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Job: Accelerated Rotational/Trainee Programme 'Start Portfolio Strategy'
Innovation, R&D role
Full Time Job
Posted on: December 28, 2020
Deadline: February 26, 2021
Locations: Switzerland (Basel-Stadt)
Job Description:
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reporting structure,
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As an early career member of the “Start Portfolio Strategy” programme in Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED), you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and potential through a 2-year rotation programme. Are you digitally savvy and have the potential to be a future leader within our organisation? Are you passionate about strategy and decision making? Ready to join our team?

The framework of Start Portfolio Strategy - What to expect


During the first year, you will be part of the Portfolio and Project Management team. We increase the portfolio value of Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED). Together you will enable teams to progress projects efficiently & optimally, providing objective analysis and strategic context bringing medicine to patients.

You will be working on analyses of the current pRED portfolio, valuations of pRED development projects, business options and disease therapy/translational area (DTA)-specific portfolio reporting as well as interacting with key functions and the project teams ensuring consistency of assumptions and inputs to business valuations, providing information back to support and improve decision making and with that help to achieve strategic objectives. Furthermore, you will play a meaningful role in crafting strategic portfolio perspectives for senior partners. You will be working closely with individual project teams as well as the portfolio and project management team where you will have the opportunity to learn more about the pRED organisation and lead your own assignments.

Guided by a senior management mentor as well as your PPM line manager and your buddy, you will be afforded the time to find and drive your assignment for the second year.

A detailed overview of your roles & responsibilities you will find here.


The assignment can be in any other part of the organisation i. e. in a therapy area (Immunology, Infectious Disease and Ophthalmology, (I2O), Neuroscience and Rare Diseases (NRD), or Oncology) or in one of the global functions: Pharmaceutical Sciences, Therapeutic Modalities or pRED Operations. You will have the chance to leave your mark on the part of the pRED organisation you have chosen through high visibility projects and senior-level challenges. We expect pRED to benefit from your innovative approach and creative thinking to have an impact through your second-year stretch assignments.

Who you are:
As an ideal candidate, you have first professional experience in the medical/pharmaceutical or scientific industries, a life sciences graduate, as well as preferably an MBA and/or PhD degree. In this programme, you will need strong strategic, collaboration and communication skills, as well as an entrepreneurial attitude. Furthermore, you complete your profile with the following skills and attitudes:

* You show a well-developed strategic and analytical approach with a track record of integrating and synthesizing findings from multiple sources to enable informed strategic decision-making. Excellent verbal communication/presentation skills and sophisticated skills with PowerPoint are needed. You can explain your ideas, are persuasive, and a good listener
* Experience of influencing in a matrix organisation is a real asset for this role
* You also have the ability to develop special skills, are open to new insights, demonstrate curiosity, and have a thoughtful understanding of how previous experiences have crafted your attitudes, beliefs and behaviour

Application Process:
In case the first review of your application was successful, we are going to invite you to an Online Assessment around the end of January
Successful candidates will be invited to further interviews in February
The programme will start in March/April 2021
Are you ready to apply? We are looking for a person who thinks beyond the job offered - someone who knows that this position can be a rare springboard to many other opportunities at Roche.

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Name: Mrs. Claudia Fischer

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