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Senior Director, Life Sciences

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Location: Troy, MI, United States
Date Posted: Jan 5, 2024

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Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) is a premier independent global professional services firm specializing in providing turnaround management, restructuring, performance improvement, and corporate advisory services.  

At A&M, our Life Sciences practice provides a broad range of services for our clients who are operating in an industry with high risks and rewards. We understand the urgency of their business and put our expertise to work when they need it most - when there are no second chances, company futures are on the line, and past attempts must now succeed. When time is of the essence, our clients turn to us – trusting we have the experience and solutions to help them reach their goals.  Goals like successfully navigating financial constraints, maximizing a key product launch to ensure that patients can access the medicines they need, or effectively scaling during periods of rapid growth. Come be part of a team that is making an impact on the lives of so many. Join us in making a difference.  

Our team prides itself on sustaining a culture that reflects our core values. We value integrity, quality, and objectivity in our work. We believe every day is a choice, and so we like what we do and with whom we do it. We embrace diversity, foster inclusiveness, and reward merit. We encourage and support our employees and communities through ongoing investments from leadership, social and networking events, peer-to-peer networks, Employee Resource Groups, volunteer opportunities, and pro-bono work. We are committed to promoting an inclusive environment in which all can develop, grow, and be supported. 

What will you be doing?  

As a Senior Director, you will play a crucial leadership role in various case teams by devising and executing effective strategies to help our clients thrive.  You will be the main conduit between our clients and our team. You are also responsible for developing internal best practices and providing mentorship to junior employees across different teams. This position offers a great opportunity for candidates to gain exposure to various strategic business issues within the life sciences industry and take on challenging and rewarding roles from the get-go.

The duties of a Senior Director may vary depending on the client engagement but can include:

  • Engaging in c-suite and board-level conversations regarding the challenges facing clients and strategic initiatives for solving them
  • Utilizing your experience and expertise to effectively function in interim roles (e.g., CEO, CFO, CCO)
  • Serving as the main client point of contact for project engagements and guiding case teams, fostering innovation at all levels
  • Leveraging research and data to synthesize insights and separate myth from fact while also customizing strategic frameworks to develop recommendations that will drive tangible value
  • Retaining excellent working relationships with clients and liaising with leadership and the case team to ensure all project outputs include strategically sound and actionable recommendations
  • Supporting business development through the ability to serve as a trusted advisor, identifying client needs, and shaping proposals to help address those needs
  • Mentoring, guiding, coaching, and sharing topic matter knowledge with colleagues and the wider business.
  • Assisting with the coordination of project staffing that meets team needs and supports direct reports’ project interests and goals
  • Managing and mentoring junior staff including training and development

What are we looking for?  

People who are personable, knowledgeable, entrepreneurial, and fun. A unique blend of qualities that cannot be fast-tracked into existence.  With over a decade of experience in the life sciences industry, you thrive in solving the toughest problems and have the deftness to parachute into existing efforts and turn projects around.  You value a supportive team atmosphere that values input from all members, regardless of their background or level of professional experience. You appreciate being around people who both challenge and support you. 

Your professional experience shows in your demeanor, expertise, and creativity. You have a proven track record in assessing and managing risk. Identifying trends comes naturally to you. You understand the meaning of an increasingly interconnected world within healthcare. You are excited to look beyond your immediate sector and create innovative solutions, considering integrated markets and industries.

You possess desirable qualities such as being anticipatory, engaged, and respectful, which earn the respect of others. You might have had the chance to lead and manage a team. Your passion lies in helping others and delivering exceptional value. Your solutions not only work on paper but also in practice.  You've achieved a lot and have the network, credentials, and achievements to prove it.

If you see yourself in this description, we want to hear from you!

How will you grow and be supported? 

As a Senior Director within the Life Sciences practice, you will have the opportunity to take your career to the next level by gaining invaluable industry experience while enhancing and expanding your skillset. Our team of experienced professionals will offer you developmental feedback and growth opportunities, allowing you to collaborate with experts and gain invaluable experience.

We prioritize the growth and development of each employee. We take a personalized approach by working with you to create a customized career development plan that caters to your unique needs and helps you progress in your career. Our training programs are a mix of live and virtual sessions, and we also provide best-in-class on-demand training. We offer on-the-job coaching to facilitate your learning, assign a transitional coach to help you adjust to the work environment, and pair you up with a mentor who will guide you throughout your career journey.

Alvarez & Marsal offers competitive benefits and opportunities to support your personal and professional development. Click to learn about our commitment to your well-beingA&M recognizes that our people drive our growth, and you will be provided with the best available training and development resources through formalized training and on-the-job training. Learn more about why A&M is a great place to work. 


Diversity & Inclusion

A&M’s entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work—guided by A&M’s core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity—are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means we embrace diversity, and we foster inclusiveness, encouraging everyone to bring their whole self to work each day. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is Alvarez & Marsal’s practice to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, family medical history, genetic information or other protected medical condition, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by and in accordance with applicable laws. Employees and Applicants can find A&M policy statements and additional information by region here.

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Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters are engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening and in alignment with our Inclusive Diversity values. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

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