Meet Thomas Wicki an Engineer at Roche

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello, my name is Thomas Wicki and I work as electrical team leader in the Engineering Department at Roche Basel. Together with eight team colleagues we are responsible for planning and setting up electrical systems. I started my career at Roche in 1997 as project engineer in the Engineering Department. Previously I had been working in various engineering firms in Zurich and became familiar with planning and implementation from the company’s side.

In my free time I enjoy a good meal and fine wine. In summer I like to go mountain-biking and together with my wife I go on interesting and challenging rides. In winter I love to ski in the Swiss mountains.

Where did you study?

While working at the same time, I graduated in engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Zurich. Some years later I received the Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Zurich University.

In which Roche location are you currently working?

I work in the Engineering Department in Basel as electrical team leader in a team of eight employees. As electrical specialists we are responsible for projects and infrastructure pertaining to all electrical aspects.

What can you tell us about that location?

Roche’s corporate headquarters are in Basel, the cultural capital of Switzerland. This city has a great deal to offer with its wealth of cultural, historical, leisure and culinary experiences. The Basel Carnival is also known outside Switzerland.

With over 8000 employees in Basel, Roche is one of the largest and most significant employers in the region.

I live in the canton of Basel-Land and come to work every day by tram. Public transport in the Basel region is excellent. In addition, Roche employees are financially rewarded for using public transport.

Why did you decide to join Roche?

The job as project leader at Roche, one of the leading global healthcare companies, aroused my interest at the time.

To be an electrical engineer with responsibility for conducting projects and supervising them from the concept phase to the final implementation was very appealing to me. I have never regretted joining Roche.

What is your current job?

As electrical team leader I am responsible for electro-technical issues in the area of engineering infrastructure. Besides the daily managing and coaching of the team members, I work on several projects at our two locations Basel and Kaiseraugst. As well as working in close collaboration with our internal clients, my job also involves managing the external companies who are responsible for planning and installations. To combine all the different activities and ongoing projects makes the job challenging, exciting and varied.

What makes it such a great job?

As electrical specialists we are responsible for constructional and plant engineering in customer areas and for project management in production, laboratory and office buildings. Infrastructure installations including high voltage local grids, transformer stations as well as safety, security and communication systems spanning different buildings are also supervised by our team.

Working together on new projects with colleagues from different disciplines (process technology, biotechnology, automation, galenics, construction, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and cooling, purchasing and technical compliance) according to the state-of-the-art and to process everything within the budgeted costs and deadlines, is what makes the job so fascinating.

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

I would like to talk about future career opportunities, interesting jobs and organizational stability

Innovation is the key to success. Therefore, we have to continuously learn and grow and also continuously develop ourselves further. Roche lives this slogan and enables individual employees to achieve their personal objectives by means of specific staff development and career promotion.

As a leading research-oriented global healthcare company with around 80,000 employees Roche is not just an attractive employer, but also offers interesting projects allowing great scope for personal development.

I have been working in the Engineering Department since 1997 and can look back at an organisational structure, which, apart from a few necessary adjustments, is very stable. This allows us to build up and maintain a good network of contacts and to profit from this in daily life.

Why is Roche a great place to work?

Roche is a great place to work because the employees can identify completely with their location.

How would you describe the people working here?

The employees in Basel are honest and highly motivated and communicate freely with each other. Thus exceptional work can be performed, which characterizes the Basel location.

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

If you are an engineer with wide expertise and like working in a dynamic environment, then you ought to apply to Roche for a job.

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