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Innovation R&D Operations Manager

1201 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG
Basel, CH-BS


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Innovation R&D Operations Manager

At Roche, we believe it is urgent to deliver medical solutions now - even as we develop innovations for the future. We are passionate about improving the lives of patients with brain diseases, and strive for ambitious ideas, innovative approaches and urgent action. Our belief is that our success as a company will come from developing therapies for patients in need, which is why we come to work every single day. We commit ourselves to scientific rigor, unassailable ethics, and access to medical innovations for all. We do this today to build a better tomorrow.

Within Roche's Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED), Neuroscience & Rare Diseases represents a major focus area where we are committed to realizing our long-term vision of changing lives of patients with severe brain disorders. Our preclinical research and early clinical development activities center around large and rare indications within the four major pillars of neurodevelopmental disorders, movement disorders, dementias, and multiple sclerosis. With unparalleled strengths across diverse disciplines, Roche is uniquely positioned to lead in transforming science to medicines for patients with disorders of the nervous system.

To achieve our goals, Roche pRED Neuroscience & Rare Diseases is currently undergoing a major and exciting recruitment effort for a large number of new positions including a Innovation R&D Operations Manager within the Department of Operations. All positions are based in Basel, Switzerland.

The Position

To fulfill our vision of truly changing the world of neurosciences and rare diseases and the lives of patients with devastating brain disorders, we need to collaborate with the smartest innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs within Roche and outside. The focus of NRD Operations is to support our Disease Therapeutic Area (DTA) towards the successful delivery of the portfolio from target assessment to completion of early clinical development. You are a highly committed team member that facilitates networking of researchers and clinicians internally to NRD, pRED and Roche and also supports effective strategies to access innovative exploratory medicines through external collaborations to strengthen the Roche NRD portfolio. In addition, you support relevant business processes and act as a central coordinator. You will provide an objective perspective on the NRD DTA operations to enable quality decision-making, ensure effective resource utilization and improve team performance, processes, and knowledge sharing. As such, the position has a unique ability to impact the current and future success of the pRED NRD DTA.

Key responsibilities
  • Support NRD business operations by strengthening R&D operations, supporting portfolio management and contextual updates as well as project integration and alignment with pRED-wide global functions and research communities

  • Foster a vibrant innovation culture across NRD and support the right environment to do so assisting short, medium and long-term strategies for innovation in neurosciences

  • Support the implementation of innovative, data-driven approaches with internal cross-DTA as well as external collaborators that result in step-change in pre- and clinical processes and practices with significant enhancements to efficiency and productivity

  • Support the landscaping of external innovation opportunities

  • Support application for internal pRED resources in neuroscience innovation

  • Support scientific communication strategies for innovation in neurosciences

  • Provide project management expertise to the NRD project leaders driving excellence in planning and preparation of comprehensive program recommendations, governance presentations and documents

  • Partner with project leaders to foster and enable a high performing team culture and community that is based on expertise and contribution of its members, shared responsibility, and the coordination of work towards common goals

  • Exhibits a highly collaborative approach to influencing partners, balances a light touch with full commitment


You have a clear understanding of drug development, a track record of successfully managing pharmaceutical portfolios, and a strong experience in external innovation collaborations. You have a keen interest and true passion for neuroscience and Rare Diseases. You enjoy working with brilliant minds from academia, pharma and biotech.

Your profile:
  • PhD in brain-related research is a must with at least 4 years of experience in drug discovery and early development in the pharmaceutical industry or contract research organisations with a good understanding of the neuroscience and rare disease franchise

  • Business administration training is a plus

  • Deep understanding of the relevant aspects of portfolio management and relevant portfolio management systems

  • Proven strategic coordination of external collaborations in neuroscience innovation is a must with a deep understanding of the public and private healthcare ecosystem

  • Strong conceptual and analytical thinking with working experience in multidisciplinary teams and a demonstrated ability to translate strategy into action

  • Strong project management and organizational skills, proactive working style with ability to structure and drive implementation

  • Effective in collaborating with others internally and externally

  • Adaptable, flexible and is able to thrive in an environment in constant change, maintaining objectivity, respect for differences of opinion, fairness, and ability to question and challenge and strive for continual improvement

  • Clear, succinct and timely communication skills

  • High emotional intelligence, with strong interpersonal, relationship management and networking skills

  • Creative thinking and strong analytical skills with a service oriented open mindset

  • Strong ability to work independently

Are you ready to apply? Roche embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building teams that represent a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

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