Director - Competitive Intelligence in Biotechnology || Remote

VIR Healthway LLC Remote
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March 23, 2023
VIR Healthway LLC
Novato, CA
Role: Director - Competitive Intelligence in Biotechnology

Location: Remote/Virtual

Duration/Type: Permanent/FTE

Summary Description:

The Director-level position (CI Lead) is a team role for insight-driven, seasoned professionals who excel as masterful facilitators and organizational drivers. As an experienced and well-respected leader, this individual plays a pivotal role in setting the competitive strategy and direction of the organization. This candidate will hold accountability for sound decisions through the mastery of essential scientific, technical & business expertise around competitive research, drug modality, product development, and the company's therapeutic areas.
The role oversees the CI of one or more highly complex programs and disease areas, along with being a key leader in the CI function. In addition, the role is expected to:
Collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders to support program strategy and execution based on competitive insights, as well as functional initiatives.
Demonstrate agility by consistently balancing the ‘big picture’ analysis along with attention to details. Specifically, the CI Lead is expected to showcase technical skills and agility to derive implications for the client’s portfolio, in addition to the programs.
Make sound decisions by interpreting complex and often fuzzy sets of information and identifying gaps—breaks down vague and very complex, multidimensional problems. Demonstrate the ability to learn to ‘predict’ competitor behavior and outcomes based on experience and prior competitor actions. Line management guidance, departmental priorities, and overall corporate strategic implications will be considered when making decisions.
Act as a strategic thinker with outstanding business instincts to help chart the course and translate into actionable, value-creating results for the company
Support ad-hoc BD efforts by the creation of competitive and disease-level landscapes.
Following demonstrated success in the role, the candidate may have the opportunity to take on additional organization-wide responsibilities of greater scope and complexity.


Deep expertise in conducting competitive analyses and generating actionable recommendations
Understanding of pharmaceutical development and commercialization process, as well as industry competitive dynamics
Superior analytical ability and project management skills
Proven ability to lead teams and influence cross-functionally in a matrix environment
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with diverse teams across organizational lines and structures
Strong oral/written communications and presentation skills
Familiarity with the basic business software tools and environment and pharma CI data sources

Education and Experience

BA/BS required; PhD degree preferred
Minimum of combined total relevant science and business experience of 7 years for Associate Director and 10 years for Director that must include experience outside of a bench position (i.e., industry, management consulting, product development experience). Experience in investment banking, industry corporate strategy role, CI, and/or portfolio strategy is a plus.
Experience in people management is a plus


Up to 30% travel may be required for this position, in the post-COVID conditions.

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