I am Erica Jones, director, project management (PM) – delivery, and I’ve been with PPD for around 18 years. I’ve literally “grown up” at PPD starting my career as a research assistant, learning the company from the ground floor up. I continued to excel in roles with increasing responsibility in clinical monitoring, PM-delivery, oversight director and now as a dedicated people manager for PM-delivery. As a people manager, I have the opportunity to train, mentor and coach project managers around the world, which I thoroughly enjoy.
I started at PPD in 1999 and left for three years to explore other career endeavors in the field of clinical research. During my time away, I was able to appreciate PPD’s focus on training and building research professionals which is like no other I’ve found in the industry. Although I have experience in several therapeutic indications, my main focus over the last decade has been in metabolic diseases. This area is close to my heart as metabolic diseases have impacted my family and others within my community. I wanted to be a part of the ongoing education, pathway to a cure and better quality of life for those patients.
PPD’s approach to strengthen our business is a focus on our most valuable asset which is our employees. PPD continues to renew a commitment to the growth and development of each employee. Not just looking at where the employee is, but also where they could be. I’m a part of a team that looks for innovative ways to train, support and celebrate successes as we watch our project managers excel. I’ve had some great mentors and career advocates along the way, and I wanted to be a part of that as a dedicated people manager.
PPD has ensured ongoing training from the start of my career. Not just providing the training but also creating a platform where I can pursue training via my own avenues. From the initial Project Delivery Onboarding training (where I serve as a facilitator), online therapeutic training, Skillsoft Training Portal, Lead to Succeed for People Managers, leadership training and development and even the ability to attend global conferences.
Overall, PPD promotes an atmosphere of career mobility that has allowed me to explore career options internally and continuously expand my skills and knowledge. Within PM-delivery we rely on each other to work cohesively as one team, no matter the department. The ultimate goal is to continue to help our clients deliver life-changing therapies and devices while investing in the best talent in the industry. I would say to anyone interested in joining PPD to “Come Grow with Us.”
To learn more about PPD’s project delivery team and available opportunities across the globe, visit PPD Careers: Project Delivery.