Meet Bhavesh Patkar: Senior Director, Biostatistical and Statistical Programming
"I am passionate about my team and building their careers, so I love mentoring and training them in order to strengthen their skills and capabilities."
Bhavesh Patkar, Senior Director in Biostatistical and Statistical Programming, shares his typical day, what skills are needed to be successful in his job, and how his career evolved over the years. He is a compassionate leader who pushes boundaries for his team to grow and innovate. In his free time he loves watching and playing sports, and spending time with his family and friends.
- What is your role and why did you join Parexel?
I joined Parexel in May 2015, having prior experience within the pharma industry, consulting companies, and having worked as an Independent consultant. Parexel was highly recommended to me by my friends and ex-colleagues across the globe—in terms of the scope of work Parexel handles and the passion to keep innovating and delivering value to our clients. Statistical Programmers generate reports that analyze the clinical trial data for safety and efficiency using analytical tool like Statistical Analysis Software (SAS). In my current role, I head the FSP Statistical Programming group in India, which consists of around 300 people.
- Tell us a little bit about what you do every day.
A typical day in office includes meetings with my team and brainstorming solutions to both operational and functional challenges. This is followed by interactions with both internal and external stakeholders on projects, resourcing, and key items related to ensuring that we continue to deliver high quality work to our clients.
- What traits and skills are needed to be successful in your role at Parexel?
I believe that one needs to be very compassionate and genuine in providing solutions to the team as they are our key assets. It is extremely important to possess a strong understanding of the field and the ability to look at the larger picture. Being action oriented and having good interpersonal skills is important in succeeding in this role as well.
- What excites you most about the work you do?
My favorite part of my work is that it provides me an opportunity to motivate my team and collaborate with other groups, such as data management and biostatistics, to deliver high quality results efficiently to our clients. I am passionate about my team and their careers, so I love mentoring and training them in order to strengthen their skills and capabilities. I also enjoy interacting with people from different groups to assist in identifying and providing innovative solutions to our clients.
- How has Parexel supported your career development?
I have been lucky to have fantastic managers and mentors within Parexel who have always provided me the right direction and advice to grow my career. Parexel processes and systems also helped me build my skills to enable my readiness for the next role.
- What does Parexel’s mission mean to you?
Parexel’s mission is all about putting Patients First; how we can ensure we do our day to day ‘with heart’ and help our clients get medicines faster to the market, thereby helping millions of people worldwide to lead a better life.
- What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my family and friends. I love watching and playing cricket, football and tennis. Recently, I have also tried to apply my culinary skills in our kitchen, but it seems like I am going to need a lot of training and mentoring in this area. Overall, I appreciate the flexible work options provided by Parexel, as it helps me to rest well and energize myself to work more passionately.
- Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
One thing that people don’t know about me is that I have represented my school and college in 5 different sports – cricket, football, tennis, table tennis and carrom.
Bhavesh's team ©Photo by Bhavesh Patkar
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