Changes in perspective beyond national borders offer new challenges and opportunities
Just five kilometers and a country border separate the Swiss headquarters of the Roche group in Basel, from the German Roche Pharma AG in Grenzach. That’s 14 minutes by bus or 20 minutes with the company’s own e-bikes.
This geographical proximity is also what Eva Lenz-Nelis from the Grenzach Market Access team describes as one of the aspects that allow a flawless change of position with her Basel colleague Michele Melhem. The Roche employee already has longstanding experience in various German companies and has worked in a management position in Grenzach for many years now.
Constantly looking at the bigger picture, and being flexible are very important to her. That is why she did not hesitate to take the initiative. Over a period of 12 months, she will swap positions with Michele, who works in the Global Product Strategy team for Neuroscience and Rare Diseases. Since April 2019, both have been experiencing life on the other side of the border.
The change of perspective is a great and inspiring experience. I have taken on several projects from Michele and can use my previous experience from the German subsidiary. Both sides benefit from this exchange. I think, the more opportunities you have to see the business from different points of view, the quicker you can find innovative solutions for patients.
Apart from Eva and Michele, their teams also benefit from this temporary job change. In her new role, Michele can call on her experiences in the development of global strategies and use her personal network to set clear priorities and promote the activities of her new team.
What motivates me is constantly learning new things. So, when it comes to professional development, for me, the key is that the superior knows which areas you would like to develop and supports this. That was the case for Eva and me. Our managers knew about our desire to develop in the other position, and continually encouraged us.
Michele and Eva have already experienced many new things in the first third of their job change and are looking forward to the challenges of the coming months. However, the two already agree: "we would recommend a change of perspective to anyone!"