Roche Product Development Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire “I’m working closely with people from different teams across theworld to improve understanding so we can work together even better.” Roche, UK
Are you looking for a challenge?Opportunities for Senior Technical Programmers and SeniorProgrammers at Roche Products, Welwyn Garden City,Hertfordshire.Senior Technical Programmer To be successful within these roles you will have:We wish to appoint experienced programmers in the UK to • Educated to degree level preferable in IT, Life Sciences,support our growing global drug development portfolio. The ability Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematicsto carry out and supervise statistical programming components of • A very good knowledge/experience of international clinicala clinical trial is a must. This individual will ensure study processes research and drug developmentare consistent with company standards. Working in a matrix team, • Ability to process information, analyse data, and reachyou will plan, manage and analyse clinical trials. You will also conclusions based on sound reasoningcontribute to global initiatives. The successful candidate will assist • Ability to work in a global teamin the development of several trial analyses and data presentationsrelating to efficacy and safety data under the direction of a Project • Experience in using SASProgrammer (or designee). Positions are available immediately.Senior Programmer We offer a competitive salary plus the excellent benefits you wouldWe wish to appoint experienced programmers in the UK to expect from a blue-chip organisation, including a genuine interestsupport our growing global drug development portfolio. The ability in your development and progression.to carry out statistical programming components of a clinicaltrial is a must. This individual will program to study processesand company standards. Working in a matrix team, you will plan,manage and analyse clinical trial data. You will also contributeto non project initiatives. The successful candidate will assist inthe development of a study trial analyses and data presentationsrelating to efficacy and safety data under the direction of a ProjectProgrammer (or designee).
Our CompanyPioneering healthcare Our company todayIf you join Roche, you’ll be part of a company that has played a Today, Roche is one of the leading research-driven healthcarepioneering role in UK healthcare for more than a hundred years. companies in the world with a headquarters in Basel, Switzerland,Innovation has always driven us. We’ve made our mark through and operations in more than 150 countries. As part of ourearly engagement in market trends and sometimes created entirely 800-strong pharmaceutical development team based in thenew markets. We’ve developed state-of-the-art technology with UK, you’ll be helping to drive forward the next generation ofunconventional methods and ideas. By preventing, diagnosing and treatments by designing and leading clinical trials into potentialtreating a wide range of diseases, our products and services have new medicines.enhanced the health and quality of life of people around the UK. Our sales and marketing colleagues support healthcareToday, we’re one of the world’s leading research-focused professionals with a portfolio of innovative treatments. We’re thehealthcare groups. From offices and labs across 150 countries, leading provider of cancer treatments in the UK and are strong inincluding the UK, we remain committed to improving patients’ several other important therapy areas, including viral diseases andlives. transplantation. In fact, we estimate that more than three millionOur heritage patients in the UK are treated with a Roche medicine every year.In 1908, 12 years after the company was founded by Fritz Our responsibilityHoffmann-La Roche, our first UK office opened for business in As a leading healthcare company dedicated to tackling some ofLondon to market products that included a heart treatment and a the world’s most aggressive diseases, Roche inherently believes incough medicine. By the 1920s we had started first packaging and improving the quality of people’s lives.later manufacturing medicines from a site in north London. We’re committed to being a good corporate citizen in the UK. WeIn 1937, Roche moved out to Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire. take very seriously our responsibilities to our employees, to theEverything was brand new – the town, the offices, the factory, the communities in which we operate and to the environment aroundlaboratories and even a new UK research team. us. We’re also committed to maintaining the highest standards inThroughout the rest of the 20th century, our UK presence science and business.expanded across the UK as the Roche Group and its products Every year, our pharmaceutical teams raise money for their charitycontinued to grow and diversify. By the 1990s, our businesses in of the year. Individuals also raise money themselves for causespharmaceuticals, diagnostics, over-the-counter medicines and close to their hearts and they volunteer their time to support localvitamins and bulk vitamins and fine chemicals were spread from organisations.Ayrshire to Hampshire. Our employees also join their colleagues from more than 100This century, Roche has focused on two core businesses – Roche sites to take part in the Roche Children’s Walk.pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. In pharmaceuticals, our UKdevelopment and sales and marketing teams have gone fromstrength to strength and moved into a brand new headquartersbuilding in Welwyn Garden City in 2005.By 2008, we were celebrating our centenary in the UK – aremarkable achievement in an ever-changing industry.
Our SiteTop class facilities Our flexible approachModern, dynamic and innovative – our UK headquarters building Our pharmaceutical development teams in the UK were the firstis a fantastic place to work. Purpose built for Roche, Hexagon to adopt a flexible working scheme that we call “phlexible office”.Place was designed to encourage interaction. At its heart is a The new approach was introduced in response to the continuedcentral “street” with a coffee shop and plentiful seating where success and growth of development teams in the UK.people gather for informal meetings, to chat to friends or to take Phlexible Office allows individuals to apply for one of four differenta break. working styles, one of which includes working from home for upLarge open plan work areas provide space and quiet for to 60 per cent of their time. If a role is suitable, we provide all theconcentrated working, supported by a network of small meeting furniture, equipment and technology, including meetings softwarerooms and areas where you can print, fax or copy or make a free which enables teams to share and work on live documents.hot drink. A popular restaurant serves breakfast and lunch and Almost half of our development teams now regularly work fromthe main conference and meeting suite is equipped with the latest home. This has allowed us to spend money on science, rather thanaudio-visual facilities. Our on-site library provides a wealth of offices, and to attract and retain more talented people. It has alsoresearch and learning resources and our wellness centre provides helped individuals reduce their commuting time and emissions, beoccupational health advice, a well-equipped gym and exercise more productive and juggle other commitments.classes. Our locationOur footprint Hertfordshire is a county of contrasts. Home to around a millionDesigned to minimize its environmental impact, including cutting people, its thriving modern towns are connected to London byC02 emissions to around 20% below building regulation limits, fast transport links. Between them is a network of sleepy villagesHexagon Place won a clutch of awards when it was completed and farms amid picturesque countryside – two thirds of which isand opened in 2005. designated as Green Belt.It received an ‘excellent’ rating under the Building Research It’s this combination of old and new, urban and rural, that givesEstablishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), Hertfordshire such an enviable quality of life and makes the countywith a score of 10 out of 10 in recognition of its sustainable design such a popular place to live and work. Superbly well connected,and environmental performance. In the British Council for Offices the county has four motorways, is within easy reach of Luton,2006 awards, it achieved the highest accolade of the ‘Best of the Stanstead and Heathrow airports and has five main train linesBest’ in the corporate workplace category. running into London and out into East Anglia, the Midlands, WalesToday, our recycling service aims to minimize the impact that our and the north.office has on the environment on a day-to-day basis. Most areas Financial services, the computer industry, pharmaceuticals andhave central waste disposal areas to increase and encourage the film and media sectors are major employers of a highly skilledrecycling. We recycle metal, plastics, glass and electrical workforce. Economic success is supported by some of the bestappliances as well as paper and cardboard. None of our waste facilities for education in the country. Out of work, there’s plentygoes to landfill and we generate electricity from incinerated general to see and do from visiting historic houses to shopping to sport.waste. We also actively encourage employees to use alternatives London, of course, is just on our doorstep.to travelling alone by car to get to work. We support those whocar share, use public transport, cycle or walk to work and provide At Roche, we know that relocating is never easy so if you’rea shuttle bus between our site and the town centre for those who thinking of joining us and moving to the area, we’ll work with youtravel by train or bus. to help you move and settle in as quickly as possible.
Our PeopleJoin the best “I could have gone into a number of fields but I wantedRoche excels in science, innovation and business by consistently to do something where I could feel I was making aemploying the best people. Our people are passionate about difference to people’s lives. That’s why I love what I domaking a difference to patients’ lives. They lead and drive change now. I want to see the company continue to grow so thatand they live our corporate values of integrity, courage and we can continue to improve people’s lives and makepassion. a difference.”These ambitious and forward-looking employees are self-starterswho continually strive to develop innovative, high-quality solutionsfor unmet medical needs. They’re people who will inspire you every “Joining Roche was like coming home. I love my jobday. and work with such a great bunch of people who areRoche has so much to offer, whether you have a background passionate about patient safety.”in medicine, biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy,statistics, programming or another specialism.So come and join us. There’s no better place to make your mark. “I’m lucky - I enjoy my job and work with some brilliant, experienced people. If you look at all the products thatThe following is what people have said that work for Roche: Roche has brought out and the difference they have “A lot of people have been here a long time which I think made to people’s lives, it’s pretty cool to be working is a good sign in an industry where people tend to move for such a company. With the focus on personalised around. I’ve been able to move into different roles that healthcare, I can’t see us being anything other than have given me the challenge I need and the opportunity successful in the future.” to carry on learning and growing. That has certainly kept me motivated and that’s why I’ve been here for so long. I have a lot of loyalty for Roche – Roche has been good for me and I hope that I’ve been good for them.”
The ScienceJoin the innovators design clinical development programmes, undertake medicalFor over a century, Roche has stood for innovation and evaluation of patient safety issues, lead the way in translational andentrepreneurship. We focus on developing medicines and biomarker development, manage UK clinical trial centres and drivediagnostics that will help patients live longer, better lives. We strive to regulatory submissions for new products.address unmet medical needs through excellence in science. Our UK teams, who work in close collaboration, include:Unrivalled expertise • Medical Science – providing high-quality scientific and medicalRoche has an unparalleled expertise in molecular biology within both expertise to the development effortits pharmaceuticals and diagnostics divisions. • Operations – the home of clinical study management, clinicalOver recent decades, we’ve brought numerous innovative and study monitoring. They take responsibility for the planning andground-breaking new products to market. Now our research implementation of high quality clinical programmes and provideand development teams are now working on a new generation input on specific scientific, medical, legal and commercialof medicines for patients suffering from cancer, metabolic and requirementsautoimmune diseases, viral infections and disorders of the central • Regulatory Affairs – developing and implementing regulatorynervous system (CNS). strategies for the global registration and ongoing maintenance ofWe aim to be different. We’re focusing our sights and our resources our productson a highly differentiated development portfolio of first-in-class or • Quality Assurance – helping to achieve and maintain high qualitybest-in-class medicines. standards in clinical development, trial systems and processesAn innovative approach The future is personalUnderstanding the complex biology of disease is the biggest For Roche, the future is personal. Our expertise in molecularchallenge we face in developing new and better medicines and biology, and our strength in both diagnostics and pharmaceuticals,diagnostics. enables us to play a pioneering role in advancing the move towardsWe believe that scientific breakthroughs are most likely to occur “personalised healthcare”.when scientists are free to tackle problems from different angles and From discovery to commercialisation, our world-classin different ways. Our scientists have this freedom. Our structures pharmaceuticals and diagnostics research organisations are workingin research and early development are designed to promote a together to create better, more cost effective treatment optionsdiversity of views, cultures and approaches. The result is a natural tailored to patients’ needs.environment for creativity and innovation. Our aim is to use insights at a molecular level into how peopleGenentech Research and Early Development (gRED), Pharma develop diseases and how they respond to treatment to developResearch and Early Development (pRED), Roche Diagnostics solutions tailored to the needs of different sub-populations ofand Chugai all operate independently within the Roche Group. patients.Individually, they focus on new drug targets and new molecular Truly personalised healthcare is an ambitious goal, but Roche alreadyentities. Together, they form the hubs of an innovation network that has several products on the market in the UK. We’ll continue to leadincludes alliances with over 150 outside companies. the way.Excellence in development Our long term viewA fascinating and enviably strong pipeline is being driven forward Roche takes a long-term perspective. Backed by a stable majorityto market by our clinical development teams who are based in ownership dating back over 100 years, we keep our sights onSwitzerland, the UK, the United States, Germany, Austria and sustainable long-term growth rather than short-term gains. ThisAustralia. is reflected in the company’s incentive system and approach toWelwyn Garden City in the UK is the base for around 800 succession management, and in far-sighted business moves such asdevelopment professionals. From here, we lead international trials, our early investments in biotechnology.
Benefits at RocheIn joining Roche you not only contribute to a leading independent Additional Life Assurance: is an opportunity to purchase Lifehealthcare company but you get to enjoy an excellent range of Assurance for your partner or to increase the level of cover whichbenefits. Your total remuneration is reflected in your salary and Roche already provides you.through schemes that reward individual and team performance. Travel Insurance: very competitive travel cover for you and yourOn top of this, there are core benefits that Roche provides to all family.employees and benefits that you can choose. Life AssuranceMy Total Roche The Roche Pension Fund provides life assurance cover to allFlexible Benefits employees at no additional cost to you. If you join the pension fundMy Total Roche allows you to select which benefits best fit your the cover is 4 times your pensionable salary or 2 times if you arelifestyle. Many of the benefits save you tax and/or National not a member of the pension scheme.Insurance as they are provided through a salary sacrifice Fixed-term Employee Pensionarrangement. Roche offers a stakeholder pension to enable fixed-termHoliday Buy: allows you to purchase up to an additional 5 days employees to build up an individual pension fund in theirof annual leave. own name.Childcare Vouchers: gives you the opportunity to pay fora portion of your childcare expenses free of tax and National Roche ConnectInsurance. You can invest for the future and share financially in the success ofCharity Giving: an easy way to donate to the charities you Roche by purchasing Roche Genussscheinesupport. (non-voting equity securities) and receive any associatedPrivate Medical Insurance: covers the costs of a range of dividends. Roche pays a discount of 20% on the Rochemedical treatments, up to limits for certain acute conditions. Genussscheine you purchase through the Plan.Health screen: is a review of all aspects of your health, fitness Work Life Balanceand lifestyle to help detect some diseases before they become Holidays: you are entitled to 25 days paid annual leave eachmore serious. An assessment can also be selected for your year, plus 8 paid public holidays. If you join during the holiday yearpartner. (January to December) your entitlement will be prorated.Health cash: provides cash benefits to cover a wide range of Family Support: we recognise that people have a variety ofeveryday healthcare expenses for you and your family. different commitments outside of work, from children to elderlyDental Insurance: reimburses you for dental expenses for you relatives. That is why Roche wishes to support maternity, adoption,and/or your family. paternity and parental leave and flexible working. Roche supports employees by providing a number of payments in addition to thePension: Roche offers permanent employees a Defined statutory minimum.Contribution (money purchase) scheme. You sacrifice 4% of yourpensionable salary while the company contributes a further 8%. Employee Assistance Programme: is a confidential serviceYou are also able to invest additional contributions into your own offering prompt support on domestic, work or personal issuespersonal pot. provided by an entirely independent external company.Critical Illness Insurance: provides you with a tax-free lump Sports and Social Club: is managed by an enthusiasticsum following the diagnosis of an eligible condition for you and/or committee of volunteers who run events for the benefit of Rocheyour partner. employees and helps fund clubs within the company.
Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment: Roche is committed to beinga good corporate citizen, taking our responsibilities to our employees, to the third partieswho work with us, to the communities in which we operate, and to the environmentaround us very seriously. The on-site Occupational Health, Safety and EnvironmentDepartment provides specialist advice and expertise to enable employees at all levelsto fulfil their health, safety and environmental responsibilities, as well as offering trainedsupport from Occupational Health professionals.The on-site Occupational Health Centre provides a great range of freeservices, including: • Health Checks (including cholesterol and blood pressure) • Well Woman (cervical cytology and mammography) • Well Man (prostate screening) • Support to Stop Smoking • Weight Matters and Dietary Advice • Stress Counselling • General Health Advice and SupportThe Centre has a range of Therapists, such as, Physiotherapy, Chiropody, Reflexology,Massage, Nutritional Analysis, Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy.Hexagon PlaceTerrace Restaurant: our subsidised restaurant serves a great selection of breakfastsin the morning, while for lunch there are hot dishes, a deli sandwich section and a selfservice salad bar.The Street Café: is an ideal place for a break or an informal meeting where you canenjoy the finest coffee, teas, hot chocolates, cold drinks and food to go.Roche Lifestyle Centre: is located on the ground floor of Hexagon Place and includesa purpose built gym and studio. The gym has a range of cardio-vascular and resistanceequipment, which is complimented with a busy studio programme.Travel to WorkLoans: most people want to perfect combination of green and convenient travel. Withthis in mind we offer interest free loans for annual season tickets on public transport or aloan to buy a bicycle.Green Travel Plan: there is a free shuttle bus service linking Roche with the WelwynGarden City bus/train station, plus dedicated secure storage areas for motorcycles andbicycles.This information is subject to change at the discretion of Roche
Statistical Programming and Analysis (SPA)BiometricsMission: We prepare data for interpretation to enable decision making the global StatisticalProgramming and Analysis department provides timely and accurate analysis and reportingfor drug development projects by: • Creating an efficient global organization with common processes and tools allowing for fluid resourcing across Programming function functions and sites • Being recognized as effective and active contributors across Late Phase, Early development and other functions and partners • Successfully recruiting and retaining highly motivated professionals with an ongoing emphasis on the “analyst” mindset • Continually assessing our deliverables and increasing efficiency by identifying and implementing improved technologies and processesKey Deliverables and Skills Used Roles Within SPA - Career Development Data andClinical Study Other Data Statistical Reporting Clinical Data Head of SPA Protocol Sources Analysis Plan Standards Team Leader Customer Focus Analyst Mindset Project Statistical Business Project Management Programming SPA Manager Technical Programmer Specialist Process Improvement and Technical Skills Senior Technical Efficiencies Programmer Data to Support Senior Decision CSR Outputs E-Submissions Publications Programmer Making Programmer
Working GloballyDevelop the analytical strategy, stochastic methodologies, and quantitaive evidence needed to inform decisionsand answer critical questions about the therapeutic benefit and risk of our molecules to patients.Roche SPA sites working together globally: Welwyn, Basel, Nutley, South San Francisco, Shanghai. BusinessProcess Outsourcing partnership in India. Welwyn UK Basel Switzerland South San Nutley Shanghai Francisco USA China USA Mumbai India
Senior Technical ProgrammersJob description • Assists in the development of several trial protocols, trialAre you looking to make a difference to clinical trial analyses, editing procedures and data presentations relating toprojects? efficacy and safety data.Within the Statistical Programming Analyst (SPA) Group at Roche • Activities performed within the project are executed in a timelyyou be asked to contribute and lead in the whole lifecycle of a manner and to the required high standardsclinical trial, across project and therapeutic area. Our programmers Non drug development work can includeare expected to be experts in SAS programming, analysing data, • Keep abreast of statistical SAS programming methodology,problem solving, decision making and communication so that applications and software developments through literature andthey can work in a global environment. He/She ensures that attendance at meetings.the objectives, standards, deadlines and other requirements set • Maintain familiarity with regulatory authority guidelines relatingby SPA management with respect to statistical programming to biometrics, data reporting and medical issues in projectprocesses and software documentation are attained. You deputize areas.upon request for the Project Programmer. • Participate in and contributes to internal training programs.We are recruiting for experienced programmers to work within our • Make presentations at professional forums.team in Welwyn as part of the role you are expected to perform anumber of duties within the project such as: • Assess, recommends and develops new standards, policies and procedures. • Develop and document statistical programming standards in accordance with current statistical programming practices and You will have the opportunity to lead and contribute to function regulatory authority requirements. process, polices and initiatives working in teams across the various sites globally. • Provide technical advice and support to members of biometrics and other stakeholders. Who you are • Takes responsibility for planning, development, validation, You should be educated to degree level preferable in IT, Life documentation and maintenance of project generic tools. Sciences, Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics or other analytical field while possessing a very good knowledge/ • Informs and makes recommendations to the Project experience of international clinical research and drug development. Programmer on critical issues within a SPA tool development project. You will be confident in the use of computers with a very good knowledge of SAS. • Prioritizes and delegates tasks based on the importance of the deliverable and awareness of overall timelines in order to The right candidate will also be able to communicate clearly and efficiently produce high quality deliverables. effectively in written reports, data presentations and meetings as required. (Fluency in English is a prerequisite) You should also be • Program, validate and document software in SAS following able to easily establish and maintain good working relationships statistical programming standards and ensures its availability to and takes cultural and value differences into account in dealings stakeholders. with others.
Senior ProgrammersJob description Non drug development work can includeAre you looking to make a difference to clinical trial • Keep abreast of statistical SAS programming methodology,projects? applications and software developments through literature andWithin the Statistical Programming Analyst (SPA) Group at Roche attendance at meetings.our programmers you will be asked to contribute in the whole • Contributing to how standards, policies and procedures can belifecycle of a clinical trial. Our programmers are expected to be improved.experts in SAS programming, analysing data, problem solving, You will have the opportunity to contribute to function process,decision making and communication so that they can work in a polices and initiatives working in teams across the various sitesglobal environment. He/She ensures that the objectives, standards, globally.deadlines and other requirements set by the project with respect Who you areto statistical programming processes and software documentation You should be educated to degree level preferable in IT, Lifeare attained. Sciences, Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics or otherWe are recruiting for experienced programmers to work within our analytical field while possessing a very good knowledge/team in Welwyn as part of the role you are expected to perform a experience of international clinical research and drug development.number of duties within the project such as: You will be confident in the use of computers with a very good • Develop and document statistical programming standards in knowledge of SAS. accordance with department and project requirements. The right candidate will also be able to communicate clearly and • Provide technical advice and support to junior members of the effectively in written reports, data presentations and meetings as department. required. (Fluency in English is a prerequisite) You should also be • Takes responsibility for planning, development, validation, able to easily establish and maintain good working relationships documentation and maintenance of your programming task. and takes cultural and value differences into account in dealings • Informs and makes recommendations to the study and/or with others. project lead on critical issues within clinical trial reporting. • Program, validate and document software in SAS following statistical programming standards and ensures its availability to stakeholders. • Assists in the development of trial protocols, trial analyses, editing procedures and data presentations relating to efficacy and safety data. • Activities performed within the project are executed in a timely manner and to the required high standards