I am Máté, from a city called Szekesfehervar in Hungary. From an early age, I have been interested in numbers, which is no surprise with having parents who are both mathematicians. I moved to our lovely capital Budapest to start my studies in Finance and Accounting and after graduation, I spent a gap year in Nanjing, China.
I started to build my career in finance when joining Roche in Budapest as an accountant more than seven years ago. From early on I felt valued by my colleagues at the company, and my leaders enabled and supported my development right from the beginning. Being able to grow constantly in my roles, together with the tremendous opportunities available at Roche really helped me to build my career. As this was highly supported, I could make cross-departmental moves so I could try myself in different areas of accounting and eventually become a people leader myself.
There are also plenty of international opportunities at Roche, and in 2019, I decided to move out of my comfort zone and I took on the interim role of Head of Accounting for Roche S.A. located in Casablanca, Morocco. This also meant relocating to Casablanca for 5 months, which was a big challenge from a personal and professional point of view. The experience I gained there is probably the most valuable throughout my whole career. This is where I could get even closer to Roche’s purpose, as I could see the importance of our job first-hand when visiting a haematology centre for children in Casablanca.
This was a defining moment, which made me realize that no matter how far finance may seem from our core business, in the end, we are all contributing to the well-being of our patients.
slide 1 of 2 I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
When moving back to Budapest, I joined the newly formed Country Chief Accountant (CCA) organization and now I am the Chief Accountant for two Roche affiliates located in the Netherlands. During the span of my career with Roche Services and Solutions Budapest, the people working here grew from 500 to nearly 2000, so now we have a huge and diverse family located in Budapest. Our team of 35 CCAs hosts people from more than ten nations, from all around the world, with different cultural backgrounds and with experience in various industries.
To summarize it, the support I get from my leaders, the vast amount of career opportunities available within the Group, the people around me, and most importantly the impact we make every day all make me grateful that I am part of the Roche family.