Position: Principal

Job Summary

A key aspect of the Principal role is to support the continued growth of Medlior.

The Principal is responsible for overseeing the development and growth of the Medlior team, as well as managing new and current client relationships. The Principal reports to the Director and works collaboratively with other Principals to support a positive team culture, grow internal capacity, and seek new opportunities for Medlior to positively impact global health.

The Principal will work within the Medlior team to complete a variety of project-related tasks when needed, including, but not limited to, project management activities, liaising with clients, managing contractors and junior staff. Additionally, the Principal has responsibility for signing-off certain project deliverables.

The position requires work in both qualitative and quantitative research projects. Given the nature of the role, Principals need to be comfortable with shifting priorities, a variable workload and working within the constraints of tight timelines.

Job Requirements:

The job functions of the Principal include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Leadership tasks
    • Direct “non-billable” internal activities (e.g., supervise the development of proposals, pursue methodological advancements, supervise Research Leads, lead in-house training activities, etc.)
    • Participate in recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees
    • Coach and mentor junior staff
    • Provide and seek regular feedback from all members of project teams
    • Identify and pursue opportunities for business development
    • Support and lead marketing activities (including speaking opportunities at external events)
    • On a project-by-project basis, the Principal will either act as Project Lead or oversee a Research Lead acting the Project Lead. In so doing, the Principal is responsible for:
  • Project Tasks
    • Supporting the resolution of any resource/organizational issues raised by the Research Lead/Managers
    • Reviewing and approving project hours on Toggl
    • Reviewing and approving project timelines
    • Overseeing the project team and assigned tasks on Asana
    • Overseeing the work of junior staff and contractors, including delegating responsibilities, ensuring accountability, and reviewing contractor invoices and timesheets
    • Overseeing the effective use of project-related tools (e.g., Distiller, EndNote, ShareFile, Qualtrics)
    • Discussing and approving the project strategy with Research Leads/Managers
    •  Overseeing internal team communications
    • Leading or supervising internal and/or external meetings as needed
    •  Leading client communications regarding scope, budget, and timelines
    • Supervising or managing the project budget, timelines, and internal resources:
  • Reviewing and approving all project deliverables, ensuring all final outputs are accurate, valid, and reliable
  • Ensuring all client feedback has been addressed appropriately or flagged for discussion
  • Ensuring clear, concise, accurate, and meaningful interpretation, communication, and presentation of results
  • Identifying and discussing the need for scope amendments with the Director


  •  Requirements
    • Graduate degree in a health research discipline, ideally one requiring significant analytic or quantitative coursework 
    • At least 10 years of experience working in the field of health economics and outcomes research, ideally within the pharmaceutical/biotech industry or a related consulting firm
    • High-level proficiency with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Excel) to develop project deliverables/models 
    • Line management experience 
    • Experience in the UK or Canadian market access environments
  • Other Competencies
    • Ability and desire to work in an entrepreneurial environment, including willingness to take on responsibilities outside one’s typical scope of work, resourcefulness in lean team situations, and drive to work collaboratively to leverage internal expertise
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential 
    • Strong collaborative style and dedication to timely project delivery
    •  In-depth understanding of the perspectives and evidence needs of the numerous stakeholders involved in healthcare decision-making, including payers, HTA bodies and regulators, together with the commercial imperatives of clients 
    • Ability to demonstrate strategic insight with clients and project teams to gain their confidence
    • Ability to lead multi-disciplinary project teams and provide direct feedback on tasks completed to ensure high-quality deliverables within agreed timelines
    • Ability to motivate teams and demonstrate pride in the project deliverables
    • Ability to engage actively with clients to create opportunities for new or follow-on business 
    • Ability to provide appropriate line management to assigned members of the organization, provide constructive feedback, and identify training needs to support their development.

Person specification:

Key Competencies


Organization and time management

This is key. You will be continually asked to meet the demands of clients and of your team, all while working to tight timelines. You consequently need to be able to work quickly and efficiently, without compromising quality. 


Every project is a group project. Successes are shared, as are failures. You need to be the person who goes the extra mile for your teammates, and knows that when something goes wrong, there is a lesson in it for everyone.



You lead by example to deliver timely and high-quality work. You enjoy helping others get better at their jobs and know-how to effectively deliver direct feedback that empowers and motivates. 

Critical thinking and analysis

Your decision-making is logical, rational, and objective. You know you don’t know everything, so are good at asking the right questions to the right people.

Resourcefulness and initiative

You find ways over, around, and through barriers to success. You have examples of achieving results despite a lack of resources. You go beyond the call of duty and show a bias for action.

Creativity and adaptability

You are the type of person who gets energized by change, not frustrated by it. You like to generate new approaches to solve old problems, and like finding innovations to established best practices.


Your writing is good enough that you would brag about it to your friends, were it not a weird and awkward thing to brag about. You are also hot on spelling and grammar. Bonus marks if you’ve ever been described as a pedant. 


From communicating ideas to your team to presenting study results to clients, you organize and present information in a way that makes people sit up and pay attention. 


Deadlines can be tight, but you remain stable and poised under pressure. Comments on your hard work can sting, but you know they’re not personal. 


Every day is a school day. You recognize your own strengths and weaknesses, without getting defensive. You don’t rationalize mistakes or blame others.

Additional Information

Employment is contingent on the applicant’s confirmation of eligibility to be employed in Canada (i.e., a valid social insurance number and, if applicable, supporting documentation from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC]).  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are legally entitled, pursuant to IRCC’s requirements, to work at Medlior.

Candidates will be contacted via Medlior email to schedule first-round interviews. Please ensure to check your Spam or Junk Mail email folder to prevent missed communication, and mark the email as “not junk”.

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