Meet Olive Kelly, MRII Vice President and Key Account Manager, Nordic Pharma Ireland

Tell us a little bit about your career background
My third level education is a mix of both business and science studies. I always had an interest in health leading me to study applied physiology and health science after my leaving certificate, going on afterwards to TCD where I completed the Pharmaceutical Technician’s Diploma. I worked in dispensaries in both retail and hospital pharmacy before joining the Pharma industry as a medical sales representative in 2001. I completed a BA (Hons) in Business Studies at night during this time too. Life was busy…

How long have you been working in Healthcare Sales?
I am working in Pharmaceutical sales 19 years now, I can hardly believe it – time flies! I initially worked as a Primary care representative covering a six month maternity leave contract for Pfizer Healthcare, little did I know I would stay until 2012. I enjoyed most of that time calling to Hospitals with Cardiology medicines. I have been fortunate to have joined projects with Lundbeck and Daiichi Sankyo. I took a took extended maternity leave following the arrival of my second child. Time out with my young family that I enjoyed very much.

What does your current role entail?
I am currently employed by Nordic Pharma Ireland as a Key Account Manager calling to Rheumatology Teams in South Dublin and Midlands. I also have responsibility calling to Cardio Thoracic Anaesthesia Teams in south Dublin.

Why do you do the job that you do?
From day one I have always enjoyed meeting HCP’s and learning about how different health conditions are managed. I love the variety of the role – no two days are the same, the pace and challenge make it a wonderful career.

Have you always been involved in the MRII?
I became a member of the MRII as soon as I joined the industry and registered to sit the MRII Examination within the first year on the road. I joined the MRII council in 2019 and I am enjoying very much the opportunity it provides to work with industry colleagues from other companies. I would encourage all medical sales representatives to get involved with the MRII. The educational agenda is excellent and the networking opportunities great. During the current challenging times for our profession and industry we have had the pleasure of welcoming back previous members and many new members also. It is especially during a difficult phase that being a part of a larger group is especially helpful. Even if it has been a while since a you engaged with the MRII please do get in touch! We are planning several interesting online events for later this year with the majority of past events available to playback.

What are your interests and hobbies?
I love to travel and when my two young children are older, I will retrace some of the steps I took in Australia with them in tow. By far the most beautiful country I have visited to date. I like everyone else, is looking forward to when we can travel abroad again.

Do you have a favourite place to stay in Ireland?
I am fortunate to be living with my family in Co Wicklow. It really is a wonderful county with much to see. That said, when I do leave my home county I nearly always go to Co Clare. The beaches on the West coast are spectacular and it is a great opportunity to catch up with some good friends who live there too.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Be brave, step up, do not be afraid to ask questions. Learn from those who are in our industry longer. Seek mentors that can impart their knowledge on you. I always enjoy learning new skills and I certainly encourage anyone starting out to take advantage of any new learning or training opportunities that come your way.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
If at first you don’t succeed – try another way!