Head of Applications and
"Enthusiastic team taking on hard intellectual and technical challenges"
I joined the IT department of one of the other independent companies within the Mundipharma network in 2000 and then moved to Mundipharma IT Services when it was formed 12 years later in 2012. My current role is Head of Applications and Infrastructure Delivery, that’s running the team which undertakes Mundipharma projects from customers across the globe. The team works on a really wide range of technologies from the underpinning network and storage, through to application layer and Business Intelligence solutions.
I’ve a degree in Physics and an MSC in Mechatronics both obtained in the fantastic setting of Lancaster University. My first job was mathematical modelling and coding for an engineering company in the Midlands. I spent time coding and commissioning DCS and SCADA systems around Europe, in the UAE and occasionally in the North Sea on oil rigs. It was a real baptism of fire but gave me great experience and was a fantastic opportunity to see the systems I’d been involved in building in action: producing pills, purifying water and pumping oil.
The decision to start working for Mundipharma was an easy one really. I went to loads of interviews in and around Cambridge, it was the height of the dot com boom at the time and the market was awash with opportunities with small new companies. The team which I met here was in a different league, clearly not just into IT but having a real connection to and understanding of the business they were supporting, and being a really close and coherent team. Knowing that the work we do is instrumental in the licencing of a new product, a finished pack coming off the production line or a product launch is really satisfying- and that’s what makes the job for me.
In my 16 years with the company I’ve worked in really varied roles, both in terms of hands on tech, solution design and leading teams. The two companies I have worked for in the Mundipharma network have always pushed and supported me to diversify and develop my career. I’ve never felt my career was standing still and I see a great array of challenges and opportunities ahead of me here. There’s a great spirit within the team across the different locations and fantastic enthusiasm for taking on hard intellectual and technical challenges. I love working as part of such an industrious and skilled team. Over the years I have been trying to improve my German, something which I’m making slow but steady progress with largely thanks to the patience of my colleagues in Limburg and Basel.
When not at work, I play badminton a couple of times a week with friends and colleagues, it’s a really nice sociable way to get some exercise. In addition, I spend a lot of time watching, listening to and very occasionally playing cricket, having people from Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and India in the office adds a bit of spice to most international games.