Meet Michael

South Africa

Tell us a bit about yourself

I was born and schooled in Pretoria (I like Jacaranda trees). I studied BSc (Microbiology & Biochemistry) after school and worked as a microbiologist for one year. After this I started to work as a sales rep for a Pharma MNC. It was then that I decided to study law – LLB at the University of South Africa – I completed my law degree after five years of part time studies.. I was then appointed as a product manager and worked as a product manager for nearly 3 years. After being involved in Pharma sales and marketing for nearly ten years I got a position as compliance and legal manager. I was appointed as legal advisor for Roche in July 2013.

I like to spend time with my family and my favourite sport is golf.  

In which Roche location do you currently work and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?

Roche Pharma office in Johannesburg. Johannesburg is known as the largest man made forest in the world.

Why did you decide to join Roche and why at this location?

Roche stands out in the industry because of reputation and innovative products.

What is your current position at Roche?

Legal Advisor. I am stimulated on a daily basis to solve legal and compliance issues to make sure that we meet our obligation of “Doing now what patients need next.”

How would you describe Roche as an employer?

I can truly say that my colleagues show the Roche values in their daily work life.

How would you describe the people working here?

Previous answer.

How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”

My job is part of maintaining and protecting the Roche license to operate.

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