Assistant Manager – Lifesciences

Roles and responsibilities

Project Management

  • Independently manage and collaboratively execute customized business research projects focused on procurement and business strategies, for numerous clients including large–midsized life sciences corporations and professional service firms
  • Lead one or more project teams, guiding team(s) on all aspects including scoping, timelines, content structuring, research methodologies, and client communication
  • Deliver high-quality, client-ready outputs consistently
  • Conduct continuous quality management of the outputs to ensure consistency and timeline adherence
  • Be pragmatic in deciding required involvement and contribution in projects to ascertain efficient project execution and meet client commitments
  • Serve as a mentor to the project team members imparting experiential- and knowledge-based guidance, and providing constructive feedback (verbal and written); counsel analysts on technical and business skills to elevate their performance

Client Engagement

  • Interact with key client stakeholders to understand project requests and business needs, and communicate project progress/challenges
  • Serve as the primary POC for project-related communication to discuss/decide project timelines/scope and collect feedback
  • Undertake teleconference-based project kick-off calls and review meetings
  • Identify risks /issues and escalate to the reporting manager (RM) and/or Client Lead (CL)
  • Identify up-selling/cross-selling opportunities in conjunction with the CL/RM
  • Participate in business proposals and new client pitch-decks to attract new business prospects and enhance business growth

Team and Career Management

  • Display exceptional project/team management skills maintaining high levels of motivation and work ethic among team members
  • Handle difficult situations such as dissatisfaction/disagreement among team members and escalate to RM, when essential
  • Function as the performance appraiser of 2–5 junior team members and be responsible for their overall career management

Training and Organisational Initiatives

  • Contribute to different organisational tasks such as hiring, training, and other organisational initiatives

Ideal Candidate

  • Market research and/or consulting experience of 4–7 years; experience in procurement and commercial research/strategies is preferred
  • Good understanding and knowledge of the Life Sciences industry and dynamics; educational qualification in life sciences will be preferred, but not essential
  • Through knowledge of various secondary and primary research methodologies (including databases such as Nexis, Thomson, Factiva and Bloomberg)
  • Through knowledge of various secondary and primary research methodologies (including databases such as Thomson, Factiva, and LexisNexis)
  • Understanding of industry dynamics such as KPIs and frameworks such as SWOT analysis, Porter’s Five Forces, and GE-McKinsey Matrix
  • Potential of handling a large team of 10-15 employees as a single point of contact for their daily operational needs as well as overall needs related to career aspiration, performance, expectations, team building etc.
  • Team player
  • Motivated, fast thinking, dynamic person with strong business acumen
  • Motivated and dynamic person with strong business acumen
  • Work in demanding and high-pressure situations without compromising on work quality and timelines
  • Result oriented, self-driven, and solution seeker
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to do multitasking with ease
  • Ability to take tough/difficult decisions with reason and logic
  • Patient, calm, and composed demeanour
  • Quick grasp and ability to think on the feet
  • Quick learner with the ability to think outside the box
  • Strong people management skills
  • High value system, and fair and judicious in decision-making
  • Perseverant and ‘can do’ attitude
  • Proactive in reaching out to others beyond his immediate area of responsibility to help/assist
  • Proactive collaborator
  • Able to lead by example
  • Subject-matter-expert who can indulge in unprompted knowledge-sharing
  • Efficient in handling difficult client and people situations