The Finance Perspectives Programme helps me to develop because of the wide array of topics and problems we are confronted with. One day might be about solving a supply-chain question related to a pandemic and the next working on HIV-testing on a continental scale.Read about Arnaud's experience
The Finance Perspectives Program is the flagship global finance rotational development program at Roche. It is a 2 to 2.5 year leadership development program with 4 to 6 rotations across multiple geographies and business areas (Pharmaceuticals, Diagnostics and Group) at Roche.
The program identifies high potential early in career talent, accelerating their professional development and enabling them to be key contributors to Roche's purpose and above all differentiators to patient's lives.
If you are a talented finance professional in the early stages of your career, and you are seeking to reach your full potential through international professional experience, then the Finance Perspectives Program is the perfect next step in your career.
Our Finance Perspectives program combines an enterprise view of Roche with deep insights into the healthcare industry. You'll be part of a dynamic, agile environment, building transferable skills in finance, strategy, digitalisation and leadership - all while helping us make a difference for patients.
The Finances Perspectives program is a unique opportunity for early in career Finance talents to broaden and deepen their expertise and leadership capabilities while working in different parts of our global Finance network.
The Finance Perspectives program excites our people around a common purpose - to learn, to connect and to unleash their capabilities towards Roche's Group and finance ambitions. It is a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of finance's value, and how this value is delivered.
The Finance Perspectives program allows candidates to build a well-rounded understanding of the Roche ecosystem, equipping them with a breadth of experiences to become the future leaders in finance.
Having worked across divisions and areas of Roche in several cultural environments has taught me to swiftly adapt to different communication and working styles to become a champion of creative behaviors and enterprise thinking, while honing partnerships -and friendships- with incredible people committed to patients.
The Finance Perspectives program allowed me to learn and experiment in different environments and roles. This helped me build a well-rounded understanding of Roche, establish a broad network and discover where my passion meets the company’s needs.
The opportunity to work across diverse cultures and locations with an intent of learning and upskilling myself to contribute to the shared goal of improving patients lives has been the highlight of the Finance Perspectives for me.
The next programme start date is planned for 1st September 2022 and recruitment is expected to begin towards the end of 2021. Further information on this will be published in due time.The recruitment process:After the initial pre-selection rounds, which include an online assessment and interviews, the final candidates will be invited to a two-day assessment center in Basel, Switzerland.
To be eligible, you should
- Have an excellent academic track record: an MBA or Master’s degree specialising in finance
- Be in the early stage of your career: between one and five years of work experience (including apprenticeships and internships), with at least 6 months spent in a foreign country and with a clear focus on finance
- Have a minimum of six months’ experience (academic or professional) in a foreign country; ideally, you also have experience of a developing region
- Show strong leadership potential and have the ambition to take on a leadership position in finance in the near future
- Have the ability to live the Roche values of Integrity, Passion and Courage as a programme participant and future leader
- Have a global mindset and a high degree of mobility, both during the programme and afterwards
- Be a team player and be able to integrate well into different cultures and business settings
- Be someone who is keen to learn about the business and about finance
- Have strong interpersonal, collaboration and communication skills
- Be fluent in English and preferably bilingual; a willingness to learn other languages would be an asset
- Have the relevant technology skills
The aim of this program is to
- Develop future finance leaders (see Roche Leadership Commitments) who demonstrate excellence in finance and in leadership
- Build a well-rounded understanding of Roche’s business model and Finance functions across different divisions
- Add individuals with global experience and mindset to Roche’s talent pool
For a rotational period of 2 to 2.5 years
- Participants will be involved in 4 to 6 assignments, each rotation being between 4 to 8 months long
- The assignments will cover different geographical locations of Roche’s business
- Each of these assignments will introduce participants to different areas within Finance as well as the different divisions of Roche: Pharma, Diagnostics and Group
- Participants will have access to senior managers through a Steering Committee and will be assigned a mentor to support their career development
Outcomes and Prospects
During the programme
- Experience through assignments in Group functions Finance, Pharma and Diagnostics at headquarters and at affiliates in a range of countries
- Exposure to senior leaders in Finance, including being mentored by one
- Wide networking opportunities across different functions
After the programme
- Increased readiness for further leadership roles in Finance
- Global working experience and a cross-cultural mindset
A proven support structure has been created:
Mentorship: For the duration of the programme, each individual participant will be assigned a member of the senior management team as his/her mentor who will be available for providing support with personal and professional development as well as longer-term retention opportunities.
Steering Committee: A steering committee, made up of senior management with key leadership roles, will assist Perspectives participants in developing their talent at Roche. They will provide participants with professional guidance during the programme and supervise their progress. This committee will also be responsible for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Finance Perspectives programme.
Meet the Finance Perspectives
For the Perspectives Programme, we’re looking for people who are in the early stages of their career (1-5 years' work experience) with a global mindset, team spirit and leadership potential. Personally, I believe sharing Roche’s values, remaining humble, and being able to adapt quickly to diverse environments are the most important elements.Read about Ricardo's experience
The culture at Roche is very open and people are approachable. They take their time to listen to what others think and feel, and are always willing to help in any way they can.Read about Tina's experience
Finance Perspectives helped me understand how Roche’s mission is realized in practice across the organization and prepared me to be a catalyzer in Finance.Read about Dominik's experience
2020 Finance Perspectives Webcast
During the Finance Perspectives webcast you can meet current/former Finance Perspectives and the program manager. They present the details of the programme and explain what you can expect during the Global accelerated talent development programme. The Program will likely hire again in Q4 2021, or Q1 2022 - more to come!Watch the recording
What does the application process look like?
The application process consists of several rounds: an online assessment followed by two rounds of interviews (remote) and finally an assessment center on a fixed date in spring (end of April / beginning of May) in Basel. At each stage, candidates will be informed whether they have been selected for the next round or not.
Are the dates for the assessments and the contract start flexible?
The dates for the assessments are always fixed (typically end of April / beginning of May of each year). Contract start is 1 September of the same year.
How many candidates will be selected?
Typically, twelve candidates are selected for the Assessment Center. The number of candidates then selected for the programme depends entirely on the candidates’ performance.
Do you need healthcare/pharma experience to qualify for this program?
No, you are only expected to have a finance background and to meet the requirements stated in the programme description; however, pharma experience is seen as a plus.
Can non-Europeans apply for the programme?
Yes, all nationalities are welcome to apply. If you are selected, Roche will support you in obtaining a visa and a work permit.
Is it possible to participate in this program even if I have a partner/family?
Yes, you can participate in this program if you have a spouse/legally registered partner and children. Roche will also support their transfer and visa process; however, housing will be taken into charge by Roche up to a certain is subject to a limit determined by company policy, and there is no schooling or child-care support.
Am I also eligible for this programme even if I have only little work experience with maybe only one or two internships?
Yes, you are. Work experience is only one of the eligibility criteria. We expect the requirements in the job description to be met, but also value a broad perspective, your ability to embrace our values and your interpersonal skills.
Will everyone be based in Basel?
The contract location is Basel for all participants. Some of you will start in HQ Basel and some at Diagnostics in Rotkreuz. Rotations can take place wherever there is a Roche location (more than 100 countries). Rotations can also take you to any part of Roche (Pharma, Diagnostics, Group functions Finance).
How is a rotation determined for a participant?
The first rotation is determined by the programme, simply for logistical reasons. It is generally somewhere in Switzerland. Afterwards, each participant plans his/her own rotations with the support of the programme management, the mentor and the fellow participants according to his/her interests and development needs.
What kind of projects will I be able to participate in once I am in the programme?
There are all kinds of projects within Finance, but you might be able to participate within the business, too, depending on the opportunities that arise and on your development goals.
Will I have support for the transfer to a new rotation?
Yes, there is a group of experts that will support you in obtaining a visa, work permit, accommodation etc.
How does the mentorship work?
Each participant is assigned a mentor. The mentor is responsible for the overall development of the participants. This relationship is shaped by the two parties and can develop over time as needed. Typically, a mentor will be a senior manager.
What happens after the programme?The objective is to find a permanent role within Roche. It is up to each participant to find this role, but everyone is supported in this search by the programme manager, the mentor, the Steering Committee and the personal network created during rotations. There is also some flexibility in terms of the time required, but the total duration of the Finance Perspectives programme should not exceed 2.5 years. A permanent role may be located anywhere within Roche around the globe.