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Life Science Research Manager

Job Location: London

Regional Description: United Kingdom

Job Number: 00618323


- Job description

Role: Life Science Research Manager

Salary: Up to £75,000 dependant on skills and experiences + excellent benefits

Location: London




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.


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.

What Skills and Experiences are we looking for:


We are looking for someone who has the following core skill sets:
  • A passion for and expertise in the Life Science industry: A thorough understanding of the Life Science industry is a prerequisite, including particular knowledge of: pharmaceutical value chain, market dynamics, healthcare ecosystem and players, with emphasis on global major and emerging markets; key patient/consumer journey, trends and drivers; major industry players, scope of business and recent activities; product and go to market processes; structure of companies’ operations; and company financial drivers and critical metrics for evaluating performance are all necessary. In today’s environment, it is also critical that the individual understand how digital technology is transforming the industry and changing how patients and healthcare entities behave. Understanding of Accenture’s scope of work in this industry is a plus.
  • Issue-based problem solving and structured communication skills:  We want researchers who can identify key issues and, in a logical, structured manner, use these issues to drive their efforts. We also expect individuals to draw out the implications of the research they conduct and tell a compelling, business-focused story about the data that is relevant to Accenture’s business and clients.  We are looking for insights, and insights communitcated/presented, not just information.
  • Quantitative analysis & Business acumen: Individuals must possess a fundamental understanding of micro and macroeconomic drivers that influence industry opportunities and ability to use strategic frameworks (e.g., Porter’s five forces, 4 Ps, 3 Cs) to analyze market conditions, competitive landscape and individual company performance.  The ability to effectively model and analyze large data sets is a requirement. Additionally, knowledge of life science data sets is required (corporate data, patient / population data, health care and economics data)
  • Research & writing skills: We expect researchers to be able to take an issue and turn it into a researchable question, adeptly scope the research effort and cost it accurately, and expertly use most (but not necessarily all) research techniques such as secondary database searching, company analysis, market analysis, strategic analysis frameworks, interview-based research and financial analysis. Researchers must also be detail-oriented and follow quality assurance procedures. Researchers should be able to effectively communicate the hypotheses methods, and data insights into prose and presentation.
  • Sales and customer management: You will be expected to take an active role in generating new projects. Critical to this objective is facilitating discussion to uncover new opportunities, understanding your customers’ key issues, and then being able to outline a clear plan of action with a well-defined value proposition. Your customers should see you as a trusted advisor and key partner in achieving their business goals. Over time, you will be expected to generate your own pipeline of work and bring in other researchers to help deliver.
  • Teaming and communication skills: As a manager, you are expected to resource, and manage and motivate a team of researchers to execute high-quality projects. While you would be based in an office with a number of other Researchers, the Life Science Research team is very much a virtual one and you will need to have excellent verbal and written communication skills and an ability to work with colleagues from different cultures and in different locations. Experience of work on the telephone or in a remote team would be highly advantageous. You must also be able to clearly and persuasively present your research findings to senior-level clients – either in person or on the phone – and defend your work. Researchers should be polished and confident, without being arrogant, and able to clearly and concisely articulate a point of view. Finally, as a baseline, we expect you to be able to work in PowerPoint and create well-structured, clearly written presentations with graphs and charts where necessary; in addition, as presentation options expand, we expect you to learn new and innovative media.
Work Experience: 
  • Business research experience, preferably in a consulting environment, market research firm, think tank, financial institution, or other third party research organization or demonstrated equivalent skill
  • Proven knowledge of Life Science market dynamics, industry corporate & financial approaches, global health economics, and data sets in this segment are required
  • Ability to analyze trends, insights and analytics impacting changes in patient, healthcare players and government are required
  • Previous research-based and marketplace reporting, data journalism, product management or strategic planning experience are a plus
  • Previous industry publication authorship, management, channel development is a plus
Functional skills
  • Structured problem solving and business assessment and quantitative analysis/data modeling
  • Value analysis and insight development
  • Effective communication and writing in prose and presentation
  • Well-developed quantitative skills to draw insights e.g., Financial analysis, market data analysis etc., and life science specific data sets.
  • Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Advanced project management skills
Masters of Business Administration, Masters degree or equivalent from a top institution. PhD, Post-graduation or Specialization concluded or under course will be considered a differentiation factor

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 Research shapes trends and creates data-driven insights about the most pressing issues global organizations face. Combining the power of innovative research techniques with a deep understanding of our clients’ industries, our team of 250 researchers and analysts spans 23 countries and publishes hundreds of reports, articles and points of view every year. Our thought-provoking research -- supported by proprietary data and partnerships with leading organizations such as MIT and Singularity -- guides our innovations and allows us to transform theories and fresh ideas into real-world solutions for our clients. Visit us at
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 specialized 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 31/10/2018
Accenture reserves the right to close the role prior to this date should a suitable applicant be found.




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