During my assignment I learned about:
I started at Roche in October 2017 with my first assignment in Basel. For this assignment, I worked as a Business Analyst for the People Project, which has been rolled-out globally. Starting my first assignment in Group HR has helped me gain a thorough understanding of HR organization functions and the collaboration between global and local HR teams. Also, it’s a great opportunity to build a strong network with colleagues across different functions.
For my second assignment, I was based in Genentech and worked as a Compensation Analyst with the Compensation Program team. It was my first time working in compensation. I got to learn all the local and global practices, and gained in depth understanding of the methodologies. Also, I was able to help the team with Workday related topics based on my learning from my first assignment.
In October 2019, I moved to Buenos Aires for my final assignment, working at Roche Dia Argentina as HR Business Partner. Since it was a client-facing role, I learned a lot about the business from my close interaction with my client groups. Also I got to experience and see the connections between local, regional and global teams.
From a personal perspective my biggest learning so far is:
Networking and independence. Roche is a huge organization with so many roles and functions. Therefore, networking is the best way to learn about different areas and to learn from our talented colleagues. In addition, as we are transforming into a more agile organization, networks and communities play a very important role. As for independence, I don´t mean working independently all the time. Since we are moving from one assignment to another, there will be times when you need to figure out things by yourself or you need to actively search for solutions or information you need. Along the journey, I have learned to be more comfortable with ambiguity and empower myself to look for solutions when facing the problems.
My challenges are:
Joining a new project or team in the middle was challenging and a bit overwhelming during the first 2 weeks. When I look back, I might have given myself too much pressure to understand everything on day 1. Now I tell myself that it’s absolutely okay to take time to absorb the information and catch up. After 3 rotations, I gradually got the rhythm on how to onboard myself into new roles or projects.