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Roche to add 50 HR employees in Indianapolis

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Swiss health care giant Roche Holding AG has selected its diagnostics division in Indianapolis as the site for a new North America human resources center, a move that will add 50 employees to its local operations.

Officials for Roche Diagnostics and the city announced plans for the new North America Human Resources Shared Services Center on Friday morning.

The center will provide HR services for all of Roche's North American diagnostics and pharmaceutical operations, including subsidiary Genentech, representing about 23,000 employees in total.

Local economic development groups Develop Indy and Indy Partnership provided site-selection assistance to Roche.

"After considering multiple locations, Roche made the strategic choice to locate their new shared services center in Indianapolis in part because of our quality work force and low cost of doing business," Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said in a prepared statement.

The new center will provide a range of HR services, such as payroll and benefits administration, and will support two North America employee call centers, one in San Francisco for Roche's pharmaceutical division and one in Indianapolis for diagnostics. It will also provide support to some Roche operations in Iceland and Singapore.

About 4,200 employees report to the local division of Roche, but many of them are field sales representatives who work in other markets. About 2,900 employees actually work in the Indianapolis area.

 

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