Meet Jara - Trainee at Roche in Mannheim

What did you do before you started at Roche? What did you study and how did you come to Roche?

I studied "Food Science and Biotechnology" at the University of Hohenheim. During my master's degree I specialized in Molecular Biotechnology at the Technical University of Munich. After my studies, I had the opportunity to do my doctorate at the Helmholtz Center in Munich. The topic of my doctoral thesis was biomarker research in an eye disease. I made my first contact with Roche during my master's degree through an internship in product management in Tissue Diagnostics. To apply my scientific knowledge in a very communicative, organizational field was a great combination for me and encouraged me after my doctorate to look for a profession in this environment. It was clear to me that I was looking for a career at the interface of science and business administration where I could get involved creatively and where I would be encouraged - and of course at Roche. And it worked! The Trainee Program now offers me a great opportunity to get to know many different areas in Marketing & Sales.

You have now been in the start-up program of the RDCD for almost a year. What tasks have you taken on so far?

After a short induction phase in Mannheim, I first went to the field service in Wuppertal and Essen. There I looked after around 200 customers, including diabetologists, general practitioners and pharmacies. Working in the field enabled me to get to know the diabetes market in Germany, the needs of our customers and our entire product portfolio right at the start of the trainee program.

Since May of this year I have been working in the office of RDCD in Mannheim. At the moment my area of responsibility includes the support of the management as a project manager. I am involved in many strategic initiatives. Among other things, I am involved in the introduction of new agile project management methods and a new workplace concept.

What was your biggest challenge to date?

The trainee program has a very diverse structure so that you are regularly confronted with challenges. You always have to find your way in new tasks, projects and ways of working. But that's exactly what makes the program so appealing! A very big challenge for me in the field force was to gain time and a foothold with the customers and to present the right topics to the right customers at the right time. This task always remains challenging, but from customer visit to customer visit you become more experienced.

What was the highlight during this time?

My highlight so far has been that I have been able to transform a work area into a creative corner. Interestingly, this "external" change also triggered an internal change in the working methods of many employees. Since then, we have been working with agile project management methods, have an increased exchange among each other and thus create transparency and motivation. It is especially great when colleagues give me this positive feedback.

Did anything surprise you?

I was very surprised at how much responsibility and freedom we as trainees were given right from the start. We are valued as new employees and we can bring many new ideas and a breath of fresh air into the organization. In general, I perceive RDCD as a very future-oriented company that wants to break new ground in diabetes care and always puts the patient first. I think this is a great approach!

What does your schedule for next week look like?

My diary is filled with a wide variety of appointments. In addition to training sessions for trainees on management topics and workshops on SCRUM, for example, I also take part in team conferences or lead workshops on agile working methods myself.

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