How does Bachem plan to win the war of talents?
Stephan Schindler: By focusing on our core business and strengths, also in the job market. We very deliberately set ourselves apart from other companies and competitors by highlighting our uniqueness and special qualities as an employer.
Give us some specific examples here.
Stephan Schindler: As a peptides specialist operating in the chemicals/biotech/pharma markets, Bachem is also unique as an employer. From our early roots as an SME with a local focus, we have grown over the years into a multinational global leader with a network of interconnected disciplines. Despite that, the company is not too large and impersonal, the style is informal and the local roots are still very much present. With these attributes, the kind of specialists we attract are different from those who would be drawn to the mammoth corporations around Basel or to our competitors. We appeal to keen, highly motivated people who value an active role and want to make a difference, and we offer them a highly inspiring and dynamic working environment. With us, they can develop their talents, inspire others and enjoy success. The satisfaction that brings is viewed as both a reward and an incentive. That’s how I would define meaningful work.
What are the most important attributes newcomers should bring to the organization?
Stephan Schindler: Our successful core business is based on science, technology and productivity. For that reason, it is essential that newcomers come to us with a sound background in their specialist areas. They should also be willing and able to embrace ongoing personal and professional development. A service mentality and a strong team spirit are also required in our customer-centric environment.
Social skills, reliability, dedication and sensible pragmatism are extremely useful assets. All these qualities are conducive to smooth and effective collaboration with internal and external contacts that ultimately benefits everyone involved.
What makes Bachem an attractive employer?
Stephan Schindler: Given the size of our organization, it’s very easy to keep the entire value chain in sight. This creates transparency and deepens our understanding of our interconnectedness. We don’t just offer a job like any other, we offer positions of responsibility where employees can actively contribute to the company’s successful development. We don’t play hide-and-seek in our company. At Bachem, every single person makes a difference and is truly important for the company. And for that reason, every single employee has a stake in the company’s fortunes through an incentive program.
Thanks to a solid shareholder structure and a clear focus on sustainable corporate development, Bachem offers a stable as well as dynamic work environment. Those two qualities characterize our special workplace culture, where there is no room for a “hire and fire” mentality. As the market and technology leader in peptides, we employ the largest number of specialists of any company in the world and are the industry’s winning team.