Meet Jennifer Fleming, Senior Corporate Relations Manager at Roche
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in Toronto and live here now with my husband, two little girls and our goldendoodle. I graduated university with a degree in kinesiology and then changed tracks completely, going back to school for a post-graduate certificate in public relations. I started my career 13 years ago in the health science practice at a communications agency, and then moved “client-side” to work on brand communications for a multinational pharmaceutical company. I joined Roche in August- 2015.
Apart from my family, one of my biggest passions is food; I’ve been known to check out the cafeteria menu on Monday and mark down my selections for the week in my calendar. I also enjoy exploring the city with my family and recently rediscovered my love of seeing live bands.
What is your current position at Roche Canada?
My official title is Senior Corporate Relations Manager. I have a hybrid role - 50% of my time is spent supporting the commercial side of our business and 50% supporting the product development (PD) side.
On the commercial side, I support our enterprise change and project management office (eCPMO – see Nabeela Barday’s post) with internal communications strategies for their larger projects. On the product development side, I’m responsible for the development and execution of the Mississauga site communication strategy and work with the Canadian Development Leadership Team to enhance employee engagement.
How would you describe the people working here?
Smart, driven, collaborative, engaged and fun!
How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”?
I help my colleagues at Roche Canada understand the “why” behind decisions the company takes, how those decisions may impact their work and how that work helps us achieve our vision. If colleagues understand and feel connected to our purpose, they bring their best selves to work, which in turn drives the discovery and delivery of the best treatment options for patients.
Why did you decide to join Roche?
The opportunity to work on the product development side was a big draw – Roche is one of a few multinational pharma companies with a global PD site in Canada. The company’s focus on development was also a key factor. There’s a sentence in our job postings: “Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.” That’s not rhetoric. There are so many opportunities within Roche, you just have to decide what direction you want to take.