My role at Roche
As a Lead Software Quality Assurance Analyst, I’m improving patients’ lives by testing and ensuring that we provide the top quality software products to customers. I also ensure that the rest of the groups verify and validate software requirements to meet the customer/product requirements.
My goal is to provide top quality products to the customers. This includes enhancing the usability and customer interactions with software as well as software that helps to facilitate custom probes design for sequence capture and Heat-Seq products. I am also helping to build & test tools for use in bioinformatics and a seamless, end to end solution that can realize the promise of precision medicine or personalized healthcare.
What inspires me
It is great to come to work every day with a feeling that my work is improving or helping to really save the lives of patients. It feels like the work I do has a great impact on society. Plus I work with a great team of people every day. We have a great set of cultural beliefs (People First, Own it, Speak Up, Innovate now, Succeed as One). As such the work environment is very inspiring. Imagine scientists try to share with engineers their knowledge about science and engineers try to build tools that scientists or researchers or customers want and need. Roche fosters a culture of debate, mutual respect, and diversity as we tackle these challenges and upper management tries to hear staff and help them achieve their goals. As a result, we won the award for best midsize company two years in a row.
My own story
I grew up in India and graduated there with a degree in computer science engineering. In 2005, I moved to the United States with my husband who was posted to an assignment in Minneapolis, MN. Because of my education background and passion for software quality assurance (QA), I attended a professional training and then found my first job. This was a pretty exciting moment - to work on my first assignment in the United States. Then I worked a variety of jobs from software testing and integration testing in a range of industries including banking, finance, health care, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.
In 2009 I joined Roche NimbleGen as a consultant and eventually took a role as Lead Software QA (quality assurance) tester. In the beginning I had to work hard to learn and understand the concepts behind our science, sequencing and biology. I was and remain fascinated by how Roche is improving the lives of people and working to create an impact across the world. It is an amazing opportunity for me to work closely with all the sequencing products and I am very proud to be part of the Roche family for the last 8 years.
As I look at my career steps, there were moments when I had to take courageous decisions. For example, when in 2008 I decided to stay in the United States without my family to continue my career. Meanwhile my husband had to take an offshore position for a period of time. This experience gave me lot of self-confidence and at the same time, it allowed me to continue to work with Roche.
On my personal time, I like to spend time with my family and my two young kids. Playing the violin or soccer with them are my most favorite leisure time activities. My other hobbies include cooking, gardening and painting with my kids.
My advice for engineers
If you want to work in the medical field to help change the lives of people and dream of building software tools that help them, while working on cutting edge technology, think about joining Roche. In my experience, Roche provides its people with every necessary tool and opportunity to help us grow and contribute to better healthcare for patients.