Learning and development

Our wide range of services offer our employees the most versatile career paths in the pharmaceutical sector. The diversity of tasks enables learning at work and career advancement within Oriola.

Our business environment is rapidly changing, and our employees’ expertise and commitment is a prerequisite to offer an excellent customer experience. A changing business environment offers our employees possibilities to take part in business development and innovate new solutions or services that meet our customers’ needs.

We want to support people to pursue their own career ambitions and encourage personal development. As part of strategy work, we have defined Oriola's strategic capabilities that are guiding personnel development and are setting the direction for external recruitment. All employees are in the scope of our annual development discussions, in which personal goals are set to guide work and individual development. All measures are mapped and used for training planning, leadership development and individual compensation. In 2020, 97% of our employees had development discussions at Group level.

Versatile learning opportunities

We offer in-house training programmes and encourage individual training to build expertise. In recent years, we have taken important steps in introducing remote and digital ways of learning. We apply the principles of High Performing Learning Journey (HPLJ) in our learning strategy to get more output and effects from our learning initiatives.

However, most development is achieved through learning at work. Several development projects offer the opportunity to build and share experience across organisational and country borders. In Sweden, pharmacists can sign-in to a competence pool to work in customer support and dose dispensing, in addition to various pharmacies. Also, pharmacists in Finland have opportunities to work for expert services within our pharmaceutical company customers, and in supply chain related tasks on top of assignments in pharmacy customers.

The pharmaceutical sector is strictly regulated, and many tasks require training, for example, in quality requirements. Oriola also offers training programmes for pharmacists. In Sweden, Kronans Apotek has a trainee programme for pharmacists to become pharmacy managers, and the chain also provides training for pharmacists from other EU countries. In Finland, our training programmes coach pharmacists to work in expert roles in the pharmaceutical sector, but also to return to customer work in pharmacies. Every year, we also offer our pharmacy workers the opportunity to participate in professional training organised by third parties.