Healthcare & Life Sciences

General Requirements

  • Trend is towards hiring candidates with diverse backgrounds; however education and/or experience in the healthcare & life sciences sector is an asset.
  • If you do not have experience working in the sector, that is ok. However, consider volunteering at a hospital or community organization to gain these experiences which will be very important in the interview process.
  • Knowledge of the healthcare system in which you are conducting your job search, including current key challenges faced by senior leaders.
  • Ability to articulate your interest in the sector. Why do you want to work in healthcare and life sciences?
  • Strong business skills relevant to the functional area you are interested in. Try to include a healthcare-oriented project or assignment when completing the coursework in this area.  For example, design a launch strategy for a new drug for your marketing class if you are interested in a marketing role at J&J.  Or, consider an independent study project or internship in this area to build your portfolio and help you decide if it is the right fit.
  • Strong time management skills – roles in healthcare often require juggling multiple competing priorities.

Skills required

  • Healthcare and life sciences companies have all functional areas, so you can use your experience in other sectors to position yourself favourably for a role in this sector. There are roles in:
    • Consulting
    • Strategy
    • Operations
    • Finance
    • Sales & Marketing
    • Analytics
    • Supply Chain
    • Design
  • As mentioned above, a clinical background is not necessary.

Type of Jobs


  • Business development
  • Consultant, Digital Health
  • Consultant, Strategy & Operations
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Executive Resident
  • Strategy & Product Lead
  • Corporate Planning Intern
  • Clinical Strategy Analyst
  • Strategy Intern
  • Office of Strategy Management: Practicum
  • Product and Service Innovation Business Analyst
  • Operations & Strategy Analyst
  • Manager, Corporate Strategy
  • Program Manager, Global Business Transformation and Strategic Planning
  • Partnerships & Access Associate



  • Financial Analyst
  • Finance Manager, Programs
  • Finance Intern
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Senior Business Analyst


Sales & Marketing

  • Sales Associate, Medical Devices
  • Sales Representative
  • Sales Leadership Development program (J&J)


  • Associate Product Manager
  • Assistant Product Manager
  • Assistant Brand Manager
  • Marketing Associate
  • Brand Associate
  • Communications Manager
  • Marketing Coordinator


Operations/Process Improvement

  • Intern: Quality and Best Practices
  • Operations Intern
  • Process Improvement Co-Op
  • LEAN/Process Improvement
  • Quality Improvement Specialist
  • Quality & Performance Associate



  • Policy Co-Op
  • Policy Co-Op, Digital Health


Supply Chain/Procurement

  • Supply Chain Planning Coordinator
  • Sourcing Specialist


Project Management

  • Project Manager
  • Project Analyst
  • Special Projects Consultant



  • Team Lead, Business Intelligence
  • Data Governance Intern
  • Data Analytics Associate
  • Real World Evidence Co-Op
  • Senior Business Analyst
  • Clinical Strategy Analyst
  • Business Process & Data Analyst
  • Analyst, Portfolio Analytics & Reporting

Technical Preparation/Knowledge Building

Internal Resources



  • Canadian College of Health Leaders
    • The Canadian College of Health Leaders shares Rotman’s commitment to leadership development in the health sector.  CCHL and the Rotman School of Management hold a strategic alliance which allows students in the MBA/GEMBA-HLS programs to fulfill some of their requirements to earn the CHE designation while earning their degree.  To learn more contact Rosemary Hannam
  • Hatchery


Canada’s Health System

External Resources

  • Company websites and research via Wet Feet and Vault




Canada’s Health System


Ontario’s Health System


Social media

  • Suggest following:
    • @LongwoodsNotes
    • @UHNOpenLab
    • @Atul_Gawande
    • @HQOntario
    • @HealthyDebate
    • @HarvardHealth
    • @NYTHealth
    • @commonwealthfnd
    • @drbobbell
    • @ZaynaKhayat
    • @EricTopol
    • @picardonhealth
    • @markbritnell
    • @kevinsmithUHN
    • @TheAgenda






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