WHAT OUR EMPLOYEES SAY ABOUT THEIR JOB

HAVING IT ALL – MANAGING TIME AND JUGGLING COMMITMENTS

Communicating, coordinating, prioritising, resolving conflict - I'm a project manager through and through, and I really thrive in a dynamic environment like this. That's because I really enjoy my managerial role, which involves a lot of contact with colleagues, external pharmaceutical companies and foreign partners - and I take particular pride in knowing that, here at PARI, I can contribute towards creating a genuinely useful, sustainable product. Lots of people are surprised that, as a mother of two small children, I can manage to keep so many balls in the air - but thanks to the flexible working model PARI offers me and the option of occasionally working from my home office, I feel I've got my work/life balance just right. I'm very grateful for the flexibility my employer gives me in terms of my working hours, and I always try to go the extra mile in my work to show my appreciation. When someone does you a good turn, you're happy to pay them back. For me, this means pulling out all the stops when we're working on a new drug-specific nebulisers developed in-house or by one of our partners in the pharmaceutical industry. Collaborating with renowned pharmaceutical companies presents a particular challenge. For example, one project I managed was to develop a nebuliser using a drug manufactured by one of our partners in the pharmaceutical industry for the treatment of paediatric asthma asthma
Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory airway disease, characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm.
. I'm currently coordinating work on a nebuliser specifically designed for premature babies in intensive care whose lungs aren't sufficiently developed. And these are just a couple of examples of the truly interesting projects that I manage from start to finish - projects that give me an opportunity to look beyond the end of my own nose!

QUALITY WILL PREVAIL - BUT NOT OF ITS OWN ACCORD

Lots of tact, a great willingness to compromise, a keenness to debate issues and the ability to formulate solid arguments - that's the recipe for success in quality management. As part of PARI Medical Holding, it is our task as an internal service-provider to standardise and monitor processes at PARI's various sites in Germany. It's my responsibility to motivate colleagues to always seek to comply with guidelines and to familiarise them with GMP principles. Of course, that's not always easy and requires understanding and appreciation of the individual departments within the company. It's a work in progress. To fully understand what it is that we do, just picture this: It falls to us to apply the often very abstract, theoretical and one-size-fits-all requirements arising from standards and legislation to the processes used by PARI, and to do this as efficiently, effectively and pragmatically as possible. To meet these challenges, I always have to work with my colleagues to come up with creative solutions. And I love doing that. I'm very pleased with my career progression and personal development since I joined PARI - and that's partly due to my making the best use of the opportunities for further education and training that are offered here. After graduating in environmental engineering and working for another company for a few years, I was taken on by PARI as a validation specialist for its sites based at Starnberg and Munich. After just 18 months, I was promoted to Validation Manager and have since become the Validation Team Leader for the entire PARI Group in Germany (Starnberg, Munich and Weilheim). During my time with PARI, I've trained and qualified as an internal auditor, attended seminars to improve my management skills, and have achieved Six Sigma Green Belt certification. With this knowledge and expertise to back me up, I continue to do whatever it takes to drive forward the standardisation of processes at our German sites.

THE ART OF TELLING WHAT'S IMPORTANT AND WHAT'S NOT

One of the basic prerequisites for working in the Regulatory Affairs department is the ability to set and identify priorities, to know what needs to be done next. And that's something I learned very quickly when I joined PARI as an Associate Director. When it came to the regulatory affairs, it soon became a case of sink or swim for me! Luckily, the HR department gave me the "water wings" I needed in the form of an intensive introductory training programme. From the outset, my task was to grow the Regulatory Affairs department as the department responsible for overseeing the licensing of medications and medical devices from a regulatory point of view. In other words, we manage the licensing process by creating dossiers, submissions (IMPDs) and briefing documents and handling all communication with the authorities. This involves many varied tasks, in particular in cases where you take on full responsibility for the licensing of certain products. In my case, this means project-managing various drug developments. I'll always look back with particular pride on the first time I compiled and submitted a dossier for a specific product - because its successful licensing was also a first for me. And our pre-IND meeting with the FDA, the American licensing authority, was a big deal at the time. On a daily basis, I enjoy managing an excellent team and interacting with many great colleagues in the company. When I tell people how my working environment is very relaxed and easygoing and that I enjoy a lot of freedom in my job, I never fail to also mention that, across the board, all PARI employees are very hardworking, motivated and eager to learn. 

DAY-TO-DAY BUSINESS THAT'S OUT OF THE ORDINARY

As a qualified assistant tax consultant, certified management accountant (IHK) and certified international management accountant (IHK), I pretty much know all there is to know on paper - and yet I still learn something new every week. Otherwise, I'd get too bored. All the more so because I'm always thinking about how I can also further my own personal development - and PARI, as a complex corporate group, is the best possible environment for me to be in for this purpose. So what surprised me when I came to work at PARI? Everything actually! But most of all, that the procedures here are very different to those used by my previous employer. And, of course, the attention that is paid to new employees and the cooperative, friendly atmosphere. We've just switched our financial accounting software to SAP and are in the process of further optimizing our processes. To help me rise to this major challenge, I've already attended SAP training courses - with the active support of PARI - and so I'm 100 percent ready to take this next important step in my own career development.

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL –TECHNICAL CHALLENGES À LA PARI

If you'd like to work with lots of job variety and a high degree of independence on the development of microsystems, then I strongly recommend that you come to work for PARI. In particular if you have an academic background in medical technology, precision engineering, laser technology or physical technology. Because the ability to work off your own initiative is a trait that is truly prized at PARI. I learned this for myself when I joined PARI as a development engineer after I completed a degree in optoelectronics with a focus on medical and environmental technology, followed by a masters in medical technology. I was naturally delighted to join a successful company with huge development potential – one that, despite its international profile, has managed to hold on to its SME structures. But I have to say that all of that took a back seat when I got to know this fantastic team of people. It's now the very satisfying collaboration between the colleagues in the Microsystems Development department that I value the most – as well as the possibility of managing (lab) technology projects independently from start to finish in the area of process and product development. From my very first day here, I've been able to make my own decisions, but I've also always had the option of discussing any questions or problems with an experienced colleague. Tinkering with technical issues, planning projects independently and defining and achieving meaningful targets - these are the things that make my job so interesting. If you have wide and varied interests and are open to new ideas, you'll like it here. Because these are the very traits that PARI is looking for. An example? When we were developing a welding process to fuse sheets of stainless steel for serial production, we had to solve several different problems at once - including issues relating to vibrational properties, material ageing, tool wear and handling. Everything came together in the end - and the result was outstanding!

I WAS WOWED BY THE SIZE AND DIVERSITY OF THIS PLACE

I had already done my apprenticeship here towards becoming an IT specialist in systems integration – making me a "homegrown" PARI recruit! In the dual system, the apprenticeship comprises six blocks, each involving two weeks of classes at business school. In-between I did my work experience at PARI and during this time I got to know a very wide range of the activities that are carried out in the company. Before my first day here, I had no idea that PARI was so big or was involved in so many different fields. Today, as a systems administrator in the IT department, I really appreciate this diversity. That's even true within my own area. It's my job to manage both the IT users in second-level support and the SAP systems - and I get involved in a wide range of projects. In future, I'd like to immerse myself more deeply in SAP-related topics in particular. Right after I finished my apprenticeship, I was involved in one of the most interesting projects I've ever worked on, namely, the complete rollout process for eToken. I was responsible for everything from planning to coordination of the issuing of eTokens to employees. One of the main challenges was to register the positive and negative reactions of employees to this new piece of hardware. But I managed this task successfully - firstly because I had already completed PARI training courses in personal development for apprenticeship trainees and in relationship and conflict management, and secondly because this place is full of friendly, accommodating and helpful team players. And just one more thing - as well as being great fun, our department's regular excursions also provide an informal forum for exchanging information and experiences with your colleagues. Everyone goes back to work refreshed after we've had one of these.