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Principal, Epidemiology & Drug Safety

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Primary Location: Falls Church, Virginia, United States Full time R1165434

Job description

Principal, Epidemiology & Drug Safety – Role Description

Overview of the team

The Epidemiology and Drug Safety practice is part of IQVIA Real World Solutions (RWS). RWS brings together IQVIA initiatives that connect healthcare stakeholders through real-world evidence to demonstrate the value and safety of treatments in regulatory and non-regulatory settings, to enhance quality and drive improved outcomes. The group includes colleagues in 20+ countries working in the following key areas:

  • Epidemiology and Drug Safety
  • Health Economics & Outcomes Research
  • Real World Late Phase Research
  • Real World Data and Technology
  • Government Solutions

Overview of the role

Works directly with clients to provide value added input, to develop business opportunities that will lead to additional starbursts and to deliver projects built around robust science and strategic issues. Has responsibility for ensuring delivery of high levels of client satisfaction. Typically works within a specific region but may have responsibility across multiple geographies and/or clients. Is a team leader, with responsibilities for growing and managing a team of direct reports.  Meets or exceeds assigned revenue targets. 


  • Primary owner of client engagements with ultimate responsibility for client satisfaction and delivering high levels of quality/added value.
  • Meets or exceeds assigned revenue targets by developing and delivering insightful, value-added solutions that address complex client issues.
  • Responsible for significant and tangible client impact from all engagements.
  • Seeks out and identifies new revenue opportunities at existing and potential clients – ensures a continuous flow of business from client engagements.
  • Takes lead role in proposal development to ensure actionable, on-target and timely proposals are provided to clients.
  • Manages client interface and ensures project team achieves efficient and effective project delivery.
  • Serves as a solutions-based expert, internally and externally, by applying consultative problem solving skills.
  • Identifies issues of importance to the industry/clients and works with Practice Leaders and/or Geographic Principals to develop tangible and commercial offerings.
  • Contributes to the enhanced awareness of IQVIA RWS in the market place, e.g. through speaking engagements, client meetings, publications etc. 
  • Proactively continues to strengthen subject matter expertise through on the job experience, participation in conferences and symposiums and other forums for professional knowledge sharing.
  • Proactively mentors, coaches and shares subject matter expertise with others to elevate our capabilities to deliver world class solutions for clients.

  • Advanced degree with at least 10-15 years experience in the pharmaceutical or consulting industry.
  • In depth and long standing relationships with client companies, especially at a senior level.
  • Requires deep expertise in leveraging secondary data for research.  Possesses exemplary business development skills and previous experience leading and managing research and delivery.
  • Has broad knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry. In-depth understanding of the IQVIA or similar secondary data assets and the RWS offerings. 
  • Works willingly and effectively with others in and across the organization to accomplish team goals.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental processes of business, their interaction and the impact of external/internal influences on decision making, growth and decline.
  • Knowledge of consulting methods, tools and techniques, related to functional area.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the marketplace and professional/trade associations key people and companies.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning and change management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills. Values people’s opinions and encourages knowledge sharing.
  • High level of energy, drive and enthusiasm.
  • Able to manage complex relationships and juggle priorities.
  • Ability to profitably price engagements. 
  • Has excellent client relationship and influencing skills.

Organization Reporting and Scope:
Typically reports to:  Epidemiology & Drug Safety Practice Leader, RWS.  

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