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A Day in the Life of: Ton de Ridder
12-12-2018

#A Day in the Life of: Ton de Ridder

FACTS

Age: 47

Studied: Laboratory techniques

Experience: Computer systems Validation, Performing validation studies, Preparation Clinical Trials, GLP QA auditor, performing analyses on analytical laboratory

Goals: Taking on more responsibility as a consultant and buying a yacht to cross the atlantic


PERSONAL DESCRIPTION

I studied Laboratory techniques and subsequently achieved my Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemistry in Leiden. I worked for Astellas for 15 years first as a technician in clinical trials (preparing all clinical materials such as capsules, labelling, packaging, etc) and then as a GLP QA Associate (performing audits). In 2015, I started working at Xendo in the computer system validation team, and I am currently an associate consultant.  

As a person, I can describe myself as an honest and open-minded person who is always willing to learn and has a keen eye for quality.


MORNING

How do you get ready to start your day?

Living in Leiden, I take my bike to work permitting me to get some fresh air and energy, and I also use this time to switch my mind from family to work matters.

What is something you look forward to every day?

Regardless of the subject I feel well when I achieve the tasks I’ve planned for myself on a typical day.

So, what do you do every morning?

Working on various projects and making sure all prerequisites (GMP qualified laptops for instance) for us to do our work are available and if they’re not, coming up with solutions to get results. I also like to plan ahead to make sure I have a good overview of all the tasks and deadlines we have concerning the different projects.


LUNCH

How do you spend your lunchtime?

Depending of the workload, I preferably have lunch in the canteen with colleagues talk about just about everything, work related or not.


AFTERNOON

What is something you do every day?

Our team, as the name implies, is mostly involved in projects within pharmaceutical companies to make sure their computerized systems are compliant. So this means we write protocols, execute and report the actual validation, and we also perform project management.

Besides this, communication is key for me, so I try to keep an open channel with my colleagues so we can support each other whenever it’s needed.

What is the most challenging part of your job or day?

The most challenging part of my work is to find a balance between priorities and deadlines: because being involved in multiple projects at the same time shouldn’t mean less quality work.

What makes you happy during your day?

It’s always nice to hear that your work is being appreciated: getting a compliment gives me energy, makes me feel understood motivated. In general, I believe positive feedback works better than an overload of criticism.

And how does this company define and measure your success?

It is mostly based on facts (number of hours, daily activities,…), regular meetings with the project manager and project members who provide feedback.


CAREER

Why did you pick this job?

I enjoy the fact that I get to work in various companies of different sizes and cultures and collaborate on different levels within these companies. Besides, I also love a good challenge!

How does it fit into your career plan?

Moving forward in my career, I would like to be promoted to consultant.The reason is that I want to manage and take responsibility for my own projects and be successful in that position.  I’d get to set up my own team I’d like to focus on blockchain technology and its implications for the pharmaceutical industry. And, of course, working my way to a big yacht in the atlantic eventually.

To whom would you recommend this line of work?

I guess to people who have a common interest in IT and/or automation and regulated environments. The work covers the full lifecycle of a computerized system so you need to be able to maintain a good helicopter view and overcome obstacles as you move forward in your projects. In other words; who wants to be consultant needs to enjoy a fun rollercoaster ride!


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