Meet Ritesh Khandelwal, Manager – Biotechs at Roche Diagnostics India


I was born and brought up in Jaipur (Pink City) in Rajasthan. Before joining Roche I was working as a Product Manager in one of the leading Life Science company in  Delhi. My life time dream is to become the CEO of a company before I complete 40 years of my age. I like listening to the political debates, NDTV profit and reading about the various topics on Wikipedia.

Where did you study?

I completed my studies in Jaipur, Rajasthan and an executive M.B.A from Lucknow. I have done my trainings from Ahmedabad (Gujarat) & Karnal (Haryana).

In which Roche location are you currently working?

I am working at Roche Diagnostics India corporate office in Mumbai. Frankly speaking during my studies time I never wanted to work in Mumbai, thinking of traffic jams and fast life which I have heard from my friends. But after spending almost 6 years I must say that if somebody wants to learn professionalism one should work for few years in Mumbai. I also appreciate the support I got from my colleagues and seniors during my initial days in Mumbai which really helped me adjust in new environment.

Why did you decide to join Roche?

Roche is truly an innovative company where they make the products which really improve the patient’s life and I always wanted to join an company where while working I can feel being associated in serving human lives.

What is your current job?

Currently I am working as the Manager-Biotech’s in the Applied Science division of Roche. The biotech group was formed keeping in view the potential in India for the Bio-Pharma industries. The aim is to provide end to end solution to the customer right from the starting of the R & D to commercial production. In Custom Biotech we supply the materials in liters and tones level to various companies. My day-to-day responsibilities include talking to my team and guiding them about various projects as Roche is a new entrant in this segment and hence sales here requires lot of patience, lot of technical know-how and need to be competitive in commercial. I also have to spend good amount of time with my supply chain colleagues as making the material available on time to our customers is the key differentiating factor for growing this business.

What makes it such a great job?

I work with our customer right from the concept of the product to its final launch which makes me work as a consultant to my customers rather than a normal sales person which is really enjoyable.

Can you pick at least three of the attributes of Roche and explain in detail what they mean to you?

  • Products
    Roche makes innovative and good quality products which helps in medical field a lot.
  • Development opportunities: 
    Roche provide internal as well as external training sessions for its employees which helps in developing new skills.
  • Future career opportunities: 
    The global setup of Roche and the size of the whole organization offers very good career opportunities for its employees according to their potential.

Please complete the following sentence:

Roche is a great place to work because it provide employees with ongoing opportunities and incentives to learn, develop and grow, both in establishing new job-specific hard skills, as well as soft skills that help them as individuals, as managers and leaders.

How would you describe the people working here?

Openness and trust are the two good qualities which you can find common in people working over here which makes you easily adjust in the environment of the company.

What would you advise job seekers who want to join us?

If you are considering a position at Roche, learn as much as you can about what our organization is doing for patients and then translate your skills and experience in accomplishing this important work together.

Roche has policies and processes that encourage employees to set aside time to focus without interruption on their most important priorities, including long-term projects and more strategic and creative thinking.

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