Employee StoriesOur employees share their experiences at Siemens Healthineers.

Cameron Johnstone
Cameron is responsible for ensuring that manufacturing processes and equipment for new products correlates with the wider business’ manufacturing strategy. 

Cameron's colleagues support the determination of labour hours, manufacturing costs and supply chain flexibility for new products.

Cameron joined the company in 2014, initially as a Graduate Process Engineer in the coil manufacture process team. Motivated by the reputation of Siemens Healthineers as a multi-national company, Cameron was delighted to discover many opportunities to develop in his role, with initial improvement projects focusing on making magnets quicker and easier to build, leading to Cameron’s current role as a New Product Implementation Process Manager, at Siemens Healthineers Magnet Technology in Oxford.

“As a Graduate Process Engineer, I started off working on a variety of improvement projects making the magnets quicker and easier to build. From there I went on to work as a Lead Engineer before being promoted to Senior Engineer and Value Stream Manager,” states Cameron. “I have had many opportunities to get involved with new and exciting technical challenges and this has allowed both soft and technical skill growth and progress, not only as an engineer, but as a technical people manager. Now, as an New Product Implementation Process Manager, I lead a team of 11 engineers and enjoy both the technical challenges of the role and things like working to improve the way the team work together and ensuring we’re constantly improving.”

Zoe Shepard_Women in STEM
"Siemens Healthineers has a great focus on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)," confirms Zoe. 

"This is especially true for the Critical Raw Materials team as you will find people from all different parts of the world in our team. The support for women is certainly increasing at Llanberis."

CRM Manufacturing Manager at Siemens Healthineers Llanberis, Zoe Shepherd, is responsible for managing the technical knowledge transfer of the Hybridoma, Infectious Disease and Molecular Biology departments from Los Angeles in the USA to Llanberis in Wales.  

"I completed my masters by research in Molecular Medicine and applied for a role within the new Critical Raw Materials team as a scientist," says Zoe. "Within 12 months I progressed into the role of CRM Manufacturing Manager, where I am now working in the areas of Hybridoma, Infectious Disease and Molecular Biology." 

Responsible for the installation and upgrade of the Varian Oncology Information System, Ivan Tsang is a Software Installation Engineer for Varian, a Siemens Healthineers company.

Starting his career with Varian in November 2022, Ivan began his journey as a Software Installation Engineer, gaining experience from practical on-the-job training and colleagues alongside him. As a Software Installation Engineer, Ivan has the opportunity to troubleshoot and resolve any issues during the installation or upgrade processes – analysing any errors and diagnosing problems as they occur. Ivan is able to apply solutions on the ground using his experience at Varian to guide his decision making.

Speaking on his development at Varian, Ivan states “On-the-job training is a great opportunity to learn, gain, and develop skills. Experience sharing from colleagues has been a great help to me, my team and colleagues never leave me to complete a job alone.”

Sophie's role includes managing all the Field Service Engineer Apprentices and further Apprentices within the Service operation. 

"It is hugely rewarding to recruit apprentices into the business and to watch them grow and develop into experienced, professional, reliable engineers. The equipment these Apprentices are training on is often life-changing machines, and I’m very proud to be a part of this," says Sophie.

Sophie began working for Siemens Healthineers in 2020. "I started in the business as a Training Coordinator where I supported the Apprenticeship Scheme. I was quickly developed and mentored by the business, and I soon progressed to be the Training & Development Manager," explains Sophie.

Sophie attests that Siemens Healthineers has helped her to develop impressive skills and advance her career. "I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Siemens Healthineers as an employer for all women," says Sophie. "I am very grateful for the opportunities that Siemens Healthineers has provided for me, and it has certainly given me a sense of pride working for a company that has such positive and significant impact on people's lives across the world."

"It’s fantastic to visit the Apprentices in some of our key hospitals and to watch them put the skills they have learned through their Apprenticeship into practice." "It’s very important that I ensure the Apprentices are on track and are learning all the necessary skills required of them - whether it’s Level 2, Level 3 or HNC stage of their programme."

Gabrielle King
Gabrielle explains that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is applicable to so much of the world, and it is forever offering new and exciting opportunities. "If any of the STEM areas interest you, it’s definitely worth pursuing."

Following her apprenticeship in Berlin, Germany, Gabrielle started her position as Graduate Change Manager at Magnet Technology in 2017. Just a few years later, Gabrielle is now a Senior Change Manager. 

Gabrielle says that for her, there is no typical work day. "The great thing about managing your own projects is that you get to be there from the development of an idea, right through to implementation, working with every department in the business along the way." 

“While it is important to explore new solutions, we cannot spend too much time experimenting with the latest models when we must deliver a project,” states Abdoul. “Deliverables aside, seeing the impact of the research on patients’ lives is the most rewarding part of my job, I’ve been lucky enough to work on a project that required me to be in the interventional labs and see how a research project became a prototype being used by clinicians.”

Inspired by the impact on clinical practice and potential influence on patient outcomes, Abdoul Aziz Amadou joined Siemens Healthineers as an intern in Princeton, USA after completing a master’s in computer science. Five years later, Abdoul is now a Research Scientist pursuing a PhD in AI and medical imaging at King’s College London, in collaboration with Siemens Healthineers.

“My role is to develop AI algorithms to help address challenges faced by clinicians in healthcare today,” states Abdoul. “It requires a good understanding of the clinical context and current limitations to design a solution for the target application”.

Today the field of AI is fast-paced and not all research is applicable to the medical field. Indeed, medical imaging faces different challenges to the wider AI community, which usually focuses on natural images or text. Abdoul and the Research and Development Team must find the balance between experimental work and delivering performant models.

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