Associate Role

Launch your career tackling business strategy challenges as a life sciences consultant.

For recent college graduates, Clarion provides an exceptional opportunity to launch your career for those interested in life sciences consulting jobs. As an associate at Clarion, you will gain deep experience in and broad exposure to the dynamic life sciences industry. In our downtown Boston office, you will work in collaborative, dynamic teams with other talented young professionals under the guidance of seasoned industry professionals. We deliberately structure our teams to provide you with tailored training in executive leadership.

You will quickly go from learning and applying core consulting skills to leading efforts that shape how life sciences companies address their most pressing challenges.

Given the size of the firm, our entrepreneurial culture, and flat organizational structure, associates can expect to interact with firm leaders frequently. We care about performance and results more than titles, and we keep hierarchy to a minimum. Based on experience and performance on casework, associates have the opportunity to advance rapidly.

A Day at Clarion

- Shelton Cochran


6:15 am

I’m up between 6:15 and 6:30 am most days. After a quick breakfast, I’m out the door. I walk a couple blocks from my apartment and grab a bike from a Boston bike share station. The ride into Boston is pretty quick and there is a station to drop my bike off right across the street from the office. When the weather is bad I usually take the T to the office. It’s very convenient that Clarion’s office is located right above the South Station stop on the red line!

8:00 am

I arrive by 8:00 am and make myself a coffee in the kitchen before settling in at my desk. Over coffee, I quickly check my email. My manager has sent around the final version of some slides that we’ll be presenting to the client tomorrow, so I look through it to make sure I am completely familiar with all of the slides. I want to be prepared to answer any questions the client might ask about the analyses and conclusions we’ve made.

8:45 am

Having reviewed our deck, I jump right into my next task of the day, carrying out a field force targeting analysis. My current project is a portfolio optimization, in which we are building a strategy to improve the sales performance of a company’s branded products across several disease areas. The type of data analysis that goes into this project is new to me, so I find one of the senior associates on my team to walk me through the data.

10:00 am

Next up, I have a Wellness Committee meeting. We start the meeting by reviewing the initiatives we have carried out so far this year, noting how each of them supported the committee’s goal of promoting mental and physical wellness in the office. We then take turns presenting the initiatives that we are planning for the rest of the year. These include an in-office meditation program, a core strength challenge in November (aptly named “Planksgiving”), a yoga outing, a 3-on-3 volleyball tournament, and a couple of smoothie runs. The Wellness Committee, along with the Social Committee and the Charitable Giving Committee, promote a strong sense of community within the office and provide great opportunities for associates to take on significant leadership roles.

11:00 am

After the meeting, I head over to a manager’s office to discuss a new project that I will be joining. The project involves attending the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting to help a large pharma company stay up-to-date on the latest developments in therapeutics for various hematological cancers. The manager brings me up to speed on what we will need to do before the conference, which will include combing through the meeting abstracts and identifying the ASH presentations and posters that will be most relevant to our client’s needs.

12:00 pm

It’s lunch time! I grab some other associates and we head down the street to Pita Thyme, a fast and tasty favorite. Once we’ve gotten our food we head back up to the office and meet more of our coworkers in the lunch room. Discussions range from holiday plans to challenges with a tough project to the best spots to eat in Chinatown.

After lunch, I head back to my desk to continue work on my project. I put together a few slides with charts to display the data I analyzed this morning. Next I think of a brief conclusion that can be drawn from the data. I find this part of data analysis the most rewarding – finding a meaningful insight and displaying it in an informative way.

2:00 pm

Finishing up these slides, it’s time for our project team meeting. The project team (5 of us in total) head into a conference room to plan for our client meeting tomorrow. Looking ahead to our plan for the rest of the week after our client meeting, we identify the analyses we should aim to complete in the near-term. I have some specific questions about the conclusions that can be drawn from the type of data we are working with, and the partner working on our project provides detailed answers to these.

3:30 pm

My new hire advisor finds me at my desk and we head out to grab a coffee from La Colombe, just down the street. We sip foamy nitro-brewed lattes and talk about how my first months at the firm have been going. It’s great to have someone with a year or two of experience at the firm to chat with to ensure that my transition into Clarion is as smooth as possible.

After getting back from coffee, I stop by a principal’s office, and we chat briefly about the treatment paradigm for a cancer type that I need to understand for the branded portfolio optimization project. I then head back into a conference room for a team call with the client. We are speaking with the brand manager for one of the products in the portfolio that we are working with. Our manager leads the discussion, trying to gain a historical perspective on the level of marketing investment that the brand had received. The rest of us take notes, occasionally jumping in with specific questions we had prepared earlier.

5:00 pm

After the call, I head back to my desk and switch gears to my other project, diving into some hematology literature to begin preparing for the ASH conference. I look through physician treatment guidelines and reviews of clinical research to get a feel for the current state of the field, as well as where it is heading in the next couple of years.

It’s the end of the day and people start pairing up to take Ubers to one of the partner’s houses. His family is hosting a party to welcome the new hires, featuring homemade chili and ice cream cake. The night ends with socializing over drinks and roasting s’mores over an outdoor fire.

What We’re Looking For

Clarion seeks intellectually curious, highly analytical, team-oriented contributors. We love rolling up our sleeves and helping life sciences companies address their most important strategic challenges.

Our associates demonstrate an ability to think logically, solve problems creatively, and communicate complex ideas effectively. Mostly, we want passionate, smart, hard-working people who embrace the thrill of daunting questions.

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A life sciences strategy and organizational consultancy that collaborates with its clients to envision, craft and enable growth through innovation and leadership.