Vifor Pharma Student of the Year 2019

Competition Notice

About the programme

The Vifor Pharma Student of the Year” contest is an excellent opportunity for us to meet talented young people with a passion for our business. Vifor Pharma’s 6th Student of the Year contest has proven to be an excellent platform for both the company and the students. In return, we offer them an interesting insight into our business and the opportunity to gain real work experience. We have enjoyed the innovative ideas, valuable input and vibrant discussions from previous candidates and look forward to what this year’s contest brings.

The winner of the “Vifor Pharma Student of the Year” will be awarded a paid three months internship in our Global HR Department (worth CHF 10,000).

Maria Eirini Papoulia, winner of the 2018 “Vifor Pharma Life Science Student of the Year” competition

What Maria says about her winning in 2018:

“I was very happy to be given the opportunity to explore a different career path with this internship. From day one I felt that my background in a different field was viewed as an advantage, rather than a drawback. It never stopped me from doing any of the tasks that I was asked to do. My interactions with different teams inside the company gave me a real-life perspective of what it feels like working in a pharmaceutical company and how cooperation is being done.”

Applications have now closed. Thank you for your interest!

The Opportunity

Would you like to link your theoretical knowledge with practical experience and gain insight into the Human Resources department in the pharmaceuticals industry? The global Human Resources team in Glattbrugg supports the business with a high quality service. You will be integrated in the Talent Acquisition Team. You will learn about recruiting in general and support in interesting projects within Talent Acquisition. Does an internship with the Human Resources team in our Zurich office sound like an exciting opportunity? Then we invite you to participate in the Vifor Pharma Student of the Year” challenge for a chance to win a paid three months internship (worth CHF 10,000)!

The Challenge / Case Study

Analyse job advertisements for different job types within the pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland. Create a competitor analysis with your findings. Based on the competitor analysis, your findings and theoretical insights put together a suggestion for a compelling job advertisement for Vifor Pharma. Please show how you approach for the competitor analysis and submit an easy to implement solution.

How to apply for the challenge and win the internship:

Submit the following documents to our partner for this contest:

  • Your CV
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • Please detail your availability in 2019 for a potential internship at the Vifor Pharma operational headquarter offices in Glattbrugg/Zurich

Next steps in the application process:

  • After an initial screening of your CV, Vifor Pharma will contact you telephonically to do a short phone interview
  • As a second step (for the presentation day): Vifor Pharma will ask you to hand-in your research-concept (in digital format, e.g. via PowerPoint, max. 12 slides)
  • The winner will be chosen by a jury of Vifor Pharma employees based on the above mentioned criteria
  • The winner will be presented with an award by Vifor Pharma at the Universum Awards in Switzerland

Requirements for the competition:

  • Bachelor, Masters student or recent graduate in Business Administration, HR, Communications, or Psychology residing in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria
  • Affinity and interest in Human Resources
  • Motivated in gaining first experience in the HR area within the pharmaceutical industry

Outcomes, ideas or other IP derived from your concept may be used by Vifor Pharma without restriction.
Any person not subject to the basic requirements is not eligible to participate in this competition.
This competition is done in accordance with Universum’s General Terms & Conditions for Competitions.

Applications have now closed. Thank you for your interest!

Don’t forget: Encourage your talented friends to also participate in this contest!

Relevant time limits: The application timeline for the competition will start on the 15th of January 2019 and will close on the 15th of March 2019.

The winner of this competition will be published on this website by the 31st of May 2019.

About Vifor Pharma

Vifor Pharma Group, formerly Galenica Group, is a global pharmaceutical company that researches, develops, produces and markets its own pharmaceutical products and is the partner of choice for innovative, patient-focused solutions.

The company’s goal is to be a global leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies and strives to help patients around the world with severe and chronic diseases to lead better, healthier lives.

Vifor Pharma Group consists of Vifor Pharma; Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma, its joint company with Fresenius Medical Care; Relypsa; and OM Pharma.

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The same terms apply to all participants in the competition. Vifor Pharma's assessment of the contributions will be impartial, and the competition will be conducted according to the rules that Universum hereby informed about and included in the Universum General Terms & Conditions for Competitions.