UCB – Why Work For Us?

UCB, Brussels, Belgium is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system.A global biopharma focused on severe diseases with operations in about 40 countries and global revenue of € 3.4 billion in 2012..

  • undefinedWe combine biology and chemistry to make major breakthroughs.By integrating our expertise in large, antibody-based molecules and small, chemically-derived molecules, we can offer families with severe diseases and their specialist physicians the advantages of both large and small molecules to produce extraordinary breakthroughs.
  • We partner with the leaders in the pharmaceutical industry.The complexities of severe diseases are beyond the expertise and resources of a single organisation. That is why we have teamed up with partners - we play to our strengths and tap into the organisations with greater or complementary strengths.

What really sets us apart is our size and vision. As a mid-cap company, with global resources, we are small enough for each member of our team to feel that their contribution counts and large enough to ensure that our combined efforts have an impact where it really matters.

Broaden your global horizons. From Atlanta to Bangalore, from Monheim to Shanghai, you could work with a multi-cultural team in about 40 countries worldwide 

Your Contribution Counts

  • undefinedBring your ideas to life. Not only do we have an entrepreneurial culture that encourages great ideas, but also a proven ability to turn them into commercial realities 
  • Stretch yourself. Can you get to grips with monoclonal antibodies, the essence of marketing and the demands of the supply chain at the same time? 
  • Enjoy a positive work-life balance. Our concierge service in Belgium, including dry cleaning, is just one way in which we are trying to lighten the load for our staff 

Leadership at UCB

A collective and consistent leadership is the key driver toward our continuing success.  UCB has identified six core behaviours, that form our Leadership Profile, that guide us individually and collectively to achieve our objectives and build a high performance culture at UCB.  Our global training initiatives support leadership development in line with the Leadership Profile.

Performance and Personal development

At UCB we expect you to drive your own performance, training and development, by setting 'smart' objectives, taking into account our goals and your aspirations.  Continuous dialogue with your manager is the key to the way we manage performance throughout the year and develop our leaders.  Your development may include opportunities to relocate around the world.

Leadership programmes

To train and develop our leaders, we have developed four core leadership programmes. These programmes are designed to

  • help our leaders understand their style and strengths, and the skills they need to develop
  • enable them to facilitate and implement change in the organisation, 
  • encourage them to take ownership of initiatives and
  • develop their capacity to lead their teams successfully towards shared objectives.

These programmes, with other supporting leadership training initiatives, are delivered by reputable and highly qualified tutors.

Competitive salaries

We have developed a global approach to remuneration, and strive to make sure that it remains competitive in our market sector and is consistent  throughout all our locations, while recognising the needs of the local business environment.  We also link pay to performance, to acknowledge and reward outstanding performers.

Annual bonuses

UCB has designed a bonus scheme that is directly linked to your performance.  The extent to which you have reached your objectives, and the way you have achieved them, will determine your yearly bonus.

Long-term incentives

Your individual contributions to UCB's success are recognised when you deliver exceptional performance.  Through stock options, for example, you have the opportunity to own UCB common stock - and to share in UCB's long-term performance as a shareholder.  We have also designed other long-term incentive plans to recognise and reward top performers.

Medical and other benefits

Employee benefits are an integral part of UCB's total remuneration package.  We offer generous medical and retirement plans, as well as disability cover and other benefits.

Striking the right work-life balance

UCB is a company that is passionate about enabling people with severe diseases to enjoy normal, everyday lives, with their families.  Equally, we are keen that our staff enjoy a sensible balance between work and their home life.

At certain times this can be a tricky balance to strike. But we are working hard to ease the daily and other pressures by introducing new services and opportunities, tailored to local markets. In the US and parts of Europe, for example, we have a ‘work from home’ scheme, plus variable work hours.

We also operate a novel range of 'concierge' services.  In our Brussels headquarters, our Braine manufacturing site and our Slough R&D site, these services include on-site pick-up and delivery, e.g. laundry, dry-cleaning, shoe and clothes repair, and other similar services.  These services may include online orders of cinema or theatre tickets, as well as flowers, gifts and even summer camps for kids - all accessible through a special website. 

Our German site in Monheim offers daycare facilities to employees and currently looks after many young children.

Other UCB sites are also innovative in creating similar opportunities, as adapted to local needs and constraints.

Seven values drive the way we conduct business:



Our patients rely on us to develop new medicines that will have a major positive impact on the quality of their lives. Innovative science is the foundation of everything we do. 

Passion for performance


Our patients deserve our best. We are passionate about what we do and strive for continuous improvement in our performance.


As entrepreneurs, we constantly strive to innovate our products, improve services to our patients, and create sustainable value for our investors.



We act with integrity and ensure flawless quality in all we do.



We care about patients, customers and people.



We delegate appropriately and expect our people to make sound and timely decisions, report back to team members and be accountable.

Embracing difference


We recognise diversity is the cornerstone of our success. We encourage and respect difference as it strengthens our organisation.



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    I have been working at UCB full-time (More than 8 years)


    Great people, great atmosphere, patient focused


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    Drug Safety Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Smyrna, GA
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at UCB (Smyrna, GA).


    Applied through a recruiter then phone interview then site interview all within two weeks. Phone interview covered the general/common questions and was not bad at all. Site interview was with three different interviewers, and it was as enjoyable as it was informative. There was a fair amount of behavioral questions asked. After the interview, they sent me over to HR to meet with a benefits person who went over all the benefits the company offered.

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UCB Awards & Accolades

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Global100 Index , Corporate Knights, 2014
100 Most Sustainable Companies , Forbes.com, 2013

Additional Info

Website www.ucb.com
Headquarters Brussel, Belgium
Size 10000+ Employees
Type Company - Public
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Competitors AbbVie

At UCB, everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this make a difference to the lives of people living with severe diseases?” We have a passionate, long-term commitment to discovering and developing innovative medicines that transform the lives of people living with severe diseases. We do that by connecting with patients and their families around the world living with the physical and social burdens of severe disease of the immune system and the central nervous system. Those connections offer new perspectives, drive innovation, and offer the hope of a new ... More

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