Mackenzie Pater, PhD, MS - Clinical Project Manager
What does your job entail?
A project manager is responsible for overall execution and day-to-day leadership and management of clinical operations for a clinical program. We work to build and maintain a trusting relationship with the sponsor we are working with, the clinical sites we support, and our internal team. Ultimately, as we are a service organization, we strive to deliver all our services in a timely manner and with the highest quality.
What's a typical day like?
There is no typical day in project management! In order to be a successful project manager, you must be ab le to adapt quickly and think on-the-fly. Time management is of the essence – you must be able to recognize what are the critical tasks to complete for the day, week, or month, and be able to prioritize all you are responsible for to ensure those objectives are met.
What's your favorite part of your job?
Working on life-changing therapies with some of the most innovative and forward-thinking sponsors and key opinion leaders in the industry. It is fascinating to watch how the industry is constantly evolving over time, and how policy and regulations have adapted to keep up with the exciting changes in medicine and patient care.
Why did you choose to work at CTI?
First, from my first phone interview, the friendliness and empathy that everyone at CTI has shown towards me has been incomparable to other companies I have come into contact with. Secondly, working at a CRO with such expertise in gene/cell therapy and rare and orphan diseases is incredibly rewarding. It allows you to work on, and be exposed to so many different therapies and sponsors and is exciting to think of yourself as a small part of what could be life-changing therapies for future patients.
How would you compare CTI to other jobs you've had?
This job is hard work – but it is incredibly rewarding. Unlike other jobs, “mundane” is never a word that could describe it! Every day is a new challenge or opportunity. CTI does a good job at ensuring you are always supported when difficult situations arise, and they are excellent about acknowledging those who are performing exceptionally. I often feel very valued as an employee at CTI, and that encourages me to do my best work for both CTI and for the sponsors I service.