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Sr. Manager/director of Strategy Life Sciences Solutions

STR00034 Requisition #

Do you have a passion for developing and executing strategies in the changing Life Sciences R&D landscape? We welcome you to apply!


The mission we have is an important one, as we lead the way in advancing science, technology, and health. Digital solutions are increasing rapidly, combining rich content with digital tools and platforms to enable our customers to understand what action they should take next.


Working with our growing Life Sciences Solutions business, this exciting, multi-faceted role includes strategy formulation, execution planning, leading strategic projects, and driving M&A.  You be the strategy leader for the business, and work closely with the business MD and the leadership team. You will report directly to the SVP Strategy, Health Markets. 


The role can be based in Amsterdam (preferred) or London.


Your responsibilities

Strategy development  

  • Lead the strategy agenda for the Life Sciences solutions business; drive and own the strategic planning process
  • Work closely with the business to drive the understanding of changing user and customer needs and competitor developments
  • Prepare strategy presentations for executive leadership  
  • Initiate strategic deep-dives on new market and product developments

Driving Strategic projects

  • Identify and lead strategic projects across the business, working directly with product, platform, and commercial teams, in such areas as:
    • Accelerated growth strategies
    • New product/offering development
    • New business models

Leading M&A activities

  • Lead M&A activities, including scanning the market, establishing target lists, summarising key targets fit with the business strategy strategy, estimating target size and market size/growth
  • Work with Elsevier Business Development team on the deal process; own commercial due diligence and overall planning.

What you should bring

  • Excellent university degree and preferably an advanced degree (MBA or PhD)
  • Minimum of 4 years’ strategy experience, including at least 2 years with a top-tier strategy consulting firm
  • Expertise in the life Sciences segment
  • High level of energy, professionalism and trust, a leader by example with a “Can Do” attitude
  • Ability to manage strategy projects from start to finish: from work plan to recommendations
  • Creative and pragmatic problem-solving skills
  • Excellent analytical skills – ability to apply objectivity and rigor to problem solving
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills with dedication to developing lasting partnerships
  • Strong leadership skills, able to work independently and set pace and direction for goals and objectives
  • Financial acumen: able to link strategy to finance and commercial performance
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to synthesize findings clearly and present on executive level
  • Exceptional quantitative skills, e.g., ability to perform statistical analyses of complex datasets
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial approach
  • Must be able to travel (~30% of time, mostly in Europe) 
  • Fluent in English (speaking and writing)

What we offer

We welcome you to a truly global, dynamic and challenging environment with great opportunities for personal development. Elsevier’s benefits are very competitive and we are open to provide more information during the first interview to have an idea of what you can expect when joining Elsevier.

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