Life as a Progress consultant by
Edwin Hooijschuur

Several years ago, I never thought about working as a consultant. Until there comes a time when you wonder what to do for the rest of your career. In the end it was a good friend who has been working at Progress for a few years now, who asked the question: why not work as a consultant at Progress? She was very enthusiastic about the organization and the work, and suspected that there would be a good match. This is how contact was made. After a few pleasant conversations, I developed an image of Progress as a social, accessible organization in which the employee has a centralized position. Also, working as a consultant seemed to me the ideal next step in my career: apply my experience and expertise for the benefit of clients and at the same time learn new things.

Now, looking back on more than a year of working as a consultant at Progress, I see that expectations have been exceeded. I have worked on a wide variety of assignments. Working at biotech start-up companies and commercial service providers, as a project manager, quality manager and in an advisory or supporting role. Sometimes independently, sometimes within a team with several colleagues from Progress. Even within assignments you are very diverse in activities. From writing a procedure to coaching the customer’s employees and providing advice. It has turned out to be a nice mix of applying my skills, knowledge and experience, and learning new things: broadening knowledge about quality systems, sustainable construction of new buildings to name a few.

Progress itself turned out to be that social, stimulating organization in which you as a consultant are central. Within the organization there is a lot of room to learn from each other, for example during team meetings, in topic teams and during training. There is a lot of room for own initiatives and the social activities are also an added value.

In short, if you are considering a job as a consultant, come and talk to Progress!

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Interested in working for Progress after reading this? Check out our vacancies on the website, or feel free to reach out to Progress consultants you encounter in the biotech field!