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Meet our fantastic team of people and learn more about what we do.

Each month we will be featuring one of our staff from our offices in the UK and Denmark, telling their stories of how they came to be working at our organization and a little about what they do when they’re not at work. 

Our Stories

This Month's Featured Member of Staff

We’re into March already and it’s time to feature another member of our dedicated and hardworking team. This month we are focusing on Kirsten Langendorf who is a Principal CDISC Consultant at S-cubed and a CDISC Subject Matter Expert for A3 Informatics.  Although Kirsten, only joined S-cubed in May of 2017, she has brought her cheerful and hardworking outlook to the company, along with mugs for tea and chocolate cake!

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Kirsten Langendorf - Principal Consultant and CDISC Subject Matter Expert - S-cubed ApS

I joined S-cubed when Scott McGregor contacted me and asked if I wanted to be part of the team working for A3 Informatics, developing the Glandon Suite, as well as joining the S-cubed CDISC team. I have a professional interest in the way CDISC is being deployed in pharmaceutical companies and the idea of being part of a new project was very exciting. Also, I like the people here, having worked with many of them before and that influenced me to move.

I do enjoy my job. Being part of the A3 Informatics development team, working on a project that is cutting edge is fascinating. The team is crucial, and we work really closely together on system design to ensure that we have built a solution that is what our customers need. I do enjoy demonstrating the capabilities of the system to clients and ensuring they understand how the products are easy to implement. There’s also a real need in the industry to have wider use of CDISC standards and S-cubed is able to deliver CDISC complaint data and solutions, as we have been working with standards for 10 years. Perhaps my biggest challenge is having enough time to do all the exciting things I’d like to do!

A typical day for me always starts early. I am normally up at 5.30am making breakfast for me and my son. I cycle into the office to arrive about 7am or I head to a client. I like the quiet and can get a lot of work done first thing in the morning, before the hustle and bustle of daily life starts. We have a shared lunch in the office and it’s always good. I normally finish work and head for home at about 3.30 – 4pm, make dinner and relax.

I would rather be at home with my family than anywhere else in the world. I have travelled widely during my career and I don’t mind packing up and going away but for a vacation, I would always rather be close to home, particularly as I am conscious of the environmental impact of travelling. If I could choose to visit anywhere, I’d probably choose a remote Pacific Island, Iceland or maybe New Zealand. However, this year we are going to Venice by train and (diesel 😉) car. My favourite summer vacations when I was young were always in Sweden or Norway, sailing trips with my father, or driving around Denmark with my parents. But when I am not working, you can generally find me reading a techy book, something on plant based food, graph databases or perhaps about the environment and sustainability. I enjoy watching films, particularly romantic films, although I have run out of things to watch on Netflix. I am a long-term ABBA fan, so Mama Mia is one of my favourite films. In fact, I could sing words to ABBA songs before I could speak English so some of the words I made up, just occasionally I will still sing the made up word rather than the correct English one!

My first job was working with the elderly in a care home for a summer vacation, as my Mum was a nurse there. It was ok but not want I wanted to do for a career. I moved into clinical research after I completed my masters in statistics. At the time, the biggest place to work with a degree in applied statistics was Novo Nordisk. I had a good friend, who I had studied with at university, and she joined Novo a couple of months before me and put in a good word for me. But S-cubed is different. We are all part of a big family and we get to have a good deal of say about the direction we take. My colleagues are very talented and there is nothing better than being surrounded by people with interesting ideas and visions. I love working on Glandon; it’s such an innovative system for managing the CDISC standards and has a great future. I hope I will still be at S-cubed in 10 years and that I’ll be working with customers all over Europe helping them implement the Glandon Suite.

Hmm 5 words to describe me … positive, impatient (sometimes!), sense of humour, persistent, direct.


 

Mark Lipscombe – Managing Director, S-cubed Ltd & S-cubed Pharmaceutical Services ApS

I set up S-cubed Ltd in the UK, 10 years ago, after meeting Scott (MD, ApS), while we were working on a project together in Copenhagen. In some respects, I think this was one of those ‘being in the right place at the right time’ moments. Stephen Thompson (Director of Regulatory Affairs) was looking to do something new and he joined me after about a year and then other members of the team arrived, as we contacted old friends and colleagues. Stephen and I knew we wanted Nicola Wright (Director of Regulatory Affairs) on the team from the beginning, but it took us about 4 years of persuading until the timing was right – we are persistent! S-cubed is about building the right team of people, so a combination of good timing and knowing many of the people we were working with has ensured our success.

My working day is never the same. The variety of work and the different challenges are really exciting, and I enjoy it. Of course, over time your job develops, changes, and my ‘to-do list’ is never ending. But there is a flow to the business year now, we can predict the peaks and troughs and the business is lively and demanding. One of the challenges of my work is retaining and recruiting people. Retention is not too tricky, as S-cubed focuses on providing a balance between working on interesting projects and individual flexibility, and that’s rewarding. However, as the business has grown, finding the right staff can sometimes be difficult, as individuals need to fit in with our unique culture. When I look across all of the various parts of the business, I am still impressed by the great people that we have working for us, and that we continue to recruit.

I had no idea what I wanted to do when I was at school. I went on to study Psychology at University but even then, I wasn’t too sure what I’d do afterwards. My first job certainly wasn’t an indication of where I’d end up either, as at 14 I was working with a friend of my Dad’s, who had a lighting company. I spent Saturdays travelling around with him in his van delivering lightbulbs! He was a lovely bloke and basically we did what we wanted. It reminds me of my first job as a Clinical Research Associate, where I drove all over Belgium collecting CRF data in an old Rover. Enjoyable days. I worked at a CRO during my holidays from university and that’s when I started to consider a career in clinical research. I spent some time in data management and then moved into clinical operations, first as a CRA and then a Project Manager. But I was also really interested the way business works and went to study an MBA at Henley Management College. It gave me a fantastic grounding in the fundamentals of management and I moved through a number of positions until I ended up working in Denmark as a consultant on an eClinical project, where I met Scott.

Since then, S-cubed Ltd has grown significantly and now we have expanded our operations in Copenhagen to support Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance work in the Nordic region. I want us to continue to grow and to have the same work ethic we have now: good conditions for staff and ensuring the balance between an enjoyable job and a great family life. The flexibility for myself and the staff is so important and it’s what makes S-cubed such a great place to work.

When I am not occupied with work, I am happy being with my family at home. I like taking the kids to the beach and life in Denmark is focused on having time with your children. I enjoy travelling, although I do worry about what the world will look like in the future. I do try to get out and do some exercise, running or going to the gym.

Five words that people would use to describe me? That’s really hard. Probably open-minded, thoughtful, encouraging, supportive, and funny … and you can take that any way you want!  


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