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Strategy Insights & Planning Manager/Bioinformatics Lead (Philadelphia, PA)

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' Business Consulting group delivers solutions to a broad spectrum of research, development, sales and marketing challenges. We also help our clients transform their strategies and organizations to improve their effectiveness. Our recommendations and solutions are based in rigorous research and analysis underpinned by deep expertise and thought leadership across the enterprise.

ZS’s Biomedical Research Service line is focused on delivery cutting edge solutions to research groups that will help clients accelerate drug discovery, improve R & D productivity, create breakthrough scientific discoveries, develop institutional scientific knowledge, transform research operating models and culture and provide accelerated insights.

MANAGER/ Bioinformatics Lead

ZS Managers manage overall projects, programs and client engagements. We are seeking a Business Consulting Manager that will serve as the Bioinformatics Solutions Lead in the U.S. to take responsibility for projects, lead client relationships and contribute to the development and growth of this service line, it’s bioinformatics solutions team members and offerings.


  • Collaborate with clients and ZS teams to understand and frame scientific questions and required insights, translate into bioinformatics approaches and develop the analytical pipelines to produce results;
  • Develop bioinformatics approaches and solutions to high priority and repeatable scientific questions
  • Provide subject matter expertise to teams requiring bioinformatics;
  • Publish research papers and present at scientific conferences based on work performed;
  • Maintain a strong insight into the capabilities of potential external partners and competitors;
  • Synthesize and communicate results to clients and ZS teams through oral and written presentations;
  • Support client service teams (2-3 prioritized clients) to grow our presence and relationships in bioinformatics offerings. Work closely with ZS client teams to lead client business development and client relationship development across our key client accounts;  Initial focus will be in research, discovery and translational medicine in immuno-oncology, but portfolio will broaden to other therapeutic areas as the practice matures;
  • Work with technology, strategy, and data science teams at ZS and our clients to develop bioinformatics solutions that advance our clients’ capabilities through adoption of artificial intelligence, advanced data science and machine learning methods and approaches;
  • Identify and acquire novel sources of data, libraries and analysis packages for bioinformatics applications;
  • Responsible to supervise development and operation of ZS internal bioinformatics platform and data;
  • Stay abreast of current industry trends relevant to our clients. Develop a strong point-of-view and establish ZS thought leadership in bioinformatics methods and novel approaches and methods;
  • Market our Biomedical Research service line to increase awareness of ZS capabilities, build knowledge of our point-of-view, and inform our clients’ perception of the ZS value proposition;
  • Consistently deliver quality client services and drive high-quality work products within expected timeframes and on budget;
  • Monitor progress, manage risk and ensure key stakeholders are kept informed about progress and expected outcomes;
  • Effectively lead and motivate teams with diverse skills and backgrounds;
  • Provide constructive on-the-job feedback/coaching to team members. Foster an innovative and inclusive team-oriented work environment;
  • Play an active role in counseling and mentoring junior team members within ZS.  Work collaboratively and well with cross-office and offshore team members;
  • Possess in-depth business, scientific, data science and technology acumen. Run a growing and profitable Biomedical Research scientific platforms business in the U.S. for ZS, deliver profitable projects, and invest in innovation that supports our growth.


  • PhD or Master’s degree in bioinformatics, computational genomics, genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, systems biology, immunology, mathematics, physics or related discipline, and strong academic performance with analytic and quantitative coursework is required;
  • In lieu of a PhD, 3-5 years of relevant post-collegiate work experience in bioinformatics, computational genomics, or a related field;
  • Expertise in genomics, proteomics, epigenetics, metabolomics databases and translational data domains;
  • Experience in DNA-Seq, RNA-Sea, Single Cell RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq and related methods
  • Expertise in research and translational data standards, medical terminologies and controlled vocabularies (e.g. ICD, NDC, SNOMED, MedDRA, LOINC, CPT) used in research and healthcare data and ontologies;
  • Expertise in data science, statistical methods and approaches within bioinformatics applications;
  • Experience in advanced visualization and visual analytics of routinely performed bioinformatics analyses;
  • Proficiency in Python, Bio python, R, Bioconductor, Jupyter notebooks, RShiny apps, HTML, CSS,  and other coding languages used in bioinformatics;
  • Knowledge of deploying bioinformatics solutions on cloud environments
  • Understanding of tools and platforms needed to analyze “omics”, lab instrument data like flow cytometry, mass spectrometry and translational data;
  • 7-9+ years of experience in the life science industry, clinical, academic or research organizations focused on leading a bioinformatics team;
  • Demonstrated experience working with Biomedical Research clients;
  • Demonstrated experience driving revenue within existing clients and in developing new prospects;
  • Demonstrate ability to quickly assimilate new knowledge;
  • Executive level presence and communication skills. 
  • A willingness to travel internationally to meet client needs.                                                    


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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Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia