Tell us a bit about yourself
Hi, my name is Cristina Varela. I am originally from Spain, from a small city called Ponferrada located in the north. I did my graduate studies in Labor Science, as during my university studies I realized that I wanted to work with people from business perspective. So I earned a Masters in Human Resources Management, and at this time I moved to Madrid, where I lived for six years.
In 2011 I joined Roche in Madrid as a recruiter for Pharma Informatics, where I was responsible for attraction and recruitment for IT and collaborating on global projects.
In my free time, I love skiing in winter, and when it is warmer, experiencing the beautiful Swiss outdoors. I enjoy also traveling, discovering cities and places where you can feel the way of life of the area.
In which Roche location are you currently working and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?
I work at the Roche site in Basel. The site is very international, as we have employees from more than 90 countries. People are very open and approachable; it is so exciting to exchange and network with people from different nationalities, discovering new fields and sharing experiences in our diverse environment.
Basel is a lovely city, set on the Rhine with its location in the “Three Countries Corner”: cultural capital of Switzerland, plenty of interesting history, charming old town with cobblestone streets, and a must for lovers of art and contemporary urban design. It’s a great place for outdoor activities; you can get around easily by bike, swim in the Rhine in summer, and enjoy their famous Carnival in winter.