As part of an embedded program within a large pharmaceutical, I feel like I am part of a smaller company and wear many hats.
“I love the diversity of my job and this keeps me with the program and with PRA.”
Adapting to new cultures is nothing new for Kim. Leaving behind a war-torn country, Kim and her family immigrated to the United States from Cambodia when she was 7 years old. It was a drastic change for her, but she adjusted and she’s continued to excel at adapting to new environments ever since.
She feels like part of the Pharma family where she is a PRA embedded employee, mostly because the Pharma associates within the Ancillary Supplies Department allow the embedded team to be part of the decision making process and are receptive to new ideas, changes and suggestions.
Her path to becoming a Team Lead for the Ancillary Supplies Department has been a winding one from where she started, studying Medical Technology in college. It’s taken her through many companies of all sizes, and she’s worn many hats. She says she’s learned a lot from all the varied experience. She’s learned that the industry is both vast and small at the same time—everywhere she’s gone, she’s worked with many of the same people. She also says that everyone seems to share the same frustrations and issues.
Her advice? Get to know people. Network. That’s how she learned the industry and ultimately, how she found the job she has now. She believes that the variety, wealth of experience, and diversity all help her in being a better manager. And even though ancillary supplies don’t include the drugs themselves, she knows that the supplies they deliver directly impact patients and that she’s a critical part of finding solutions.
At the end of the day, Kim likes to take off her many hats and let her hair down. You might find her out at dinner club with good friends, but you’re more likely to find her on the dance floor or singing karaoke.
As the Team Lead for the Ancillary Supplies Department at a large pharmaceutical, Kim utilizes her ability to adapt when guiding, supporting, and learning from the other team members. They work together and all bring different strengths.