Statistical Programmer Matteo Ferrari

In this blog of ‘Career Insights’ series we talk to Matteo Ferrari, Principal Statistical Programmer of CROS NT, to find out more on his career path, achievements, current role at CROS NT and his interests outside of work.

Have you always been passionate about programming and did you know early on this would be your career choice?

I chose an IT-oriented high school, as I was convinced that technical background would help me in building my career.  Besides, I have been passionate about computers and technology since I was a kid. When I had to decide which high school was right for me, choosing a school focused on IT and programming was an easy choice.

What has been your journey to your current role at CROS NT?

Due to my background I was originally hired as an IT intern, but then CROS NT’s CEO Paolo Morelli proposed me to join the statistical programming department, and it has been my place ever since!

What most inspires you about working within this field?

I know that a small piece of my work supports the improvement of healthcare and contributes to the scientific research, and this is very motivating!

What does a principal statistical programmer do?

Usually senior and principal team members are involved in validation side of programming tasks, such as CDISC activities (SDTM/ADaM mapping, define.xml or reviewer’s guides) or TLF. Recently I have been working quite a lot on ISS/ISE analysis. Apart of programming activities, I am responsible for the stat programming parts of our projects and I also support line manager in mentoring more junior team members.

What are the top skills that a statistical programmer should develop?

I would say it is very important to have analytical approach. It helps in many aspects of our work: coding, organising your work or solving problems you may face. Being able to create a clear workflow in your mind is critical for this work.

What are your personal values?

Being commited to what you’re doing and being supportive of others, even if you yourself are having a bad day.

What are your main interests outside of work?

I enjoy reading. History books (both novels and non-fictional) are my favourite. I am a sports fan, especially when it comes to football, rugby and NBA basket. In the last years I tried to attend at least one live sport event abroad, usually a football match in Spain or Portugal or a 6 Nations rugby match in the UK or Ireland.

I love listening to music and try to go to live event as much as possible.

Even if I don’t ski, I still like going to the mountains, especially Lessinia, which is an area near Verona. It is not so famous as the Alps but is still a perfect place for hiking or even having a simple walk and a meal in one of the meadows.

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