Meet Debdatta

Tell us a bit about yourself

I grew up in India, where I received my Bachelor in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta.  I later moved to the United Kingdom to complete both my Master’s in International Business Management at the University of Surrey and an MBA from University of Warwick.  After university, I joined a Global Pharmaceuticals company to support their Business Planning and Analysis team focusing on their General Administration department (HR, Finance, Legal, IT etc.).  Within the same company, I was assigned to various departments such as supporting their Infectious Diseases team, the Medical department where I managed their R&D spend working directly with their Headquarters on reimbursements, and Clinical trials partnering with the Project Managers and Medical Affairs head. I relocated to the United States with the company’s Vaccines Division and then moved to the Diagnostics division as a Global Finance partner. To develop my career further in the health care industry, I took a position at Roche Molecular Systems which had a perfect opportunity in their Global Finance team.

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

I work for Roche Molecular Systems in their Pleasanton location.  From a work environment standpoint, Roche campus is well built with various onsite facilities like cafeteria, Gym etc. With the courtyards, it provides the perfect location to have lunch outside without having to go off campus. The socials onsite provide a perfect opportunity to socialize with all different departments.

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

I was referred to Roche by a very close friend, who described Roche Molecular Systems as a perfect place to grow your career as well as have a great work-life balance.  Since I have worked in Europe in various roles, what I really enjoy most is the global aspect of my current role at Roche.  I get to work with Controllers across the world; while that has its own challenges (time differences and different rules), it also brings the excitement of learning new things.

What is your current position at Roche?

I am a Senior Financial Analyst in Global Finance supporting the HPV/Micro Life Cycle team.  I support all aspects of product development for my Lifecycle - from the very initiation of an idea (budgeting for Research) through the product design and development (budgeting for Development) to finally making sure we keep our products up to date and adhere to high quality and specifics (budgeting for Product Quality and Product Care).  I work very closely with Product Managers and International Business Leaders to support sales forecast and build business cases around new ideas. What I love most about my job is I get to work across various functions as well as across various regions and other Roche Business Units.

How would you describe Roche as an employer?

Being a renowned Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic company, I believe Roche can provide immense opportunities to grow.  One of the main reasons why I joined Roche is the fact that I had heard about how they support career growth - not only in one Business Unit but across Business Units as well as always encourage mobility. The Senior Management is very approachable; just in the past year, I’ve had several opportunities to present to the Leadership team as well as also got mentored by them.

How would you describe the people working here?

People are very friendly and approachable. They are always ready to help and at the same time, are ready to learn. They value your expertise and are open to feedback.

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

Working for Global Finance, I get to take part in the complete process from exploring an opportunity to the actual delivery of the product to market.  And with each product, the budget related to it is always being designed keeping the patients in mind.  We try to think ahead of what or how we can deliver the best with the resources we have. 

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