Military service laid the groundwork for Wright and Almazni’s corporate careers
After years of participating in Army National Guard missions, Jamie Wright is leading a mission to recruit military-connected talent in his role as Manager of Talent Acquisition. Wright served for a total of six years between the Indiana National Guard and active duty. He attained the rank of Sergeant, participated in Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and served as an Indiana National Guard recruiter and a support specialist for the National Guard Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.
Armed with an undergraduate degree in biology and an MBA, Wright wanted a career where he could have a personal impact on those he served. Having several family members affected by diabetes ignited his passion to work for an organization that helps people better manage their disease and achieve a better quality of life. Wright is now fulfilling his passion by connecting individuals with a military background to appropriate careers at Roche.
Joe Almazni served in active duty for the U.S. Army Field Artillery branch for six years, including 18 months in Baghdad, Iraq. When he returned to the United States, Almazni served as a drill instructor and then served three years in the U.S. Army Reserves while attending the University of Miami, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and political science.
After working in production management for two other firms, Almazni applied for a production supervisor position at Roche Diagnostics Indianapolis. Fellow Army veteran Jamie Wright immediately recognized Almazni’s valuable military leadership experience and knew it would directly translate to a position at Roche. Both Wright and Almazni knew from the first telephone interview that the job was a perfect fit for Almazni’s skills and experience.
“The position needed someone with demonstrated leadership skills, who was a strong communicator and could inspire a team. Joe’s resume distinguished itself. He was a both a drill instructor and a non-commissioned officer whose primary role was training and teaching soldiers, coaching and instilling confidence in them, and removing barriers so they could thrive,” said Wright. “As a former Army Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO), I know only the top 10 percent of all soldiers in the U.S. Army are drill instructors and represent the ‘cream of the crop’ in leadership.”
Now a Production Supervisor at Roche Diagnostics, Almazni said he appreciates working in a collaborative environment where the workforce is both talented and engaged and where people are encouraged to propose new ideas.
“Roche offers a different culture than you find in a typical manufacturing organization. The workforce is sophisticated, and researchers and scientists regularly collaborate with the manufacturing team,” said Almazni.