Meet Ross

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up and attended school in the Midwestern United States in Madison, Wisconsin and spent my first three post-college years living and working in Chicago, Illinois and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin prior to joining Roche in October 2015. Outside of work I enjoy anything that is active, such as biking, hiking, tennis, running, weight training and skiing. I also enjoy attending the many sporting events Wisconsin has to offer and spending time with friends and relatives.

What is your current job?

I am currently in a hybrid role split between financial planning as part of Roche’s Target Enrichment/Sequencing business area and financial controlling for Madison manufacturing as part of Global Operations.

Where did you study?

I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an undergraduate and earned my Bachelor of Business Administration double-majoring in Finance and Risk Management/Insurance.

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

I am currently working in Roche’s Madison, Wisconsin location, a site with approximately 85 employees. The site manufactures Sequence Capture products and uses its core technology and staff of world class scientists to develop innovative technologies related to healthcare.

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

Prior to applying to a position with Roche, I worked in the consumer recreational products industry and hadn’t yet heard of DNA Sequencing. I was impressed with everyone I interviewed with both at the Madison location as well as other Roche locations, and they consistently portrayed a strong desire not only to improve financial results but also to make an impact on the future of healthcare.

While the company’s mission is important to me, the position at Roche’s Madison site also provides me with a wide array of responsibilities and autonomy and allows me to be close to a business that can make a large impact.

What makes it a great place to work?

From what I have experienced, Roche employees do a great job at empowering one another and helping one another succeed. There are so many intricacies of working in such a large organization that I think Roche employees are able to develop a strong aptitude for breaking down barriers and working for common goals.

Being a part of an area within Roche that is constantly developing as an industry and improving as a business has been exciting as well as fulfilling. I am consistently impressed with people’s ability to overcome new challenges and with the talent and experience of my colleagues. Working in this type of industry with these types of people is what makes every day fun and interesting.

What is a typical workday like?

A typical workday varies greatly for me depending on the day of the month or year. I work closely with the Manufacturing Finance team at Roche’s Tissue Diagnostics location in Tucson, Arizona, with Sequencing Finance, and with many colleagues at my primary location in Madison, Wisconsin.

In my role I am responsible for driving the Operations financial planning and close processes and setting standard manufacturing costs, as well as supporting R&D and site financial planning. These responsibilities require me to work with colleagues across the United States and sometimes with colleagues in Switzerland, Germany and South Africa.

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