Our V.I.Es share their experience – Robin
“In 2017, Recipharm provided four VIE positions in collaboration with Business France, to promote the engagement of young professionals at the international. The four VIE assignees, all French nationals, are now working on site at facilities in Uppsala (Sweden), Jordbro (Sweden), Ashton (UK) and Bengaluru (India). They are a great help to support us in different projects and areas. We plan a second recruitment round for Q1 2019.”, Jonas Lejontand, Vice President, Human Resources at Recipharm AB.
Robin: V.I.E at Recipharm in Stockholm
Robin Holowka is a Deployment Project Manager in Stockholm and he shares his experience as a V.I.E at Recipharm:
“Recipharm has been a great workplace since I arrived.
I have been working as an assignee Deployment Project Manager for the serialisation project at the Stockholm site in Jordbro, since October 2017. The office there is perfect: we have regular meetings and phone calls with the team, it is quiet and stimulating. This environment helps me to stay focused, hence efficient.
Teams and colleagues on all sites and at all levels are supportive and everyone is involved in making this serialisation project a success for Recipharm and our customers. I have the feeling that everyone is working towards the same goal, and although spread over more than twenty sites, Recipharm is clearly one strong entity.
On a more practical and daily basis, my feeling is that the global organisation is very efficient. Everything required to perform well in our roles and avoid wasting time is provided fast and tailored to our needs, and this helps a lot.
I have previously worked in different industries, therefore the pharmaceutical field and environment was totally new to me.
My mission is very broad and new challenges come along everyday with the deployment of serialisation on sites. My work and my duties are constantly evolving, and thus I am sure I will keep on learning a lot.
Apart from work, I am also learning Swedish. I think it is always interesting to learn a new language, and it is also important to show the will to fit in well in the country you are living in.
Being a deployment manager includes working with a lot of different sites, countries and therefore cultures.
It is not always easy to manage these differences and everyone must try and be flexible to reach common agreement and work towards maintaining the company’s global policy. This also requires very frequent and clear communication with a lot of different people that are non-English native speakers. Communication needs therefore to be constantly adapted.
Finally, I didn’t expect to travel that much for my mission, but this is definitely a great surprise!”
Recipharm is a leading Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation (CDMO) in the pharmaceutical industry, employing around 5,000 employees. Recipharm offers manufacturing services for pharmaceutics with different dosage forms, production of clinical trial material and APIs, and pharmaceutical products development.
Based in Stockholm, the company owns over 20 facilities across 10 different countries, including France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US. Recipharm offers a range of services across two different operating areas:
- “Manufacturing Services”, which delivers broad-scale contract manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, with a wide range of expertise and technologies available.
- “Development & Technology”, which provides a panel of pharmaceutical development services and engages in intellectual property development and commercialization.
In 2017, Recipharm’s turnover amounted to approximately SEK 5.3 billion.