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Pharma Market Research Jobs

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We recruit for a range of UK and European Pharma agencies, placing candidates into roles at all levels, within Quantitative and Qualitative Market Research, Business Intelligence and Primary / Secondary Market Research jobs.

Find out more about a career in Market Research below, or speak with our specialist consultant Matt Goldrick for an informal chat: 01625 541 044  / mattg@carrotrecruitment.com

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Pharma Market Research roles that we recruit for:

  • Research Associate 
  • Research Executive
  • Project Manager
  • Fieldwork Executive
  • Senior Research Executive
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Research Manager
  • Senior Analyst
  • Senior Insights Manager
  • Senior Research Executive
  • Qualitative Project Manager
  • Quantitive Project Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Commercial Strategy Analyst
  • Analysis Manager
  • Client Services Manager
  • Statistical Programmer 
  • Panel Manager 
  • Associate Director
  • Director
  • Head of Data 

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If you would like to find out more about our current vacancies within Market Research, contact our team on 01625 541 044 or via mattg@carrotrecruitment.com

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What does a career within Pharma Market Research look like?

What is Pharma/Healthcare Market Research?

Market Research involves gathering, recording and analysing information about customers, competitors and markets in a systematic way. Results from this research, surveys or focus groups is then used to make product decisions based on real feedback. 

The main objectives of a Pharma Market Research role are:

  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Liaising and negotiating with external parties
  • Conducting and managing fieldwork studies (e.g. interviews, managing locations)
  • Identifying and understanding the needs of customers relating to specific Pharma or healthcare products
  • Collecting and analysing data, as well as reporting findings to client
  • Conducting in-depth interviews with key respondents 
  • Leading the strategic thinking on projects and providing recommendations to clients

Products within Pharma Market Research are generally drugs prescribed or used by doctors, surgeons and nurses in primary, secondary or tertiary care environments; Medical Devices (such as pace makers, inhalers, pins and replacement joints used in orthopaedic surgery); OTC or ‘over the counter’ - such as certain painkillers and cough medicines; or Consumer, where products have a broader appeal and can be purchased from supermarkets etc. These would include pain relief, cough and cold medicines.

A career within Pharma/healthcare Market Research would ideally suit someone with an inquisitive and analytical mind. You’ll need attention to detail and the ability to interpret and explain data/information.

Most Market Research roles are client facing and therefore you’ll need to be able to communicate effectively, be adaptable and think on your feet. 

A typical career path for a career in Pharma Market research could follow:

  • Research Associate / Analyst (0 years’ experience)
  • Research Executive (0-2 years’ experience)
  • Senior Research Executive (2-4 years’ experience)
  • Research Manager (3-5 years’ experience)
  • Associate Director (5-8 years’ experience)
  • Director (7+ years)

It’s not uncommon for people to rise through the Market Research sector very quickly, while others prefer to remain at one level over another. You can have a lot more or a lot less experience than your colleagues and still work the same roles as them, especially if you have come from other areas. Please note that the terms ‘experience’ and any reference to time lengths are in no way discriminatory – during application a person’s suitability is considered based on their individual expertise. In this instance, references to length of time spent in particular roles are used as a guide to show a typical rate of progression.

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What is Fieldwork & Operations?

Fieldwork agencies deal with the collection of data, and often work in conjunction with other research agencies. This can be quantitative involving paper, telephone or web questionnaires, or qualitative involving phone, web or face to face interviewing. A fieldwork agency will employ interviewers to carry out the research, and project managers will work closely with the clients to manage how the fieldwork agency handles the project. Sometimes pharmaceutical companies will just use a fieldwork agency, having done the design themselves and planning to do the analysis of data themselves.

What qualifications and experience are required for a job within Pharma Market Research?

Most companies will require a Bachelor Degree with a strong understanding or experience within the pharmaceutical industry. Jobs in Pharma market research will require not only a social science portion (understanding consumers) but also a statistical and analytical mind. For more analytically focused research jobs, maths based degrees are also well received.

The majority of people who work within Pharma Market Research will have a degree in a relevant subject such as:

  • Life Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Business Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Communications

Masters and PhD qualifications in similar subjects are highly regarded due to their nature, showing a further understanding of therapy areas and terminology.  Another advantageous qualification for this sector is an MRS certificate.

Any internship experience, either in market research or something similar, would also be highly beneficial. 

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If you would like to find out more about our current Pharma Market Research jobs, browse our latest vacancies or contact Matt on 01625 541 044  to discuss the next steps in your career. 


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