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Luis Perez-Goicoechea Lemaigre-Dubreuil, an exemplary Bachelor in Business Administration graduate, has carved a remarkable path from his academic pursuits to the corporate boardrooms of Roche, a leading multinational pharma company. Transitioning from a Finance Enterprise Partner Trainee during his final year at IE University to a full-time Finance Enterprise Partner post-graduation, Luis has truly demonstrated the impact of dedication, determination and the invaluable experiences IE University offers its students.

I’m Luis Perez-Goicoechea Lemaigre-Dubreuil, a recent Bachelor in Business Administration graduate. With a natural inclination towards finance and intrigue in the pharmaceutical industry, my academic journey took an exciting turn during my final year at IE University. It was then that I embarked on an internship journey with Roche, one of the industry’s giants. This experience not only shaped my professional aspirations but also provided a platform where academic theories met real-world applications. Today, as a full-time Finance Enterprise Partner, I look back with immense gratitude for the opportunities, challenges and learning moments IE University introduced into my life. They prepared me not just for a career, but for a mission to make a difference in the world of pharmaceuticals.

How did the internship at Roche capture your interest?

My introduction to the internship at Roche came through my aunt, a seasoned professional in the pharmaceutical sector. She spoke highly of the “Deja tu huella” (Make Your Mark) program, which immediately captured my attention. The stellar reputation of Roche and the multifaceted approach of the program drew me in. It combined hands-on technical training, invaluable industry knowledge, and collaborative experiences, resonating perfectly with my professional goals. The bonus of being able to undertake a pharmaceutical master’s degree during my internship was an invaluable advantage, deepening my journey into the world of pharmaceuticals.

Can you share the key highlights and responsibilities of your internship at Roche?

During my time at Roche, my primary tasks revolved around deep-diving into financial trends, predicting fiscal trajectories, and ensuring optimal resource distribution. But beyond these tasks, the highlights of my internship truly defined the experience. Roche’s environment was not only about responsibilities; it was also about growth and discovery. The nurturing ambience allowed me to realize my potential, as I was constantly surrounded by industry veterans who provided mentorship and shared their wisdom. Collaborating with diverse teams, engaging in brainstorming sessions, and receiving constructive feedback were pivotal moments that significantly broadened my perspective. The hands-on experience combined with these highlights enriched my understanding of the industry and underscored the importance of practical learning in a supportive setting.

Describe your typical workday as a Finance Enterprise Partner Trainee.

As a Finance Enterprise Partner (FEP) trainee, every day brings a fresh set of challenges and learnings. My role frequently pivots around the month-end financial wrap-ups, during which I actively assist in crafting reports, streamlining data, and gleaning actionable insights from our comprehensive financial evaluations. In tandem with these tasks, I often find myself diving into on-the-spot analyses to address specific needs raised by our marketing, medical or sales divisions. Such endeavors play a pivotal role in bolstering our financial health and facilitating informed decision-making. I’ve also had the opportunity to contribute to global initiatives with co-workers across various Roche branches. This not only enriches my understanding of finance, but also offers a panoramic view of the global pharmaceutical landscape.

How did your IE University experience and the Talent & Careers team facilitate your career progression?

Looking back on my journey at IE University, the unwavering support of the Talent & Careers team stands out as a key enabler of my professional trajectory. While my personal drive and commitment pushed me to seek a fitting contract that aligned with my academic commitments, it was the synergy between the Talent & Careers and Internship teams that truly made a difference. Their relentless guidance and collaboration during the recruitment process ensured a seamless transition from university to a professional setting. Their support was instrumental in navigating the complexities and reaching an agreement beneficial for both Roche and myself.

Could you walk us through the recruitment process at Roche?

The recruitment was streamlined and straightforward. I had to take part in three interviews, in which I spoke to key members of my future team. These were my future tutor, manager, and n+3. Each session was a learning experience, allowing me to both showcase my competencies and glean insights from the HR and financial experts at Roche. 

Do you have any advice for fellow IE University students aiming for an internship at Roche?

Firstly, immerse yourself in understanding the pharmaceutical industry and build connections. Secondly, harness the immense resources and support of the Talent & Careers team. Attend their workshops and engage in continuous dialogue. Thirdly, during your time at IE University, make sure to build a strong foundation in your chosen field.  Lastly, embrace every challenge with a growth mindset during your internship, always seeking learning and personal development avenues.