Jason Scharf, MBA

Full-Time, 2008
Group Manager, Strategic Planning and Intelligence at BD

Jason Scharf (MBA ’08) came to the Rady School with three goals to achieve: to advance his skillset and expertise, to establish a network of colleagues and friends, and to become a part of an innovative company in San Diego.

Mission accomplished.

These days Scharf serves as the group manager of strategic planning and intelligence at BD, a global medical technology company striving to improve medical discovery, diagnostics and delivery of care.

“My team is responsible for driving business unit strategy, business development execution and global market intelligence,” he said, “I oversee the development of market assessment tools and the financial modeling for all business cases including sustaining projects, enhanced features, new products, partnering and more. For many business development deals, I lead the efforts from sourcing through due diligence to final negotiation and execution.”

Getting involved

“Rady gives you the opportunity to learn from amazing professors on the cutting edge of their fields...” 

Scharf quickly realized the benefits of getting involved with as many clubs and organizations as his schedule would allow.

“I was active in many facets in the program, including being a part of the Rady Student Board — on which I served as CFO — kicking off the first Rady Spring break trip program first to Japan and then to China, and finally serving as the first co-editor and chief of the Rady Business Journal,” he said.

The most memorable moment for Scharf was the founding of the inaugural issue of the Rady Business Journal.

“We went from a white board, to ‘acquisition by the school,’ through product development and launch to executing a succession plan all in the span of nine months,” he said. “Having had no experience in publishing or journalism, I was so happy for the school to give me the opportunity to be truly entrepreneurial.”

Useful knowledge

Scharf believes that his time at the Rady School was invaluable to his professional success.

“I use and build upon the book of knowledge and applied techniques I learned in school every day,” he said. “Whether that is understanding how to communicate influence and drive alignment or crafting analytics to find key insights to give us a competitive edge.”

Moving forward, Scharf anticipates that his Rady School degree will continue to help propel his career forward. “Rady gives you the opportunity to learn from amazing professors on the cutting edge of their fields, create a network of peers that will last a lifetime and plug into the ever-changing landscape of San Diego industries,” he said. “Because of Rady, I went from an analyst to a strategist.”