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The Start Supply Chain programme allows me to grow while having a meaningful impact.

The global pandemic made me more conscious of the important role played by companies like Roche. The Start Supply Chain programme has been the perfect opportunity for me to join an exciting industry and make my contribution to improving the lives of patients worldwide.

Hi, my name is Tudor! I’m originally from Romania and I studied Computer Science at Oxford before finally coming to Switzerland to join the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. After my master’s studies in Management, Technology and Economics, I joined the Start Supply Chain programme at Roche in Basel. I’m currently about to finish my first of four rotations of six months each, where I was based in the EU Supply Chain team as a demand planner. In my day-to-day work I’ve worked towards understanding the demand for our medicines and how we can plan our production accordingly. I also took part in designing new supply models to better serve the needs of our patients.

Compared to my experience at university, science at Roche is just as innovative, but feels like having much more of an impact. Even though my team is not directly involved in research activities, we celebrate any positive readout of a clinical trial as we know that, at the end of the day, we are helping to improve someone’s quality of life.

The Start Supply Chain programme helps me to develop because I get to experience an incredible variety of both, supply chain and business-related topics within a short amount of time. On top of this, I have a lot of flexibility to learn and work on things that interest me the most. However, deciding on exactly which area to learn more about can be tough sometimes! 

To people who are interested in the Start Supply Chain programme I would absolutely recommend applying! I had lots of fun during my interviews and the people I met really inspired me to join an industry that was completely new to me. The teams are really international and you always have a feeling of belonging, no matter which teams you end up joining during the programme.

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Our impact

In my current role I’ve interacted closely with our affiliates around the world to make sure that all our patients receive their life-saving medicines on time. This has been particularly challenging during the current global pandemic, when many transport links for our medicines were disrupted and patients had only limited access to health facilities. My work as a demand planner has helped mitigate these risks and ensure that we can react as quickly as possible to any urgent orders we receive.

The place to Work

Since joining Roche I have constantly felt encouraged to grow. I’m still amazed by the amount of resources that are offered to employees, from personal development and language courses, to team building events and internal mobility programmes. Also worth mentioning are the many cultural and sporting activities to which we have access. Overall, I feel that Roche genuinely cares about its employees, whether it is their career development or their well-being.

Our culture

The culture at Roche is like nothing I’ve experienced so far. There is a great degree of trust and I’ve felt supported from day one to speak my mind and take the initiative in any topic I feel passionate about. Despite joining the company during a period with a lot of restrictions and a virtually empty office, I’ve always felt the support of my colleagues and no one was ever too busy for a virtual coffee. 

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