Christine Ann Miller
What was the nature of your job before you decided to join the EMTM program?
Before joining the EMTM program, I served as a manager in the Strategic Purchasing Department at Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company. In this role, I supported Watson’s supplier diversity initiatives, collaborating with category managers to identify diversity suppliers for inclusions in RFPs. Additionally, I was tasked with managing purchasing policies and procedures to support procurement excellence and optimize the Company’s procure-to-pay process.
What made you decide to go back to grad school? Why the EMTM program at Stevens?
My undergraduate degree was in chemical engineering and after practicing engineering in both R&D and Manufacturing at Merck & Co., Inc. I knew that I wanted to leverage my technical background in a business-related function. I realized very early on that in order to successfully compete in today’s global economy, technical expertise must be integrated with sound business sense. As a result of this understanding, continuing my education and obtaining my MBA became a part of my long term career goal. The EMTM program seemed ideal because it focused on preparing managers with a technical background to lead high-tech businesses. The fact that I could attend Steven’s EMTM program part time while still working full time was very attractive. This gave me the opportunity to leverage the skills and learning that I gained while attending the program and apply them in real time to my role at Watson.
What value did you derive from the program?
During the EMTM program, I was exposed to the business practices and strategies employed by other industries, which I learned in many cases could be applied to my industry. I was able to learn not only from case studies presented in the course work and from professors, but also from my classmates as well. This exposure to different ideas was extremely important in my development and allowed me to be more strategic in my thinking. The cohort approach to the EMTM program was also of immense value as it allowed me to develop close relationships with my team and work collaboratively to develop very innovative solutions to many of the problems posed to us during the program.
What changes have occurred in your professional life since taking the program?
While in the EMTM program I was promoted to Associate Director of Strategic Purchasing, responsible for leading sourcing initiatives for Clinical Research for phase I-IV clinical trials. After working closely with the Generics R&D organization to streamline their sourcing process for clinical trials, I was asked to join the R&D organization and was promoted to Associate Director of R&D Operations Planning. In this role I was responsible for providing operational support to the Senior Vice President of R&D and the R&D Management Team, analyzing business processes, and developing recommendations to leverage assets effectively across the organization. Now, two years after graduating from EMTM, I have been asked to serve as the Director of R&D Operations Planning and Project Management, a key role within the R&D management team. In this role, I will be responsible for ensuring the operational effectiveness of the Generics R&D organization, developing strategic plans, and leading a project management team responsible for the development of generic pharmaceuticals.