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Associate Consultant/Strategy & Transformation (San Francisco area, 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’s Strategy & Transformation solution area works with clients to define and make strategic choices and drive stronger execution of strategies for lasting impact and change. We accomplish this by engaging with clients earlier in the process and playing an active role in defining the strategy. Additionally, we target clients who have broad, strategic mandates (typically VP level or above within the organization). Therefore, we offer value to the client by linking strategy to implementation in a seamless fashion, drawing on ZS’ broad expertise along this continuum.


Associate Consultants create and deliver solutions for our clients and project teams that leverage analytic, synthesis and communication skills to help clients make and operationalize strategic choices.


  • Develop understanding of the broader biopharma and MedTech landscape, including technologies, platforms, and assets in development
  • Leverage problem solving skills and frameworks to develop solutions to client business problems (for both reasonable quick estimates and precise in-depth models)
  • Integrate multiple data sources (primary, secondary and analytical research) to inform complex problems
  • Structure and develop client deliverables in PowerPoint, including integrating analysis and “telling the story” in a clear and effective manner
  • Structure and conduct market research and/or desk research using secondary sources to derive insights and inform project deliverables
  • Design custom analyses using tools like Excel, Access, Confirmit and ZS's proprietary software
  • Synthesize and communicate results to clients and ZS teams through oral and written presentations
  • Develop client relationships and serve as key point of contact on aspects of projects
  • Provide client and ZS teams project status updates
  • Project management for smaller projects or modules of larger projects
  • Advance problem-solving skills and improve ZS's capabilities
  • Guide and mentor Associates on teams


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree required in any discipline with strong academic performance in analytic and quantitative coursework (business, economics, marketing, psychology, physical or life sciences, engineering, applied mathematics, statistics or relevant fields)
    • A demonstrated interest in both the science and business aspects of healthcare is preferred
  • 2-4 years of relevant post-collegiate job experience. A PhD may reduce work experience requirements
    • 2 or more years of prior management consulting experience serving biotechnology or pharmaceutical clients is strongly preferred
  • High motivation, good work ethic, maturity and personal initiative
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Empathy, adaptability and high personal impact
  • Close attention to detail, with a quality-focused mindset
  • Self-discipline for planning and organizing tasks
  • Aptitude for, and enjoyment of, team leadership



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: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland