Meet Kirill Skouibine: Executive Director, Functional Service Provider (FSP) Data Operations
"I feel fortunate to be part of the growing FSP unit, and I’m looking forward to seeing it continue to succeed. We are making valuable contributions to our customers and patient health globally."
Kirill Skouibine, Executive Director, Functional Service Provider, Data Operations provides information about his role, the challenges he faces in his position and what excites him about the work he undertakes.
- When did you join Parexel, and why did you choose Parexel above our competitors?
I joined Parexel in 2000, after completing my post-doctoral studies in math and bioengineering at Duke University. While at Duke, I was fortunate to attend Dr. Richard Kay’s, then the global Head of Parexel Biostatistics and Programming department, lectures called “Statistical Thinking in Clinical Trials.” Richard had sparked my interest by very clearly showing a connection of science to practical applications in real life, and that interest soon led me to join the Russian office of Parexel. I did not really know of/considered any competitors!
- What would you like people to know about your job or department?
FSP Data Operations has existed for over 10 years. Under an FSP model, a customer outsources work of a given function strategically, across multiple protocols, assets, therapeutic areas. For example, over the years, one of our strategic partners has successfully outsourced over 70% of their statistical programming business to Parexel. The high-quality services we provide out of EU-East (Russia, Poland, Serbia) and APAC (Taiwan, China, India) regions enable the customer to accurately analyze clinical trial data to ultimately determine the efficacy of their pipeline products.
- What is it about your position that challenges you most?
One of the big challenges for me personally was to completely step away from project work, as I used to be a Biostatistician and Programming Lead working on various interesting protocols, and enjoyed that part very much! My group, first in Russia, then in all of EU-East, and then in APAC was growing and I found myself 100% in a management and oversight role. I enjoy this role as much as operations work - communicating with people and building a global team around the world is a great experience, but sometimes I do feel like I am missing the applied science bit that had originally brought me to Parexel!
- How would you describe what it’s like to work at Parexel?
I think Parexel is a great model of a global company as it does not limit anyone in what they can achieve here. Having been here for over 20 years, I have seen so many professionals start from the same initial level and progress along very different career paths, that best fit their aspirations. I have enjoyed watching them grow and I am honored to continue to work alongside them.
- What excites you most about the work you do?
Many things! I enjoy:
- The sense of relevance of what we all collectively do, and how it contributes to patient health.
- The ability and privilege to communicate with many great professionals across the world, both at Parexel and at our customer organizations.
- Helping people in their professional development path and seeing them progress.
- Learning from others and being able to progress myself.
How would you describe what it’s like working with your colleagues?
I enjoy informal interaction, seeing faces, even if mostly through Teams lately. Once the contact is established and your colleague, team, or customer counterpart feels that you are all part of the joint effort it is easy to address specific matters at hand, no matter easy or difficult, minor or major, global or small scale.
- How has Parexel supported your career development?
I am fairly self-reliant, but I have always felt support and encouragement from my managers and mentors throughout my career at Parexel. For example, at the very beginning, I was entrusted to recruit and oversee a team of programmers and data managers even though I did not have any management experience. I have had to learn from practice and have enjoyed the management aspect of my career ever since. Another example, also inspiring at the time, was when I was given various challenging biostatistics lead responsibilities and supported by colleagues in carrying them out – large integrated efficacy and safety submissions to the FDA including very interesting meta-analyses and challenging data integration work, a DMC statistician role for a large oncology study, etc. I try to challenge and encourage my staff in a similar way and hope they find the challenges I give interesting.
- Tell me something most people don't know about you
I do not think many people know that I started snowkiting when I turned 50.
There are few limits, but you have to be sensible at taking risks.
- What do you enjoy when you’re not at work?
I have two kids, so I most enjoy spending time with them, playing, taking them outside for various activities, reading to them.
- What is your untrainable superpower?
Trust in the good in the people.
- If you wrote a ‘user manual’ for how people should interact with you, what would be the most important point in the manual?
I prefer when people are sincere, open, direct, and honest with me.