"I can help people live better and longer."

Roland March (33 years old) started his training as a chemical technician at Roche in Penzberg in 2004. Today he is responsible as shift leader for a pharmaceutical production area. In this interview he explains what makes working in production so varied, why Roche offers good career opportunities for career changers and what it means to him to work in a pharmaceutical production facility. For him working there means producing novel medicines to help patients around the world live better and longer.

Roland, how can you imagine the process of pharmaceutical production?

As a team, we are responsible for the entire production process of a drug - from the preparation of the plant, through the various production steps, to post-production. In our company, an employee's area of responsibility is not limited to a single production step. We change our tasks regularly; this means a lot of teamwork and makes the work very varied.

What do you see as special about Roche's corporate culture?

We treat each other with respect and openness. This makes teamwork very pleasant and offers many opportunities for development. You can develop in production, but also in different departments or even in other areas of the company. For us, it's not only the professional qualifications that count, but also the interest in the task, accuracy, ability to work in a team and personality. Our culture also ensures that we have more and more career changers, such as car mechanics or food technicians, who do a great job and pursue their career with us. 

Does it matter to you that you produce medicines and not consumer goods?

Yes, definitely. Then when I think that with our work we are making a contribution that patients all over the world can live longer or even be cured, it makes me really proud. Sometimes former patients visit us at the site to thank us - these are special moments. What also touched me personally very much: When my uncle was diagnosed with cancer, he was treated with a drug that came from our production. Such a thing is very motivating!

You (m/f/d) have completed training in a technical or scientific profession and / or are a chemical laboratory assistant, chemical technician, baker, butcher, brewer or maltster? Become part of the team in pharmaceutical production at Roche in Penzberg: go.roche.com/pharmaproduktion

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