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Competitive Intelligence Director



Rahway, NJ, USA
Posted on Saturday, March 9, 2024

Job Description

Our team is dedicated to delivering breakthrough innovations that extend and improve the lives of patients worldwide. Our team of forward-thinking individuals achieve this through an unwavering commitment to support accessibility to medicine, providing new therapeutic solutions, and collaborating with governments and payers to ensure that people who need medicines have access to them. Our focus is on innovation and launch execution excellence; we translate breakthrough science into innovative medicines that help people across the globe.

Competitive Intelligence Director

Individual will be responsible for providing Competitive Intelligence (CI) leadership rooted in deep understanding of the external healthcare environment and our Company's internal business, with a focus on Immunology and cross-therapeutic area capabilities.

Partnering with key stakeholders, individual will benchmark competitor clinical data, business models and capabilities to develop insights and recommendations that will help enhance global and regional strategy.

The individual will proactively facilitate the identification and prioritization of intelligence efforts critical to strategic planning and execution for key stakeholders and will provide direction for the design and refinement of intelligence plans.

The individual will perform these functions independently and at a high level of achievement.

Primary accountabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure effective utilization of business and competitive intelligence, across relevant divisions and functions, to provide:

    • unbiased and fact-based competitive insights,

    • benchmarking, and recommendations regarding commercialization strategies,

    • portfolio prioritization and sourcing,

    • clinical development/research strategies,

    • and Business Development opportunities.

  • Leverage scientific acumen to partner with discovery and clinical colleagues in shaping research programs.

  • Lead team analysis and/or independently perform strategic assessments of select competitor activities, including (but not limited to): market situation analysis, strategic forecasting, strategic and operational benchmarking and articulation of implications.

  • Globally monitor and benchmark strategic plans and insights on key developments of our Company competitors to provide early warning for potential threats and opportunities for successful implementation to prioritized strategic initiatives and tactical plans for our Company's portfolio.

  • Provide guidance and lead efforts for the creation of effective intelligence programs (including annual budget planning) in support of strategy development.

  • Maintain comprehensive and current understanding of relevant healthcare environment matters including policy, regulatory, health technology to identify key issues relevant to strategic planning initiatives at the global level.

  • Demonstrate leadership in developing and connecting a global network of subject matter experts to share intelligence and to support strategic activities of key stakeholders (e.g., surveillance, competitive planning, etc.)

  • Support the design and execution of competitive planning initiatives (e.g., competitive simulations) for products subject to significant competitive events.

  • Ensure the effective implementation and integrity of all competitive and business intelligence activities such as primary research, and other intelligence gathering and analysis projects through timely and appropriate coordination with stakeholders and external vendors.

  • Rigorously apply the Company's standard of ethics and policy for intelligence gathering.

  • Proactively communicate and facilitate discussions with stakeholders and technical personnel to ensure that these ethical and legal standards are well integrated into all competitive intelligence activities.

Position Qualifications:

Location: This role is based at our Headquarters site in Rahway (NJ, USA), with a Hybrid setup (combination of an in-office & remote) and cannot be 100% remote.

(Position can offer flexibility to work from our PA sites in WestPoint or Upper Gwynedd, with travel to NJ site on as need basis.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Advanced degree (MBA, MS, MD, PhD or equivalent) required.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 10+ years’ experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry with a minimum of 5 years in scientific research.

  • Strong scientific understanding of cross-therapeutic area biology, including immunology.

  • Broad understanding of global pharmaceutical and biotech industries with in-depth knowledge of drug discovery and development processes.

  • Superior stakeholder management skills and expert team player.

  • Demonstrated leadership, influencing skills, creativity, problem solving and ability to manage complexity in addressing issues within our Company and with outside parties.

  • Ability to build and manage collaborative relationships at all levels inside and outside of the organization, specifically with senior management.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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U.S. Hybrid Work Model

Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence. This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

Under New York State, Colorado State, Washington State, and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$164,800.00 - $259,400.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, long term incentive if applicable, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. A summary of benefits is listed here.

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Employee Status:



No relocation

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Job Posting End Date:06/16/2024

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Requisition ID:R284656