Goncalo Sousa’s desire to forge a career in medtech led him to Scotland, where he is a manager for LifeScan – a Johnson & Johnson company that produces blood glucose monitoring kits for the global diabetes market.
Why work in Scotland
I started off my career as a community pharmacist and, as I had always been interested in the safety and satisfaction of my patients, I decided to move into the pharma and medtech sector.
Although Portugal has a good pharma industry, it is mainly focused on providing services rather than manufacturing, and that was the area I was interested in getting experience in. I knew Scotland was the place to come as it has a large life sciences sector, particularly in pharma and medtech, and the Scots have a reputation for innovation and ingenuity.
Working for LifeScan
I arrived in 2014 with my wife and two sons to take up the role of medical surveillance & vigilance manager. I head up a great new team which works collaboratively with customer quality-related disciplines to ensure the safety of our diabetic patients when using our products. Our other role is to provide customer insight for new product development so we can always improve the customer experience.
I think working for LifeScan in Scotland is a real plus – if anyone wants to develop their career and they have an interest in improving products and the patient experience, then this is the place to be.
Living in Scotland
Inverness is a great little city to live in as it provides a good work/life balance for me: work is nearby and Inverness has all the amenities and culture you need in a city, but also has great countryside and the coast on your doorstep.
I’m looking forward to the summer so I can take up sailing again – an activity I loved in Portugal.
My two children have adapted very well to their school and have made friends, and our weekends are spent watching the boys play football in the local Saturday league or exploring the countryside.