job descriptions for the available positions you would like to apply to,” said Elizabeth. “This way, you can connect with the right groups and individuals during the open house.”
We look forward to meeting you at the open house. For details, please visit our event page. Have a question? Please contact McKenzie Matson at McKenzie.Matson@ppdi.com or Jaime L. Gullick at Jaime.Gullick@ppdi.com. To research opportunities that might be right for you or current openings, visit our careers page.