Life Sciences – R&D, Innovation and Strategy – Managing Consultant

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  • Bressenden Pl, London, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

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.

Job Description

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.


Our team enables our clients to accelerate R&D timelines through better use of data, analytics, and AI. This will heavily focus on the use of data to make better decisions, increase effectiveness and to automate research, clinical, pharmacovigilance, and Regulatory processes. Our consultants have insight into the issues faced by clinical R&D functions and the experience to help our clients drive innovative approaches to clinical trial design and delivery.

We are looking for an R&D 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.

Role Responsibilities

Managing Consultants: This person is the most senior person within the team aside from Partners; they will manage relationships at the most senior levels in the client organisation. This role covers everything from business development and sales activities to leading medium-to-large/complex assignments.

Overall a Managing Consultant has responsibility for the following:

  • Responsible for initiating and leading sales and other business development activities
  • Active involvement in account management with client organisations
  • Works as an assignment manager on complex/ large projects
  • 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:

  • R&D experience - either through consulting or industry, specifically within the Pharmaceutical sector
  • Proven capability to win business within the Life Sciences Sector with a strong network with at least 1- 2 pharma companies


  • Degree-level education, in science, pharmaceutical or medical technology related field, Masters/ MBA or PhD is a plus
  • Expertise and credibility in one or more R&D domains (clinical development, safety/PV, drug development, etc.)

Additional Information

Inclusion & Diversity

We believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skill sets. 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.

Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us on [email protected]

Job information

Firm: PA Consulting

Location: London