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Kris Flinn

Where are you doing now?

As European Sales & Marketing Director I am responsible for the commercial strategy and activities across a wide range of countries.  We have a direct sales team with Germany and the UK and we sell through distributors in most of the major European nations.  As a pharmaceutical company we have a strong focus upon the development and promotion of clinical evidence and this also falls under my management.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals / give your career an edge?

Northumbria provided me with a great base from which to build my career: 1) The solid theoretical base for me to refer to in a range of business situations; 2) The placement which the University found for me led to my career direction for the following ten plus years; 3) Having a good degree from an excellent university helped greatly with standing out in the competitive job market; 4) My experiences at Northumbria gave me great confidence in all aspects of my life, including my career.

What was the best thing about your course?

The amount of practical application of marketing theory that we applied.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Meeting a wide range of intelligent and upbeat people setting out on their adult lives.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Go for it and give it 100 per cent, you will get it paid back ten times over.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Tyne of life

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