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Strategy Insights & Planning Consultant - Biomedical Research (Los Angeles, CA)

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’ R&D Excellence Practice brings together experts in Strategy, Research, Clinical Execution, Data Sciences and Technology to empower client organizations achieve their passion for patient care, science and business success. Through our “Biomedical Innovation”, “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 across multiple clients.

Biomedical Research CONSULTANT

ZS Consultants support our clients' biomedical research activities and ensure breakthrough insights, productivity and efficiency in their research operations including drug discovery, translational medicine and pre-clinical studies.


  • Provide scientific and functional subject matter expertise to strategy engagements for research transformation services and engagements;
  • Collaborate with clients and ZS teams to understand and frame scientific questions and required insights and translate into experimental design for research studies and analyses;
  • Participate and lead scientific consulting engagements to perform research and analysis in performance of experimental designs, formulate and synthesize results and communicate findings to key stakeholders.  Scientific consulting engagements will focus on target identification and validation, lead generation and optimization, biomarker discovery and validation and patient stratification;
  • Develop analytical approaches, methods and assets to address scientific questions and hypotheses and formulate these methods into repeatable solutions and assets that ZS can propose to multiple clients;
  • Provide and develop subject matter expertise in various research data domains (assay data, omics data, biomarker data, PK/PD data, patient data, molecular and systems biology data) and help develop common data models and data management frameworks for research data domains;
  • Provide and develop subject matter expertise in research technology solutions and platforms (LIMS, ELN, scientific computing platforms) and provide scientific subject matter expertise to teams developing research technology solutions;
  • 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;
  • Represent ZS R&D business in discovery, translational medicine and pre-clinical functions and drive innovation, business case development, and lead user needs assessment workshops and roadmap development for existing and new opportunities;
  • Build ongoing direct client relationships with key business users and leaders including client presentations and managing multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Drive methodology and frameworks for discovery and translational medicine solutions;
  • Coach and mentor teams, conduct & develop training programs to contribute to capability building and knowledge sharing


  • PhD, PharmD or MD with bachelor's (and often MS) degrees with a strong academic record in molecular or cell biology, genetics or genomics, bioinformatics, translational research, oncology, immunology, medical or life sciences;
  • Up to 6 years of post-graduate relevant work experience in the Life Sciences industry with R&D expertise;
  • Expertise in the areas of discovery or translational research, biomarker or companion diagnostic development, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics, PK/PD, ADME;
  • Knowledge of the pre-clinical drug discovery and research process, methods, data and technologies, including AI based approaches to drug discovery (preferred)
  • Hands on experience working with research, discovery and translational analytics, systems and data including NGS sequencing, genomic analytical pipelines, proteomics assays and analytics, biosamples data, LIMS, ELN and real world data (RWD).
  • Experience analyzing large datasets including multi-omics data with working knowledge of biostatistical considerations for such analysis
  • Experience managing, developing and coaching team members
  • Working knowledge of data standards and experience with TRANSMART preferred

Additional skills:

  • Understanding of downstream R&D functions and methods such as PK/PD, toxicology, epidemiology, clinical development, etc.
  • Up to speed with latest industry trends in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and R&D data management.
  • 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


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: Los Angeles