Head of Platforms and Governance for Business Insights

Basel Headquarter
Basel-City, Switzerland

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The Position

GPS (Global Product Strategy) drives the business strategy at Roche from research to commercialization. GPS collaborates closely with teams across the organization to bring new therapies to the market and maximize the launched product portfolio. With your ability to work in the detail yet see the big picture you can influence the direction of the company in a disease area. At Roche we offer you chances to create your career inside or outside of GPS. With offices in 160 countries, we offer a truly international experience depending on where your interests take you.

We are currently looking for a Head of Platforms and Governance for Business Insights who will lead the Platforms and Governance team that is part of the Advanced Analytics for Business Insights (AABI) Center of Excellence within Global Product Strategy. This team is responsible for securing and creating value from data assets, in addition to building and operating our next generation analytics platform that will identify critical business issues and opportunities for the strategic direction of Roche. This team, in collaboration with Pharma Finance, I8, Informatics, and other groups, will drive rapid expansion of advanced analytics technologies, alongside existing analytical functions, to enable better decision-making across Roche Pharma business.

You will be responsible for developing strategy for data management and architecture, data governance models, and analytical platform solutions that will accelerate insight generation and enhance decision-making across the organization. They will partner with leaders in Commercial, Finance, Medical, and Market Access to identify business needs that shape this strategy. They will work closely with IT to ensure the implementation of data delivery and state-of-the-art analytical platforms to address the identified needs. In addition, this position will hire and lead a team of data strategy, architecture, and governance managers.

The Head of Platforms and Governance will be a member of the Advanced Analytics for Business Insights (AABI) Center of Excellence leadership team and report to the Global Head of the AABI group. They will guide senior management and cross-functional executives in relevant issues and represent the department more broadly within the GPS organization. In addition, the Head of Platforms and Governance will play an active role in the leadership and development of the AABI Center of Excellence team overall.


  • Shape the organizational mindset to envision the possibilities for advanced analytics, generate interest and demand for advanced analytics solutions, and cultivate business support and participation in new solutions
  • Operate as a thought leader and visionary, with the ability to evangelize strategic use of data and advanced analytics in decision-making
  • Establish centers of excellence within central data stewardship. Define and manage solution architecture from idea to implementation, ensuring that solution supports the business objectives, while maintaining the integrity of the overall enterprise architecture.
  • Accountable for solution architecture and roadmap of data and analytics platform strategy. Responsible for platform-as-a-service performance as measured by the enablement of business outcomes. Responsible for proposing technology solutions and getting buy-in from functional leaders / squad leaders, securing investments, and leading teams to implement such solution.
  • Drive efficiency and improvements in media / social operations and strategy by advising / training on the effective use of platform / data
  • Collaborate with Pharma Informatics functions to ensure that technology enables advanced analytics capabilities and that data is reliable and accurate
  • Develop a culture and environment where data strategy, architecture, and governance managers thrive, oversee the development of competency models, career paths, and onboarding and training programs for the individuals in the group
  • Collaborate with existing analytics teams, as well as key stakeholders, to identify existing, or new, areas that can benefit significantly from advanced analytics
  • Provide technical leadership to team members and vendor resources (onsite and offshore). Manage platform/technology vendors.
  • Stay abreast of market evolutions and dynamics regarding Roche’s position in industry and therapeutic areas

In order to be successful in this role, we belive you need 8+ years of healthcare data and analytics experience, with 2+ years of management experience. We seek an accomplished leader, with demonstrated success in leading teams and guiding key decisions through analytical insight. Specifically, you will possess the following:

  • Masters/PhD in computer science, engineering or related graduate-level degree
  • Previous experience leading & managing IT consulting or related functions. Strong leadership skills: excellent team management, coaching and mentoring skills; superior planning, process and influencing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective change management leader for direct reports
  • Exceptional structured problem solving and strategic agility abilities
  • Deep knowledge of commercial data assets, in the global pharma/biotech space, like provider, payer, sales, claims, specialty pharmacy data etc., as well as proven experience managing the alignment of data strategy across commercial operations and driving resolution of large scale business challenges and complex data problems
  • Experience with business information systems, databases and business analytics relevant to the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries including relational databases, “big data” technologies, and cloud computing environments
  • Knowledge of business analytics and associated practices relevant to the pharmaceutical/biotech industries (e.g., experience with secondary market research data, such as syndicated sales & marketing data, claims data, and longitudinal patient data)
  • Proven track record for consistently meeting or exceeding qualitative, as well as any relevant quantitative, targets and goals
  • Demonstrated capability in driving business results through modeling, segmentation, analysis, and refinement
  • Ability to communicate statistical and technical ideas and results to non-technical clients in written and verbal form, including experience and level of comfort presenting concepts to senior executives
  • Impeccable ethics and integrity
  • Business travel is required for regular internal and external business meetings

Are you ready to apply? We are looking for someone who thinks beyond the job offered - someone who knows that this position can be a rare springboard to many other opportunities at Roche.

Roche embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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