Associate Director, Portfolio, Netherlands

Whether it’s moving to a city sight-unseen, finishing a running event or branding a new product, Rachel loves to find success in new challenges.  

Rachel has moved several times in her career journey between Japan and Australia and has extensive experience in both pharma and medical device industries. “I already knew some people at Align, and when this career opportunity came, I thought – this is perfect”. Rachel’s decision to move to Align wasn’t just a career move. She decided to live in a city that she had never even visited. “I experienced culture shock in Japan but I knew I would be okay in Europe. You never hear anything bad about Amsterdam, and I was convinced that making my next move there was the right thing for me”. Rachel has settled in, bought a bike and made good friends.   

Since joining Align, Rachel has learned: “You need to be willing to fail. If you are used to an environment where you have a lot more time to perfect things, you will need to learn how to adjust”. Additionally, you’ll constantly need to keep learning on the job. Certain projects force you to learn because you need to become an expert. “It’s such a fast paced and growing company, a great environment for career growth”.    

Rachel works with brand management, which consists of many different elements. “Align recently launched a new version of Invisalign Go and we are releasing innovative updates regularly, which requires extensive planning. We’re working with European countries on commercialization and training to ensure we have created sufficient momentum in the local markets to ensure our customers know what’s available to them,” Rachel explains. Another part of her job is overseeing planning for big events, such as the International Dental Show (IDS).    

Outside of the office, Rachel loves running, yoga and crossfit. She started running when she was in university and still goes for a run every week. “The best thing about running is that you can do it anywhere, even when you’re on a business trip”. She is the type of runner that goes out no matter the weather. “In Japan I was part of a running club – we would even run in the snow”. Rachel ran 8km as part of the Amsterdam marathon together with other Align employees. She worked on the planning to organize the run and get Align employees involved as well. “I’m happy with my run. I enjoyed the support of colleagues and the crowd. I will definitely train properly for the next one and we’ll start recruiting for more Align participants for sure”.    

Since the publishing of this article, Rachel has moved to a new position within Align. Today, she is Associate Director, Professional Marketing, GP Channel, APAC.

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