Hematology Competitive Strategy Lead

United States of America, California, South San Francisco
Switzerland, Basel-City, Basel

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This is a Hematology Competitive Strategy Lead position with individual contributor responsibilities as well as managing 3-7 direct reports.  The role is located in either Basel or South San Francisco.


Global Product Strategy provides strategic business direction from research through development and commercialization, collaborating with functions and affiliates to shape the future of medicine.


The Global Insights and Digital Engagement team provides high quality insights on the market environment for relevant disease areas based on publicly available brand and market information, non-publicly available market intelligence, and market research.


Competitive Intelligence is a team of diverse backgrounds within GLIDE that synthesizes medical, scientific, and commercial information from the external environment to drive decision-making for the Roche/Genentech portfolio. As a Competitive Strategy Lead you will act as a strategic business partner to Therapeutic Area Heads, Disease Area Teams (DATs), global and affiliate integrated strategy teams (iSquads), Product Development, Business Development, and other cross functional teams.

In this role, you will have people management and individual contributor responsibilities. You will provide objective

competitive assessments and analyses to enable effective and informed decision-making. This includes insights on

dynamic market changes and competition that impact business decisions and strategy.


Job Description

In this position, you will be primarily accountable for consistently, effectively:

  • Being an expert in therapeutics for hematologic diseases and cancers and key competitors in each space

  • Ability to identify shifting standards of care, emerging development trends, and potential opportunities for future development for our molecules

  • Recognition of emergent agents, MoAs, platforms, and modalities to identify threats and opportunities

  • Ability to accurately forecast competitor launch timelines and probabilities, identify critical competitors and data

  • Leading or influencing key internal development decisions made by Therapeutic Area Heads and the Chief Medical Officer and commercialization decisions made by Therapeutic Area Leaders and the Head of GPS

  • Lead CI strategy, mission and objectives within the relevant Therapeutic Area and drive translation of competitive findings into business recommendations that deliver success for the organization

  • Data expert to assure that impactful, actionable competitor information and Roche product differentiation is identified and taken into account during key decisions of senior leaders including Therapeutic Area Leadership via strategic workshops or other venues

  • Identify opportunities to improve high-level pharma portfolio strategy or Roche organization structure and decision-making by drawing on case examples or other information from the external environment

  • Actively conducting and coaching team members on the identification of CI information, data collection, and insight communication to varied stakeholders

  • Based on knowledge of impending strategic decisions, identify available data sources, collect competitive intelligence, and synthesize information for commercial, medical, and scientific leaders

  • Manage external vendor relationships for collection and structuring of CI data including planning and execution of CI at medical/scientific conferences

  • Comply with all laws, regulations and policies that govern the ethical conduct of Roche activities

  • Collaborating with many other functions

  • Ensure cross functional stakeholder alignment within the Therapeutic Area / Business Franchise in support of CI initiatives and deliverables and ensure alignment with broader Strategic Insights and Analytics team

  • Partnering across Business Insights & Operations (BIO), GPS, SI&A, Medical, Product Development, REDs, other functions, and key affiliate teams 

  • Enabling efficient operation of a CI talent flow network for work prioritization and coaching and supporting career development of members of the team

  • Identification and execution of ways to improve the work processes of CI and grow the group’s influence within the organization

  • Work collaboratively to quickly match CIMs with high value foundation and discretionary work packages in accordance with CI prioritization principles

  • Coach direct reports and other team members on decisions regarding work scope and prioritization and the effective conduct of these projects

  • Align work packages as appropriate according to CI team targets for asset-level or higher-level strategic decisions and product lifecycle stage

  • Being a champion internally for your direct reports to support their performance, career development and opportunities

  • Ensuring assigned goals and objectives are met and that assigned projects and other work are completed on time, to high standards, and within budget




  • Bachelor’s Degree (life sciences or related discipline is a plus); MBA, MD, or PhD in a life-sciences, technical, or analytical discipline is preferred

  • At least 8 years of prior experience in drug development or strategy is required

  • Complex strategic project leadership experience in a matrixed environment--specific examples of influence in strategy decisions will be required

  • Prior experience in CI is required

  • 3 years of front-line manager experience required

  • It is also preferred that the candidate has at least 4 years of experience in 1 of the following areas:

  • Corporate strategy, financial/investment analysis, venture capital, management consulting, or strategic planning experience in the biopharma industry

  • Medical oncology training and/or significant experience planning or executing clinical trials

  • Experience with projects leading biopharma teams through complex strategic decisions by synthesizing and incorporating competitor information

  • Other deep experience pharmaceutical product discovery, development, or commercialization

  • International or global work experience is a plus, ability to travel globally required

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required