About Charles River Associates 

CRA’ s Life Sciences practice helps pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices companies achieve optimum performance across key aspects of their business including commercial strategy, innovation, organization structure, pricing, and market access, all for the long-term benefit of patients, clinicians, employees, and shareholders. We work with life sciences businesses directly as well as with their legal counsel, industry associations, government organizations, and advocacy groups.

Our dedicated Life Sciences practice brings clarity and solutions to complex challenges. Clients turn to us when they need to make the right decision, implement it the right way, and secure buy-in from key stakeholders. Their trust in us is rooted in our emphatic focus on clients and specifically our hands-on life sciences experience, in-depth sector knowledge, from R&D to market entry and beyond and strong academic credentials in science, economics, and business.

The CRA life sciences team operates from offices across the United States and Europe to provide insights on global issues and local market challenges, allowing ease of access for our clients.

Joining the Life Sciences Practice at CRA will provide you with a unique opportunity to develop your knowledge of healthcare globally. As an integral member of the team you will help us deliver to our clients high-impact solutions that are implementable and make a difference. We provide professional development and mentoring that will give you access to our global practice where you can get exposure to colleagues from across our offices and gain experience across a wide range of geographies, therapy areas, aspects of the industry and projects.

Role and Responsibilities

The Associate/Consulting Associate will be a part of an integrated team that executes and delivers across a wide variety of consulting projects through:

  • Working closely with senior colleagues to formulate strategy recommendations and solutions that address client needs
  • Conducting independent research to identify, collect, manage and analyze data
  • Contributing to internal discussions that build insights from the analytical process and integrating findings into broader project deliverables
  • Conducting telephone or face-to-face interviews with clients or external stakeholders
  • Assuming responsibility for generating sections of client presentations, reports, and other client deliverables (e.g., Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and Excel workbooks)
  • Proactively developing your knowledge of the life sciences industry and consulting methodologies
  • Contributing to initiatives which improve workplace dynamics and day-to-day project delivery

Job Qualifications

We are looking for curious, analytical, highly-motivated candidates who have focused their studies in economics, sciences, mathematics, statistics, engineering, or other quantitative disciplines.  We value knowledge of economic concepts, research experience, quantitative ability, knowledge of the Life Sciences industry, exceptional written and oral communication skills, and a high level of initiative.  We expect successful candidates to use data to solve client problems, work collaboratively with a team, effectively manage their time and prioritize tasks, and take pride and ownership in their work.

Successful candidates will need to have a Bachelor’s or Master's degree from a top-tier academic institution. Applicants may be considered for other roles depending on their level of educational and transferable experience. Candidates must also have the ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Previous consulting experience (1-2 years)
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the life sciences industry
  • Core analytical and problem solving skills
  • Solid presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel)
  • Ability to conduct targeted secondary research and synthesize findings to answer client business questions
  • Eye for detail and self-motivated to deliver high quality work on time
  • General understanding of business processes
  • Some knowledge of consulting methodologies, tools, and techniques ideal but not required
  • CRA is proud of its ability of managing work/life balance.  However, some travel is inevitable and successful candidates will need to show a willingness and ability to travel to client locations when required

How to apply

To be considered for this role, please submit your resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript. 


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