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Career Insights: Interview with Marco Pastore, Business Analyst & Project Manager

Career Insights: Interview with Marco Pastore, Business Analyst & Project Manager

In this new blog from ‘Career Insights’ series we talk to Marco Pastore, Arithmos’ Business Analyst and Project Manager, to find out more on his background, career path, and his interests outside of work.

Marco Pastore Business Analyst & Project Manager

Have you always been passionate about Life Sciences field?

I developed an interest in this industry few years ago. I hold a degree in Computer Engineering, and people with this background mainly work in the banking or insurance industry. I wanted to work in a very dynamic and fast-growing industry, and the pharmaceutical industry seemed like a perfect option. It was also a great opportunity not only to do my job, but also to help patients achieve better and healthier lives.

What has been your journey to your current role at Arithmos?

After graduation I concentrated on cutting-edge technologies. I worked as a System Integration Specialist in one of the leading international technological service providers. I also worked for an industrial automation company where I had the opportunity to explore the world of the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.

After that I started my journey in the Life Sciences by joining a company that produced pharmaceutical ingredients. There I was appointed as National Coordinator of Telemetry and explored the world of healthcare by working closely with the hospitals. This was a great way to obtain industry specific knowledge of validation processes and regulations for specialized software. This experience was so handy when I joined Arithmos!

My meeting with Arithmos happened when I decided to look for a job that would give me a possibility to mix business and technology approaches. I came in for the interview and loved the Arithmos spirit! What impressed me the most was the expertise of my potential colleagues and the structural approach to the projects. I knew that in this way we could deliver superior services with clear objectives and deadlines.

How did you identify Project Management as the right career for you?

I was looking for a career path that will allow me not only to perform the operative tasks, but also be engaged in the business side of the project. Project Management allows me to get a 360-degree view of the project, both technical and business, so I have a bigger possibility to influence the outcome of the project, offer new solutions and be innovative. I am loving the innovation part, because my technical background allows me to come up with new ideas for our clients.

Why were you assigned a dual role of Business Analyst and Project Manager?

Ideally, the first step in the collaboration with a client, is understanding their needs and circumstances, and based on these, suggesting a solution. This work is done by a Business Analyst. Once the collaboration starts, each client is assigned a Project Manager that makes sure that the project is conducted timely, efficiently, and according to the plan.

In Arithmos we have opted for introducing the joint position of Project Manager & Business Analyst. This ensures that the client does not have to deal with the change of the reference person, and makes the collaboration smoother and more convenient for the client.

What most inspires you about working within this field?

The possibility to work with the clients, as one team, and bring to life complex projects that will improve the way clinical trials are managed. Also, the Life Sciences industry is constantly evolving, so there is a lot of space for growth and innovating!

What are the top skills that a Project Manager / Business Analyst in Life Sciences should develop?

  • Analytical skills – you need to have a structured approach to the tasks and know how to step back, see the whole picture, and analyse the situation.
  • Attention to details – as a Project Manager you need to keep track of multiple tasks and liaise with multiple stakeholders at the same time.
  • Technical knowledge – although having a technical background is not obligatory, it helps in ensuring a high level of quality for the project. You also need to always stay on the forefront of the newest updates in the technology field.

Marco Pastore Business Analyst and Project Manager

What are your personal values?

Reliability – if you have taken on a task, you need to deliver it, because if one piece is missing from a project, it puts the rest of the work at risk. I also believe that things should be done with passion. Loving what you do allows you to always strive for excellence.

What are your main interests outside of work?

I am addicted to technology! I have a whole collection of gadgets. Most of them are related to sports, like smart watches and activity trackers. I have used them a lot during my trainings, as I am very keen to marathon running and triathlons. For example, I have done a half Ironman triathlon and have ran the full Valencia and Padova marathons.

Of course, I must mention that I am also a cat fan and I have 4 lovely kitties at home.

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Career Insights: Interview with Michele Montanari, Life Science Applications Manager

Life Science Applications Manager

Career Insights: Interview with Michele Montanari, Life Science Applications Manager

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.

Life Science Applications Manager

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?

Life Science Applications ManagerI 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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Career Insights: Interview with Alessandro Longoni, Senior Business Analyst & Project Manager

Alessandro Longoni Business Analyst Senior Project Manager

Career Insights: Interview with Alessandro Longoni, Senior Business Analyst & Project Manager

This is the first blog in a new ‘Career Insights’ series and we talk to Alessandro Longoni, Arithmos Senior Business Analyst & Project Manager, to find out more on his job, career path, achievements, and his hobbies.

Career Insights: Business Analyst and Senior Project Manager

Hello Alessandro! Can you say a couple of words about your work in Arithmos? What do you do?

I manage implementation, optimisation and development of Life Science technology solutions and services. My specialist area is safety projects that revolve around Oracle Argus Safety – it means that I am responsible for defining the project direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion. The important part is also ensuring that it is consistent with our client’s strategy, commitments and goals.

Have you always been passionate about technology and Life Sciences?

I have always been into tech and opted to study Computer Sciences at the University of Milan in Italy.

My career in Life Sciences started thanks to a pure chance. I took a course carried out by a consultancy company that had a dedicated Life Sciences unit. As I was a top performing student, I was offered a job opportunity. It was a chance to try something new, so I have jumped on it. Here I am 13 years later – I have never regretted my choice!

What has been your journey to your current role at Arithmos? I see it combines two elements – Project Management and Business Analysis, why so?

I knew Arithmos very well before starting to work here – it has a great reputation in the Italian Life Sciences market. A couple of years I met Arithmos team at Oracle Safety Focus Group Meeting in Berlin – back then I was already working closely with Oracle safety applications.

A year later, Arithmos safety business started growing exponentially, so they needed someone who could manage new projects. They contacted me and I couldn’t resist. I love the combination of Project Management and Business Analysis – it means that I do not only get to implement the project, I am also doing a lot of preliminary analytical work to ensure that we are offering the best service to our client.

Why do you think there is such a big demand growth for Argus?

Oracle Argus Safety is one of the biggest solutions on the safety market. Arithmos with its pre-validated and pre-configured BluePrint version allows small and medium companies get an enterprise software at affordable costs, which is an incredibly attractive option.

I understand you also have a mixed background – Communication and Computer Sciences, why such a combination?

Yes, I have Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology. After it I wanted to learn how technology and people are interconnected. This is why for my Master’s Degree I have opted for a program that combines IT, psychology and communication sciences. It allowed me to learn how technology interacts with people. Turned out to be excellent choice for my future career!

What career achievements are you most proud of?

I was fortunate enough to be heavily involved in the creation of a new solution for the Arithmos portfolio. Our new unique technology solution for pharmacovigilance – Data Analytics and Reporting tool – is an exciting platform that allows Life Sciences companies to easily ensure reporting compliance as well as benefit from the advanced analysis of their safety data.

We are releasing it on the market soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

What most inspires you about working in Life Sciences?

I love the fact that I work in the field where I can make a difference. Of course, I am not a doctor, but the technology that we provide has a positive impact on patients’ lives.

What would be your top tips for early career specialists looking to develop in safety technology?

  • It is fundamental to have both technical and pharmaceutical background. It can be challenging to get both at the university, so if you have a tech background, make sure you invest a lot of your free time in mastering the safety topic and vice versa.
  • Invest time and effort in order to understand both sides of your job.

What are your personal values?

Empathy and honesty. I work closely with clients’ and communicate to multiple stakeholders and I need to be on the same wavelength as them, ensuring I understand their challenges. Empathy is important for understanding their perspective and honesty allows me to build trust and collaborate efficiently, ensuring we deliver the best results.

What do you love to do for fun?

I play tennis. I have been playing it for 15 years, and I have a tournament on Sunday, so wish me luck! For me it is the best sport – it requires maximum concentration and refined technique. Besides, it is very competitive, and you can play it both indoors and outdoors!

Good luck and thank you for taking the time to talk to us!

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