Employee story

Journey in finance - Meet Sukie

#Finance #AccountsPayable #SeniorAnalyst
Published: 2023.02.20.
I am Sukie, born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I majored in Accounting and Finance, and later made the decision to move to Japan to pursue Japanese language studies for two years. Prior to joining Roche, I spent three years in another shared service center handling accounts payable migration projects.

My journey with Roche began in November 2020. I started out as an Accounts Payable Analyst supporting the Japanese market. In my new role, my responsibilities were not limited to invoice handling but I was also exposed to other tasks such as payment processing, inquiries handling, and month-end reporting. This was possible thanks to the Roche organisational structure, which allowed me to excel beyond my usual job scope to learn about the end-to-end process. In a way, I am now able to connect the dots and have a better understanding of the process flow from a finance perspective.

Roche puts the emphasis on Inclusion and Diversity, which helped to establish a sense of belonging among employees and allowed their authentic personalities to shine through. I personally think that Roche is a place where I feel like I can be myself, whereby my ideas, presence, and contributions are truly valued and supported in all areas of the workplace. I strongly believe that all individuals are at their best when they feel they can express themselves freely without fear of being judged. 

"Roche brings out the best in its people, which is the key to a successful company."

​​​​​​​Sukie Lai

Accounts Payable Senior Analyst

​​​​​​​While there may be challenging and tough times in my new role, I am blessed to have my manager and team members, who were always ready to give me their biggest support throughout the migration project journey. In the team, we are always ready to share our thoughts and opinions with each other in a constructive manner and brainstorm solutions to work through challenges together.

About a year ago, the finance team at Roche kick-started the “Finance Recognition Program” to commemorate Roche’s 10-year ambition to provide support and turn people’s ambitions into reality. I feel honoured to be a member of the committee team where we work together to promote long-term growth and establish a supportive culture among employees by giving them various opportunities for job rotations and employee recognition.

Just recently, I made a trip to Japan, given that they had just opened their borders to foreign travelers. During my stay in Japan, I took the chance to meet up and connect with local affiliates of Roche Diagnostics Japan. I was greeted with a warm welcome by the people there and they even extended their gratitude towards our contributions in support of their daily tasks and operations. The visit has brought so much meaning to me as I was able to reach out to them in person and connect with them, which has brightened up my outlook towards Roche knowing that we strive towards a similar goal despite originating from different backgrounds and cultures. 
Working at Roche has granted me many opportunities to learn and grow, regardless of my gender, status, and background. Today, I am working as an Accounts Payable Senior Analyst and still actively contributing to other projects. I feel a great sense of job satisfaction and am proud to be a part of this company which promotes the growth and well-being of its employees and customers.

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