Meet Jami, Vice President of Operations for Sequencing

10 November 2016 Roche Sequencing Solution Staff

What is your name?

Jami DeBrango-Palumbo

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am the new VP of Operations for Sequencing. Prior to that I was Vice President, Roche Global Regulatory Complexity Management Program, a program focused on simplifying a complex network of global regulatory processes, which spanned more than 120 countries.

I joined Genentech in 2005 with the Biogen-Idec acquisition, and have since served in roles of increasing responsibility, which span from HR, Facilities, Engineering, Supply Chain Operations and Safety, Health and Environment (SHE). I have continued to take on senior leadership roles in my career journey as Global Head of Project Management and Process Excellence, Pharma Technical Operations Biologics and I am most well-known for my role as the President and Site Head for Roche Carolina Inc., a PT Small Molecules Site. Originally from NY I love to spend time with my family cooking and taking any opportunity to be creative when I get the chance.

What is your current job?

VP, Operations, Sequencing

Where did you study?

New York, San Diego, Boston

In which Roche location are you currently working? What can you tell us about that location?

I just started in our Pleasanton location and just love the entrepreneurial spirit the facility takes on. I received such a warm welcome and found everyone to be focused on working hard and playing hard as well.

Why did you decide to join Roche and why at this location?

I decided to make the transition from Pharma Genentech to Sequencing because I wanted to utilize my experiences from Biologics and Small Molecules to Sequencing. I also like knowing me and my team is closest to the patient. Knowing we are accountable for ensuring our medicines and products have life and do what they say they are going to do motivates me every day to come to work. It is bringing our tagline to life “Doing now what patients need next”.

What makes it a great place to work?

For Sequencing, it is a place where we get to establish a new foundation of making a difference through people for our patients. All of our decisions have an impact.   Roche is a great place to work because of the diverse people we interact with every day and the opportunity we have to really make a difference in patients’ lives across the world.  To me, there is no better work than that.

What is a typical workday like?

I am not sure there is every a typical workday especially since I am so new.  My work day starts at around 7am with teleconferences globally or 1:1’s due to the time difference with our teams in South Africa and Switzerland. I then am either getting to know new people in meetings or visiting plants to learn our technology. I can give an example of my recent visit to Madison; 8am: Meet and Greet with Team – Overview of the Site, 9am: Target Enrichment Overview, then 1:1’s with teams, 11:30am: an Operations Town Hall meeting (which is honestly one of my favorite parts of the day), followed by a team lunch then a Career Story town hall meeting where I give some background about myself, followed by more 1:1’s and then dinner with the team. My day ended at 9pm.

What would you advise job seekers who want to join us?

I just recently wrote an article and it was published on LinkedIn on why anyone who wants to be challenged should work for Roche. More importantly, for women who want to shatter the glass ceiling, Roche is the place for you! Here is the article: Creating a Satisfying Career Path.