5 months ago
Role: Life Science Research Manager
Salary: Up to £75,000 dependant on skills and experiences + excellent benefits
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About Accenture Research
Accenture Research provides data, analysis and insights to Accenture, working closely with the Global Life Science Lead and heads of each of the industries, geographies and businesses. We work in three main areas:
* Marketplace knowledge & opportunities: helping Accenture understand markets and companies and identifying ways in which we can help clients become high-performance businesses and governments. Understanding healthcare, diseases and patients to advise our clients to create the most value. A typical analysis might be an in-depth company diagnostic to look at a company’s financial and strategic health or an overview of a sector of the market to identify trends or assess the impact of regulation, M&A; analysis of key market segments that are driving growth, impact of new technologies on how patients are treated and impact to the care pathway.
* Clients research and insights: develop research that compels clients and where we work alongside our colleagues from the practice to provide research and industry expertise. Typical work with our clients might be to benchmark their digital strategy and activities against key players in the market; to analyse new and emerging competitors, identify untapped areas of growth or project future trends and their likely impact on the business.
* Thought capital and industry points of view: Develop cutting-edge points of view to drive patient outcomes, shape industry thinking, support clients, the media and in conferences. Accenture Research helps create and write those viewpoints. Many of our projects are published and quoted in the press. Others form the basis for our issue-driven discussions with clients. In all cases the Life Science Manager will be expected to contribute research, writing and thought leadership to these projects.
Successful researchers Identify the issue, evaluate new data, develop new insight and fearlessly & objectively report for the benefit of our life science market. Successful research is not a back-office activity; it requires people who not only have strong research skills but who also have a client-focused mentality and an outgoing and confident personal style. Successful researchers build deep relationships with their peers and senior executives in the practice and work as a team, sometimes responding to requests and sometimes proposing (and selling) research ideas.
We have ~200 researchers in our international team. Most specialize in an industry or business line (such as Strategy or Supply Chain); some bring a particular research skill (such as survey research or financial analysis) and many combine two or more areas of expertise. On any given project we will bring together researchers with the best combination of industry, geographic and technical skills to provide the relevant expertise for the particular task.
Roles and Responsibilities
This Life Science Manager role is in our Products Research team of ~30 researchers worldwide and who will work directly with the practice and other members of the research team to support Accenture’s business.
This role reports into the Global life science research lead. Responsibilities will include helping develop the Research strategy and 2019 offerings in life science, building strong relationships with leadership, scoping and selling new projects and managing the research programs, vendors/partners required to support these efforts.
Research opportunities will be a mix of global and local projects, both for internal Accenture objectives and directly for Accenture clients. Importantly, responsibilities will also include developing and managing external relationships and curating data for the life science marketplace. While it is assumed the researcher will focus on Life Science projects, there may be occasions in which they will work on projects outside this core industry to develop cross-industry experiences or points of view.
We are looking for someone with established expertise in life science industry research, market research, market research reporting, industry data analysis (pharmaceutical performance data, clinical approval data, health economics etc.), strong analytical and issue-based problem solving skills, quantitative skills and modeling skills, business acumen and a client-ready presence and client service mindset who will be able to increase the capabilities, offerings and talents for Life Science research. Of paramount importance are tenacity, accountability, personal drive and an eagerness to learn and apply new skills and knowledge.
What to Expect
Building an effective working relationship with the executives who lead the Life Science practice in Accenture and with the marketing leads is critical, so your early days will involve many meetings with efficient analysis. At the same time you’ll be getting to know the researchers in the team and establishing a relationship with them. As you become more familiar with the organization you can expect to start leading projects and developing programs. There is no typical day or project at Accenture Research but you might start by working on an analysis of one of our clients or potential clients or be leading an international study on subjects impacting the global consumer goods industry or the future of the industry.
Over time and with the direction of the Senior Principal and Lead of Life Science Research you will manage the life science pipeline, and between that and global needs, you will find a varied project load develops with you working on and managing one or more projects at any given time, of different durations, scope and team sizes. You will build a good working relationship with the other Life Science researchers worldwide. The team operates mainly on a virtual basis, but once a year we get together for a global meeting and have the chance to spend some time face to face with our international colleagues. The Life Science Research team, Products Research team (of which Life Science is a part) and overall Accenture Research team also has regular virtual meetings.
You will have the opportunity to support the Senior Principal in the overall offering development and external partnership management for the Life Science research program.
In terms of career development there will be tremendous scope to expand and build on this role at the Manager level. Managers are expected to have and continue to build deep expertise, and to operate with a strong level of autonomy – building and managing their own book of business. A dynamic, proactive researcher will find many opportunities to learn and grow at Accenture. The next promotion step is to Senior Principal, with the expectation that Senior Principals have responsibility for leading significant teams and pieces of the business. Promotion opportunities are not based on time in the role but on the business need (demand) and the readiness of an individual.
The research team is genuinely a great place to work (we recently scored amongst the highest in the firm for employee engagement). There will be times when you work long and hard but we put life/work balance very high on our agenda. In addition, as part of a global team, we seek to maintain flexibility in our work style.