Head of Data Science 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 Data Science for Business Insights who will lead the data science team that is part of the Advanced Analytics for Business Insights (AABI) Center of Excellence within GPS. The data science team is responsible for creating value from data assets using advanced analytics capabilities, such as data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence methods, to 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 capabilities, alongside existing analytical functions, to enable better decision-making across the Roche Pharma business.

You will be responsible for defining the strategic objectives and requirements of advanced analytical capabilities that will accelerate insight generation and enhance decision-making across the organization. You will partner with leaders in Commercial, Finance, Medical, and Market Access to identify business needs that shape this strategy and work closely with IT to develop state-of-the-art analytical capabilities to address the identified needs. In addition, you will hire and lead a team of data scientists / analysts who will use advanced analytics (e.g. statistical modeling, predictive analytics, machine learning, image analysis) to address clinical and business questions.

You will be a member 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 you 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
  • Develop the advanced analytics for business insights roadmap, including constant evaluation and incorporation of valuable data assets and big data technologies and methodologies
  • Be a change agent who effectively communicates the vision and implementation roadmap for the new analytical capabilities and who gains buy in from stakeholders across the organization
  • Hire and lead a team of data scientists / analysts who will address clinical and business questions, as well as identify initial analyses that can be completed to demonstrate the utility of advanced / predictive analytics (proofs of concept)
  • Develop a culture and environment where data scientists / journalists 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
  • Collaborate with Pharma Informatics functions to ensure that technology enables advanced analytics capabilities and that data is reliable and accurate
  • Serve as a key member of working groups developing digital platforms / online communities for patients, caregivers and treatment providers, as well as ensure that data from these platforms / online communities can be appropriately utilized for insight generation
  • 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 and Masters/PhD in Data Science, Statistics, or related graduate-level degree. We seek an accomplished leader, with demonstrated success in leading teams and guiding key decisions through analytical insight. Specifically, they will possess the following:

  • Previous experience leading & managing analytical 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 advanced analytics and big data technologies and methodologies, as well as proven experience translating big data into actionable outcomes
  • Deep 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). Understanding of statistics and modeling techniques. Experience with specific statistical analysis software, etc.
  • Experience with advanced analytics tools (SAS, R, Python), “big data” technologies, cloud computing environments, relational data bases and SQL preferred
  • 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.

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