Meet Thomas Blättler, Development Manager at Roche

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Thomas Blättler, I am married and have a one year old son. In my spare time I love to spend time with my little family and friends and to be out in the nature with skis, a mountain bike or hiking boots.

This year on April 1st I celebrated my fifth anniversary at Roche Diagnostics. Time flies by. I joined Roche Diagnostics in Rotkreuz (Switzerland) right after finishing my PhD.

The first one and a half years I was Consumables Project Leader before I was given the opportunity to build up and lead the Consumables Development department. Since January I am now heading Development Project Leaders of instrument projects for diagnostic systems.

Where did you study?

I have a Master degree and a PhD in material science from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. After a few years at Roche I went back to school for an executive MBA from the University of Zurich. Having an engineering/science and general management background is for me a helpful combination in my daily working life.

What is your current Roche location?

I am working at Roche Diagnostics International Ltd in Rotkreuz, Switzerland.

What can you tell us about this location?

It is an architecturally beautiful site located in the center of Switzerland with more than 2000 employees from all over the world. All disciplines are represented on site from global marketing, to product development all the way to operations. This makes it interesting in multiple ways: On one hand, for the close collaboration in projects and on the other hand for  meeting and interacting with all kind of people or to have many different career opportunities close together.

Why did you decide to join Roche?

On a recruiting event organized from ETH Zurich I got the first time in contact with Roche. At that time I was just about finishing my PhD. I got accepted for a get-to-know interview and had an interesting and nice conversation with a Roche line manager. We talked about Roche Diagnostics in general and also specifically about an open position in the Consumables Development Department. I applied, again had two very interesting interviews and in I was starting my career as Consumables Project Leader. So why did I decide for Roche? It was because of the technical topic on one hand and on the other hand and – differentiating Roche from others – because of the interesting people I got to know in the interviews.

What is your current job?

I am working in the Project Management department of “Global Platforms and Support” (GPS). Here I am leading a team of Development Project Leaders responsible for product updates of existing and new development of next generation Roche Diagnostics analyzers for Roche Professional Diagnostics. In addition I am representing the GPS organization as Functional Lead in one of the business Life Cycle Teams.

What makes it such a great job?

The many interactions with highly skilled and motivated people of all kind wanting to achieve a common goal in good as well as in challenging times make me go to work with passion every single day. It is empowering to be part of and work with the teams deciding and making it happen!

Please complete the following sentence:

Roche is a great place to work because … we are doing now what patients need next!

How would you describe the people at Roche?

We are agile, open minded, passionate for and proud of what we do.

What advice would you give job seekers interested in joining us?

Know what you want, check out the Roche web page on a regular basis, apply for YOUR position and simply be YOU.

Tags: Career Blog, Development, Switzerland, Rotkreuz