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Pharma and Life Science Research Lead

Job Location: Location Negotiable

Regional Description: United Kingdom

Job Number: 00528317


- Job description

Pharma and Life Science Research Lead

Location: UK ( Location is flexible)
Travel: Occasional where required 
Salary: Upto £100,000 (dependant on skills and experiences) 



Join Accenture and help transform leading organisations and communities around the world. The sheer scale of our capabilities and client engagements and the way we collaborate, operate and deliver value provides an unparalleled opportunity to grow and advance. 


Join Corporate Functions and you will become part of a diverse team which offers the essential expertise that enables all of our employees to deliver high performance to our clients. Our Corporate Functions professionals work in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Marketing and Communications, CIO, Information Security, and Geographic Services.


Whether you work directly with clients or manage important internal initiatives and efforts, you’ll find amazing opportunities to make a measurable difference.


Accenture Research is a global, team providing insights and analysis to Accenture and its clients throughout the world. Joining Accenture Research translates into continual opportunities to expand on what you can do. Our researchers come together from a wide variety of skills and backgrounds to create talented teams of problem-solvers. We hope you’ll want to join us!



Accenture Research uncovers trends and shape data-driven insights through Thought Leadership and Research for Accenture and its clients. Accenture Research combines deep understanding of Accenture clients’ industries with leading-edge research techniques to discover the most pressing issues facing organizations today.


Our growing team of 250 researchers and analysts develops thought-provoking research -- supported by proprietary data and partnerships with leading organizations that guides our innovations and allows us to transform theories and fresh ideas into real-world solutions for our clients.


Our team uses innovative business research techniques such as economic value modeling, analytics, crowdsourcing, expert networks, surveys, data visualization, and open research with Tier 1 academic and business partners. 

Accenture Research powers hundreds of points of views published by Accenture every year, answers thousands of thought provoking questions from clients around the world, drives the insights that guides Accenture’s business strategy and handles Accenture’s exclusive network of data and sources covering all industries, countries, market trends and digital technologies. The team is part of Accenture’s Strategy Office.


We work in two main areas:


  • Developing thought leadership and understanding trends: Accenture creates original, cutting-edge points of view to use with clients, the media and in conferences. Most of our projects are published and quoted in the media and you are expected to have a voice and an opinion on the industry both inside and beyond Accenture. Research into industry trends informs publications and the direction of our business.


  • Client-focused research: you will work alongside our colleagues from the practice to provide research on clients’ business challenges and opportunities, support proposals, engagements and day to day discussions with clients on their business and industry.

Key Responsibilities include:



  • Develops thought provoking insights through market analysis and in-depth review of trends
  • Works directly with the global management team on affecting the overall business strategy and market positioning
  • Initiates highly differentiated market messages through thought leadership and innovative thinking
  • Develops innovative research. Proactively introduces innovation to senior leadership and clients
  • Designs and manages research to define and re-shape thinking on major LS industry/business/technology issues



  • Recognized as an industry expert by the LS leadership team
  • Expertise sought after by senior leadership within the LS practice
  • Publishes regularly through Accenture’s publication channels and other channels such as business reviews
  • Has a strong internal and growing external network and social media presence



  • A core member of the global Industry Leadership team – critical ability to operate at the executive level
  • Research focused on Accenture Business (“so what?”) with major and long lasting impact
  • Credible in presenting work and discussing issues with clients
  • Credible in presenting work externally




  • Shapes & manages complex research programs of work with global scope and manages related budget
  • Partners with leadership-level stakeholders in business (IMDs, Strategy MDs, GP MDs, etc.)
  • Credible with leadership and clients, both at global level in very different geographies and cultural contexts



  • Collaborative working style
  • Talent magnet and role model
  • Coaches and mentors junior researchers on projects

What skills & experience are we looking for? 


We are looking for someone who has a comprehensive skill set:


“Hard” skills:

  • Track record in research with broad experience in applying the main research techniques, including: familiarity with key relevant data sources, financial analysis, strategic frameworks and survey research. Experience in economic modeling would be an advantage (but not a requirement)
  • Subject matter expertise across the Life Sciences sector with a focus on the major pharmaceutical companies and the growing biotech/medtech sectors
  • An understanding of the role of digital and technology in disrupting the Life Science sector
  • Strong analytical skills and a proven ability to make sense out of data
  • Solid experience in the presentation of research deliverables to high level executives


“Soft” skills:

  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Proven ability to manage people and research projects
  • Entrepreneurial attitude
  • Strong communications skills (focus on actionable intelligence) and good interpersonal skills in one-to-one and team settings


What’s in it for you?

All of our Corporate Functions professionals receive comprehensive training covering business acumen, technical and professional skills development. We offer a variety of formal and informal training programs at every level to help you acquire and build specialised skills faster. Learning takes place both on the job and through formal training conducted online, in the classroom, or in collaboration with others. The sheer variety of work we do, and the experience it offers, provide an unbeatable platform from which to build a career. 


On top of this, we have an extensive benefits package which includes 30 days’ vacation per year, gym subsidies, private medical insurance and 3 extra days leave per year for charitable work of your choice!


What are the next steps?

If this sounds like the ideal role, career and company for you, click below to apply.


About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at


Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or any other basis as protected by applicable law.


Closing Date for Applications 18/12/2017

Accenture reserves the right to close the role prior to this date should a suitable applicant be found.



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