Meet Andy Sierra - Senior Vendor Contract Associate

1.) How long have you worked at MRN? 

April 2017.  

2.) A typical day in the life of Vendor Contracts Management at MRN would look like? 

Like a lot of meetings and contracts flying around!  So the way that I think about it is kind of like a fantasy movie or book with a wizard in the middle with contracts and words flying around them. That’s how a typical day looks. Lots of documents floating around, with issues that need managing for vendors and trying to make sure that the two people who you manage (the customer and the vendor) are talking to each other fairly. 

3.) In your opinion, what makes a great Vendor Contracts Management team member at MRN? 

A person who excels at communicating, who understands that you have to walk that tightrope between the customer and the vendor. You always are trying to get both parties to compromise a bit. It’s a person who works in a very fast paced environment, who thrives with little guidance, and you tell them, this is what you have to do. And that’s what they go ahead and do.   

4.) What made you want to join MRN?  

I think what made me want to join was the fact of what we are doing at MRN, which is making clinical trials more accessible and ensuring that we get medications to patients faster. That’s really what attracted me to the role. And you know, coming from a science background, I still wanted to be within the field. So, I loved the aspect of creating an impact on field.  

5.) What’s the best thing about your role? 

The fact that I have the freedom to create.    

6.) What 3 words best describe MRN for you? 

Fast-Paced – Intense – Family 

7.) What does MRN offer you? 

I have a freedom here that I wouldn’t have elsewhere, in the sense that I’m able to create, as well as learn about the field. I’m learning about the world of procurement and contracting, but at the same time, I’m also allowed to explore and create and see where that creativity and that image takes me 

8.) Do you have advice for anybody who wants to work in your field? 

I would say try not to take work home and take each issue as its own separate thing and don’t merge them together.   

9.) What motivates you to work hard? 

It really intrigues me that what we’re doing is actually making clinical trials accessible to more people. And at the very, heart of me is that I want to help people and help people get access to medical health. I actually went to medical school so it’s at the base/ core tenant of me that I really want to help people. I don’t believe the healthcare system in the US is the most effective way to help people which is why I’ve gone to another place to see if I can get help to people in a different way. 

10.) What is your favorite thing about your career? 

Is that the sky’s the limit!