Meet Erin - Global Regulatory Leader at Roche
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I studied Neuroscience at Sheffield University, and as part of my studies, I undertook a year in industry, working for a Contract Research Organisation, this is a company typically hired by pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries to support activities such as clinical trials.
This gave me an early insight into the pharmaceutical industry, which I immediately felt very passionate about, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Following graduation, I accepted a role at Roche in the Regulatory team, as it offered a great mix of science and people.
Since then, I have worked in a number of different roles within Regulatory, providing strategic regulatory input throughout the lifecycle of a medicine.
My career to date has been something of a ‘Roche sandwich’; I started out at Roche, spent some time at another global pharma company, and returned to Roche in 2009.
In which Roche location do you currently work and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?
I work in the Welwyn Garden City office, which is a very inspiring building. There are lots of different places to work within the office, such as your desk, the library or more informal areas.
My favourite thing about the office is the large number of windows which mean that you are never too far from some natural light!
Having said that, I very much appreciate the opportunity to work flexibly. This allows me to work from home regularly, as well as influence my working hours so that I can drop my kids off at school in the morning a couple of times a week.
Why did you decide to join Roche and why at this location?
I was attracted to Roche mainly by the culture and have stayed as a result of the career development opportunities. Due to the global nature of the teams we work in, being in Welwyn is not a barrier to providing a significant contribution to the medicine development programmes we work on. The majority of roles across the Regulatory sub-functions are reflected in the team in Welwyn, from entry level to senior positions. This provides an excellent opportunity to tap into a wealth of experience and develop within the organisation.
I live a few miles north of the office which affords a short commute! I love the fact that this part of Hertfordshire is close to some great towns, countryside and also has easy transport links to London.
What is your current position at Roche?
I am a Global Regulatory Leader. Together with a functional team of regulatory professionals, we define regulatory strategies to develop and maintain the licences that allow Roche to market new medicines, including the interactions with Health Authorities. Working with a talented and innovative team really ‘gets me out of bed’ in the morning.
How would you describe Roche as an employer?
Roche provides a progressive and innovative working environment, where we are encouraged to speak up, think about tasks differently and always question if we are doing the right thing for patients.
The culture is very supportive with high expectations of line managers, and opportunities to get involved in mentoring and coaching programs. I value the fact that I can drive my own career development.
We are encouraged to consider roles that may result in a greater breadth of experience, as well as the more traditional route of obtaining greater responsibility within your current job role.
How would you describe the people working here?
At Roche, we have a very interesting mix of people with different personality types, experience and working styles. Diversity is encouraged, and this helps us to continually consider varied perspectives in terms of how we meet the never-ending challenge of meeting the needs of patients.
How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”?
My job is all about getting the right medicines to the right patients. We work every day to help our project teams understand what data we need to generate in order to support the licensing of a medicine and its maintenance. We know this is a great responsibility, and demands that we keep patients at the centre of our day-to-day business.