Janssen attach great importance to its capacity to innovate. To keep it at its highest level, they attract, develop and bring together top national and international talent. They also set up (inter)national collaborations to exchange talents between the company and the academic world.
This diversity of talent is essential and creates powerful synergies and innovation, and results in Janssen having employees of at least 60 different nationalities. Janssen has demonstrated that exchanging experiences makes a massive contribution to innovation, lifelong learning, manageable work and consolidation of individual career skills. Some initiatives illustrating this are summarised below:
• The Janssen Postdoc & PhD Students Community reflects the importance of internationalisation. This community comprises some 100 young scientists of over 20 different nationalities and is highly interactive in sharing scientific knowledge, training and education, career development, innovation and networking. Also the group of trainees within Janssen is very international.
• Janssen actively works together with Belgian universities to make their curriculum ‘fit for industry’. The intention is also to work with international universities. Indeed, dual competencies, e.g. combining (bio)medical knowledge with expertise in artificial intelligence are becoming increasingly important.
• Janssen offers young graduates in Finance, HR and IT an training programme over a period of 2 to 3 years in which intensive training is combined with rotations in various departments across countries and sectors, as well as project work.
• When recruiting diversity and inclusion are highly valued. Special attention is given to avoid unconscious bias by looking at all employees with an open mind and give everyone a ‘you belong’ feeling so as to achieve maximum innovation. The ‘New Millennials’ initiative attracts new Belgians so that Janssen employees closely reflects society itself.
• Janssen has also developed a pilot project for short-term international talent exchanges. Researchers from an abroad university spend time working at Janssen and vice versa. This delivers highly valuable experiences for the talent involved, and this mutual sharing of knowledge intensifies the existing co-operation with the university in question. Janssen wants to upscale this initiative hugely in the future.