Insights into the role of an architect

Sixth-form student Harry shares his insights following a week of work experience at Scitech.

Hi, I’m Harry, a Year 12 student currently studying A-levels in Geography, Art and Maths with aspirations of a potential career in architecture in the future. Thanks to a work experience programme arranged by my school and Scitech, I was fortunate enough to spend a week in the Scitech office. I had the opportunity to work amongst many professionals and the chance to learn and develop from their advice and input.

What did I do?

My experience was mainly focused on architecture; however, I had an introduction to many different sectors and disciplines, including project management, electrical engineering, and process engineering. I had meetings with a specialist in each area where they gave an insight into their role and responsibilities. These were always very interesting and gave me an insight into the roles that work alongside architects.

As I mentioned before, the bulk of my week was focused on architecture, and this consisted mainly of two parts. First, I was introduced to the architecture sector through a meeting and presentation given by one of the architects at Scitech. This was then followed by my assigned project, which I worked on through most of the week between my meetings with the other disciplines.

My project work

My project helped me to learn and develop many skills. I was assigned a brief created by one of the Scitech architects, with a fictional client and an area of land to model my project on. I had to research and design a production facility for a company by the name of “Happy Pharmaceuticals” for producing OSD (oral solid dose) tablets. I was also given a more detailed day-by-day checklist which helped me to manage my time on the most important things and helped as a starting point for my research.

I started by researching the location of the land and local restrictions on the construction. I then researched the hygiene standards for the process and the production process, including necessary machines, materials and more. Once most of the research had been done, I then progressed to creating designs for the building, starting with rough hand-drawn sketches before moving on to digital floorplans and diagrams showing the flow of materials and people, which can be seen below:

Diagram showing the floor plan of a fictional production facility designed by a work experience student. The diagram shows the room layout with each room labelled plus diagrams of flow diagrams of people and products.

I enjoyed working on my project and was fascinated by my research into the requirements and standards in the production process for pharmaceutical products. I loved being able to transfer my ideas from my head onto the paper and into my designs and then receive constructive and helpful feedback from several architects who assisted me throughout my project. I also received input from several different disciplines throughout the office and developed my ideas with their advice and guidance in mind, which benefitted my project and design greatly.

Presenting my work

At the end of the week, I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to present my project. I was very intimidated to find out that I would be giving my presentation in front of many people including the Managing Director of the company, however, I was excited as I was confident in my work and wanted to share it with those who attended.

The presentation for me was the most challenging but the most rewarding, part of my whole experience as I had little experience in presenting and was nervous. Despite this, I think I did a good job, and I was very relieved by all the positive feedback I received. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to practice my presentation skills in the safe environment provided by Scitech and all who attended. I feel I have left my week there not only with new knowledge and skills but also a new confidence in myself.

Conclusion

My week at Scitech provided numerous valuable insights and experiences, including:

• An insight into the office environment and the cooperation between different sectors and disciplines all working together collectively.
• I was given an important preview of an architectural career and the structure of their tasks, roles and duties, which have been incredibly interesting and crucial for an aspiring architect like myself.
• A beneficial opportunity to develop my speaking and presentation skills which are so important for many forms of employment and education I may choose to pursue in the future.
• A crucial chance to develop time-management and organisational skills. This included project work time, my regularly scheduled discipline insight meetings, as well as the practice of understanding and delivering on a brief within a deadline, which is an incredibly important skill.

I am so grateful to everyone at Scitech for this opportunity, from everyone who helped to organise my visit or shared their knowledge with me. Everyone made me feel welcome in the office and made my visit enjoyable. This experience has exceeded all my expectations and is something I will take with me into the future.

Exploring the world of radiopharmaceuticals

Hi, my name is Ollie, and I am currently in my first year of sixth form studying maths, physics and product design a-levels, and would like to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. Recently, I completed a one-week work experience placement at Scitech. For me, this fantastic experience not only helped develop my knowledge in specific areas (e.g. radiopharmaceuticals and radiation) to assist me in my current studies, but also provided an insight into future career options and the workplace.

Meeting the team

Upon arrival, I was greeted by HR Advisor Joanna Finch. I was shown around the office and introduced to many smiling faces, including heads of departments, and managing director Dave Grant. For the week, I was assigned to the Mechanical Engineering Department, working closely with Senior Mechanical Engineer Malcolm Hart. Throughout the week, I completed a project on radiopharmaceuticals and radioisotopes which I presented to several people at the end of the week. I collected information from various sources including past projects of Scitech, allowing me to meet and engage with people from various backgrounds, with specific skill sets and experience.

In addition to the project work, I was given the opportunity to meet members of the various departments, such as architects, process engineers and mechanical engineers. During these introductions I was able to ask questions and develop my knowledge in areas I had not explored prior to the week. These introductions were an amazing part of my work experience and the most useful to aid me in the future.

Virtual tour of radiopharma project site

One of the most memorable moments was a video call with Mechanical Engineering Team Leader Lewis White. As Lewis was working on a project on site in Europe at the time of my placement, I was unable to meet with him, so I was introduced over video call. During this call I was given a virtual tour around the facility, filled with hot cells (containment boxes for radioactive material) and various equipment. This was one of my favourite parts, as I was able to see the equipment I had been researching for the past few days and meet a team of people producing it 1000km away.

It was an interesting and very enjoyable week. Going into the week I was hoping to gain knowledge on mechanical engineering and the workplace. Reflecting on my week, this placement provided me with everything I had hoped for and more. Not only did it meet my expectations but additionally aided me in my current studies, as well as provided information about other disciplines.

Thank you to Scitech for this work experience opportunity, and to everyone involved who accommodated me for the week and provided support and advice to allow me to make the most out of my placement.

Spotlight on Emma Dawas, HR Director

In the six years since HR Director Emma Dawas joined Scitech, she has made it her mission to enhance the workplace culture to attract and retain exceptional talent. Her steadfast belief is that a thriving company requires a positive and inclusive work environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, and employee well-being. Here Emma sheds light on how Scitech collectively prioritises these aspects and the initiatives that are contributing to success.

Emma is clear in her belief that HR is not responsible for a company’s culture, yet it has been her team’s mission to ensure that Scitech is a supportive and positive workplace. In pursuit of this vision, Emma has overseen several new initiatives designed to help colleagues across the organisation, from introducing a support and networking group for women to EDI plans, well-being initiatives, and an in-house graduate programme to develop the talent of junior team members.

The importance of listening

Yet Emma is keen to point out that, while HR instigated and developed many of the initiatives, they very quickly became owned and run by employee groups. “Our role as an HR department requires listening to our colleagues and responding to their needs,” Emma explains. “We have formal mechanisms for internal feedback and to gather ideas, such as our staff survey and through our employee forums. But many of our ideas also come from just listening, the water cooler moments where someone makes a comment and sparks an idea.

“For example, our Women at Scitech group was created during the Covid-19 pandemic we realised that a new female employee could potentially feel isolated working on her own from home in a male-dominated team. We set up virtual calls to bring our female colleagues together from across our offices to provide mutual support during what was a difficult time for everyone.”

The Women in Scitech Group collectively decide the focus and what issues they would like to tackle. Topics are varied and include women’s health, menopause, attracting women to engineering and construction careers, improving working life for women, unconscious bias in the workplace and gender bias in recruitment.

Emma adds: “Together, the Women at Scitech group has also tackled subjects such as how we ensure its female staff have access to women’s toilets on its construction sites and making sure there is appropriate PPE and workwear clothing for women rather than smaller versions of men’s clothing, which never really fit correctly.”

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace

When considering new ideas, Emma explains that she isn’t just introducing initiatives to please her colleagues. She must carefully weigh the strategic implications. “Ultimately, we’re running a business, and any changes we introduce have to align with our commercial objectives.

“So, the work we are doing on equality, diversity, and inclusion is clearly driven by a desire to do the right thing, but it’s not just that. We know it will make our organization a more diverse and inclusive workplace. It creates a better culture, and it is a positive culture that drives high performance.”

Emma and her team are aware that younger generations hold a greater desire for flexible and remote work arrangements, they demand a higher quality of life with a solid work-life balance and priority on mental health, and they want to work for a company that shares similar values regarding ethics, social causes and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Emma says: “Companies won’t survive if they can’t attract younger staff, so we know this is something we have to get right. We are working hard to ensure that we remain attractive to graduates and that, once they join, we offer a clear career progression path.”

In-house graduate training

Scitech has recently launched its in-house graduate training programme, Xcellerate, which is aimed at recent graduates and trainees from all areas of the company. It provides a comprehensive programme designed to equip participants with the necessary personal, technical, and behavioural skills to tackle the industry’s biggest challenges.

“We also make sure that every employee at Scitech has their own personal development plan that is designed to help them progress on their chosen career path. This could include supporting colleagues to achieve Chartership or an appropriate professional qualification.”

Emma has recently completed her Institute of Leadership and Management Level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring qualification, however, she is aware that not everyone wants to continue to study.

“We know that not everyone wants to strive for promotion,” she explains. “So we also include other ways for staff to achieve personal growth and development so that when they come to work, they feel fulfilled.”

Supporting the health and wellbeing of employees

Some of the opportunities available at Scitech include getting involved with various forums or developing new initiatives. For example, the well-being forum has been behind many of the initiatives designed to support the health and well-being of Scitech employees. “Through the well-being forum, we have introduced mental-health first-aiders who can signpost support to those in need. It’s becoming less of an issue now, but part of this initiative is to challenge the stigma around mental health and to make it clear that if someone is struggling for whatever reason, then we will help them – that it’s ok to not be ok and we will support them in whatever way appropriate.”

Summing up her approach, Emma says: “The key to the success of these groups lies in collaboration, joint accountability, and collective responsibility. Relying on one person or a specific team to drive initiatives hinders innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. This is embedded in our roots as an Employee-Owned organisation. We all have a stake in Scitech’s success and so we are all in it together. Collectively, we can ensure we succeed.”

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Spotlight on Lauren Wilkinson, Design Engineering Manager

In our latest Spotlight feature, we delve into the career of Lauren Wilkinson following her ascent from graduate engineer to Design and Engineering Manager – a role in which she oversees and leads Scitech’s Design and Engineering Team. Join us as we explore Lauren’s path to becoming a leader committed to supporting Scitech’s clients to overcome the complexities and challenges often associated with capital projects.

Looking back, Lauren attributes her career choice in part to the positive influence of her father, a chemical engineer who exposed her to possible career opportunities. “From a very young age I took an interest in engineering,” Lauren explains. “I was just naturally intrigued and found science and maths very easy. So it was quite an obvious career choice.”

She was passionate about the practical application of math and science, stating: “I never really enjoyed the theoretical side, I wanted to do something that made a real difference in practice.” This led her to a graduate role at GSK, where she spent several years, gaining valuable insights into capital projects and hands-on experience working on manufacturing equipment.

When Lauren found herself looking for new challenges and the opportunity to progress her career further, her search led her to Scitech. “I had spent 7 years at GSK and had gained a lot of experience, but I wanted to continue to stretch myself. Scitech offered a fantastic opportunity, as it enabled me to work on different client projects that each had different challenges and requirements. Professionally, it provided the variety and opportunity for growth that I craved.”

The Path to Design Engineering Manager

In her 8 years with Scitech, Lauren has gradually taken on more responsibility, and with it, secured several promotions – most recently into her current role as Design Engineering Manager. Lauren’s trajectory reflects Scitech’s commitment to nurturing internal talent and providing comprehensive on-the-job training.

“Scitech always tries to promote internally first,” Lauren explains. “Right from your development review within the company, managers will be thinking about your career trajectory, supporting you with on-the-job training and exposing you to expertise within the company so that you can gain more experience.

“Over time, you have the opportunity to take on more responsibility, if that is your ambition. You are also able to shadow colleagues and work with people in other departments, which helps to broaden skills within the team.”

Lauren benefitted from Scitech’s mentoring scheme and was supported to grow into her roles. “I have to admit that I didn’t always feel ready to take on more responsibility,” she reveals. “However, my line manager Nicky Hale always pushed me to stretch myself, and I’m glad she did. She seemed to recognise when I was ready to step up before I was, and she was always right.

“My mentor, Dan Newell (Scitech’s Commercial Director), was always there to turn to for advice and support. He was fantastic as he had followed a similar career progression within Scitech. Sometimes it is beneficial to talk to someone outside of your team to get different perspectives.”

Leading Complex Capital Projects

Throughout her time at Scitech, Lauren has played a pivotal role in numerous high-value projects. Notably, she led the process design for a significant project in Ireland. She was tasked with increasing production capacity on the existing site by adding a new production line.

Lauren successfully led the process design of the project to completion, installing a new Grade C Compounding Suite and automated vial filling line and freeze dryers contained in a Grade B cleanroom with associated Grade D / unclassified support spaces. She went on to successfully lead many other projects. As Design Lead she successfully doubled production capacity at another facility, leading the project through multiple phases.

“This was the first large project in which I was the overall Design Lead. It was challenging as the available space was limited and we were unable to shut the site while work was being carried out. As a result, we designed the project so that works were carried out in a series of sub-phases to minimise disruption and downtime to ongoing production in adjacent areas.”

Reflecting on her experiences, she explains that her favourite projects involve starting from a blank piece of paper, illustrating her passion for bringing innovation to life and supporting clients’ visions.

“Our clients are scientific experts at the forefront of drug discovery. It’s fascinating to be part of these projects and to help them scale new pharmaceuticals into something that can be manufactured and ultimately change people’s lives for the better. We get to learn about some innovative science – there’s always something new to learn and challenges to solve.”

Lauren is now focusing on supporting her team and helping the more junior members to progress their careers within Scitech while also delivering the very best service to Scitech’s growing number of clients.

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A day in the life of the HR department at Scitech

Hi, my name is Eve Taylor, and I am a second-year Criminology student at the University of Bath. As someone eager to explore a career in HR after completing my degree, I was determined to gain a deeper understanding of this vital role. So, I reached out to Scitech, and I’m thrilled to share with you the experiences from my insight day.

Introduction to the day

I was warmly welcomed by Emma, HR Manager (pictured) and her colleagues Joanna and Vicky who made me feel comfortable and engaged from the very beginning. They were clearly passionate about their work and eager to give me insight into HR at Scitech.

The team individually ran me through different aspects that would typically be dealt with by the Human Resource Department. Emma provided me with an overview of the day-to-day experiences of HR within a small-medium company like Scitech. One of the fundamental roles I discovered from Joanna was HR’s responsibility to monitor, review, and support the staff whether it’s during the onboarding process for new employees or throughout their career at Scitech. The HR touchpoints outlined by the team gave me a greater understanding into the impact the department has on the company and the responsibilities held by an HR professional.

A glimpse into recruitment

One of the highlights of my day was a detailed explanation from Vicky who explained the recruitment process at Scitech. I was taken through the recruitment journey, from job advertising and headhunting to interviews and final employment decisions. I learned about the different tools that were used to help make the process more efficient and effective. This knowledge will undoubtedly be invaluable as I continue to explore a potential career in HR.

Dynamic nature of HR

My day in the department taught me that a Human Resources job is constantly changing, and how they must adapt to the evolving needs of both the company and the world at large. They are responsible for creating an inclusive and diverse company that allows for a positive effect on employee well-being.

The HR department strive to make the company the best it can be through improving policies that can allow employees to feel safer and more supported. Emma spent time explaining to me that they did this through their ‘Equality, Diversity, and Inclusive Strategy’. She highlighted the importance of setting achievable and measurable goals within specified time frames. This strategy serves as a driving force for the company, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

I was given the opportunity to sit in on a webinar that focused on the steps that could be taken to support Neurodivergent people within the workforce creating a better work environment for everyone. It was interesting to hear the discussions between Emma, Joanna, and Vicky on what they could improve and where the company is already succeeding.

In conclusion, my day at Scitech was both valuable and enjoyable. It provided me with great insights into the world of HR professionals as well as reaffirming my desire to pursue a career in HR. Thank you to the Scitech team for inviting me to their office and generously sharing their knowledge. As I continue my academic journey, I will carry these lessons with me, eager to explore and grow.

Spotlight on Daniel Woods, Computer System Validation Lead

In the latest spotlight interview, we speak to Daniel Woods about his career path to becoming a Computer System Validation Lead working with highly technical pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and life science companies.

Daniel admits that back in his student days, he didn’t envisage a career in computer system validation (CSV) – in fact he hadn’t even heard of CSV. What he did enjoy, which is what ultimately set him on his path to a successful career with Scitech, is an interest in computer systems. “When I was at college I had dreams of becoming a music producer, which while it is obviously a vastly different career, also has a technical element. I have always had an interest in computer systems and that is what led me to where I am today.”

An unexpected career path

Daniel began working for a company specialising in small-scale, complex formulation sterile packing as a Machine Operator. “Originally, I intended this to just be a temporary summer job but an opportunity arose for an Operations Compliance role. Here, I took on computerised system projects, managing the implementation of these projects on site and also took on continuous improvement opportunities.”

Daniel went on to gain several years’ experience working within the pharmaceutical industry and building up contacts within the sector which led him to successfully secure a role within Scitech. Daniel said: “Many CSV engineers have a Computer Science or IT degree or a degree in Microbiology or Biotechnology. However, that isn’t the only route into a Computer System Validation role. On-the-job experience can also provide a gateway into roles such as this and experience is always going to be invaluable, particularly when the job – outside of the industry – is broadly unknown and when working in highly regulated sectors.”

The role of a CSV Engineer

Daniel explains that it is the role of Computer System Validation engineers to provide lifecycle support to the deployment and maintenance of all GxP computerised systems. “We are responsible for planning, writing, implementing and reviewing various life-cycle documents, including, but not limited to, validation plans, user requirement specifications, vendor design documents, code reviews, FAT/SAT protocols, qualification protocols, Data Integrity assessments, risk assessments, etc., to ensure the computer system(s) meet GxP regulatory requirements and function efficiently and effectively. This applies to new equipment or facilities and includes changes to existing processes, products, systems, and facilities. Essentially it is the responsibility of the CSV engineer to ensure that the GxP computerised systems are fit for purpose and operate as intended.”

Daniel has since gone on to achieve two internal promotions and is now a Computer System Validation Lead at Scitech. He now manages a team of Computer System Validation Engineers. “At Scitech we have a really positive culture that nurtures professional and career development. I have been able to draw on the experience of other senior team members, and there is always the opportunity to attend conferences and events to ensure that we are fully abreast of industry trends and regulatory updates. In turn, I make sure that I am equally as supportive to my team by running development sessions to further expand their knowledge and capabilities.”

The future of CSV: a rising demand

Daniel believes that the need for Computer System Validation Specialists is only going to grow in the future as equipment, systems and processes become increasingly reliant on computerised systems to drive them. Regulators also expect organisations to rely on computerised systems more to support their processes. This is further supported by the recent GAMP 5 Second Edition guidance which includes great initiatives like critical thinking and modern testing methods that’s really exciting to see and provides some great opportunities for organisations and CSV professionals alike. “The beauty of working in this role within a highly technical sector is that the different technology keeps you challenged-; which keeps it interesting. It’s also interesting seeing how different organisations have different yet similar challenges in the implementation of computerised systems. If you have an interest in computer systems then this would definitely make an interesting career choice.”

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Empowering Women at Scitech: Overcoming workplace challenges with confidence

In our latest initiative to support professional growth of our female colleagues, our Women at Scitech group recently held an empowering session aimed at helping women break through workplace barriers. Colleagues from across Scitech’s various offices took part in an enriching interactive session led by the experienced Executive Coach and Trainer, Anne Messer, Managing Director of Bespoke Training Services.

The session revolved around addressing common challenges faced by women in the workplace, with a specific focus on imposter syndrome, lack of confidence, and assertiveness. These obstacles have been known to hinder individuals from reaching their full potential and delivering their best work.

As a coach and an industry expert, with specific experience of designing and delivering leadership programmes for women, Anne Messer was the perfect facilitator for creating awareness to support personal and professional growth.

During the interactive session, Anne delved into the concept of imposter syndrome, which plagues even the most accomplished individuals. Attendees were encouraged to share their experiences and challenges openly, fostering a supportive environment where everyone felt heard and understood.

The session also covered strategies to build self-confidence and establish a distinctive ‘personal brand.’ By encouraging participants to recognise their unique strengths and talents, Anne encouraged everyone to leverage these qualities to their advantage.

A significant focus of the training meeting was on assertiveness – a skill vital for women to assert themselves confidently in the workplace particularly in male dominated sectors. Anne provided practical tips and techniques to empower attendees, equipping them to navigate challenging situations with grace and effectiveness.

Anne Messer, Executive Coach and Trainer said: “Success and fulfilment in the workplace come from embracing your uniqueness, believing in your capabilities, and fearlessly pursuing your goals, even in the face of imposter syndrome. Remember, you are your greatest asset, and when you conquer self-doubt, you unleash your true potential, making the possibilities truly boundless.”

Participants left the training meeting armed with tools to conquer the obstacles that may have been holding them back in their professional journeys.

“We believe that fostering an inclusive and supportive environment is crucial for the success of every individual in our organisation,” said Emma Dawas, HR Manager at Scitech. “Through this session, we aimed to empower our female colleagues, providing them with the skills and confidence to excel in their roles.”

The Women at Scitech group plans to continue organising such initiatives regularly, striving to create an equitable workplace where talent and dedication are nurtured, regardless of gender. By investing in the growth and empowerment of its members, Scitech reaffirms its commitment to creating a diverse and progressive work environment.

Scitech launches new graduate and trainee programme – Xcellerate

As part of our commitment to nurture and support new talent across Scitech, we are proud to announce the launch of our new graduate and trainee programme – Xcellerate. Aimed at recent graduates and trainees from all areas of the company, this comprehensive programme aims to equip participants with the necessary personal, technical, and behavioural skills to tackle the industry’s biggest challenges.

The first cohort on the Xcellerate programme

Xcellerate is split into three pathways: Foundation, Academic, and Professional. The Foundation pathway spans two years and comprises eight personal skills development modules (PSD). These modules cover a wide range of areas including business fundamentals, enhanced communication and team skills, and problem-solving. The programme’s first module includes a Miro behaviours assessment, allowing participants to gain valuable insights into their personal areas for growth and their own personal brand and to create strategies for their career. We are partnering with Bespoke Training Services on the delivery of these modules providing participants with the highest level of professional and expert guidance.

The programme is divided into eight quarters, with each quarter consisting of a PSD module, as well as other relevant training and learning opportunities tailored to the participant’s development path. These additional activities include webinars, back-to-basics sessions, lunch and learns, conferences, and technical training. Moreover, participants will have the chance to embark on rotations every quarter, providing them with a deeper understanding of various business areas within Scitech. These rotations can last from a one-day appreciation to a month-long engagement, during which participants may contribute to small tasks or support ongoing projects.

Furthermore, participants in the Xcellerate program will have the opportunity to enrol in academic courses and/or pursue professional accreditation. These educational endeavours may extend beyond the two-year Foundation pathway, allowing participants to expand their knowledge and expertise in specialised areas and to become chartered or accredited with a professional body.

Monica Williams, Xcellerate Programme Manager, expressed her enthusiasm about the launch: “We are thrilled to enrol our first cohort of graduates and trainees onto our Xcellerate development programme. This programme emphasises Scitech’s commitment to investing in people – our greatest asset – by providing them with structured opportunities for growing their professional skills while contributing to the company’s ongoing success. I am really excited about what’s to come for our first cohort. We wish all who are involved in Xcellerate every success.”

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Spotlight on Jens Dekeyser, Project Manager

Jens has worked for Scitech for 8.5 years. He joined as a Project Engineer before being promoted to Project Manager. He forms part of a small, yet highly specialised, team that form Scitech’s European arm of the business.

“Scitech Antwerp differs to the services provided by many consultants. We support the client as a team, and not just as an individual. We take on complex projects and divide the work between our multidisciplinary team according to who has the right expertise for the task in hand. It is the responsibility of the Project Manager to align between this internal and external team.”

Jens has enjoyed this approach, as it has given him the opportunity to take on more roles and gain further expertise than is typical at other organisations. “It has helped me to gain insight and learn from some of the more experienced members of our team – many of whom have 20-30 years experience,” he explains. “ We also work collaboratively with experts from our UK offices via the various digital collaborative working tools we have.”

Jens admits that it was a “big leap” to progress from Project Engineer to Project Manager. It was a large increase in responsibility that could prove daunting, but it was something that he took in his stride.

“It was a steep learning curve but the projects I have worked on have been really interesting. For example, we had a project to set up five new secondary packaging lines at a facility in the Netherlands, I have managed several laboratory renovations and overseen factory acceptance tests for clients”.

Jens’ work with Scitech has seen him travel to many different countries across Europe and also in the US. “Our consultancy work means that we regularly make on-site visits and have face-to-face meetings with clients and suppliers. For certain projects, we have to perform detailed site investigation surveys or perform factory acceptance tests, which is always nice to step away from usual office based activities.”

As a father to two young children, it is important for Jens to have a good work/life balance. “I wouldn’t want to be constantly away on overnight trips now,” he explains. “Luckily, we have a really good culture and everyone is understanding of people’s outside responsibilities – this is a real benefit. We all support each other and work together to get the job done.”

Jens has also benefited from Scitech’s career development programme which ensures that each member of staff has a dedicated training budget and a career progression plan. “There’s always opportunities for training; I try to do at least one official accreditation a year and there are opportunities to do shorter courses and training certificates.”

Jens has recently been certified as an Associate from the Project Management Institute – a training course he says he was encouraged to undertake by his line manager. He is also looking to gain formal qualifications in Business Economy.

“Everyone at Scitech is encouraged to gain new skills and to stay up to date with the latest best practice within their field. It not only benefits us as individuals, it is a huge benefit to our clients and ensures we can deliver the first class work that Scitech is known for.”