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Life as a Senior Project Manager

Steven | Senior Project Manager | Pennsylvania, US | 9/9/2023

Steven, based in Conshohocken, US, shares his key to success as a Senior Project Manager in our Medical team.

How did you end up in your current role?

My path was a little unconventional. Prior to project management, I was working in logistics. I had a friend who was working at Avalere Health and raved about her team and manager. A career in project management seemed ideal for me. My work in logistics gave me experience and transferrable skills that were highly relevant, such as being extremely detail-oriented and organized. After being referred to an open role, I joined the team.

What do you find most rewarding about your work?

Working as part of a team is very rewarding—especially when everyone is working towards a common goal and you’re able to achieve it together. There’s no better feeling in the world than knowing you did your part to get the team there. For example, working towards an important submission deadline and delivering everything on time despite all the challenges that come up along the way.

What does it take to succeed in your role?

In addition to being organized and detail-oriented, there are 3 key qualities that are central to succeeding as a project manager:

  1. You must be able to prioritize your work. One would think prioritization is simple, but when your to-do list continues to grow, it can feel overwhelming and unmanageable at times.
  2. The ability to work and be part of a cross-functional, multidisciplinary team.
  3. Clear and concise communication.

After a busy work week, how do you unwind?

I love to meet up with friends and explore the city of Philadelphia—particularly trying out new restaurants and bars and going to live concerts. There is so much to do in the city.

Do you have any advice for maintaining mental well-being while working from home?

Checking in with your team members is really important. I also have frequent check-ins with my line manager to discuss my current workload and how I’m managing. If I am ever feeling overwhelmed, I know I can count on my manager and teammates to support me—whether that be by taking action items off my plate, helping me prioritize my workload, or simply providing a listening ear.

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