The Candidate: An Unexpected Journey

The Candidate: An Unexpected Journey

10th September 2020

I reached out to PE Global when I was working in Asia. I was hoping to return to Ireland and I found a position they were offering. It was a bit of a shot in the dark for me personally but PE Global assisted me in arranging online interviews and kick-starting the process.

I was very much part of the PE Global family

Both PE Global’s client, the company offering the role, and I felt the position needed more discussion in person, however, I was seeking an immediate return to employment as soon as I got back to Ireland so I needed something with an immediate start. I had found another, more temporary role, in the meantime that I could start as soon as I returned.

However, PE Global reached out to me not long after I returned to Ireland, ensuring me their client was still interested in talking to me. So, through PE Global, I got back in touch with the company and a short few weeks later I found myself at a company induction day with Johnson & Johnson in Limerick.

Moving to Johnson & Johnson was a massive change for me. I came from a business background and had spent some years in education in Asia. I was hardly Mr. Science and Engineering but I had a deep learning curve when I joined as a contractor back in October 2018. Thankfully, I was given great interview preparation from Seán Molloy, a Recruitment Consultant at PE Global and I felt confident to take on the challenge when I arrived. It was personally a whole new world for me to be in a Quality Assurance Department. The acronyms that I soon learned to live and breathe, such as GMP, GDP, CAPA, FMEA, NC, FTEA etc., were another language and I was bogged down in procedures and documents initially. If I’m completely honest, I did struggle to adapt at the start, but I was lucky that I was able to talk with Seán in PE Global about any issues I encountered.

Furthermore, being a Contractor in a massive international company, surrounded by permanent staff can feel daunting initially, but I didn’t feel that in the slightest. Being able to take my leave fairly, regular visits from PE Global on-site checking up on contracting staff in Johnson & Johnson and using PE Global to take advantage of the bike-to-work scheme etc. were all fantastic reminders that as a third-party contractor to Johnson & Johnson, I was very much part of the PE Global family.

When a year flew by and my contract was coming to an end, I was informed well in advance by PE Global that I would be kept on for another year and that the contract was in the works. (This is something I have seen other contracting staff with other suppliers worry over up to days before their contract ends!).  I was only 6 months into my second contract through PE Global when I was successful in securing my permanent role with Johnson & Johnson.

This role I am in now as a permanent member of staff was actually established as a contractor position, so I feel very lucky that through the support of PE Global and hard work allowed me to earn a full-time role.

I was nervous and apprehensive when going permanent. I was worried of any repercussions or changeover issues that might be encountered in the process but PE Global was fantastic. They seemed genuinely happy for me and assisted me in everything I had to do.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at PE Global for their support, especially Seán Molloy. Without them, I would not be where I am now and I owe them a great deal of thanks.

PE Global Contractor turned Johnson & Johnson Permanent Employee

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