Julia Richter

Manager, Microbiology

My Story at Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services

Why did you choose to work at Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services?

I was in somewhat of a rut in my last position and was eager to continue to learn and advance in my career. Deciding to start looking for a new opportunity was a big step, but once I found the job listing, deciding to work at Aji Bio-Pharma services was a no-brainer. I knew that working at a growing CMO would be a challenging and exciting step.

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?

I love identifying ways that I can help my team to work more efficiently and then driving those changes to completion. We recently identified and removed a redundant process. The change is saving my team a lot of time and energy and allowing them to refocus their efforts to other areas.

What is special about the culture at Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services?

I have worked in the medical device and pharma industry for a long time, and I have never worked anywhere where departments were as collaborative as they are at Aji Bio-Pharma Services. It is truly a team effort across the board here, and seeing individuals from groups with potentially different priorities work together to achieve business goals is highly motivating.

What have you gained from working here?

I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in many cross-functional projects and to participate in client and regulatory audits. These experiences have built my confidence as a leader and spokesperson for my department.

What advice would you give to recent new hires?

The environment is fast-paced and it may feel challenging at times to keep up, but you will learn more and gain more valuable experience working here than you will anywhere else.

What is your favorite part about working here?

I love seeing how much my team helps each other out on a regular basis. No one is left behind!

How do you help impact Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services mission and vision?

I help to improve the health of humankind by making decisions and implementing improvements that increase efficiency and add value to the surveillance of the manufacturing process. These efforts result in an end product that is safe and of the highest quality.

What challenges do you see impacting the industry?

Setting up the right infrastructure and quality systems so that your organization remains agile. I’ve seen companies struggle to change quickly enough to meet the evolving demands and expectations of the industry.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Travel and yoga! Sometimes together!