After two years in the public sector, I started my consulting career at PwC in 2010. Throughout my time there I developed a broad set of consulting skills designing and implementing large scale change...
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VP Client Services & Product Development for PVAI at Genpact
After graduating from Manchester University with a First Class degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering, I joined Accenture and progressed to Senior Manager in the Products division, implementing strategic business and IT solutions for a range of private and public sector clients.
Those 8 years were a great foundation, but as for many people at that stage of their Consulting career I was interested in more variety, more autonomy, getting greater direct exposure to top-level clients, and more reward for delivering great client work (rather than for chasing sales). Berkeley ticked all those boxes, plus the people and culture felt like a great fit.
I got the chance to work on some of the largest, most complex and most business-critical transformation programmes of my career (both IT and business change) - but feeling more like an embedded part of the client’s team. The collaborative working environment at Berkeley also meant that I got the chance to work closely with some great people. The variety of work I got to do allowed me to hone a broad range of capabilities – not just complex programme delivery but also solution design; commercial and business case experience; and extensive stakeholder, relationship management and communication skills. Finally, the Berkeley focus on really working out ‘the right thing to do’ - and managing an often disparate stakeholder group to align on that - is great training for moving into any senior leadership business role.
After 7 years with Berkeley, I believe that if you want to pursue a Consulting career, then Berkeley is a fantastic place to do it. But there are still attractions to a non-Consulting career, and in particular I had always been attracted to the idea of creating and building something truly new and innovative. So when the right opportunity came along, although it was a tough choice I decided to take the plunge.
As a result, I’m now head of client services and product development for an innovative digital and AI solution in the pharmaceutical sector, known as Pharmacovigilance Artificial Intelligence (PVAI). PVAI uses artificial intelligence, analytics, predictive modelling, and other technologies to automatically collect and analyse data from numerous sources on drugs’ adverse effects. This can transform a typical pharmaceutical company’s highly manually-intensive approach to Adverse Event (AE) processing, resulting in less human error, higher drug quality, better patient outcomes, and improved regulatory compliance. The PVAI solution we have created is currently being tested by a top pharmaceutical company, so it’s a really exciting time and my experiences at Berkeley have helped me to navigate this very complex role. I continue to stay in touch, including most recently catching up with the Berkeley USA folks in New York!