Meet Jessica

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During my assignments I learned about:

I am currently based in San Francisco and work as an HR Business Partner at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group and headquarters for our Roche pharmaceutical operations in the US. I am partnering with groups of our Pharma Technical Development function which is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about our operations and strengthen my business acumen. In my role, I support business leaders and the wider organization by providing guidance on any people-related topics, thus contributing to making Roche a great place for employees to do their best work.

Prior to my current role, I have been part of the Global HR for Finance & IT team. I have worked on developing an initiative that aims to enable and foster an accelerated development for diverse talents across the Finance organization. The second project took me all the way to Kuala Lumpur to work with local HR colleagues of the newly set up Shared Service Center on employee engagement and onboarding topics. It was fascinating to experience a “start-up setting” within an established organization such as Roche and how much it differs in terms of pace, priorities, and challenges.

Now I am already looking forward to starting my final rotation as a Talent Management Specialist in Sao Paulo where I will be working with the Diagnostics LATAM (Latin America) team on strengthening our talent pipeline in the region.

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From a personal perspective my biggest learning so far is:

It’s hard to believe I have only been with Roche for a little over a year when I reflect on what I have learnt so far. This program offers a tremendous exposure to various HR roles, regions, parts of our business, and teams which is fantastic and truly accelerates my development. I have been surrounded by colleagues having diverse backgrounds and experiences, but what unites them is their willingness to collaborate. This open mindset across all organizational levels contributes significantly to my growth as I feel supported when facing challenges, but also encouraged to ask questions, share my “fresh” perspective, and challenge current assumptions. I feel truly inspired by the time and energy Senior Leaders commit to supporting my development: I take away so much from conversations with my mentor and other leaders. Their guidance is invaluable and they keep challenging my own thinking which I appreciate.

At Roche, you encounter a new situation every single day, so you will never stop learning – which is the beauty of it after all. However, the right attitude is needed to thrive in such an environment, thus you need to be curious and eager to learn and take responsibility for your own development. If you take on this approach, development opportunities at Roche are sheer endless.

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My challenges are:

I have been challenged on different levels since I started the program, but finding ways to overcome these challenges is the best way to grow. I find it sometimes difficult to balance my daily job accountabilities and reflecting upon my development and learning with investing time to build my network, all while settling in a new country. Within my projects, I am continuously being challenged to navigate through the complexity of a matrixed organization. Managing the dynamics of global vs. local expectations and requirements might be demanding, yet an essential learning experience for succeeding in a global corporate set-up.

It is also not an easy task to start over three times within two years. It takes time to settle in one place, learn the dynamics of your new environment, and build personal relationships in- and outside of work. Once you feel comfortable in one place, it is already time to move on and say goodbye to colleagues and friends you have become close to.

HR Perspectives is indeed an accelerated development program and being aware of the challenges helps me to focus my energies on how to effectively deal with them. Reflecting on my experiences also shows me how far I have come and how much I have learned since I joined Roche 1+ years ago - a tremendous motivation to keep going! I am excited to see where my journey at Roche will take me next.

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