Project Manager, Life Sciences
LOCATION: Philadelphia, Pa.
PROJECT MANAGER, LIFE SCIENCES
LOCATION: PHILADELPHIA, PA.
“Gannett Fleming has been incredibly supportive of my professional development. The firm understands that the more we grow, the better services and solutions we can provide for our clients.”
Nevin John may be a newer team member, but he’s an invaluable addition to Gannett Fleming. Having served at global life sciences companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Novo Nordisk, and Merck, Nevin brings the client’s perspective to his role as life sciences project manager.
As a biotech expert with mechanical engineering, process engineering, and equipment engineering experience ranging from drug substance to drug project manufacturing, he manages projects with the client’s goals in mind. Nevin recently applied his expertise as an organizational process engineer and consultant to his blog “Why You Need a Consulting Process Engineer.”
We asked Nevin a few questions. Get to know him here:
Why Gannett Fleming?
Even though Gannett Fleming is a large company, it operates like a small company with flexibility and minimal layers, and I appreciate how smooth my hiring and onboarding process has been. Also, I truly appreciate the firm’s investment mindset and long-term planning.
I am excited to be a part of Gannett Fleming’s growth in the life sciences market, and it’s clear that the company is equally as excited to increase our life sciences presence. I love the way Gannett Fleming’s dynamic environment allows me to use my past roles at operating companies. Networking all over the industry is helping me grow in my new role (and the social events are fun, too). I am happy I made the jump over to Gannett Fleming!
How does Gannett Fleming support your professional development and career growth?
This company has been incredibly supportive in this area. For example, when I brought up my interest in acquiring a Project Management Professional certification, I was immediately placed in discussion with the person who coordinates next steps for that certification. Gannett Fleming understands that the more we grow and develop, the better services and solutions we can provide for our clients.
Are you a member of any industry organizations? Please tell us about your involvement.
I’m a part of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), representing Gannett Fleming. In this role, I participate in events to provide our team with new training and technologies while building relationships with clients and industry vendors. Some of the 2023 events include:
- The Carolina South Atlantic (CaSA) Annual Meeting.
- The ISPE Delaware Valley Chapter Symposium.
- The ISPE Annual Meeting.
- Local events in the Delaware Valley and CaSA regions.
What impactful and innovative projects are you working on right now?
I’m currently supporting a company with pharmaceutical facility design by helping to convert an office building into a biotech facility. Anyone in this industry knows the associated challenges, however, I enjoy using creativity to help our clients realize their goal. My specific area of focus is on water for injection generation and waste handling, which can be difficult in a facility retrofit but also rewarding.
How does your work contribute to Gannett Fleming's vision of creating a better future, together?
As we work to grow our presence in the life sciences industry, we support new technological developments. I believe, in the next decade, these groundbreaking technologies will be used to improve lives in various ways. I’m optimistic about the life sciences industry and confident that Gannett Fleming can support our clients in reaching these goals and creating a better future for us all.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Trust your team. I believe in our team and that we can get through any challenge together. Transparency and quick communication are key. When you build a team, these are critical attributes to look for in team members.
Let’s talk about the importance of diversity in the workplace, in projects, and in personal experiences.
Individual diversity is important because it leads to diversity of thought and the removal of biases. I think it’s often viewed as a static attribute or something you cannot work on, and I disagree. If you have an open mind and are willing to take risks, you can expand your perspective.
For example, I once worked abroad in Denmark for about two years, which opened my eyes to a whole new work and personal culture that I would have never understood if I had stayed stateside my whole career. This is important because it helps in creating and maintaining relationships, which is one of our key tasks as an organization.
As an architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firm, it’s critical that we lead discussions on diversity and be proactive instead of just following the trends. A few examples include incorporating and ensuring an unbiased hiring process and developing and funding internal employee resource groups, both of which Gannett Fleming emphasizes and does well.
What are your favorite hobbies?
Currently, I’m working on the layout and design of my kitchen remodel. I have dozens of hand-drawn sketches around the house, and I love perfecting it to our needs. Also, I love to travel and am hoping to visit South America or Africa next!
Let’s talk family and your favorite family tradition!
My wife, Tiffiny, is a pediatric physical therapist originally from Los Angeles, and we currently live outside of Philadelphia in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with our daughter, Penelope (Penny). My favorite tradition is when 80-100 of our extended family members get together for Thanksgiving each year. I think we may have more people and food than at most weddings!
What's one thing most people don't know about you?
As previously mentioned, I used to live in Kalundborg, Denmark, which I enjoyed very much. I still remember some Danish words, like hygge, and plan to visit again one day. People in Denmark say that once you are friends with a Dane, you are always friends.
What's your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
I enjoy playing with my daughter as well as reading and watching videos on topics such as financial news and home remodeling and renovations.
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