Meet Rets, Business Unit Manager


Tell us a bit about yourself:

My name is Rets Renemanis. By education I am medical doctor and economist, and also all my family members are doctors. I spend most of my free time with my wife and daughter. We all do sports and enjoy an active lifestyle. When I was a child, my parents’ wish was that I would become a pianist, but I liked sports more…which I still do. I am also very sociable and I have many friends and colleagues with different professional interests. As medical doctor and economist I am interested in the economic aspects of the state’s healthcare system.

Where did you study?

I graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Latvia in 2000, and in 2006 I got my MBA in Economics, but in 2008 I also started my PhD studies in Economics and hopefully I will finish this by the end of 2012. The title of my doctoral thesis is “Economic Evaluation of the Latvian Oncology System”, and the majority of my scientific publications are on this topic.

In which Roche location are you currently working? What can you tell us about that location?

I am currently working in Roche Latvia. Latvia is one of the three Baltic States, has 2 million inhabitants, and is located in northern Europe. Latvia has a beautiful sand beach sea coast, which is approximately 500 km long. Latvia has a rich culture with many old traditions. Roche Latvia is a top Pharma company in our country. We have an excellent reputation of being an innovative and socially responsible company. Roche is a synonym for quality, and being the best is what we do. We are proud of our professional team, and we strongly believe in our mission to save lives.

Why did you decide to join Roche?

It was a great opportunity to apply my knowledge in medicine and economics by working in a multi-tasking and challenging international environment. And more importantly, my job allows me to effect change in people’s lives. Roche is a place where I can improve my knowledge and leadership skills. I chose oncology as my professional focus area when I was studying medicine. At that time I was responsible for a charity foundation which was founded with the aim to help children with leukemia. It was 14 years ago, but I am still involved in oncology, and now in Roche I feel that as a team we are able to do more for the patients and state’s oncology system than ever before.

What is your current job?

I am working as a Business Unit Manager in Oncology/Hematology. I am responsible for the Roche Oncology/Hematology department in Latvia, for meeting plans and bringing the best results. Moreover, our business unit is responsible for saving the lives of our patients, because I believe our company has genuine life-saving products.

What makes it such a great job?

This is an opportunity to change people’s lives for better – to grant them with the most valuable thing they have, and that is their health and years of quality life. This is really challenging now, since these are hard times for our country’s economy and there are not enough funds for the healthcare system. The job in Roche also gives me the possibility to take responsibility for my personal performance and development.

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

Development opportunities – working in a multinational company and acquiring invaluable experience in everyday work, and improving knowledge by working with the best specialists in the industry.

Roche is a great place to work in

because we save lives.

How would you describe the people working here?

Professionals who are united for a common goal, professionals who are confident in what they do, and professionals who are making a better world where there is less suffering.

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

I would advise them to think about both their professional aims and the personal meaning of their life. Roche is a wonderful place to work and achieve professional goals, and at the same time also do something valuable and necessary for humanity, which, in fact, gives real satisfaction from the job.

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