Meet Me in 5: Growing Responsibilities and Careers in Mechelen, Belgium

Our “Meet Me in 5” series covers 5 people, topics or questions to illustrate how our business nurtures exceptional people, provides an energizing purpose and enables extraordinary potential in its employees’ careers.

In this article, we spoke to Ilse Mathieu, Site Lead European Operations Center – Associate Director, EMEA Distribution, based in Mechelen, Belgium. She discussed how the Covance Mechelen site is ramping up to become a major kit production facility to supply clinical trial kits across Europe, the Middle East and Africa – and what this high-profile project means for career growth opportunities in Mechelen.

In this article, we spoke to Ilse Mathieu, Site Lead European Operations Center – Associate Director, EMEA Distribution, based in Mechelen, Belgium. She discussed how the Covance Mechelen site is ramping up to become a major kit production facility to supply clinical trial kits across Europe, the Middle East and Africa – and what this high-profile project means for career growth opportunities in Mechelen.

People may think that Covance and LabCorp, our parent company, only hire people with a scientific or medical background, but Ilse and her team represent the logistical expertise required to support global clinical trials.

“I am not a ‘lab person’ and I don’t have a medical or scientific background,” said Ilse. “My experience is in logistics, fulfillment and printing-on-demand. Ten years ago, when I saw an opportunity to work at LabCorp’s Clinical Trials Division in Mechelen, I was excited that I could play a fundamental role with my background. Today that division is part of our Covance drug development site in Geneva, and our logistics teams in Mechelen support dry ice production and shipping along with kit supply distribution. They ensure on a daily basis that doctors and patients have all the supplies needed, to allow them to quickly route their samples for testing at Covance laboratories.”

2. Building a career at Mechelen

After managing logistics for our clinical trial division in Mechelen, Ilse was assigned roles with increasing responsibility to ensure collaboration between the logistics and sample management departments. Today, she is leading activities around our Covance Central Laboratory Services (CLS) site in Mechelen, while also preparing the site’s new buildings for expanded activities.

“We currently house employees working in Project Management, Data Management, Investigator Services, ELMS and Flow Cytometry. I’m very proud of the work we do to ensure employees across all departments are empowered to own their careers. That might mean moving across departments for a broader experience, or spending some time in a role to develop specific expertise. We want them to find both personal balance and increased visibility into career paths and opportunities.”

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