Meet Niclas Hitziger, Molecular Biologist at Roche

Tell us a bit about yourself

My Name is Niclas Hitziger, I am from Germany and joined Roche in 2007.  I am a molecular biologist. Before I joined Roche I worked as a Postdoc at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. When I have time like to do sports like biking, hiking and running but my current focus is to spend most of my time with my family.

Where did you study?

I started to study biology in Düsseldorf for two years. After that I continued my studies in Freiburg im Breisgau where I also wrote my diploma thesis. During my PhD thesis I moved from Munich to Tübingen.

In which Roche location are you currently working?

I work in Rotkreuz, Switzerland.

What can you tell us about that location?

Rotkreuz is a village centrally located between Lucerne and Zürich in central Switzerland surrounded by the mountains and the lake Zug. The site itself has grown tremendously within the last years and currently more than 2000 employees from around 50 different countries work here. Due to the growth the buildings are all very new, offering high standards.

Why did you decide to join Roche?

Roche is a huge well known global company with a great reputation. That made Roche a very attractive company to join. It has a positive image and also a good reputation as employee. Another big asset for Roche is the combination of Pharma and Diagnostics under one roof which makes Roche unique and offers lots of opportunities in the emerging area of personalized healthcare.

What is your current job?

I work as an International Product Manager for cardiac markers. This means I am responsible for the whole lifecycle of a certain product portfolio of immunoassays. As a consequence this position is at the interface between development and other internal functions on the one side and the country organization and the customers on the other side. For future products that are in the development process it is my responsibility that the business aspects are covered during the process. Concerning on-market products I deal with requests and questions on the products I am responsible for.

What makes it such a great job?

It is the cross functional characteristic that makes it interesting as you get insights into both the internal processes and the markets.

Can you pick at least three of the attributes of Roche and explain in detail what they mean to you?

  • Products: Roche offers a broad range of products to improve patients’ lives and the focus on personalized health care will drive this even further
  • Respect: the whole setup of  Roche shows that the company really cares for its employees and does not see them only as “numbers”.
  • Future career opportunities: The global setup of Roche and the size of the whole organization offers a lot of opportunities for a this

Please complete the following sentence:

Roche is a great place to work because... it offers a broad diversity of development opportunities on a solid and safe basis.

How would you describe the people working here?

The people who I have worked with so far are all open and helpful. This makes it easy when you start at Roche but also later with all the challenges you face in the daily work.

What would you advise job seekers who want to join us?

If you do find an appealing job opportunity do not hesitate to apply!

Tags: Switzerland, Career Blog, Rotkreuz