Meet Christina, Learning & Organizational Development, Roche Pharma Grenzach / Germany

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Hey, join our Team!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Christina and I was born and raised in Athens, Greece. I went to university in Athens and in London and I have been working in the HR field for the past 15 years with experience in consulting, banking and pharma sectors. I recently joined Roche in Germany coming also from the pharma industry and having worked in the past in a European role based in Amsterdam, Holland and local roles in Greece. This is my first job in Germany and I enjoy it a lot because people here are really open, friendly, fun and drinking a lot of beer:)).

In which Roche location do you currently work and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?

I work in Roche, Grenzach in the South of Germany a perfect location between Germany, France and Switzerland. The site is amazing near the river Rhine with a lot of trees and green and it is near Basel and Freiburg which makes it ideal for outdoor activities, excursions and sport. Basel is a cultural city where there is a lot going on like music festivals, opera, exhibitions and museums.

Why did you decide to join Roche?

First of all, I came here almost by accident:), my ex manager forwarded me the position through his network and asked me if I was interested, so after 2 -3 interviews I actually landed in Grenzach which is only 5 km away from Basel:). At the end it fulfilled my expectations to work in the strongest Roche Pharma Affiliate in Europe as well as in a leading international pharma company and near the headquarters. What I really enjoy here in Roche Grenzach is that I am part of various sports groups (Tae Bo and Crossfit), I can take a book or a DVD from our Library on the campus and enjoy the famous German sausages in the cantine. Also I truly believe that Roche is a company dedicated to offer to patients what they need.

Tell us about what you do in your current role at Roche?

I am Senior Manager in Learning & Organizational Development in HR with focus on the Leadership Development including Organization, Culture, Team and Individual Development of Leaders. I love to work together with people, being creative, giving advices and thinking out of the box, something like an internal consultant but also with a more personal touch. I am also in the Lead for Discover & Develop Workstream in Grenzach for The People Project (global project) with aim to change the mindset and the philosophy for Succession and Talent Management. Let´s really change and move into a more inclusive approach in the way we are handling potential in our company.

How would you describe Roche as an employer? How would you describe the people in your team working here?

Roche is offering great development and learning opportunities, making employees feeling engaged and passionate about what they do. It provides a culture of sharing and a great diversity of people.  LOD is a Center of Excellence with an agile team of experts in Human Resources and we are supporting the development of all employees (Early in career Talents, Employees and Leaders). Inside my team we are close to each other in everything we do, have always constructive and meaningful discussions and working always to achieve the best results for the business.

We have an open position at the moment in our team as “Teamlead Talent Development”. Are you interested to join us? Being part of our wonderful team? Look at the job advertising: Teamlead, Talent Development

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