Start Patient Safety

Where passion meets purpose​​​​​​​

Are you purpose-driven? Would you like to apply your outstanding academic skills to improve patients' lives? A multinational work environment where innovation is a key driver for success is what you are looking for? Is stepping out of your comfort zone to achieve better results part of your DNA?

Then Start Patient Safety is the ticket for your next career step.

Brief description of Pharma Safety

Roche’s Pharma Safety Organisation delivers knowledge on the safety profiles of our medicines, defines how to manage risks to patients, and coordinates the company’s pharmacovigilance system activities.

Our organisation is represented by more than 500 colleagues with a true global presence (4 main sites and 11 other locations), serving patients by focusing on the safety of our molecules from early development all the way to marketed medicines. We collaborate with local safety units in over 100 countries and with outsourced partners to achieve one goal: Providing world-class safety expertise in an ever-changing environment.

Programme content

  • Duration: 24-month graduate programme in a truly global function

  • Location for the next recruitment cycle: Welwyn (United Kingdom)
  • Rotations: depending on your interest and the landing position
  • A structured programme with flexibility for recent graduates to forge their own career path, preparing them for a position in the Pharma Safety or in other areas within Pharmaceutical Product Development

Who you are

We are looking for candidates who share our passion for people and our company’s values of integrity, courage and passion. You should also meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s (MSc) or a PhD degree in Life Sciences and Digital Science (computer science, data science, bioinformatics, biostatistics etc.)
  • Limited prior work experience (apprenticeship/vocational training, internships etc., but no more than 1-2 years accepted)
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively and efficiently in an international set-up
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to build strong sustainable relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent command of written and spoken business English
  • Good presentation skills
  • Ability to actively emulate and embody the Roche values, culture (mindset and behaviour)

We all met at some point, someone who gave us our first professional opportunity.

Felix Arellano
(Global Head of Pharmacovigilance and Drug Safety)
slide 10 of 10 The Perspectives Programme is an excellent way of getting to know Roche and gain insights on how we are evolving personalised healthcare for the benefit of patients. It’s also a great way to focus on your strengths and the opportunities that lie ahead. ​​​​​​​ Severin Schwan, CEO Roche

Outcome and prospects

You will learn and understand how safety activities contribute towards the company’s development and commercialisation goals, and how to maximise safety values for the organisation. On- and off-the-job training prepares you for your next career step after the programme. As a fully integrated member of the Safety family, you will lead projects and gain experience in a truly global function. Integrated in an active network of trainees, perspectives or fellowships from other functions, you will also establish a broad network throughout the company.


Meet Natasha Singh, Senior Director Clinical Safety

Over the last 12 years here, I have challenged myself by taking on more responsibility in safety. I hope my work will benefit patients with ocular diseases while ensuring their safety. That is what keeps me motivated!

Meet Felix, Safety Scientist at Roche

When I tell people I am a safety scientist, many think that I work in a lab, analysing vials and pills to make sure the drugs we produce are safe.

Meet Cecilia, Pharmacovigilance Hub Specialist at Roche

My work ensures that patients continue to receive access to life-changing therapies

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