Recognised by Randox for his efforts, Rajneesh Mathur has been the recipient of multiple awards. And this year, his actions reflected the true team-spirit of Randox’s US team. Here’s his story…
With a workforce of over 1,400 employees, and careers spanning 145 countries, Randox teams from all across the globe benefit from a strong support network of colleagues who work together to realise our vision of saving and improving lives. In recent months, we believe one employee has illustrated this value perfectly. This employee is Director of Business Development for Randox USA, Rajneesh Mathur.
Rajneesh is a truly inspirational leader, frequently being recognised for his professional abilities within the Randox team. Earlier this year, Randox awarded Rajneesh with the ‘Exceptional Achievements Award’, for his hard work and impressive selling prowess in the US market. Later in the year, he was awarded again in recognition for his ‘Special Endeavours and Loyalty’ to Randox; an award which also included a generous bonus.
However, Randox could never have anticipated the kindness of what Rajneesh did next. In an outstanding gesture of team spirit, Rajneesh volunteered to fund a mini-break for employees of the Randox USA team in West Virginia. He wanted to acknowledge that his success relies upon the commitment of the USA Office Staff who support his endeavours, and to highlight that without a supportive team, even the greatest of leaders cannot achieve great things.
We wanted to know a little more about Rajneesh’s story, so we sat down to talk about the successes of the US team. He commented:
“Our success in the US market this year has truly been a team effort. Without a strong support team in place, the Sales Staff would not be able to do their job, and so I wanted to make a token gesture that highlighted our cohesion and support for one another. Success for one person in our team, is success for all of us. Recognition of everyone’s hard work helps strengthen our bond and commitment to Randox.”
During their outing, Rajneesh and the other members of the Randox USA team attended the Charlestown Races on Saturday 23rd July, funded by Rajneesh’s altruism. All the staff members then stayed at Hampton Inn and Suites Hilton, and each of the US team was even able to bring a friend or family member to stay!
Rajneesh continued to tell us about the celebratory events the Randox USA team enjoyed together;
“We decided to continue with the Randox Health Grand National theme by going to the Charlestown Races. We had an epic buffet dinner, and then enjoyed the horse races. It was a good opportunity to mingle in a relaxed setting and get to know each other better. We all enjoyed a wonderful evening and it was fantastic to be able to celebrate our success together. Randox is such a fantastic place to work – there is such a great sense of comradery. It was great to be able to recognize that.”
Rajneesh was given yet another award following this act of kindness. Instead of for his brilliant sales and business skills, this time he was recognised for his display of generosity. Rajneesh was awarded the ‘Special Recognition Award’ at our Global Sales Conference, which took place in the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick, earlier this month, making this event a truly celebratory time as he joined Randox in celebrating £1 billion in sales!
Thank you, Rajneesh, for truly showing the meaning of the word “teamwork”! We feel incredibly lucky to have team members like you on board!
Randox’s Public Relations Executive, Amy McIlwaine, tells us about her time in New York State, working in Camp Wakonda (Homes for the Homeless)
We’re celebrating the bright and vibrant lives of Randox employees, and the way in which these inspiring individuals have helped to make Randox as great as it is today. Stay up to date with the #WeAreRandox hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to hear more stories.
We were discussing our most inspiring moments with Amy McIlwaine, Public Relations Executive of Randox Laboratories, this week. She told us a story of her time volunteering with children in New York State that we knew we had to share! We hope her story inspires you as much as it did us:
Here is Amy’s story:
“During my years at school and at University I worked as a part-time lifeguard in a local pool. I’ve always been quite ambitious, so, when the time came to graduate and I decided to do some overseas work, I applied to be Waterfront Director at a camp in New York State, called Camp Wakonda.
When I say the words ‘Summer camp’ to people they usually picture expensive facilities with music suites, maybe some horse stables and jet-skis, with a love-able rogue Joe Jonas lookalike thrown in for good measure, but Camp Wakonda wasn’t quite like that!
Camp Wakonda is a Summer camp that is run by the Homes for the Homeless organisation, and accepts children between 6 and 10 years old who are homeless and living in New York shelters.
The camp has limited resources, cabins with no electricity, and various (sometimes) friendly camp companions such as bears, chipmunks and rattlesnakes (we were in the middle of the woods). Children came to camp with very few belongings – sometimes even without a decent pair of shoes. But in spite of all that, it’s one of my favourite places on this earth. Being free from the stresses of everyday life (mind you, working with 90 children at a time brings a different kind of stress!) is wonderfully liberating and living in the middle of nature brings a certain serenity.
Although we had such limited resources, we had the time of our lives! You learn to be really creative – we had themed days throughout the summer like a Harry Potter banquet, a ‘Fairytales of Wakonda’ pantomime, and even Christmas on the 25th July! That one was probably my favourite – some of the children had never had a real Christmas before. I’m happy to admit that I welled up when I saw how incredibly excited they were at receiving just one small gift.”
Smiling from ear-to-ear, Amy went on to highlight the importance of the camp she worked in, in offering homeless children from New York the opportunity to just enjoy being kids, and how this inspired her:
“The spirit of the children, and the counsellors, at Camp Wakonda is something that I had not come across before, and have not come across since. For children who have had such a difficult upbringing, they came to camp with the biggest smiles on their faces, and the smallest things like three hot meals a day meant the world to them. It was great to see them free from the stresses of their unfortunate circumstances. For me, as their swimming teacher, nothing made me smile more than when a child came running up to me shouting ‘Miss Amy, I learned how to float today!’ or when a camper who had been so scared of the water finally got in and had a beaming smile from ear-to-ear when I handed them a swimming certificate. Many of the children had never left the city, and so had never experienced some of the things that we take for granted – like being able to see the stars in the sky at night.
I lived and worked in Wakonda for three months during 2014, and went back again in 2015, as Unit Leader of the older girl’s unit. I was responsible for counselor training, and the welfare of both the girl campers and the female counselors. When you’re practically working 24/7 for three months, the children become your entire life – everything that you do is with their needs in mind. Because of this, the children are so grateful of the time and attention that the counselors give them.
The work that Homes for the Homeless does for those kids is amazing, it really makes a difference to their lives, and I’m so glad that I have been part of it.”
Find out more about Camp Wakonda in this NY 1 News coverage video, here.
Randox wouldn’t be the innovative and caring healthcare company it is today without the hard work of young people with fresh perspectives and world experience like Amy – so we’re delighted that she has brought her enthusiasm to our team! We hope her story inspired you to take part in your community through volunteering. For us, we never stop. We’re helping to improve healthcare and diagnostics through consistent hard work, because for us, this means saving lives.
If you’re looking for a career in Business, Science or Engineering, let Randox be the next step in your adventure!
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We’re sure you’ve heard of “Speed Dating”, but what about “Speed Networking”? Randox’s R&D Scientist, Dr. Dwaine Vance tried it out to spread the word about Randox Careers in STEM!
Dr Dwaine Vance visited Omagh High School to represent Randox Careers. He sat down with us, and we discussed the importance of the event. Dr. Vance told us:
On Wednesday the 15th June I represented Randox Careers at a ‘speed networking’ event at Omagh High School. This involved groups of students moving from one employer stand to the next for a 5 minute ‘mini network’. There was two sessions during the morning involving GCSE level pupils. The aim of the ‘speed networking’ event was to provide pupils with opportunities to meet local Northern Irish companies within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sectors, of which Randox Laboratories play a pivotal role.
We, at Randox, want to inspire students to think about their own career plans and to allow them to gather information about the local job market. By doing this, we’re also giving them the opportunity to be aware of the jobs that are available and the importance of STEM related subjects, as well as letting them see how employers value their other curriculum subjects and their personal skills and attributes. My objective as a employee of Randox was to showcase a range of careers for all abilities within the company with a focus on STEM careers e.g. science and engineering.
The importance of spreading awareness of the opportunities in science and engineering from a young age is imperative, as many students are unaware of the vast range of differentiation in different careerpaths, stemming from one subject or degree class. Dr. Dwaine Vance went on to discuss the events of the networking conference:
As part of each ‘mini network’ I provided students with a brief overview of Randox. Students were given the opportunity to watch videos depicting our expertise and to ask questions about how their interests could be incorporated within Randox. The training department at Randox provided me with pop-up stands, recruitment pathway brochures, merchandise e.g. pens, stopwatches, mug coasters and even Biochip Array Technology key rings!
Overall the students gained a good knowledge of Randox, they were particularly keen to learn about the local and global opportunities available at Randox. In addition, students were keen to know more about the veterinary aspect of Randox. It was comforting to discover that the majority of pupils had previous knowledge of the Randox brand from the press (as we have recently experienced a great boost in brand visibility through Grand national sponsorship), Randox health (television adverts) and Confidante (local radio stations).
The pupils at Omagh High School were keen to ask me about my role within the company and what my day to day roles and responsibilities are. I was happy to provide students with my research and development activities and they were interested to hear that I was involved in the development of a genetic test that aims to predict your future risk of heart disease by investigating your own DNA.
At Randox I am part of a small team of experienced research scientists that are developing a genetic risk prediction test for heart disease and myocardial infarction. This test aims to simultaneously genotype 20 genetics variants that have been previously associated with increased risk of heart disease. This Randox molecular test is in collaboration with leading University academics and will help reduce the burden of heart disease throughout the world by providing an accurate risk assessment of disease so personalised treatment can be provided to those who require it most. To quote Randox Health, “Prevention is better than cure”.
From everyone at the Randox Careers team and from Dr. Dwaine Vance, we’d like to thank Omagh High School for inviting us to attend this incredibly beneficial Speed Networking event, where we feel we have truly impacted the young minds of tomorrow. We look forward to the future of diagnostics, with you!
Randox employees are adventurous and strive to live a healthy life full of laughter and excitement. So, we do our best to encourage individuality and value these vibrant employees! Here’s Scott’s story of his Journey to Antarctica.
Recently, Scott Paulin, a member of the Randox Clinical Chemistry R&D and manufacturing team from our Apprentice scheme told us about his time exploring the harsh terrains of Antarctica, intensely studying human response-based research before he joined Randox.
Scott sat down with us to tell us his story. Here’s what we talked about:
“My postgraduate degree involved me travelling to Antarctica on a 3 month expedition as part of a multi-disciplinary support team to conduct some novel research. The study aimed to profile stress and immunological responses in athlete’s skiing 500 miles before finishing at the Geographical South Pole. The ultra-endurance race was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Captain Robert Scott’s ill-fated attempt to become the first man to reach the South Pole. The finding from the research study have since provided useful insight into the physiological stress and responses associated with an Antarctic ultra-endurance race and nutritional counterstrategies to help maintain immune responses, function body weight and reduce stress markers. A number of papers have been published in peer reviewed journals.”
After Scott’s exciting journey in Antarctica, he began to tell us of life when he returned home, where he found it difficult to settle back in to normal life:
“Following the completion of my MRes, I found it difficult to gain employment in the science industry in Northern Ireland. Now, I am participating in the apprentice scheme at Randox where I am working in Clinical Chemistry R&D and manufacturing which has provided me with invaluable experience and allowed me to continue working in a laboratory setting. I am hopeful of securing a full time role at Randox in the near future and hope to build a career within the company.”
Randox’s propensity to invite only the most motivated, and forward-thinking young minds to join our team meant Scott was given the opportunity to continue his journey with us! If you’re looking for a career in Business, Science or Engineering, let Randox be the next step in your adventure!