Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Basel


At Roche, we believe it’s urgent to deliver medical solutions right now – even as we develop innovations for the future. We are passionate about transforming patients’ lives and we are brave in both decision and action. And we believe that good business means a better world.
That is why we come to work every single day. We commit ourselves to scientific rigour, unassailable ethics, and access to medical innovations for all. We do this today to build a better tomorrow.
Global Product Strategy (GPS) drives Roche’s strategy and portfolio of products - from research through to patients. As a member of GPS, you will be part of a truly international group who collaborates with functions and affiliates worldwide to shape the future of medicine.
In the Healthsystem Strategy Group, Institutional Relations manages relationships with key global health policy partners, governs Roche’s relationships with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, and Office of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), among others. We execute and align global health policies and access strategies that help Roche to deliver on its access mission to deliver rapid, broad and sustainable healthcare access for patients worldwide.
As the Head of Institutional Relations you will be responsible for the development of global health policy strategies, objectives, plans, tactics and metrics for Roche products and associated disease areas that are impacted by the health policy measures taken by global institutions.
With your expert knowledge of key global health policy topics and contacts you will strategically inform and engage in health policy environments and serve as the Roche representative in interactions with key global institutions such as WHO, as well as the global trade association. Ultimately, this translates to enhanced opportunities for the greatest access to the best medicines available, including those produced by Roche.
You will be a member of the Health Systems Leadership Team and an ad-hoc or standing member of various cross-functional teams as needed. You will also liaise closely with other members of the Global Access department, Health Systems and Global Access Policy teams, and area and affiliate access and policy colleagues.
Your responsibilities include:
Leading, developing and managing a small team as well as executing strategic plans on key priority policy areas, which ensure the application of global health policy expertise across the company
Acting as an expert in global health policy trends and dynamics
Playing a leadership role in developing and continuously improving Roche pharma’s health policy network
Developing and cultivating long-term strategic partnerships with key influencers, advocates, champions, special interest groups and other policy stakeholders
Assuming accountability for global health policy deliverables for typically multiple and/or the most complex business segments
Ensuring a clear health policy position and associated messaging, as agreed globally and shared with affiliates
Establishing and cultivating cross-functional relationships. Working collaboratively with all internal partners and stakeholders
Expertly educating internal partners and stakeholders regarding the global health policy landscape, strategy, plans, and resources for the assigned portfolio-wide segment
Providing expert regular and ad hoc policy intelligence updates for international business and medical teams and affiliates
Supporting your manager and others by training, coaching and mentoring new or less experienced team members
Who you are
You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.
For this position you should hold the following qualifications, have the following experience, and be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities to be considered as a suitable applicant. Please note that except where specified as “preferred,” or as a “plus,” all points listed below are considered minimum requirements.
Qualifications Knowledge
Bachelor’s Degree (public policy, communications, legal, business or life sciences discipline is preferred)
Graduate or higher-level Degree is preferred
In-depth understanding of the international health policy and

About the company

Roche is a Swiss global health-care company that operates worldwide under two divisions: Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics. Its holding company, Roche Holding AG, has bearer shares listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

The company headquarters are located in Basel and the company has many pharmaceutical and diagnostic sites around the world – including: Tucson, AZ; Pleasanton, CA; Vacaville, California, Oceanside, California, Branchburg, NJ; Indianapolis, Indiana; Florence, South Carolina; and Ponce, Puerto Rico in the US; Welwyn Garden City and Burgess Hill in the UK; Clarecastle in Ireland; Mannheim and Penzberg in Germany; Mississauga and Laval in Canada; Shanghai in China; Mumbai & Hyderabad in India; São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Segrate, Milan in Italy; Johannesburg in South Africa; Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan. There are 26 manufacturing sites worldwide.

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