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Proposal Associate

Company: Premier Research
Location: UK - office or home based
Reference: 750CF
Closing Date: 13 Dec 17
Type: Full Time
Salary (£): Competitive
Benefits: Comprehensive

Job Summary:

Premier Research helps highly innovative biotech and specialty pharma companies transform life-changing ideas into reality. We have positioned ourselves right in the middle of the action, targeting unmet needs in analgesia, neuroscience, oncology, pediatrics, and rare diseases. We’re looking for an Associate, Proposal Budget Development. This is a permanent opportunity located in our office in Wokingham, Berkshire, UK and has arisen following an increase in workload / growth.


The role of Associate, Proposal Budget Development is responsible for driving the budget development life-cycle from customer need identification, through budget preparation and submission. 

A key success factor will be the creation of accurate and appropriately resourced budgets which profitably meet customer product development needs.

This is a busy and varied role with key accountabilities as follows:


  •  Effective collaboration with the proposal development team to meet deadlines 
  • Prepare proposal budgets to support the acquisition of new business


  •  Promotes commercial and operational success through collaboration with operational departments to ensure appropriate resourcing and budget development:
  •  Manages aspects of the trial budget process including trial cost analysis, final study budget development including Out of Pocket and FTE costs
  • Effectively interfaces with the Project Planning group, the Contract Development group, Global Project Managers, and Regional Project Managers to achieve a successful study management team model.
  • Proactively builds and maintains internal and external relationships that support the gathering of business intelligence to support financial & specific operational activities.

Supports new business acquisition with proposal preparation:

  •  Effectively manages the budget development life-cycle from customer need identification, through proposal preparation and submission
  • Analyzes customer service needs received in study specification sheets, protocols, case report forms and other supporting information used to prepare proposals (Request for Proposal (RFP) information); identifies discrepancies and works with Business Development to obtain the data or, if none are available, makes reasoned assumptions
  • In collaboration with Proposal Strategist, manages the dissemination of initial RFP information to relevant stakeholders and contributors; sets up costing meeting; directs costing meeting(s) to ensure complete review of RFP by appropriate operational attendees, discussion of resourcing needs, and thorough understanding of customer objectives
  • Assigns responsibilities to appropriate stakeholders and contributors, sets budget development schedule, coordinates and collates input to meet proposal production timelines; identifies, assess, resolves and/or escalates issues as needed
  • Prepares appropriate resource/service fees using algorithms and electronic spreadsheets, which may also include assisting in departmental reviews, updating initial estimates, analyzing final costs and providing feedback to appropriate stakeholders for input
  • Provides technical guidance and training to operational employees to ensure consistency in preparation and interpretation of cost estimates
  • Prepares service descriptions and budget assumptions using proposal template
  • Provides face-to-face, written and telephone contact with representatives from pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical device companies, when requested

For team success:

  •  Supports Business Developers in maintaining client relationships and assists with the coordination of client interactions with Premier Research, when requested;
  • Provides technical guidance and training to operational staff members to ensure consistency in preparation and interpretation of cost estimates


  •  Participates in corporate initiatives and actions which ensure the continued success of the company
  • Other activities as designated

 Education, Skills & Competencies:

  • Undergraduate degree or its international equivalent preferably in the Sciences or Business Administration/ Marketing, from an accredited institution
  • Previous relevant industry experience
  • An understanding of CRO services, including knowledge of the processes and procedures for conducting a clinical trial, to ensure the production of an appropriate budget for inclusion in the proposal
  • General knowledge of clinical trial management services
  • Excellent writing capabilities
  • Good mathematics skills, including ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages; and the ability to apply basic concepts of accounting and finance
  • Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office suite, including Excel and Word
  • Knowledge of web based communication tools for conferences
  •  Excellent team player, collaborative and able to work in an effective team environment
  • Ability to multitask and work effectively in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills, able prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Accountable, dependable and strong commitment.
  • Customer service focused in approach to work both internally and externally.
  • Maintains a positive, results orientated work environment
  • Excellent communication skills.

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Contact Information:

Address:  European Headquarters
1st Floor,
Rubra 2
Mulberry Business Park,
RG41 2GY
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Tel:  +44 (0) 118 936 4000
Fax:  +44 (0) 118 936 4001
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