Consultant

As a Consultant at Putnam you will help lead and manage a team of Associate & Life Sciences Consultants to complete projects. Working with Managers and Partners you will:

  • Interact with clients to understand problems, and develop and refine hypotheses to test
  • Structure complex strategic and analytical problems that constitute the core of the team’s work
  • Lead the daily operations of the team in executing and synthesizing analyses into key findings and actionable recommendation and participate in delivering these recommendations to our clients

At Putnam, we pride ourselves on a team-based approach that is client focused and impact oriented. We serve many of the industry leaders, including all of the top 10 global biopharmaceutical companies. Almost all of our studies combine sophisticated quantitative analytics with significant qualitative fact-finding and synthesis to inform strategic decision-making. Our diverse casework spans portfolio prioritization, development pathway and resource optimization, market assessment, product pricing and launch strategies, market segment growth strategies, sales and marketing strategies, franchise development and patent expiration strategies. While the client-service core of our work can be demanding, we pride ourselves on the collegial, friendly and balanced environment at Putnam where consulting can be a long-term career option.

Our offices are located in the vibrant cities of Boston, San Francisco, New York City, and London. Much of our work is conducted at our offices, although direct interaction with clients necessitates a reasonable level of travel to client sites.

Desired Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate for the Consultant position will have demonstrated excellence during both her / his academic career (MBA or post-graduate degree is preferred but not required) and previous employment experiences (minimum 3 years work experience) with other top-tier consulting firms or within the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industries. Proven analytic abilities, presentation skills, team management experience and a team-oriented attitude are essential. A working knowledge of the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry is also a prerequisite.

 

Life as a Consultant

Explore stories of Putnamites to get a sense of what it is really like to work here.

Aaron Dolor

Putnam has exposed me to a variety of disease areas and enabled me to think about them not only from a scientific perspective but also from a business perspective. I have been able to apply the skills acquired from my PhD to delve into the details, while learning how to take a step back and look at the big picture. I have worked on tough problems, with smart people, all with a large impact for our clients.

Aaron Dolor

Consultant - San Francisco
UCSF PhD, Pharmaceutical Sciences & Pharmacogenomics

Swathi Srivasta

At Putnam, I get to leverage my in-depth knowledge of life sciences and my business acumen to tackle exciting and challenging problems within the healthcare industry, while working alongside brilliant individuals with a passion for problem solving.

Swathi Srivasta

Sr. Consultant, Boston
Max Planck Institute PhD, Neurobiology
Harvard Post Doctorate

Working at Putnam

Half of our Partners and Principals

joined Putnam as Associates

22 languages

collectively spoken by putnamites

56% of Putnamites

volunteer at charitable organizations

My role is exciting because it allows me to take on a wide range of different responsibilities from performing in-depth data analysis, to helping develop hypotheses and storylines for the overall project, to manage the workstreams of newer members of the team.

Yuanfei Wang

Manager - Boston
University of Toronto PhD, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Professional Development and Employee Investment

See some of our highlights to learn more about what it's like to be a part of our team

A consulting gig without the endless travel? Indeed

  • Case teams typically consist of 2-6 team members across all levels including Partner
  • Teams can be comprised of staff from any of our offices, with client geography and time zones as a consideration along with experience and skill development for our team members.
  • Most team members are double-staffed on simultaneous projects
  • Typically only senior level case team members travel onsite for client engagements although there are many avenues for all team members to interact directly with the client on an ongoing basis.
  • Teams celebrate the completion of a successful case with End of Case Team Building Events

Continuous and Thoughtful Training Programs

For new hires, the firm provides basic consulting and industry overview training in the first 3 months of employment aimed at providing new Associates a solid foundation to hit the ground running on case work.

For employees with 2-4 years of tenure who are progressing toward the Consultant role, the firm provides Advanced Consulting Skills Training focused on developing the skills and tools to facilitate the transition to managing greater levels of responsibility in problem solving, case management, staff development, and firm development offsite in Portsmouth, NH.

For more experienced employees those promoted to, or hired into, the Consultant role the firm has developed a Case Leadership Training Offsite, held annually at revolving retreat sites. The objective for this training is to provide practical insights and tools for case team leaders in a structured, highly interactive way.

Individual case teams celebrate the completion of a successful case with an End of Case Event. In addition we also have a selection of firm-wide & local office events:

  • Holiday Parties
  • Dinners
  • Sporting Events
  • Team Building Events

We have a robust mentor program to help foster development case to case. From day 1 you are paired with an experienced Putnamite to help guide you and welcome you to the firm.

We are actively involved in our community as a collective firm through engagements like Summer Days of Service and our Holiday Gift Drive. We actively encourage our employees to take on their own initiatives and promote within the firm as well. We are proud to support a small Putnam team who has been leading efforts to help build a primary school in Malawi in partnership with BuildOn. We are also proud to stand in support of amazing local and national charities such as:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, MA
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Minds Matter Boston
  • National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association

We also actively support the MIT SOLVE Network which aims to solve world challenges through social impact innovation, and Out 4 Undergrad (O4U) conference which aims to showcase career opportunities in business for ambitious LGBTQ+ students.

Home Staffing Model

A consulting gig without the endless travel? Indeed

  • Case teams typically consist of 2-6 team members across all levels including Partner
  • Teams can be comprised of staff from any of our offices, with client geography and time zones as a consideration along with experience and skill development for our team members.
  • Most team members are double-staffed on simultaneous projects
  • Typically only senior level case team members travel onsite for client engagements although there are many avenues for all team members to interact directly with the client on an ongoing basis.
  • Teams celebrate the completion of a successful case with End of Case Team Building Events
Professional Development

Continuous and Thoughtful Training Programs

For new hires, the firm provides basic consulting and industry overview training in the first 3 months of employment aimed at providing new Associates a solid foundation to hit the ground running on case work.

For employees with 2-4 years of tenure who are progressing toward the Consultant role, the firm provides Advanced Consulting Skills Training focused on developing the skills and tools to facilitate the transition to managing greater levels of responsibility in problem solving, case management, staff development, and firm development offsite in Portsmouth, NH.

For more experienced employees those promoted to, or hired into, the Consultant role the firm has developed a Case Leadership Training Offsite, held annually at revolving retreat sites. The objective for this training is to provide practical insights and tools for case team leaders in a structured, highly interactive way.

Company Outings

Individual case teams celebrate the completion of a successful case with an End of Case Event. In addition we also have a selection of firm-wide & local office events:

  • Holiday Parties
  • Dinners
  • Sporting Events
  • Team Building Events
Mentorship Program

We have a robust mentor program to help foster development case to case. From day 1 you are paired with an experienced Putnamite to help guide you and welcome you to the firm.

Philanthropy

We are actively involved in our community as a collective firm through engagements like Summer Days of Service and our Holiday Gift Drive. We actively encourage our employees to take on their own initiatives and promote within the firm as well. We are proud to support a small Putnam team who has been leading efforts to help build a primary school in Malawi in partnership with BuildOn. We are also proud to stand in support of amazing local and national charities such as:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, MA
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Minds Matter Boston
  • National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association

We also actively support the MIT SOLVE Network which aims to solve world challenges through social impact innovation, and Out 4 Undergrad (O4U) conference which aims to showcase career opportunities in business for ambitious LGBTQ+ students.

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      Putnam focuses solely on the life science industries, allowing us to provide unparalleled depth, experience and insight into our client’s most complex challenges.

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