Meet Marion Souveton, Strategic Insight Leader at Roche

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Marion Souveton. I am French and a true Parisian as I was born in Paris and lived there for more than 30 years. I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 11 years, first joining  a pharmaceutical company where I stayed for 7 years.  In our family we have a passion for horses as my husband coaches horse riders for dressage competitions and I have done a lot of jumping competitions in the past.  

Where did you study?

I completed all my studies in Paris, at university, where I learned management, marketing and strategy.

In which Roche location are you currently working?

I am currently working in the GPS (Global Product Strategy) group at the headquarters in Basel. Basel is one of the largest Roche sites worldwide. That’s where the Corporate Executive Committee sits, and where the headquarters of the Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics Divisions and most of the global business functions are located.  About 9,488 employees from 90 countries work at the Basel site (including the facility in neighbouring Kaiseraugst).

What can you tell us about that location?

Moving from Paris to Alsace (as we decided to stay on the other side of the border!) was definitely a big change… Same driving distance from home to work but 1.5 hours in Paris compared to 20 minutes in Basel! We really enjoy our quieter and greener environment, and Basel is a wonderful place to be, both in summer (enjoying the Rhine swims, Swiss lakes and mountains) and in winter (having skiing stations within a1-hour drive).  

Why did you decide to join Roche?

Roche is known within the pharmaceutical industry to be a great place to work, a company which cares about people, where people can develop and grow. Furthermore, the Roche pipeline being so rich and the company being driven by innovation focusing on doing what is best for patients, you can be confident about the future of the company.

What is your current job?

I am currently a Strategic Insight Leader for Infectious Diseases, Inflammation and Ophthalmology. I work in the Strategic Insights and Analysis department, where our mission is to deliver insights to positively impact business decisions. My team is composed of Strategic Insights Managers who are responsible for Primary Market Research and Forecasting, and Competitive Intelligence Managers who deliver key competitive information. We all support International Business Teams and Life Cycle Teams by delivering timely and actionable insights.

What makes it such a great job?

We are at the source of the information, we have access to the facts and the market reality (interviewing physicians, patients, etc. through our external vendors), so our role is critical in understanding the market and supporting the development of the brand strategy.  Our job is never boring as diseases are different, markets evolve, products move through the lifecycle… Having done the same job for more than 10 years, I am still learning and rarely had the impression I did the same thing twice!

Can you pick at least three of the attributes of Roche and explain in detail what they mean to you?

  • Work/life balance: work/life balance is critical for me. I am married and I have 2 little boys (5 and 8 years old). My motivation at work comes from my personal life and spending time with my family members gives me the strength for working hard at the office. Roche cares about work/life balance and this motivates me even more to give my best at work.
  • Respect: respect is critical in daily work. Respect is not a question of hierarchy, it is a human value. Everyone has something special to bring to the company and should be given the opportunity to do so. Furthermore, when you work in an international environment where people have different cultures and different values, respecting each other is even more critical.
  • Development opportunities: in just four years at Roche, I have progressed from International Business Analyst to Senior International Business Analyst, then to Group Lead, and finally to Strategic Insight Leader, managing a team of 11 people and being part of the leadership team. This company supports employee development thanks to a robust training programme, the opportunity to take part in different internal programmes like rotations, secondments in a foreign country, job shadowing, etc.

Please complete the following sentence:

Roche is a great place to work... because we focus on what is best for patients, which makes people proud to work for Roche.

How would you describe the people working here?

Diverse, international, open, passionate, committed, proud…

What would you advise job seekers who want to join us?

Go for it! Check opportunities and apply!

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