Manager of Research and Competitive Intelligence

Dechert LLP is hiring a Manager of Research and Competitive Intelligence. This position can be based in either our Philadelphia or Washington, DC office.

About the Firm

Dechert is a global specialist law firm with 900 lawyers in 27 offices. Focused on sectors with the greatest complexities and highest regulatory demands, we deliver practical commercial insight and judgment to our clients’ most important matters. Nothing stands in the way of giving clients the best of the firm’s entrepreneurial energy and seamless collaboration in a way that is distinctively Dechert.

Job Description          

The Manager of Research and Competitive Intelligence focuses on overall management of the research process within the department and partners with other departments to ensure optimal workflow.  


Hire, direct, manage, and evaluate Research Analysts.  Conduct research for attorneys, paralegals and other staff members at the firm. Manage research operations and set priorities among library research activities, including large scale projects. In consultation with the Director of Research Services, set and enforce reference service policies; Manage the request tracking software and run reports as needed.

Pricing and Project Management Partnership

Develop and manage the working relationship between the Library and Research Services department and the Pricing and Project Management department by creating opportunities for strategic partnerships.  Review current and past matters to ensure that staffing if appropriate and goals are being met. Review current and past matters as needed to analyze cost spend. Manage Research Services staffing for project management initiatives. 

Knowledge Management

Collaborate with practice groups on assessing KM needs and creating solutions. Create strategies to promote KM adoption and education. Integrate Knowledge Management practices into overall research process.

Competitive Intelligence

Oversee the competitive intelligence team and activities. Partner with Marketing to set research goals. Attend. Marketing meetings to cross-sell department services and learn about business development opportunities. Participate in resource development for CI.

Current Awareness

Develop and oversee a current awareness program that services the legal and non-legal staff.


Works with the Research Services Leadership Team to move the department toward strategic goals. Participates in professional associations. Strives to fulfill department mission and to adhere to department and Firm rules at all times. Practices and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation. Performs any and all other duties as are necessary for the efficient functioning of the team. Other duties as assigned. Occasional travel to other Firm offices.

Requirements: Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree required. Minimum five years of reference experience in a law firm setting providing research and competitive intelligence. Prior supervisory experience preferred. Knowledge of Law Library Management. Knowledge of Law Library systems. Knowledge of the Firm’s Policies and Procedures. Knowledge of legal, business and medical print and electronic information sources and research methods. Electronic research proficiency and analytical ability. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills. Knowledge of acquisitions processes and procedures. Aptitude for detail and accuracy. Ability to manage a team of professionals. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively. Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment. Proficiency with Excel.


Alanna D. White

Director of Research Services

Dechert LLP

1900 K Street NW

Washington, DC 20006

+1 202 261 3328 Direct

+1 202 261 3333 Fax