We’re recruiting at The Planning Shop and we have a number of great positions to fill. If you’re looking for any of the following roles, check out our career’s page to find out more:

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We’re pleased to announce the arrival of seven new team members at The Planning Shop bringing a wealth of talent, expertise and a passion for healthcare to our Company.

Meet Helen Cosby, Rakesh Thomas, Natalie Kelleher, Rosie White, Brinda Vyas, Vikas Patel and Josh Tahun.

Helen Cosby

Following a degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Leeds, Helen volunteered in Uganda, teaching sexual health to school children and youth groups. After an early departure due to the pandemic, she continued volunteering for the charity back home in the UK by identifying and reporting coronavirus misinformation online. Helen then began work in a pathology laboratory at a hospital where she prepared blood samples for analysis.

Helen looks forward to working at THE PLANNING SHOP where she can expand on her learnings about disease and drug development.

Outside of the office, Helen stays active playing tennis and running. She has also recently taken up kite surfing on the Essex coast. She loves cooking and baking and can’t wait to get back to travelling when life returns to normal.

Rakesh Thomas

Rakesh joins The Planning Shop a Field Manager, where he will manage projects from start to finish. Over a decade ago, fresh out of the Army, he fell into an entry level client service role at a market research facility and has been hooked ever since!

Throughout his career, Rakesh has facilitated field management of all sorts of studies, from ad hoc focus group projects to studies that ranged across countries and multiple methodologies. He was able to hone his skills at large companies like Ipsos and FPG, managing high level recruits, as well as boutique market research shops like Red Lantern and Zebra Strategies, where he helped brand strategies develop best practices and develop their Operation SOPs.

Rakesh is a lifelong denizen of Yonkers, NY, and volunteers whenever he can for the city. He is also an avid book reader and loves a good night in playing board games and cooking for his family and friends.

Natalie Kelleher

Natalie’s interest in healthcare research started with her BSc in Psychology and MSc in Applied Neuropsychology from Plymouth University and the University of Bristol. Her interest grew whilst she held the position of Medical Communications and Research Officer at Oracle Cancer Trust – a charity which funded research into head and neck cancer.

At The Planning Shop Helen is excited to broaden her research skills and delve into qualitative research.

In her free time, Helen loves to cook, travel, read and take part in outdoor adventure activities.

Rosie White

Rosie is a graduate of the University of Sheffield where she gained a BSc in Biomedical Sciences.

She has joined The Planning Shop after previously holding a position of Customer Solutions Specialist at Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Whilst studying, Rosie was a competitive gymnast at North Leeds Gymnastics Academy and was also the captain of her University team. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and cross-country running, netball and socialising with friends.

Prior to lockdown, Rosie spent her winter 2019/20 ski guiding in the Swiss Alps. After spending 2020 living in Leeds with her three siblings and parents, Rosie is excited to move down to London and explore what the city has to offer.

Brinda Vyas

Brinda attended Benedictine University for her Master of Public Health and MBA, after receiving her BSc in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Brinda has prior research experience from Benedictine University and was previously a Rehabilitation Aide at Athletico Physical Therapy Clinic.

In her free time, Brinda enjoys photography and volunteering.

Vikas Patel

With a love for healthcare, learning and the how’s and why’s of life, Vikas has joined us as a Research Executive. After recently graduating from Rutgers University with a MSc in Biomedical Science, and a BSc in Biology from Temple University, he is eager to begin a career in market research.

Prior to joining The Planning Shop Vikas worked at CRO, working extensively on COVID trials.

In his free time you will find Vikas listening to music, playing sports, on a beach (weather permitting), or hanging out with family and friends.

Joshua Tahan

Josh has joined The Planning Shop as a Research Manager after holding the title of Senior Research Consultant at Study Hall Research where he gained healthcare experience in both quantitative and qualitative research.

Josh attended the University of Tampa for a BSc in Marketing followed by an MBA.

At home, Josh is a father to a wonderful four-year-old and two Dachshunds.

Claire Macchia from THE PLANNING SHOP co-presents EphMRA webinar

Claire Macchia at THE PLANNING SHOP

On Thursday 20 May 2021, Claire Macchia – VP, North America at The Planning Shop – will be co-speaking at an EphMRA webinar titled ‘Qualitative Research Role Play Using Performance Practitioners’. Claire will be presenting alongside Bryony Thomas and Paul Thomas from PerPharmance, a company which challenges the boundaries of market research by using professionally trained, multilingual actors called Performance Practitioners (PPs) to explore and problem-solve business issues. 

During the webinar, Bryony and Paul will discuss the practicalities of using Performance Practitioners for healthcare market research including:

Claire will then walk through The Planning Shop’s experience of using PPs in an anonymised case study which focuses on HCP decision-making in a complex chronic therapy area.

Claire will talk about the deeper insights we gleaned, the real-world natural human conversations generated, and the live iterations, experimentations and optimisations that took place.

The webinar looks set to be an interesting session. As a showcase for this innovative approach to market research, it’s definitely worth a listen, especially if you’ve been considering experimenting with PPs.

If you’re an EphMRA member you can listen to the webinar here. (You’ll need to sign into your account.) The webinar will start at 13:30 – 14:00 BST / 14:30 – 15:00 CET / 08.30-9.30 EST.

Enjoy the session, and if you have any questions about The Planning Shop’s experience of using PPs, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

Thank you to everyone who took part in last year’s TPS annual Season’s Greetings Calendar competition.

We had a great response, receiving 631 entries in total! Amazing!

We’re pleased to announce the winners below (the names of which were drawn from a virtual hat):

R. Abaskharon
K. Van Belle
M. Goller
D. Leonard
H. Yoon
C. Dimitry
D. Glynn
S. Dietterich
S. Morley
C. Van Den Boom

We’ve also listed the answers to each puzzle below:

Day 1: Babylon Health
Day 2: Genealogy
Day 3: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Day 4: Cloud computing
Day 5: Apple
Day 6: Nanobots
Day 7: Social determinants of health
Day 8: Behavioural health disorders
Day 9: Elizabeth Holmes
Day 10: Virgin Coconut Oil
Day 11: Conference of the Parties
Day 12: Vaccine hesitancy
Day 13: Cookies
Day 14: Biohacking
Day 15: Track and Trace
Day 16: The Big Squeeze
Day 17: Inclusive design
Day 18: Supply chain
Day 19: Racial bias
Day 20: David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian
Day 21: Unsustainable inequality
Day 22: Elastic ageing
Day 23: Non-fungible tokens
Day 24: Sustainable health.

Finally, this year we promised to donate $1 to UNICEF for every correct puzzle entry we received. $631 will therefore be making its way to the charity. Thank you for contributing to this worthy cause by taking part.

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who got the correct answers throughout December! It was a pleasure to communicate with you in the run up to the Holidays.

Look out for the 2022 calendar later this year.

Our annual Season’s Greetings calendar is back and it starts today! We invite you to participate, and we hope you enjoy it as much this year as in previous years.

How does it work?

Click here to see the calendar, which starts today: December 1, 2021.

In the days leading up to December 24, click on the 24 windows and answer any (or all) of the puzzles for a chance to win one of 10 grand prizes, ranging from luxury food and wine gift baskets to champagne and chocolates.

This year, we’re also raising money for UNICEF. For every correct answer we receive (one entry per person per puzzle), we’ll donate $1 to this important charity.

Our puzzle theme this year is healthcare and humanity trends. All the puzzle types are anagrams, no vowels, and initials, as per previous years.

When you know the answers, email your entries to our Puzzle Team. Do this on the day of each puzzle (i.e., December 1, or December 2 etc.) or retrospectively until December 24.

The puzzle competition closes on Friday, December 24, 2021, at 23.59 (GMT) and is open to clients and contacts of THE PLANNING SHOP.

When we’re all back in January, we’ll draw 10 lucky winners from all the correct entries at random.  While only one entry can be received per puzzle per person, the more puzzles you submit entries for across December, the higher your chance of winning a prize! (T&Cs apply)

The winners and the answers to the puzzles will be announced on our website in January 2022.

Don’t forget to check the calendar every day to maximize your chances of winning a prize! Save the link to your bookmarks or favorites or look for it in the footer of THE PLANNING SHOP website.

Thank you for your support during 2021. We look forward to working with you again in 2022.

The 2021 Intellus Worldwide Summit starts today (April 8) and we’re looking forward to it! This year’s theme is about how to ADAPT insights, analytics and marketing for healthcare in a changing world:

How to ANTICIPATE the changes coming next
How to DISCOVER new knowledge
How to APPLY appropriate solutions
How to PARTNER to co-create and share learnings
How to TRANSITION and purposefully evolve.

It looks set to be a great virtual event where we’ll learn, increase our skills, and connect with our fellow members from the Intellus healthcare community.

Mary DominieckiDori SternJeremy Smith and Rebecca Rehder from The Planning Shop will be attending. Look out for them online if you’re attending too!

Find out more about the event here.

We’re pleased to announce two recent team member promotions at The Planning Shop, which is a great start to a New Year!

Leia Bagge promoted to Senior Research Executive

Promotion celebrations at THE PLANNING SHOP: Leia Bagge

Leia joined TPS in 2019 as a Research Executive. Since then she has consistently displayed her dedication to the job, thorough project management skills and quantitative knowledge.

She always searches for new opportunities to develop further, voluntarily taking the lead on client initiatives.

Outside of her core role, she also makes several contributions to the wider company: she is part of the Data Science Team, the Vibes Team and she supports/coaches team members on quantitative project management.

Well done on your promotion Leia!

Nick Baboolal – promoted to Senior Research Executive

Promotion celebrations at THE PLANNING SHOP: Nick Baboolal

Nick joined The Planning Shop as a Research Executive in 2019. He arrived with a can do attitude, great positive energy and a fresh perspective.

Nick is proactive and creative when generating insights. He has also been instrumental in various innovation projects and TPS initiatives.

Nick truly embodies our brand essence, fearlessly pursuing the unthinkable.

Congratulations on your promotion Nick!

Chela has recently joined The Planning Shop as a Commercial Operations Specialist.

Following a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Advertising and Market Research from Temple University, she held roles as a Senior Field Coordinator at Health Strategies Insights, and a Research Associate in Quantitative Field at MarketVision Research.

At THE PLANNING SHOP Chela will support and maintain our MIS as well as manage project related financial information. She will also act as the liaison between the Field, Finance and Operations teams.

Chela’s hometown is Elizabeth City, NC, however she is now local to the Philadelphia, PA area. In her free time, Chela loves to travel and has a goal set to visit every continent.

Please join us in welcoming Chela!

Season's Greetings Calendar Winners

Thank you to everyone who took part in last year’s TPS annual Season’s Greetings Calendar competition.

We had a great response, receiving 565 entries in total! Amazing!

We’re pleased to announce the winners below (the names of which were drawn from a virtual hat):

R. Elshazli
A. Alavi
L. Worlein
C. Dimitri
S. Eddington
H. Yoon
K. Fagles
D. Salmon
K. Iftoda

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who got the correct answers throughout December! It was a pleasure to communicate with you in the run up to the Holidays.

Look out for 2021 calendar later this year.

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) is hosting its 62nd Annual Meeting and Exposition this weekend (5 – 8 December 2020), and Jeremy Smith, (Senior Director, Client Strategy) from The Planning Shop will be attending.

Jeremy Smith to attend virtual ASH Meeting this weekend

Described as “The world’s most comprehensive hematology event of the year”, the meeting provides an invaluable educational experience and opportunity to review thousands of scientific abstracts highlighting updates in the hottest topics in hematology.

Jeremy is very much looking forward to attending and gathering knowledge about everything from immunotherapy in multiple myeloma, to improving symptom control for children with hematological malignancies, to managing toxicities of targeted therapies in CLL.

If you’re attending the event, we hope you enjoy it and find it useful. And, as Jeremy is looking forward to some online networking, so be sure to look out for him in any of the topic chat rooms.