Job Description

Locations: Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, New York, Florham Park New Jersey

Join Accenture and help transform leading organizations 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.  Choose Accenture, and make delivering innovative work part of your extraordinary career. 

People in our Client & Market career track drive profitable growth by developing market-relevant insights to increase market share or to create new markets. They progress through required promotion points in market-facing roles that have a direct impact on sales and revenue.  

This position is for a Client & Market career track within Accenture’s global Applied R&D Services (ARDS) Management Consulting (MC) Consulting Practice.  Our R&D business provides innovative solutions that help pharmaceutical companies focus on the science of getting new products to patients faster - across research, clinical, regulatory, pharmacovigilance and medical affairs.  We help our clients with their priorities: 
Focusing on patient engagement throughout development 
Advancing the next generation of R&D operating models resulting in better collaboration 
Driving scientific and operational excellence and enabling efficient information analysis
Harnessing the digital R&D revolution, using real world data to address customer needs

ARDS is a global industry business service and spans all five of Accenture’s businesses (Strategy, Consulting, Technology, Operations, Digital), which allows us to bring integrated end-to-end solutions to our clients.

Job Description
R&D Management Consulting professionals work closely with our clients to design, build and implement strategies that can help enhance business performance, which requires our people to understand how business, technology and operations intersect.  Our deep understanding of our clients’ industry and our global perspective on progressive business ideas and emerging technologies enables us to drive and deliver transformational change.  

Professionals at the Consultant level have responsibility for the following activities:
  • Providing R&D functional knowledge
  • Determining methods and procedures on new assignments with guidance, adapting existing methodologies to create possible alternative solutions to moderately complex problems
  • Conducting industry and client research and analysis to identify industry trends and opportunities for improvement 
  • Supporting design, development and implementation of business operating models, including vision and strategy, business processes, organizational and governance structures, supporting tools and templates, and performance metrics
  • Participating in change management activities, developing communications, training and job aids to support capability implementation
  • Understanding the strategic direction set by senior management as it relates to team goals and translating this direction into individual work efforts aligned with that strategic direction 
  • Using considerable judgment to determine solutions to day-to-day challenges and seeking guidance on complex problems
  • Managing small teams and/or work efforts (if in an individual contributor role) at a client or within Accenture
  • Contributing to the growth of the R&D Consulting Practice by assisting with new business proposals and presentations, recruiting activities, and informal coaching and mentoring to analysts
  • Primary upward interaction at this level typically occurs with the direct supervisor.  Additional interaction will occur with peers, management levels at a client, and within Accenture. 

Professionals at the Manager level have responsibility for the following activities:
  • Managing an R&D management consulting project including responsibility for the day to day management of all activities, often including those of clients and vendors. These responsibilities include schedule / timelines, issues and risks, scope and budget. 
  • Taking accountability for delivery of a solution to our clients, and act as the day-to-day lead on a project for all parties. 
  • Additional responsibilities will include developing Accenture Consultants and Analysts, identifying and developing business opportunities, helping manage client relationships and accounts, and contributing to the development of Accenture's Applied R&D Services’ Management Consulting practice by taking on a practice development role.


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Qualifications

Basic Requirements

Consultant and Manager Level
  • Typically we work at client sites. Depending on your location and specific project responsibilities, this position may require up to 75% travel (Monday – Thursday).
  • 2+ years (Consultant) / 4+ years (Manager) of consulting experience with an emphasis in management consulting 
  • 2+ years (Consultant) / 4+ years (Manager) of experience working in life sciences R&D industry (e.g., research, clinical development, pharmacovigilance, regulatory, medical affairs), or related areas (e.g., CROs), with demonstrated understanding of key pharmaceutical R&D processes and technologies
  • Bachelor’s degree; science or engineering degree preferred       

Manager Level – Additional Basic Requirements
  • Proven experience leading teams, clients and vendors using your exceptional team building, mentoring, people development and management skills 
  • Experience working with Life Sciences R&D executives applying excellent client-facing communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills
  • Experience managing client and vendor relationships with the ability to identify and articulate the value of new business
  • Experience owning a defined portion of a consulting project and a demonstrated ability to manage issues and risks, with an understanding of appropriate and timely escalation.

Preferred Skills
  • Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment, applying research and analysis skills as well as diagnosis skills 
  • Excellent leadership, communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills
  • Proven success contributing to a team-oriented environment as well as demonstrated leadership and collaboration in professional setting; either military or civilian 

All of our consulting professionals receive comprehensive training covering business acumen, technical and professional skills development.  You'll also have opportunities to hone your functional R&D skills and expertise with industry-specific training.  We offer a variety of formal and informal training programs at every level to help you acquire and build specialized skills faster. Learning takes place both on the job and through formal training conducted online, in the classroom, or in collaboration with teammates. The sheer variety of work we do, and the experience it offers, provides an unbeatable platform from which to build a career.

Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Accenture (i.e., H1-B visa, F-1 visa (OPT), TN visa or any other non-immigrant status).

Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration. 

Accenture is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/ Minorities/ Veterans/ Individuals with Disabilities.


Equal Employment Opportunity 
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Accenture is committed to providing veteran employment opportunities to our service men and women.

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IL - Chicago,MA - Boston,NJ - Florham Park,NY - New York,PA - Philadelphia

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

Accenture is committed to providing veteran employment opportunities to our service men and women.

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