Expert Project Leader / Associate Director – R&D in Biopharma


Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna, Zurich


Europe & The Middle East


Big data & advanced analytics



Who We Are

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Practice Area Profile

"Inspiring the bold who advance the health of care" BCG’s global Health Care team works across the health care ecosystem to deliver sustainable competitive advantage for our clients, to create value for society, and to improve outcomes for patients. And we are passionate about it. We are committed to developing new insights and, through our customized approach, helping organizations navigate rapid change in today’s digital world. Our global health care team serves top companies across the health care industry - including biopharmaceuticals, medical technologies and devices, health care providers, payers, services, and global health. BCG’s Health Care Practice is the third largest industry practice globally, and second in the US.

What You'll Do

As an Expert Project Leader/Associate Director, you will play a key role in the development of our R&D in Biopharma expertise as well as support our growth targets for this topic. You will advise clients on executive level supporting them to improve or transform their R&D strategy and achieve excellence in what they do, as we work to deliver lasting impact in a highly dynamic environment. Additionally, you will lead BCG project teams, enabling them to find the right approach, motivate and support them to deliver on time and to achieve long-term impact for our clients.

You will be part of a global team working closely with R&D leaders to solve some of the most challenging and rewarding topics in this space in a collaborative and truly integrative fashion. BCG support a broad range of topics from redesigning and digitizing clinical operations processes to leveraging advanced analytics to optimize clinical programs. You will dedicate time to further develop and deepen BCG’s expertise in these areas, and to support BCG Partners in business development initiatives.

The Expert Consulting Track (ECT) is vital to BCG’s ability to successfully meet our clients’ demand for deep expertise and advanced technical capabilities. Experts deliver next-level impact for BCG's most complex and cutting-edge client challenges. Experts focus on developing BCG's thought leadership, commercial capabilities, and intellectual property assets; and their work is essential to our delivery model. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team to bring the ‘best of BCG’ to our clients, Experts come from diverse backgrounds, with expertise often gained outside of BCG in industry, academia, or specialized consulting.

Key Responsibilities Include:
• Play an advisory role on projects helping either to establish BCG's credibility or ramp the team up at the start of a particular piece of work or provide regular support and guidance throughout the project.
• Build and spread R&D expertise within BCG and serving as an R&D hub for the firm to develop new techniques and/or capture new ideas as well as casework experience.
• Execute, or provide expertise and support in R&D projects for our key clients
• Providing apprenticeship and coaching to associates and consultants to help develop their consulting skills, including sharing knowledge and experience, giving frequent feedback, and creating opportunities for team members to learn and grow

What You'll Bring (Experience & Qualifications)

Candidate Qualifications

• At least 6 – 8 years of excellent industry and/or consulting experience

• Deep expertise in key functional R&D areas like Clinical Operations, Data & Analytics, Regulatory Affairs and/or Clinical Development. Experience in Oncology would be beneficial

• Convincing track record in project leadership related to HC/Biopharma topic areas with proven results and significant client impact

• Impressive strategic thinking (both analytical and conceptual) and the ability to challenge the “status quo”

• Ability to create transparency for clients, helping them to understand the implications of approaches and designing suitable alternatives for improvement

• Excellent C-level presentation skills and analytical and structured problem-solving skills combined with creative conceptual thinking

• Strong academics from a top-tier institution

• Collaborative team player with a positive and constructive attitude, flexible, curious and creative mindset

• Driven, hard-working, entrepreneurial, proactive and productive with the highest ethical standards

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