Meet our current participants from the Finance Perspectives program: Noémie

Tell us a bit about yourself

I joined the Finance Perspectives program in January 2014 and completed my first assignment in Basel as a Pharma Controller in the Pharma Finance Business Integration department, and dedicated 20% of my time supporting the Skin Franchise within Global Product Strategy.

Prior to joining Roche, I worked for another large global pharma company in the US and Argentina. I grew up in France and have lived in the UK, Germany, Singapore, China, Spain, and the US for either internships in various industries or exchange programs.   I am a Telecom engineer by initial training from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA Lyon); I made the turn towards business and received my MBA from Essec Business School in Paris.

Outside of work, I like travelling, reading and spending time with my friends and family. I enjoy skiing in the winter time, hiking and playing polo at the onset of sunny days, but I am definitely more of a city girl and like to go to exhibitions and try out new restaurants.

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

I am currently based out of South San Francisco. San Francisco is a beautiful and fun city to live in, and it offers a lot of options to explore. The campus in SSF includes a wide variety of services, such as a gym or and bus shuttle that I often use, which really contribute to make your daily life simpler.

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

First, the US is the world’s largest market for pharmaceuticals and world leader in biopharmaceutical research, which makes Genentech a very attractive place to work. But also, one of the reasons that made me want to join Genentech for my second rotation was to get closer to the science and our products.

What is your current position at Roche?

I am currently part of the PD Finance team, as a LifeCycle controller (LCC), who represents Finance in the LifeCycle Team (LCT) and provides financial support. The LCC acts as the Finance Business Partner to the LCT and the Late Stage Portfolio Committee (LSPC). The LCC supports the late stage decision-making process by providing financial information and driving improvement in performance and resource utilization.

It is rewarding to participate in the decision-making process of a molecule’s development plan and also fascinating to be part of a long and fruitful collaboration, along with many colleagues in the organization, bringing new molecules to patients.

How would you describe Roche as an employer?

Roche / Genentech is definitely a great place to work as it offers a lot of tools and opportunities for the employees to drive their own career and build up their skills. We receive a lot of support, through mentoring, training, career lab, diversity groups or even day-to-day feedback, to make sure we are successful in our positions.

How would you describe the people working here?

I find coworkers to be very professional, passionate, friendly, open and approachable. This is a key component to building a trustful and efficient working environment, but also a fun place to work. There are a lot of opportunities to reach out to colleagues inside or outside your organization to hear about their experience, this is well accepted and common practice.

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

In my current role, as a LifeCycle Controller, I contribute to make sure that we, as a company, maximize the investments available to support the late stage portfolio. When we discuss the new development options, there is a real commitment and passion from the LCT to provide new therapies to patients and broaden the market reach of our products.

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