About Charles River Associates

Charles River Associates is a leading global consulting firm that provides independent economic and financial analysis behind litigation matters, guides businesses through critical strategy and operational issues to become more profitable, and advises governments on the economic impact of policies and regulations.  Our three main services – litigation, policy and management consulting – are delivered by practice groups that focus on specific areas of expertise or industries.  Learn more about how CRA can help you Accelerate your career.

CRA’s Life Sciences practice helps pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostics and medical device companies achieve optimum performance across key aspects of their business, including innovation, commercial success, organization, and reputation, 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 from the earliest stages of research into new therapy areas, through product development, to the delivery of products that will achieve commercial success and fulfill the expectations of our clients and their key stakeholders.

Essential Functions

Senior Associates play a highly visible and integral role in CRA’s Life Sciences practice.  As the day-to-day project managers, they have significant client exposure and provide input on the strategic direction of projects alongside more senior team members.  Senior Associates will perform or direct a broad range of analytical tasks, manage teams in the execution of project workstreams, and distill findings into high-impact strategy recommendations.  As a global practice, Senior Associates will collaborate with teams in a range of geographies on our clients’ local, regional, and global strategic issues.

To be successful in this role, you must be able to effectively conceptualize complex strategic challenges and contribute to defining project plans that address those strategic issues.  Candidates at this level are expected to work independently with minimal supervision, and demonstrate the potential to grow quickly into leaders.  Candidates must also have a demonstrated interest in and understanding of the life sciences industry.  We highly value a strong work ethic, creativity, a positive attitude, and a high level of energy.  

Responsibilities

You will be a part of an integrated team that executes and delivers across a wide variety of consulting projects.  Specific activities will include:

  • Contributing to the development of strategic direction for projects and independently identify and design analytical tasks to address the key project objectives
  • Conducting primary and secondary research and analyses
  • Taking responsibility for developing sections of client presentations, reports, and other deliverables
  • Managing client communications and relationships as day-to-day project manager
  • Supervising and training junior staff on project teams, including reviewing their analyses and interim work product and providing coaching/direction
  • Contributing to business development efforts, client proposals, and thought leadership

Qualifications

We are seeking MBA students graduating in 2022 from top-tier academic institutions who have:

  • Previous consulting experience and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the life sciences industry, with strong preference for candidates with two years of life sciences strategy consulting experience
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis methods and techniques
  • Staff and project management experience, including budgeting and project planning/management
  • Previous client service experience, including managing relationships, facilitating meetings, and delivering presentations
  • A bachelors or advanced degree in life sciences (e.g., biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical engineering, pharmacology etc.) is not required but viewed favorably

CRA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (EEO/AAE): Minority/Female/Veteran/Disabled.

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