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Associate, Healthcare

Russell Reynolds Associates

San Francisco, CA

Posted August 27

Job Description

Key Criteria

Our Company

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leadership advisory and executive search firm. We help our clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. From helping boards with their structure, culture and effectiveness to identifying, assessing and defining the best leadership for organizations, our teams bring their expertise to help clients address their most complex leadership issues. Listen to our clients and colleagues share how we are improving the way the world is lead.

Our People

Our success over the past five decades is attributable to our collaborative culture and the outstanding quality of our people who are fiercely committed to leading with insights and building meaningful relationships. Our 470+ experienced consultants collaborate with our global team of Research, Knowledge and Project Coordinators in 46 offices around the world.

San Francisco is one of RRA’s largest offices with a significant footprint in the Bay Area’s thriving biotech and technology communities. You partner with an experienced and highly collaborative team of biotech/health-tech consultants and researchers with a 20+ year established practice on the West Coast.

Our Global Healthcare Sector

Our Global Healthcare sector serves three key industry segments, and our consultants group in these specialty practice areas, focusing on specific industry and functional expertise to advise our clients and recruit executives and Board members.

Below are just a handful of recent clients our team has partnered with to recruit leaders and board members.


The Role

As a Consultant in the Global Healthcare Sector, specializing in the Biotech & Pharmaceuticals Practice, you will work with senior Consultants to advise our biotech/pharma clients on executive search mandates.

The San Francisco Bay Area is a renowned leading hub for life sciences companies. From disruptive biotech to pharma innovation centers, the Bay Area is at the forefront of cutting-edge science and medicine. Furthermore, our San Francisco office sits at the intersection of industries of technologies and innovations. The San Francisco Consultant team is built for cross-sector collaboration and teamwork.

The ideal candidate will have 6-12+ years of work experience, ideally with biotech/pharma industry experience and knowledge. Experience with business development, project management, and/or professional services is a high predictor of success in this role. Experience interacting with senior executives, such as C-suite and Board is also a plus. The successful candidate will work with clients as a trusted advisor at each step of the search and recruitment process, from launch to close, i.e. developing the search strategy, executing on the recruitment, assessing candidates, advising the client on recruitment tactics, conducting formal references, and negotiating final offers of employment.

Through an apprenticeship model, an Associate level Consultant will receive mentorship and sponsorship to build and deepen long-term client relationships through the execution of the highest quality search work. Over time, execution of search work will build to a range of business development and internal promotion opportunities. Russell Reynolds Associates is committed to investing in talent with committed and impactful apprenticeship. Career advancement at our firm is part of our long-standing commitment to our own talent with collaboration and mentorship as our principal firm value. Primary responsibilities include:

Throughout every assignment, our consultants consistently deliver insightful, impactful and nuanced counsel to our clients and candidates to ensure that they have the best possible experience and outcome. In addition to executing assignments, consultants build client relationships through high quality work, delivering insights and sound perspectives, and business development activities. Over time, each consultant develops a market-validated reputation and is recognized as a trusted advisor by leading companies.

Candidate Profile

Successful search consultants can come from a variety of professional experiences and career paths. Our global team of consultants have joined Russell Reynolds Associates with a wide range of industry backgrounds and functional expertise. The common thread of universal success in our firm is the ability to drive complex processes, deliver compelling solutions, and grow deep and consultative relationships with clients. Technical academic background in the sciences is a plus.

Our consultants thrive on advisory client relationships, are passionate about having an impact on our clients’ businesses, and are motivated to help solve challenging talent and leadership issues with dynamic businesses.

More specifically, we would highlight the following competencies as essential and critical for success in the role:

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, inclusion and respect for individuality are at the core of our firm’s culture and are essential to the success of our executive search and assessment business. Both for ourselves and for our clients, we strive to attract the best people from the broadest pool of candidates. We embrace differences in race, religion, culture, gender, nationality, age, sexual orientation, thinking style, background and perspectives, with the goal of providing a positive work environment for our employees and exemplary service to our clients.

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