Andrew Yukawa is a Consultant in our San Francisco office. His willingness to both learn from his teammates and his generosity in sharing his own skills have made him a key member of our growing West Coast team.

What’s your role at ZoomRx?

As a Consultant on the Business Analysis team, I serve as a conduit of information and communication between our clients and our internal team. It’s my responsibility to take our clients’ primary business problems, translate those into addressable research questions, and ultimately deliver high quality, impactful insights and recommendations. A key part of that is serving as a connector between the various individuals on the project team, providing them with the context and confidence to carry out the action items we’ve defined for end-to-end project execution.

Considering your role, what types of skills or attributes would you consider important, especially those that wouldn’t be obvious to people?

A few things come to mind. First and foremost, this role requires adept problem solving. No two situations are the same, and you have to be flexible and adaptable to the changing circumstances when things turn south. My creativity, experimentation, and critical reasoning are constantly being tested.

Another important attribute is self awareness — understanding the unique value that you bring to the project, the context you may have, proximity to the client, etc. This allows you to prioritize and distribute tasks as well as impact results in a meaningful manner.

Having been at ZoomRx for almost two years, do you have a favorite project that you’ve been involved in?

One project that sticks out to me is working to expand our capabilities in the payer and market access space. This venture provided me and a few of my colleagues the opportunity to work closely with senior leadership and strategize around how to break into this market.

For me, this project is emblematic of ZoomRx, as it speaks to the ambition of the company as well as how we favor collaboration and entrepreneurship over organizational hierarchy. ZoomRx builds aggressively and has a distinct spirit of invention. It’s exciting to experiment, to break things, to fail fast and learn from your mistakes.

Are there any other standout moments for you during your time working here?

My first ZoomRx US team outing in New York City comes to mind. At the time, I was an Associate Consultant and had only been with the company for a few months. Being in NYC, collaborating with my project teammates, getting to interact with senior leadership in a more informal manner was a really transformative experience. I was able to not only establish personal relationships across the offices but also receive insightful advice from those who had already walked the path. This event was a springboard into so many other positive experiences here at ZoomRx and it had an exponential effect on my organizational integration and career progress.

What advice would you give others looking to pursue a career at ZoomRx?

Be incredibly open and honest when assessing your current skill set. Channel that into a willingness to learn and connect with team members who excel in areas where you have room for improvement. Our company cares deeply about mentorship, and this practice will lead you to becoming an agile team member and true business partner.

What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend?

Like everyone else, I’ve had to make some adjustments to how I spend my time on the weekends. Typically, I’d be playing a lot of pick up basketball and sharing meals out with friends. That being said, I’ve really been enjoying the outdoors lately — short walks around the neighborhood, hikes to picturesque views, picnics in the park, etc. I’ve also recently picked up golf and have been enjoying some book recommendations (A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami, most recently) from colleagues. Next step is to master my sous vide!

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