Life Science Drug Discovery & Research SME Director


New Brunswick, NJ

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


15+ years

Posted 52 days ago

  by    Mark Thrapp

Life Science Drug & Discovery SME Director - Drug discovery & Research

Our client is a major multi-$BB international management consulting firm seeking an experienced Life Sciences Domain / Business or Transformation 'SME' to assist in driving the Drug Discovery & Research Advisory Services and Delivery function for pharmaceutical and medical devices companies. This individual will provide specific domain expertise and thought leadership across the industry landscape. Individuals should ideally be located in the New Jersey area. Experienced Life Sciences Domain / Business or Transformation Consultants driving Advisory Services and Delivery, for pharmaceutical and medical devices companies. Provides specific domain expertise and thought leadership across the industry landscape. While the role has an IT element, this role is not 'technical' but much more 'functional'. The firm is seeking an individual familiar with the Drug Discovery/Research world, the competitive marketplace, latest processes and procedures, etc. This individual will be responsible for interfacing with C-Suite executives, understanding the 'pain-points' of clients and 'translating' those elements to IT individuals involved in digital transformation and assisting firms in creating Drug Discovery & Research best practices.

  • More than fifteen years of experience in the Life Sciences (LS) industry (incl. Pharma, Biotech, Medical Devices) Research with experience in the areas of Scientific / Discovery Informatics, Drug Discovery or Product Development
  • Strong experience Life Sciences Research areas, with Consulting / Advisory company , global pharmaceutical company / IT Company
  • For the domain area of expertise above, has a thorough understanding of Business Processes, KPIs, Challenges, and Industry Trends and Regulations
  • Nice to have: Experience in Clinical Development and/or Operations or Drug Safety
  • Has experience with IT enablement and business transformations, and holistic knowledge of Business and IT Landscape for the domain area of experience above.
  • Has familiarity with conducting Business Process Reviews, Business Process Improvements, IT Landscape Assessment, IT simplification, driving the adoption of new technology
  • Experience in developing business aligned IT solutions leveraging latest technologies. Familiar with usual office software plus selected or dedicated (as per focus area above) relevant domain-specific packages
  • Direct working experience in the LS related industry for a minimum of 5 years
  • Strong team building skills, strategy, and operations thinking, solution & result orientation, intercultural competence
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills – development and delivery
  • Good public speaking/publishing record
  • Coaching and mentoring teams with strong domain expertise for the R&D domain
  • Good understanding of life sciences industry global trends, regulations, guidelines, and directives


  • Drives Advisory opportunity discovery, sales and execution. Helps shape an end state vision for clients' businesses –Drug Discovery or Research areas
  • Guides clients in the adoption of leading-edge business processes and best practices; get the best thinking from his/her staff and client team members, in their implementation
  • Confidently and effectively manages client stakeholders and TCS resources to deliver results
  • Participates in supporting executive level client Steering Committee meetings; can manage conflict resolution among various stakeholders/staff to successfully support change management initiatives.
  • Where needed, in an owner or supporter role, drafts proposals, plans phased project execution, develops detailed project plans and manages program budgets and costs; fosters shared accountability for the results-based implementation plan
  • Facilitates the development of Life Sciences asset advancements by submissions to TCS' intellectual capital repository.


  • PhD / Post Graduation in Sciences / Engineering Graduate or Post Graduate
  • MBA is preferred

1) Years of experiencerequired for position > 15+ years


$180K - $216K