Meet Aline, team leader at Roche

Information Technology, Rotkreuz, Switzerland

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello, I’m Aline Zemp and I live near Lucerne, Switzerland.

I completed an apprenticeship as an electronics technician and immediately went on to earn a university-level degree to study right afterwards. I started my professional career working as a software developer.

I love to travel extensively so it was only natural that I would also take up photography. Starting with landscapes and the usual vacation themes, I broadened my repertoire to include people and weddings.

My nieces and nephews also give me many opportunities to share my hobbies with them.

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

I work for Roche Diagnostics in Rotkreuz. This site has developed enormously since I joined Roche nearly seven years ago, and the employee headcount seems to be about three times higher than when I started. There has been a lot of construction work done here, and it is still ongoing. Even our restaurant, still rather new, is currently being expanded. The employees benefit from new, modern buildings with an excellent infrastructure and the open-plan offices are conducive to teamwork.

My team is a good example of just how multicultural this site is: Almost half of the team members come from a foreign country, with 18 countries represented in all.

Why did you decide to join Roche and why at this location?

I really do like the combination of software with instruments.

Apart from my interest in challenging fields of work, I was also looking for a company with this multicultural touch. When I was exploring next career steps, a few of my friends were already working for Roche. They gave me the impression that Roche is a company that values its employees.

What is your current position at Roche?

As a line manager within the software team of an instrument project I mainly attend to our staff. My team develops software that runs instruments – making them move, process, calculate, and present results and then send them to Lab Information Systems.

I recruit new team members for open positions. My tasks include also ensuring they receive the necessary infrastructure and instructions. It’s great to see how the team welcomes our new hires.

Encouraging our employees to is very important to me. I coach them and show them opportunities available to them. Interacting with such a mix of personalities makes my workday lively and challenging.

How would you describe Roche as an employer?

Roche is not “just global” – its core values are really multicultural.

The respect employees have for each other and their ambition to learn and share  creates an inspiring environment that boosts creativity.

The organization supports us with training, off sites, areas to meet over coffee and a certain amount of freedom to explore new methods and technologies.

Roche encourages its employees to continue to develop professionally and has lots to offer. Particularly the many fringe benefits and leisure clubs make Roche a very good place to work.

How would you describe the people working here?

We have a range of personalities here. But what we have in common are dedication, sharing, enthusiasm and the goal of bringing products to market. Our great variety of skills and expertise is the basis of our shared success.

How is your job connected to “Doing now what patients need next”?

I support the development of instruments by compiling a good staff and helping them to grow to form an outstanding team. These instruments automate and speed up lab work, making it possible to get results to doctors and patients faster and with consistently high quality.

Explore here how IT at Roche has an impact on patients' lives.

Tags: Career Blog, Switzerland, Information Technology, Rotkreuz