Meet Jochen, Global Controller for pRED Therapeutic Modalities at Roche

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Jochen. I was born in Southern Germany where I also spent my whole childhood. I hold a master’s degree in Business and Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. I joined Roche in 2007, and since then I’ve been working in different Finance departments in Basel and Genentech San Francisco.

In my free time I enjoy traveling with my wife, tending the garden around our new house (which is a lot of work!), spending time with friends, and reading.

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

I am currently working in Basel, which is the headquarters of Roche. Roche Basel is very international and provides a tremendous amount of opportunities for Finance professionals to develop their career.

Since I live just across the border in a German town called Lörrach, my commute to work is quite convenient by bus and train. There probably are not many places in the world where you can work in one country, live in another and have dinner or do shopping in a third on the same day.

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

When I applied to Roche in 2007 I was impressed by the company’s mission to improve patients’ lives. In the interview process with my future line manager I could already feel the focus on people and talent. This is something that wasn’t as apparent at many other companies.

Since then the Basel area has become a new home to me and my wife. We enjoy living in the “center of Europe” where the mountains are just an hour away and a two-hour flight takes you to most destinations in Europe.

What is your current position at Roche?

In my current position I am the Finance Business Partner to the Therapeutic Modalities organization, which is part of Pharma Research and Early Development at Roche (pRED). In the pRED R&D process, Therapeutic Modalities is the function that invents the molecules that target a medical need. So the work they do today could potentially have a major impact on the future of Roche.

Among other responsibilities, my role involves providing decision-making support, ensuring financial compliance, leading the budgeting process and helping Therapeutic Modalities to meet their financial target.

How would you describe Roche as an employer?

Roche is a great employer that offers a diverse range of opportunities for people to grow. It is a challenging and very dynamic environment, yet at the same time people have fun at work. In all the teams I have been in so far I have always enjoyed coming to the office in the morning and working together with my colleagues.

In addition, Roche is very international. I had the privilege to work in IT Controlling for Genentech in San Francisco for two years. It was a great experience to see that, despite the local cultures being very different, both here and in San Francisco, Roche employees are driven by a common mission and the same values. It is exciting to see how people around the world share a passion for innovation and ultimately helping patients.

How would you describe the people working here?

People at Roche are very motivated and dedicated to their work. In Finance we have a very collaborative environment, both within our department and in our interactions with business functions. When I moved to Switzerland I soon learned about z’Nüni (the morning coffee break) and lunch appointments, which are great ways to interact with people outside of the usual meeting setting. They also allow you to leave work aside from time to time and just learn more about your colleagues.

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

To see open positions at Finance in Switzerland click here.

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