César, Global Engineering trainee, Technical Operations
I was attracted to Sandoz because of its history of innovation. From 1917 when Sandoz established its first pharmaceutical department, to 1951 when it launched the first oral penicillin, and on to 2006 and 2015, when the company launched the first biosimilar in Europe and the USA respectively, innovation and leadership have defined the Sandoz story. For me, STEP is another part of this journey. It has brought people from more than 20 different nations together with a view to us taking on key management roles in the future.
STEP gives you the chance to see a wide range of technologies at a number of production facilities, and to work in different countries with very different cultures.
When I applied for the program in 2015, I was looking to have exactly this type of multicultural experience. I also wanted to experience different production sites and to understand how Sandoz’s products are produced. Throughout my time on STEP, I’ve been supported by the company’s global leaders. They’re always willing to share their knowledge with me as I work on different projects to develop both myself, and Sandoz.
STEP gives you the chance to see a wide range of technologies at a number of production facilities, and to work in different countries with very different cultures. It’s exposure that helps you to grow personally and professionally.
Our production facility in Broomfield, Colorado, is the biggest generic provider to the US market, and the plant in Kundl, Austria, exports globally. It means any process improvements that you make can impact patients right around the world – my focus is on supporting the implementation of technologies and processes that enhance the quality of our products. To do that, you have to think differently. You really do have to reimagine medicine.