Stéphanie Sénéchal explains the ever-changing world of project management and making an impact at NNE’s Montreux office.
What do you enjoy about being a project manager in pharma engineering?
For me, the most enjoyable part of being a project manager at NNE is the diversity. I like managing projects, people and customers alike, and as a project manager, you get a little bit of everything.
Each customer is very different, so you have to be able to show your other abilities, switch gears when necessary, and be willing to jump in and understand the issues very quickly. I don’t like routines and repeated tasks. That’s what drew me to NNE: you never know quite what’s coming next. There is always a new challenge on the horizon.
What are the main challenges?
This also means that you have to be mobile and highly flexible, which is perhaps the biggest challenge of the job. You might have to switch from a subject to another very quickly. As project manager, you have to be able to adapt roles and priorities in order to deal with everything.
Of course, you cannot do everything alone. You have to handle a project team and manage human and technical aspects to coordinate all the disciplines and find the best accurate solutions together. To solve these tasks well, it is important to be aware of the technical details, to be skilled at organising, and of course to know how to manage and motivate people. What I particularly enjoy is the project team spirit that arises from that – to be able to reach the customer's goals together. There are always challenging topics on a project, but if you can keep a solution-oriented mindset with your team, you can accomplish a great deal.
This position is also very exciting as we are currently building up our office here in Montreux. So there is a lot of opportunity to add value, bring your own ideas and leave your footprint in the project. In this way, the role is about more than being a project manager: you are here to manage your projects, for sure, but it’s also about supporting the business development of the office and your project team as well. In a larger office, things are often already standardised and roles are more set in stone, but here, there is a lot of opportunity to develop. So you have to be willing to bring your knowledge to the table and use it to help build something new and make the team again more robust and develop itself.