CDMO

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The key to hiring smart for your CDMO 

Let’s say you’re the HR lead or even a recruiter for a CDMO, and you’ve just been tasked to find a Ph.D. with supervisory experience in biologics. According to your CEO and the project set in front of you, the candidate should understand viral vectors well enough to teach it to a staff -- and […]

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The Innovation Bonus of Hiring a Competitor

At my firm, we’ve known for a long time the value that experience earned at one pharmaceutical company can have on the next pharmaceutical company that hires an executive. It’s the primary reason why we keep such close tabs on the candidates we connect with and the ones we place. We try to maintain these […]

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Can you be too careful when hiring?

It’s good to be careful, but can you be too careful when you hire? It’s a trend that’s increasing today across all industries, even as hiring becomes more competitive, and it holds true whether you're hiring executive candidates or people on the front line. And, warning, it may not be ideal for your employer brand. […]

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The Key to Hiring a New Leader for Your Pharmaceutical, 2019 edition

We have a pretty good idea of what motivates a leader in the life sciences industry to move to a new opportunity because we hear it directly from them during interviews. But most of our discussions are informal. We decided it was time to get a more official temperature on what drives executive candidates, particularly […]

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Culture More Important Than Compensation to Executive Candidates

Hiring survey indicates executives candidates are less driven by how much you’ll pay them and more concerned with how they’ll fit into your company What’s the number one thing on the mind of executive candidates interviewing for a job at your company? It’s your company culture. Those were just some of the findings in a […]

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4 Must-Haves for Talent Acquisition in CDMO

I just finished drafting a search and research plan for another CDMO role. I’ve done so many recently that it’s feeling like habit. CDMO is hot right now. It’s where talent is wanted and top executives are going. You’ll see the proof on our website (check out the Current Projects/Openings section), in the news, almost […]

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REPORT: Biologics and CDMO, Talent Outlook 2019

Outlook: Talent acquisition in CDMO and biologics, 2019 Roles in high-demand: biotechnologists, geneticists, quality assurance, analytical development, process development, technical operations, market intelligence, c-suite, executive committee Technological background: Operations, Development, Manufacturing, Validation plus Regulatory expertise: Experience obtaining approvals in multiple regions Skills and traits: Leadership, Strategic and creative vision, extensive personal networks, project management skills […]

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Key selection criteria for a successful executive search

If you don’t know what “key selection criteria” is, it’s simply the skills, attributes, knowledge and qualifications that you believe a job candidate needs to succeed in a role. In theory, you’d find someone who meets all of it, make an offer, and take off running. Except when it’s an executive role you need to […]

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Confidentially Replacing an Executive: The 5 Step Plan

I got a call from a life sciences firm a few years ago. They had a brilliant Controller, but the cultural fit was all wrong and it was affecting everyone around her. Problems were quickly escalating between her and the CEO. She had to go. The problem was that the Controller hadn’t been with the […]

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Why every recruiter should know too much

I spend considerable time reading. Paper is my medium of choice, but I read plenty of digital publications and newsletters, too. I spend a portion of each day snapping photos of great print articles and sending them to my team or forwarding today’s newsletter. I’m not alone — when you’re an executive recruiter, it’s almost […]

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