Life as a Life Sciences Project Manager
June 18, 2017Rafał Lichtenberg
What does a normal day in your shoes look like?
I start my day with a solid cup of coffee and going through my unread e-mails which can come up to several hundreds. Then I reply to the most urgent queries and requests first. The throughout the day I usually attend several conference calls and meetings, those scheduled and those that arose as ad hoc requests.
What are the daily challenges you experience as a Life Sciences Project Manager?
The challenges we face mostly are related to the human factor in our industry. For example, queries handling due to unclear meaning of source text, file corruption or style and format document issues. Notorious lack of time, deadline pressure and multiple multilingual projects to handle are our daily companions.
What is the best part of your job?
It’s the opportunity to work with great teams both externally and internally, the satisfaction after the completion of a complicated project, the clients’ gratitude when you deliver early or do some small favor. There is a lot of it. :)
Why is it important to understand medical content when managing such projects?
We are gatekeepers between the product and user, making sure end users/recipients understand the message in the source text. Failure would result in patient harm, equipment harm or other. We always must remember that whatever we deliver it is somewhat related to human life.
What is one tip you would like to share with all life sciences companies looking to go global?
Just one? ;) Start with the creation of global terminology list into all languages you are targeting and expand it whenever new products are released. It will bring the quality of your content to the next level from the very beginning.