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Strategy Insights & Planning Manager/Scientific Consulting 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/ Scientific Consulting Lead

ZS Managers manage overall projects, programs and client engagements. We are seeking a Business Consulting Manager that will serve as the Scientific Consulting 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 scientific team members and its scientific consulting offerings.


  • Develop a vision for our scientific advisory services and a set of scientific offerings that help our pharmaceutical and biotech clients accelerate drug discovery, create breakthrough science and increase the probability of success.  Our initial client base is focused on immuno-oncology, but we will be expanding into additional therapeutic areas as the scientific offerings and team mature.
  • Collaborate with clients and ZS teams to understand and frame scientific questions and required insights and translate into experimental designs;
  • Serve as primary investigator for particular research projects, oversee complex projects, be responsible for aspects of project management;
  • Develop or oversee proposal development to ensure methodological soundness;
  • Provide subject matter expertise to teams requiring scientific subject matter expertise;
  • Develop novel assays, methods and approaches for exploratory and confirmatory scientific studies;
  • 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 Biomedical Research scientific 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;
  • Provide Biomedical Research scientific consultation beyond 2-3 prioritized clients to support opportunistic growth across Biomedical Research clients for ZS (60+ clients);
  • Work with technology, strategy, and data science teams at ZS and our clients to develop scientific solutions that advance our clients’ scientific capabilities through adoption of artificial intelligence, advanced data science, machine learning and other in-silico methods and approaches;
  • Stay abreast of current scientific and industry trends relevant to our clients. Develop a strong point-of-view and establish ZS thought leadership in scientific consulting and novel scientific approaches and methods;
  • Market our Biomedical Research service line to increase awareness of ZS capabilities in scientific offerings, build knowledge of our point-of-view, and inform our clients’ perception of the ZS value proposition in Biomedical Research;
  • 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.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Science – biology, cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, etc.;
  • Graduate degree -  MD, PhD or PharmD in cell or molecular biology, cancer or immune biology, genomics or related studies
  • 7-9+ years of experience in the life science industry, clinical or research organizations focused on leading a lab, a discovery or translational medicine functional area, an academic research organization or delivering scientific services for clients;
  • 4+ years of management consulting experience;
  • 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