Life Sciences Commercial Strategy - Managing Consultant

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About the Life Sciences team

Patients, customers, and regulators are all more demanding than ever. At the same time, life sciences businesses need more than patented drugs to keep themselves profitable. We’re experts in biotech, pharma, healthcare, and medical technologies, and we help clients around the world to tackle these challenges and more.

We work with businesses from discovery and research to marketing and sales. It could be demonstrating the benefits of drug treatments or developing new services to support them. Or it could be keeping businesses competitive and compliant with the right IT to research breakthrough drugs and keep data secure.

Our technology expertise helps clients harness data to understand diseases, run better clinical trials and develop treatments more efficiently. And by understanding the life sciences sector we help business pinpoint the parts of their operation that can bring the most value.

We help clients to:

  • speed up the journey from lab to market
  • simplify business structures to keep costs down and stay compliant
  • turn capabilities into commercial propositions
  • transform the business model to capitalise on their strengths
  • form new partnerships to make the most of discoveries.

What can PA offer you?

  • Original, strategic, and operational consulting that makes a real business difference to high-profile clients. We never offer second-hand work or ready-made solutions.
  • The opportunity to work in committed teams that blend in-depth industry experience with high quality consulting expertise. Intelligent and interesting colleagues who will develop and challenge you.


What we're looking for

The Commercial Strategy team partners with senior business leaders to define go-to-market strategy, including product launch and lifecycle strategy, market entry and access strategy, and customer and patient engagement strategies (including digital engagement). The team supports clients to develop and implement new commercial models, new organisational structures, and governance, as well as identifying acquisition and/or strategic partnership opportunities.  Our consultants have a strong understanding of the life sciences market and bring insight to the key stakeholders to help them build sustainable success.

We are looking for a Commercial Strategy Managing Consultant to join the team at a time of exciting growth for both the Life Sciences team and the company.

As a Managing Consultant, you will be part of our leadership team, taking new service propositions to the market as well as developing new business and strong client relationships whilst leading and delivering great work.

At PA, we take a pragmatic view to solving client problems. Our Managing Consultants are not constrained by a narrow role description and take a hands-on, “roll up your sleeves” approach to do what is necessary to meet the client needs.  You should have a track record of successful project delivery working within a major professional services consulting firm however other backgrounds will be considered.

Role Responsibilities

Specifically, the Managing Consultant role covers everything from business development to leading medium-to-large/ complex assignments. This person is often the most senior person within the core project team and tends to have contact at the most senior levels in the client organisation.

Overall a Managing Consultant has responsibility for the following:

  • Active involvement in account management with client organisations
  • Works as an assignment manager on complex/ large projects
  • Responsible for initiating and leading sales and other business development activities
  • Line management and people development responsibilities
  • Sells and operates across national boundaries bringing in PA people and/or services outside their own field of expertise.
  • Developing insightful thought leadership and helping to shape industry thinking
  • Strong consulting skills, including a high degree of communication and presentation skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Promotes a diverse and inclusive culture
  • Commercial acumen to understand requirements and formulate realistic and robust solutions while appreciating and managing risk appropriately
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with colleagues and maintaining such a network to ensure that all opportunities are developed carefully
  • Actively supporting the recruitment and development of team capabilities and talent
  • Demonstrated ability to lead project teams (up to 10 people) and leading multiple projects concurrently
  • Exceptional interpersonal, networking, collaboration, communication skills, and cultural awareness
  • Ability to influence outcomes and communicate complex topics to a variety of audiences.

As well as the above ‘core’ Managing Consultant attributes, with this specific role we are also looking for:

  • Commercial strategy experience - either through consulting or a strategy role in the Life Sciences industry, specifically within the Pharmaceutical space
  • Proven capability to win business with a strong network with at least 1-2 pharma companies
  • A robust intellectual approach with a degree-level education, in science, pharmaceutical or medical technology related field, Masters/ MBA or PhD is a plus



  • Private medical insurance
  • Transport allowance
    25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Company pension scheme
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • Life and income protection insurance
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn, childcare benefits)
  • Voluntary benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/ partner life


About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.


Private equity investment

PA agreed a private equity-style investment with Jacobs in March 2021, a global technical and professional services leader that is “Challenging today, Reinventing tomorrow”. PA and Jacobs have shared values that are based on always doing the right thing for their people, planet and clients; a strong purpose; a desire to make the world a better place; and a drive to help innovative organisations go further, faster.

The relationship with Jacobs will allow PA people to maintain ownership in our business, to act with the care of owners and to benefit from the value that we deliver. More than two-thirds of our people own shares in PA. And it will create new opportunities for our people to build their careers and do impactful work.

The investment from Jacobs sees The Carlyle Group exit their investment in PA after a successful five-year partnership. Together, we’ve built strong foundations that will let us continue to provide exciting new opportunities for our people and clients, and over the next five years grow our firm to more than £1 billion.

Since our founding in 1943, the story of PA has been one of ingenuity – ingenious work that grows businesses, delights customers, serves citizens and improves the health of the planet. As we turn the page with Jacobs, we're excited by the opportunity to create new, and even better stories in the years ahead.

Diversity Statement

We believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to PA’s goals, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

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Job information

Firm: PA Consulting

Location: London