Why I Work In Lima
Our people are united in helping restore movement for patients: to restore the eMotion of Motion.
Knowing that the products we create are of the highest quality possible is a great thing to be part of.
Meet Chiara Gorasso, Quality Management System (QMS) Coordinator.
Ciao Chiara, please introduce yourself. What has influenced your career today, and what led you to a career at LimaCorporate?
I've always been interested in maths and science. My mother is a maths teacher, and my father is an engineer, so love for sciences runs through my family! At the end of high school, a friend who was a biomedical engineer inspired me to pursue this particular career path, and it was love at first sight. Biomedical engineering is a fusion between engineering, medicine, and anatomy, and I was fascinated to learn about the various technologies and how they are applied to medicine and science
Having completed my bachelor’s degree in Padova, Northern Italy, I moved to Milan to complete my master’s in biomedical engineering. Whilst I didn’t originally specialize in orthopedics, the field has always interested me. LimaCorporate is the biggest medical device company in Friuli, so it was only natural I applied to work here.
br/>I joined LimaCorporate almost four and a half years ago, as a process validation engineer in the company’s Quality Department. After a few months, I had the opportunity to join QMS so transitioned to my current role, which I love.
Tell us about your role at LimaCorporate?
As the QMS Coordinator, I ensure LimaCorporate’s products are compliant with good manufacturing practices, are of the highest quality standards, and satisfy all quality and applicable regulatory requirements. No two days are the same. Whether its organizing internal audits, or contributing to new operating procedures applicable for medical devices processes, my job is always exciting, with different challenges constantly around the corner.
I deal with a range of different business units and their requirements – our work is critical in ensuring all ways of working and procedure updates, that could impact quality, are guaranteed. Whilst my role is internal, I am in constant communication with our external subsidiaries, Authorities, and Notified Bodies (organizations that assess the conformity of certain products before they enter the market), to guarantee all quality requirements are met. I also train manufacturing, design, and development teams to ensure they follow all the applicable requirements defined in the LimaCorporate Quality Management System.
What do you enjoy about your job?
Knowing that the products we create are of the highest quality possible is a great thing to be part of. Quality is always present in LimaCorporate, from the factory floor to the operating table. As a quality engineer, I help our teams provide the best solutions, that not only improve patients’ lives, but change them. I’m curious by nature, and with regulation changing so rapidly that directly impacts companies like ours, I’m driven to help our teams perform.
How does your team drive innovation?
All the quality department is involved in the design and development processes for different activities, working with teams to produce new technologies and solutions. It’s up to us to have our ‘finger on the pulse’ and remain one step ahead of potential regulation. It’s important that our products and procedures are compliant in their respective markets’ requirements around the world. Behind every innovation, and market-leading technology and materials, are quality and applicable regulatory requirements. Without quality in production or processes, we cannot provide the world-class solutions for patients we are renowned for.
What are some of the challenges you face?
Understanding different departments’ needs and managing relationships to ensure they are met is an important part of my job. We work with some of the brightest minds at LimaCorporate, often collaborating with people who have expert technical knowledge and skills. It’s crucial we understand their specific needs and then translate them into a procedure, documents, or operational elements. Managing timeframes and expectations is a challenge, as we’re often tasked with short deadlines. That being said, being polite, calm and kind goes a long way! We are part of a great team and really try to support each other across the business to achieve our shared goal.
What are you proud of in your career?
Most recently, I participated in an external course run by our Notified Body to become an auditor. The training was intense. However, I’m proud to say I’m now qualified as an internal and external auditor.
If you weren’t in this career and company, what would your dream job be?
Funnily enough, when I was seven years old, I was interviewed by my swimming team's newspaper. They asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I said an engineer because my father is one! Now I am one, I love what I do. I love the medical device field, but if I had to choose again, given my passion for sports - swimming, running, hiking - I could see myself coaching. I want to help people, especially children, to develop their hidden talents. Everyone deserves to feel like a champion and know their strengths.
If you feel inspired by Chiara’s story and are interested in joining the LimaCorporate family, please visit our careers page to find the latest roles available. We would love to hear from you.
Meet Nathalie Bye, Global Brand Manager - Knee
Ciao Nathalie, please introduce yourself. When and how did you start your career in LimaCorporate? What is your background?
Hi! My name is Nathalie Bye and I’m part of the Global Brand Management Team. I’m responsible for the marketing activities of our Knee Product Portfolio, with specific responsibility to support the USA and Western European markets. I joined LimaCorporate in June 2018 but have been working in the orthopedic sector for 12 years in total. I started my career in orthopedics as a sales rep within the UK and have been a Product Manager, Marketing Manager and National Sales Manager within previous companies. I joined Lima UK subsidiary in 2018 as Marketing Manager for the UK and Ireland responsible for product strategy, key customer engagement and market development and in January 2021 I moved to work in my current role for the Global Brand Management Team.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job? And what makes you proudest about your career?
The most challenging aspect is balancing the time to think and reflect about strategic direction that long-term projects require with the workload that comes from day to day tasks that are required to support the business.
What makes me proudest about my career? Definitely the relationships that I have built with a large number of key surgeons and colleagues in our market, such that they are happy to collaborate with me on many projects & seeing the market growth of a product after a focus upon it with new strategy.
What are the challenges and most interesting aspects of working in such an international environment?
Since university, I’ve never actually worked for a British company. I’ve worked for a French company, then an Irish company promoting German products and now an Italian company. I’m not really sure I know what it’s like to work for a British company! My passion is for getting the best out of people and I enjoy working across many departments and with my colleagues internationally to help grow LimaCorporate business. I find it interesting working with people from different backgrounds and with different experience and find there are not many challenges if you 1st work to build a relationship with people. If you help someone, they will usually in return help you.
What are the required characteristics to work for LimaCorporate, according to you? What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in the orthopedic world and more specifically in LimaCorporate?
You need to be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and to be happy to flex outside your role if something needs to be done as the company is growing and some tasks don’t yet have an obvious owner!
For someone looking to enter the Orthopedic devices market I would say to them to be inquisitive, ask customers lots of questions. Understand why they do what they do and what motivates their decisions, you will learn lots very quickly that way about products as well as surgical practice.
For someone joining LimaCorporate I would recommend that they make sure they tell everyone they meet the history of the company as many customers do not know the brand and this is important to our future.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I’d say: you’re not defined by your mistakes. I always thought that people would judge me so tried to be as perfect as I could. Now I’ve realized that no one cares about the one or two mistakes you make, and they won’t define your capabilities so relax a bit!
In your opinion, which is the real game changer in LimaCorporate? Which is the aspect that makes LimaCorporate a winning company?
The real game changer in LimaCorporate is our engineering capacity and skill, we are able to develop technically advanced materials and implants that will continue to lead the way in the future.
I believe LimaCorporate is a winning company as we have not become so big that it is impersonal, there is management visibility and people work together as a team to succeed.
Dream away, if you could do any other job what would you do and why?
I feel that I still have a lot I want to achieve at Lima but eventually I would like to work as an executive coach helping other people progress in their career, especially if like myself they were a young woman in a male dominated industry! I have always enjoyed developing others and watching them grow in ability and confidence.
Meet Federico Leandrin, ProMade Product Development Coordinator for the USA.
Ciao Federico, please introduce yourself. When and how did you start your career in LimaCorporate? What is your background?
Hi! My name is Federico Leandrin, I’m 29 years old and I’m the ProMade Product Development Coordinator for the USA. I’m now based in the beating heart of NYC at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where I’m responsible for overseeing all custom implants designed and produced for the US market. I joined LimaCorporate in June 2016, after graduating in material engineering with a focus on biomaterials and biomedical technologies. I started my career within the outstanding ProMade team as a Jr Product Development Engineer (back then there were only four of us!). During the past few years, the whole team has gone through an unprecedented evolution and great opportunities arose as a result.
You’re the first ProMade engineer working and collaborating actively with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, in LimaCorporate's new facility. What are your feelings about it?
It is an unbelievable experience and I’m proud to be the pioneer of such a game-changing collaboration between LimaCorporate and HSS. Sitting inside the first-ranked hospital in the world for orthopedics, working closely with internationally renowned surgeons to learn how to recognize and address the challenges they’re facing in the most complex cases, are among the high-value aspects that make this cooperation something unique. We’re now working on several projects in HSS and all around the USA and we start seeing the impact our service has in both patient’s life and surgeon practice.
What are the challenges of working in such an innovative environment? Is there something you miss from HQ life?
This experience has been, without a doubt, a radical change for me, professionally and personally. There are so many inputs and stimuli that all this new environment offers every day, that dealing with all of them is probably the most challenging aspect to handle so far. I believe this is part of the innovative nature of what LimaCorporate is building here in HSS and, of course, without the usual “Km 0” support of HQ, everything requires particular attention. This sort of self-management can easily push you towards your limits and, when it occurs, I like to keep in mind that “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”!
In your opinion, what is the impact that the new facility will have on LimaCorporate in a global perspective?
Let’s face it, we have the chance to completely change the way people think about orthopedics and the personalized solution for challenging patients. We’re bringing the technology into surgeon’s hands, where clinical and engineering expertise perfectly match. And I feel like we’re just at the beginning of our journey.
What makes you proudest of your job?
It may sound obvious, but being part of an energetic and dynamic team that recognizes everyone’s contribution, is key. Together we learn from our mistakes and, together, we celebrate success.
Beside this, the opportunity to see my creation evolving from the concept to the final application is something extremely rewarding. Everytime I walk in the OR and I experience the benefit that these unique and personalized creations have on patients, it fills me with pride. Hardware, knowhow, passion and great relationships are the ingredients of these results.
What are the required characteristics to work for LimaCorporate, according to you?
I’ll be honest, I believe I’m still in the stage of defining and finishing of my own skills (and I’m not sure I’ll ever stop doing it!), but what I’ve learned so far, from my experience in LimaCorporate, is that everything can happen very quickly, no matter the entity of the project. You need to be ready to thing outside of the box, be fast in making decisions without being afraid to take the wrong road. Risks and mistakes are part of the business and you, along with your team, should know how to make the most from every experience.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
If I go back a few years, I’d probably be looking at some nice mountains in Trento, where I attended my master courses and I’d say: keep studying, stay with your passions, don’t be afraid to go abroad and see how the rest of the world works, build relationships. I think everyone’s life is marked by choices, sometimes we voluntarily make the right one, sometimes we do it unwittingly. In any case, I like the idea that, if you keep doing the right thing, good things will happen to you.
Dream away, if you could do any other job what would you do and why?
Honestly speaking, I feel like I have a lot more to learn from what I’m doing now and from the people I work with.
Going forward, I hope I’ll be in the condition to grow new interests and set new personal targets. Surely it would be enriching to extend my knowledge on the functioning of an organization as a whole, not only from the technical and engineering point of view, but also from the business perspective.
I’m usually intrigued by things I don’t know, and I often wonder whether if it’s too late or it takes too long to deepen the knowledge of new topics. I guess I’ll find the answer by trying.