Nicole Zimmermann Rihs, a new AVR site representative for Kaiseraugst, introduces herself

I trained as a commercial employee in a hotel in Basel and have worked in various areas of the commercial sector, including in Spain, where I lived for a few years. I've always been very interested in people, countries and different cultures, which is why my husband and I decided to emigrate to Costa Rica in 2000 and work for ourselves there.

For 16 years we ran a bed & breakfast and during that time I also worked at the local tourist office. I also supported local children with their schooling. During my time in Costa Rica, I regularly came to Switzerland for a few months and worked in human resources departments in various areas.

I had my first temporary assignment in HR at Roche in 2014, and in 2015 I stood in for an employee on maternity leave and supported various HR teams. In 2016, I was offered a permanent job at Roche and we returned to Switzerland.

I have been working in HR at Roche for many years and in various areas. My main task at the moment is to assist with the various transformations throughout Switzerland. I am also the contact point for questions regarding the redundancy scheme for employees, business and BPs.

Through my work at the AVR, I hope to be able to represent the interests and concerns of all employees. I want to work to ensure that critical topics are discussed between employees, the business and the company and that good solutions are found.

Written by Nicole Zimmermann Rihs, AVR site representative for Kaiseraugst