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Decision Analytics Consultant/Research & Development Excellence (Boston, MA)

ZS is a professional services firm that works side by side with companies to help develop and deliver products that drive customer value and company results. From R&D to portfolio strategy, customer insights, marketing and sales strategy, operations and technology, we leverage our deep industry expertise and leading-edge analytics to create solutions that work in the real world. Our most valuable asset is our people—a fact that’s reflected in our values-driven organization in which new perspectives are integral and new ideas are celebrated. ZSers are passionately committed to helping companies and their customers thrive in industries ranging from healthcare and life sciences, to high-tech, financial services, travel and transportation, and beyond.



ZS’ R&D Excellence Practice brings together experts in Strategy, Execution, Data Sciences and Technology to empower client organizations achieve their passion for patient care, science and business success. Through our “Lifecycle Evidence Strategy”, “Clinical Trial Optimization”, “Medical Affairs” and “Real World Evidence” services, we deliver impact where it matters, from early drug development to commercialization. This role will be aligned with ZS R&D Excellence Practice Area in tight collaboration with our business technology practices to deliver data driven decision support and associated systems. This is a key client facing role, working closely with client business leaders to help them solve complex business problems, conduct industry evaluations and benchmarking and draft best practices, strategic guidelines for translational and RWE functions.


DECISION ANALYTICS CONSULTANT (Research & Development/Clinical)


  • Leverage knowledge of Life Sciences R&D organizations, data and systems, business processes and stakeholder types to aid analyses and recommendations for strategic solution offerings. Apply advanced analytics and data management knowledge on clinical and RWE data sources to provide insights.
  • Help R&D clients assess their data and technology landscapes, explore and evaluate new data sources, technologies and enable clients to consume and generate value from these.
  • Lead design thinking, scientific and innovative statistical approaches to input to various clinical decision and evidence generation needs.
  • Develop R&D data strategy, governance models and help clients with implementation of these.
  • Conduct statistical analysis of data, architect data engineering processes/workflows. Design and implement exploratory analytics dashboards working closely with our technology practice.
  • Gain deep understanding of the science and mechanism of action of client portfolios, stay abreast on scientific literature and developments in the R&D space.
  • Coach the cross-functional project team on the business perspective and data domain to inform key project decisions.
  • Coach and mentor teams, conduct & develop training programs to contribute to capability building and knowledge sharing



  • 4-5 years of Pharma R&D experience with strong domain and subject matter knowledge.
  • Academic training in a quantitative field with experience in scientific R&D.
  • Strong data science and data engineering skills and knowledge and familiarity with various life sciences data domains, standards and ontologies.
  • Programming experience in R and Python, experience with ML and statistical learning packages, Rshiny and similar dashboarding experience.


Additional skills:

  • Deep understanding of data management best practices and data analytics
  • Up to speed with latest technologies in big data, reporting, data warehousing, and data management with Clinical and R&D specifically
  • Deep understanding of client business concerns to lead translation into technical and/or analytical inputs
  • Proven relationship-building and maintaining skills with clients and across functional areas
  • Superior verbal and written communication, organization, analytic, planning and leadership skills
  • Ability to distill complex concepts into easy-to-understand frameworks and presentations
  • Willingness to travel to other global offices as needed to work with client or other internal project teams.
  • Help with the selling process including writing proposals and giving product demos;


ZS is a global consulting firm; fluency in English is required, additional fluency in at least one European or Asian language is desirable. 
Candidates must possess work authorization for their intended country of employment. An on-line application, including a cover letter expressing interest and a full set of transcripts (official or unofficial), is required to be considered.
ZS offers a competitive compensation package with salary and bonus incentives, complete medical/dental/life insurance programs and retirement savings benefits. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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