Lauren – Senior Project Manager

I have been with Oxford PharmaGenesis since December 2016 and can say with certainty that I love my job!

Having studied Biological Sciences as a BSc and then Food Science and Nutrition as an MSc, I knew that I wanted to be in a job that allowed me to use my scientific background. Having been a disaster in the lab since school and because I did not want to continue in the academic field, I started looking (as many of us do) for any job I could get that would make my degrees seem worth the blood, sweat and tears.

I joined a small agency as an Account Executive and found that I had stumbled upon two fascinating new worlds – project management and MedComms. Immediately, I was hooked. Being able to use my degrees and continue learning made me feel that I had hit the jackpot professionally, and I was very excited about how my career would develop.

Fast-forward 2 years and unfortunately my enthusiasm for work was slowing down, dampened by a gruelling commute. I was starting to look outside MedComms when I received an out-of-the-blue email from a very kind recruiter who encouraged me to visit Oxford PharmaGenesis.

As soon as I walked into the offices (or ‘the Barns’, as they are known) I was captivated, not only by the uniqueness of the building but also by the friendliness of the people I met. I jumped at the chance to work here and I am now, 2 years on, a Senior Project Manager.

Oxford PharmaGenesis reignited my passion for MedComms and I cannot get enough of it. Every day is different and, with a huge range of opportunities to experience project management across a variety of clients and project types, there is not one moment when I find myself getting bored. I thrive on the challenges presented by clients and find it very satisfying to know that we are ultimately working towards improving the lives of patients.

My daily responsibilities include team management and resourcing, financial management, client management and scheduling. Essentially, as a Senior Project Manager, your role is to make sure that everyone in your team knows what needs to be done by when, and to ensure that your client is kept up to date. In order to deliver projects on time and within budget, you have to be familiar with details as well as having an overview of longer-term milestones.

The special thing about Oxford PharmaGenesis is that, no matter how tight the deadlines are or how many things are thrown at you, you are in it as a team. People pull together, whether it is within your team or across the company, to provide outstanding client service.

I highly recommend project management in MedComms to anyone who is looking for a fast-paced, ever-changing environment that facilitates everyday learning and provides great satisfaction.