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My time at Roche began more than 14 years ago. I still recall my first day, walking through the doors of the glass building, greeted by the friendly security and receptionist teams and thinking: “What a great place to work!” The energy and positivity was immediately apparent. My first role was working in affiliate supply chain, not an obvious choice for an English Literature graduate, but I went on to spend 12 fulfilling years in supply chain, taking on various roles and challenges, until I decided to make a bold change by moving into the Global Procurement contracts organisation as a Functional Excellence Manager. This exciting shift in direction has broadened my understanding and knowledge of the business, enabled me to make new connections and learn new skills.
You can learn new things at any time in your life if you are willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.
In my current role, I work as part of a team who preserves Roche’s right to operate by mitigating risks and ensuring compliance with applicable laws, policies and regulations. We help our business partners meet their business needs in a way that limits their individual liability and Roche’s risk exposure so that we can continue to deliver on our mission of “doing now what patients need next”.
When I speak with my friends about work, they’re sometimes surprised I’ve stayed with the same company for 14 years (since the age of 22), but the great thing about Roche is that I have had so many opportunities and experiences over the years that I’ve not felt I needed or wanted to work somewhere different. I continue to grow and learn each day and that’s what makes Roche unique and special. I’ve always taken pride in what we do and the impact we have on patients’ lives.
Culture is hard to define, but ultimately it’s all about how you feel at work. I have the freedom to be myself at Roche and the privilege of working with some fantastic people. Cultivating psychological safety in the workplace unleashes creativity and allows us to learn from mistakes, and this is something I have seen really come to the forefront during my time at Roche.
These days my commute to work is a short walk from my bedroom to my office. I certainly miss the buzz of the open-plan office, the impromptu coffee conversations with colleagues and the change of environment, but despite this, I still feel deeply connected to my colleagues and our work. I’m fortunate to have an office at home which provides a great working environment, and just behind my house I have an abundance of countryside so I’ll often take myself off for a walk to clear my mind and appreciate the natural beauty on my doorstep - one of the selfies on here is of me on one of my walks!