This is the second blog in a new ‘Career Insights’ series and we talk to Michele Montanari, Life Science Applications Manager, to find out more on his background, career path, and his interests outside of work.
Have you always been passionate about Life Sciences field?
I have decided to work in the field of Life Sciences already back in school, because I was so passionate about it. One of my first Christmas presents was a toy chemistry set!
I have studied Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University and then started looking for a job in pharmaceutical industry. That was 14 years ago. I tried doing job interviews for Medical Representative positions, but it didn’t click. Then I switched to the clinical field, and it was a perfect match!
What has been your journey to your current role at Arithmos?
I have known Paolo Morelli, the CEO of Arithmos, for many years. I was inspired by Paolo’s idea to create an innovative company with entrepreneurship spirit. Besides, I always loved technology, so the idea of adding it to my profile h was very appealing.
In Arithmos I started as Project Manager, then became Senior Project Manager, and last year I was promoted to Life Science Applications Manager.
What are your duties as Life Science Applications Manager?
I am responsible for supervision of all the activities of Life Science team, including management of the team and resources, quality delivery of projects and adhering to deadlines. We implement the existing applications, such as Symphony EDC and Argus BluePrint, do vendor selections and support our clients with such tasks as data migration and system integration.
What career achievements are you most proud of?
Becoming a Life Science Applications Manager. It gives me an opportunity to learn every day. I get to work closely with clients and manage our portfolio. I wasn’t involved with these tasks so much before, and I love exploring these sides of Arithmos.
As Applications Manager I also act as a brand ambassador and represent Arithmos during meetings with clients and partners. I enjoy helping to shape our image and conveying our values.
What most inspires you about working in this field?
Life Sciences is a very dynamic industry. In Arithmos I have the possibility to use my creativity and suggest innovative solutions for our clients. Technology in Life Sciences has reached such a level of development that it allows me to go off the beaten path and think outside the box to solve the tasks.
What would be your top tips for early career Life Sciences technology specialists looking to develop in this field?
I have two pieces of advice:
- Invest in communication skills. Working with technology doesn’t mean that you won’t talk to people, opposite to a wide-spread stereotype. You will be in touch with your team and with clients. Besides, your interlocutors will not always be people who understand technical slang and jargon. You will need to understand the profile of the person you are talking to, before using specialised terms.
- Always evaluate the risks. There are 10 ways to do the same project, at 10 different costs and with 10 different timelines. To ensure the best performance, you need to evaluate the risks of each option and choose the less risky one. Of course, you can also choose to disregard a risk, but it should be a conscious decision and making it requires great skill.
What are your personal values?
I believe in respecting others, regardless of their age and position. For me this is the basis of any successful collaboration.
What do you love to do for fun?
I am a huge music fan. Not only do I listen to it, but I also play it. I am a member of a rock band where I play a synthesizer. We write music and lyrics ourselves and we have performed all around Italy and European countries, such as France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia.
My second hobby is beer brewing. I am almost a full-fledge professional at it! I started 8 years ago, and I would say that it was born from my passion for chemistry. There are a bunch of different beers in my portfolio, such as British, American, and Irish beer.
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