Who we are:

At Roche/Genentech, we have a bold Pharma Vision to achieve 3-5 times more patient benefit at 50% less cost to society. With this vision top of mind, Pharma Product Development (PD) Global Clinical Operations’ (PDG) mission is to become an industry leader and disruptor in re-inventing how we organise ourselves and work. We seek to create new ways of working, always with the patient at the centre of everything we do. Our shared purpose is to innovate clinical trial delivery to transform Roche’s patient, caregiver, and site experience to bring better trials to more patients.

Globally we are based at five headquarter sites; Basel, South San Francisco, Mississauga, Shanghai and Welwyn Garden City. We work to implement Smarter trials that accelerate development timelines so that Roche can help patients faster.

Clinical Operations comprises of hundreds of people, who run phase I - IV clinical trials across a wide number of indications in Oncology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Ophthalmology and Neuroscience. Individuals within these therapeutic areas are responsible for providing operational project management, leadership and expertise and act as the interface between Roche and external parties for optimal study delivery. Note: this is not a laboratory based role.

We partner with hospitals and other institutions to get new innovative medicines to patients in accordance with regulations and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Good Pharmacovigilance Practice (GVP) standards, ensuring patient safety and that data collected from our patients is of a high quality.

As an Industrial Placement in Global Clinical Operations, you will get involved in supporting key tasks across a broad range of topics with potential to build your network outside of the department and ultimately helping accelerate drug development and successful execution of clinical trials.

We want you to join our mission and be part of our passionate, collaborative, Global Clinical Operations community!


We are looking for up to eight Industrial Placement Students (IPS), who will be based in Welwyn Garden City, UK.

The IPS will sit within Global Operations and assigned to a clinical trial and will be part of a study community and included in working groups where they will have the opportunity to meet, work and collaborate with individuals in other functions outside of Operations, such as Clinical Science, Safety, Biometrics and Insights & Analytics to gain a broader understanding of roles in the Pharmaceutical industry.

The IPS will work closely with Global Clinical Operation leads, who are responsible for effective and efficient leadership and delivery of all operational components of a clinical trial across study start up, conduct and close-out in accordance with the appropriate quality standards including Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and applicable regulations.

Key activities include:

  • Clinical operations activities to ensure delivery during the lifecycle of phase I to IV studies
  • Development and management of study timelines, risk and quality plans and the evaluation of study resource needs
  • Providing day-to-day operational management to ensure delivery and the clinical trial runs smoothly; e.g. recruiting patients, problem solving, managing vendors/CRO’s (contract/clinical research organisation/operations) and working with contracts.
  • Working closely with our clinical research sites (hospitals) to help manage our clinical trial finances and invoicing
  • Forecasting of clinical/non-clinical supplies
  • Work within our safety team to process important adverse event reporting of trial subjects, and submit serious adverse reaction safety information to local ethics committees.
  • You will help run reports and analysis to ensure adequate oversight of activities, such as trial master file maintenance, budget compliance and recruitment performance
  • Identifying areas of best practice, innovation and process improvements
  • Ensuring study adherence to GCP and Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs)
  • Attending/participating at Non study related activities, for example forums / departmental meetings / initiatives

Become a Clinical Operations Lead (COL)

Industrial Placement Student (IPS)

J une 2024 - July 2025

Clinical Operations In simplest terms clinical operations is project management of a clinical trial on a country or even global scale.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Vendor Management; working with companies who provide a service on the trial e.g., providing lab kits/biomarker sample kits, drug dispensing, patient reimbursement services, patient questionnaires, study merchandise etc.
  • Global & Country Management; managing and keeping track of patient recruitment, answering country or site-related questions to ensure the smooth running of the trial.
  • Finance; create, send out and process invoices from hospitals on the trials. Reconciling invoices and communicating with site contacts to approve costs.

Roche Pharma Vision

Between 2020 and 2030 achieve 3-5 times more patient

benefit at 50% less cost to society.

This bold pharma vision is currently being pioneered.

Job descriptions have been broadened allowing employees to move across global and country level study work and between functions. This means that during your placement

you can explore areas of the business that interest you. Extracurricular activities also allow you to broaden your network. Previous students have been involved in the book

club, sports clubs and started an eco garden.

About You:

An ongoing university education in a scientific degree is required. You are an effective communicator, strong planning, problem solving and organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities at the same time. You have a love of learning, shows up authentically, encourages growth and innovation and customer focused. Candidates must also be professional, reliable, team-orientated and friendly.

Application Process:

At Roche/Genentech, we believe our people are key to our success in bringing novel medicines to patients, and we are fully dedicated to being a great place to work and to providing the services, tools, and the environment where everybody feels empowered and trusted and is enabled to uncover their full potential. Join us and help build a diverse and inclusive organisation where patient centricity and patient access are our priority.

Please ensure you include a CV and a cover letter with your application. Your cover letter should not exceed one page. Following your application, you will be informed if you are successful and moved to the next stage of the process which will involve video questions / answers to support your application.

Who we are

At Roche, more than 100,000 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.

Our UK Pharmaceutical head office is situated in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, with beautiful countryside surrounding the area. Supported by major motorways & airports as well as being a 30 minute train ride to London, access is easy. Our award-winning office, known as Hexagon Place, was opened in 2005 and provides a modern, flexible working environment with facilities that are second-to-none. Around 2,000 people work at our Welwyn office in Global Early Development (pRED), Global Product Development (PD), Commercial (Rx) and our Corporate functions.

Roche offer a competitive salary plus the excellent benefits you would expect from a blue-chip organisation. There is a fully equipped gym on-site, a library and information centre, and an active sports and social club. We also have a subsidised staff restaurant providing foods to cater for every taste throughout the day. At the heart of the building is an informal meeting area known as The Street which features a coffee shop, snack machine and cashpoint. A second building on-site, called The Hub, contains modern meeting room and conference facilities. Roche promotes personal well-being and work-life balance. Therefore, flexible working options will be considered for all roles at Roche UK. Roche is committed to creating a diverse & inclusive environment. The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of Roche.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of Roche Products Ltd. At Roche Products we believe diversity drives innovation and we are committed to building a diverse and flexible working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion or belief, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, disability or age. We recognise the importance of flexible working and will review all applicants’ requests with care. At Roche difference is valued and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer where you are encouraged to bring your whole self to work.

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