Strategic Development Advisor

California (Remote within U.S. Option Available)


The Strategic Development Advisor will serve as a dedicated consulting Research & Development (R&D) leader and will be responsible for leading and/or providing expert technical advice for client engagements. The successful candidate will have a proven record of R&D leadership within biotech and/or pharmaceutical companies with deep subject matter expertise in at least one area of development (e.g., clinical development, regulatory affairs, preclinical development), strong interpersonal and relationship building skills with colleagues at the executive level, as well as a proven track record of successfully leading departments or functions and programs. The Strategic Development Advisor will have expertise in defining client company and program development strategies and leading functions and teams to ensure successful delivery of those strategies.

Job Responsibilities
  • Partner with client leaders (scientific founders, CEOs, CMOs, and other key leaders) to guide companies toward achievement of their goals and objectives
  • Define client company and portfolio/program development strategies on behalf of and in collaboration with key stakeholders internal to the client and external, as appropriate
  • Lead client teams, functions, and departments to ensure execution of strategies according to plans, typically for small, virtual companies in early stage development 
  • Lead internal Halloran teams in a matrix organization (i.e. this position will not have direct reports) to ensure success of client engagements and overall client satisfaction
  • Act as a mentor and guide to internal and external team members, particularly in area of expertise (e.g., clinical research, clinical operations, regulatory affairs, preclinical development)
  • Act as a thought leader and face of the company in certain segments of work 
  • 25% travel, highly varied 
  • 75%+ billable utilization target
Education and Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field 
  • Advanced degree in life science- MD, PhD, PharmD, etc.
  • 20 plus years of experience in a variety of life science companies including venture, consulting, biotech, and pharmaceutical
Characteristics of Top Performers
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Big picture thinker with an ability to drive the details when necessary 
  • Strong business savvy 
  • Thoroughness and detail oriented
  • Customer/Client relationship focused
  • Flexible and able to adjust/change course based on data, feedback, client requests, etc.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and high-pressure situations
  • Willingness to take risks with appropriate risk management strategies


Halloran Consulting Group