Typical day on the job:
My typical day on the job is spent in an office. I attend an average of 2-3 hours of meetings per day. I do not have direct reports, but as a project manager I'm required to lead teams of research chemists, testing laboratory technicians, operators, and mechanical and chemical engineers on average 1-2 hours per day. The remainder of my work day is spent planning quality control experiments, evaluating test results to assess potential changes to product design, and writing reports.
I work exclusively in an office, at my desk in a cubicle or in conference rooms. I visit the research and testing labs weekly to check in on experiments. I occasionally travel to other Lubrizol locations, and I have traveled to an ACS Meeting to conduct interviews at a Career Fair.
A typical week is 45 hours. The decision-making process is fast paced but in a relaxed environment with helpful and supportive colleagues.
Tools you can’t live without:
Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint for compiling and presenting data. Lubrizol-proprietary experiment scheduling and reporting software as well as a data warehouse with Lubrizol-proprietary query software.
Best productivity trick:
At the beginning of the work day, identify the most important task that must be accomplished that day. Allot defined time blocks for tasks on to-do list. The most difficult decision oftentimes is not what to work on, but what not to work on that day when managing multiple projects.
Best career advice you’ve received:
Learn something from everyone you meet.
Skills or talents that make you a good fit for your job:
Attention to detail and a strong belief in personal integrity in work and personal actions.
Essential habit you wish you’d started earlier:
"The One Who Fails the Most Wins". Success and failure are steps toward achievement and both lead to innovation. My first significant project at Abbott failed. That learning experience (and many thereafter) has improved my decision-making process and benefited my career progression.
Favorite ACS resource:
SciFinder. It is the largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science information.