Job description


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


Head of Ideation & Exploration
Who We Are
At Roche, 94,000 people across 100 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we’ve become one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity and diversity.
The Position
Solution Integration and Services (SIS) is the business area at Roche Diagnostics that enables the physical and virtual integration of all kinds of diagnostic testing from large lab systems to hand-held mobile devices for hospitals, laboratories and healthcare practitioners, nurses and patients. These solutions help healthcare leaders overcome the many challenges in today's healthcare environment. While these challenges vary from country to country, they arise from diverse trends such as aging populations, cost pressure on healthcare systems, and increasing demand for smarter, more efficient and effective diagnostic solutions and services.
Innovation and Research (I&R)  is a newly set up organisation, with the aim to expand our capability, across all dimensions of innovation, technology, user needs and market viability. While we will focus to innovate our current portfolio, our goal is to equally focus on strategic innovation acceleration for all SIS, in order to create new products, services and solutions.
This includes uncovering new markets, new value propositions and new capabilities that will be needed in the future. This is done in a highly collaborative way together with the rest of the Roche organisation as well as with vendors and external partners. I&R drives some activities, contributes to some others and links with the rest of Roche, in order to enable us to stay ahead of the market with our products, services and solutions. Besides formalizing idea discovery and incubation from a customer portfolio perspective, we are accountable to continuously increase and advance our innovation capability and maturity for the whole of SIS. As a result, we are looking for some new positions to complete our team to accomplish that mission.
As a result, we are looking for some new positions to complete our team to accomplish that mission.
As the Head of Ideation & Exploration (and part of the I&R Leadership Team), your goal in life is challenging the status quo and making the world a better place to be. You are aware that technology is a tool to a means to serve people, patients and society. You are a spokesperson and ambassador of the I&R program, communicating the innovation work done, creating awareness of and promoting the program as business-critical by providing the story line and the big picture.
You are passionate about people, empathy building and coaching your environment in the process of innovating the way we deliver Healthcare to our patients. Additionally, you are enthusiastic about understanding the customer needs and exploring new ideas.
In this exciting role, you are a key player in making I&R successful, in enabling and driving transformation, while engaging the broader organization, advocating for new ways of working, shaping an innovation mindset, embracing future opportunities and most importantly delivering outcomes as part of the team that have an impact. You have the maturity to actively establish and foster an innovation culture within SIS. As a result, being part of the I&R Leadership Team, you can wear multiple heads: you are accountable for your own success, but also of the success of I&R as a whole, while contributing to the success of SIS.
More specifically, you...
have the overall responsibility for the earliest phases of the innovation process to fill the innovation funnel/pipeline
are responsible for generating a high volume of innovation ideas, the curation of these ideas, to be potentially developed into more concrete concepts that ultimately make it to the market
establish an efficient and effective flow of ideas through the early innovation & development process and drive the prioritisation and selection of main ideas
are passionate about inspiring and influencing others in an ambiguous environment, willing to challenge the status quo and disrupt the way we serve patients
feel comfortable in networking within and outside Roche, in order to scan for opportunities that connect the dots between technology and how technology can solve spoken and unspoken customer and patient needs
In parallel you have a strong business acumen and can work with our business development team and finance to

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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