Top 35 Biotech Recruiters

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As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the healthcare space, there is significant demand for life sciences talent throughout the world. No longer the milieu of big pharma, many startups are offering attractive base salaries and incentives for top talent and additionally, new positions are being created as the demand for data scientists grows.

The advances of digital technology have added many opportunities that simply did not exist before, and new research into gene editing and other highly specialized treatments is set to explode.

All things considered, this situation has solidified a fertile platform for biotech recruiters, resulting in many new firms to choose from. The average industry growth is reported at more than 5.1 percent per year, the number of companies has grown by 5.2 percent, and the number of employees by 5.3 percent.

To illustrate the landscape of biotech recruiting, we’ve compiled a list of the top 50 biotech recruiters you should know about:

 

1.      Pact & Partners

Since 1987, Pact and Partners has dedicated their efforts solely to Trans-Atlantic life sciences recruiting. A global leader in executive search, their experience and insight are unparalleled, and their track record of success speaks for itself. Located in Boston and Paris, they leverage a proprietary international database that covers every field related to life sciences. Contact Pact and Partners directly to learn more.

2.      Advanced Clinical

With offices in San Francisco, Orlando, and Maitland, FL, Advanced Clinical specializes in clinical research and technology recruiting for pharma, biopharma, biotech, and medical device companies. Established in 1994, they now have representation in more than 50 countries worldwide.

3.      Allen-Jeffers Associates

A legacy recruiting company in the life sciences sector, Allen-Jeffers Associates was established in 1978. They continue to be a highly respected player in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and allied technology industry, focusing exclusively on executive search at the level of c-suite, board of directors, and senior contributor.

4.      The Bandish Group

Established in 1996, The Bandish Group covers a broad range of specialties in life sciences recruitment from clinical trial management to c-suite executives, contract positions, diagnostic, manufacturing, research, and much more. Headquartered in Warrington, PA, they have the distinction of being 100 percent Women Business Owned and are Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Certified. A key focus for Bandish is on building domestic teams for international companies.

5.      BattaliaWinston

Described as a mid-size executive search firm with an international reach, BattaliaWinston is headquartered in New York City but also has offices in most major markets in the United States. In business since 1963, their experience and insight lend legacy to the search for life sciences executive talent. They have well-established relationships with markets that include Europe, Asia, and South America, assuring their clients of well-rounded insight into world markets.

6.      Lennon Search Associates and Bio Partners Search Group

Specializing in executive, technical, managerial, and engineering placements for major life sciences and Fortune 100 companies, Lennon Search Associates was originally founded in 1988 as Hall Management Group. With offices in Virginia, Georgia, and North and South Carolina, company head, Bill Lennon, is also the founding partner for Bio-Partners Search Group, a firm focused exclusively on bio tech recruiting.

7.      BioPhase Solutions

With a specific focus on supporting companies in the state of California, BioPhase has three offices in the state, located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. They offer recruiting expertise in clinical research, scientific, human resources, managerial, and administrative positions within the life sciences industry.

8.      BioQuest

Specializing in practice areas that include medical devices, biopharma, diagnostics, digital health, consumer med, and health IT, BioQuest shows the most success in c-suite and board of directors placements, with strong results in sales, R&D, clinical, and regulatory positions. Their partnership with DiversifiedSearch gives them a global reach, operating in 35 countries around the world.

9.      BLG Healthcare Executive Search

With offices in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, BLG Healthcare Executive Search is one of the top life sciences recruitment providers to the European market. Their specialties are in the areas of medical devices, biotech, and pharmaceuticals and their experience and connections allow them to access top European talent wherever it lives.

10. Bowdoin Group

A trusted life sciences search firm, Bowdoin Group has offices in Boston, MA, and New York City. Established in 1994, they focus on leadership recruitment as well as other strategic positions, such as software and technology, FinTech, digital health, and biopharma. Known for their ability to deliver, their mission is to help companies meet the rapid pace of industry growth and place top talent where they will be most effective.

11. Compass Consulting Group

Compass Consulting is a boutique recruiter that focuses on placing high-level professional and senior-level leadership talent for pharmaceutical, biotech, molecular diagnostics, and medical products companies. Established in 2008, they boast a combined 65 years of recruiting experience and are known for their personalized service. They have offices in the San Francisco Bay area as well as in the mid-west and the Greater Boston area.

12. Cornerstone Search Group

Specializing in biotech and pharmaceutical executive search, Cornerstone Search Group describes itself as a “boutique” executive search firm focused on leadership and innovation. Located in Parsippany, NJ, they also maintain offices in Switzerland and offer both retained and non-retained recruitment services.

13. Corporate Search

Located in San Francisco, CA, Corporate Search focuses exclusively on executive and management positions across a range of life sciences niches, including biotech, pharma, and hospitals in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Many of Corporate Search’s clients come to them to fill contract and consultant positions for both short-term and long-term placements. Their market share in the United States is approximately 31 percent of the private workforce, making them a major player in this space.

14. Coulter Partners

Coulter Partners is a retained search company that sets itself apart with a strong emphasis on global networks and a very specific approach in terms of culture development. Their team boasts a deep scientific understanding and experience in the life sciences industry, focusing on building strong foundations through leadership. Headquartered in the UK, they also maintain a strong presence in Switzerland, Denmark, France, Germany, and Australia.

15. Critical Path Inc.

Focusing exclusively on biotech and pharma, Critical Path has been operating for more than 30 years. They work either on a retained basis or on contingency, tailoring their search to the specific needs of the client.

16. Donaldson Solutions

Donaldson was established in 2012 to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, but they also recruit for biotech, cell therapies, pharmaceutical engineering, and medical devices companies in the UK. With a 92 percent candidate acceptance rate and a retention rate of almost 80 percent, they are results-driven and willing to go the extra mile to ensure success.

17. Double Helix

A company that focuses both on recruiting and staffing, Double Helix supports companies of all sizes with diagnostic laboratory, biotech, healthcare, and clinical trial expertise. Located in San Jose, CA, they have strong competencies in software and compliance solutions.

18. Dunne and Associates

Founded in 2013, Dunne and Associates is recognized as one of the top recruiters in the country in medical device, molecular diagnostic, and pharmaceuticals in both the scientific and marketing and sales niches. Located in Greenville, SC, the company puts a strong focus on giving back.

19. HireLifeScience

Rather than a recruiter in the classic sense, HireLifeScience is an online tool and database for the pharmaceutical, life sciences, and biotech industry – somewhere between a job board and an AI-driven recruiting platform for both job seekers and companies looking to hire.

20. Hire Minds

Established in 1998, HireMinds recruits for a range of industry sectors, including healthcare and life sciences. Located in Cambridge, MA, they offer resume preparation, transitional and onboarding support to their clients and candidates alike.

21. Joseph Associates

Specializing in recruiting and staffing for the pharmaceutical industry as well as biotech, biomedical, clinical trials, medical device companies, and hospitals, Joseph Associates has been in business since 1986. Headquartered in Huntington, NY, they offer both contingency and retained search to best suit the client’s needs.

22. Kuhn Med-Tech

Since 1979, Kuhn Med-Tech has built a superior track record of success for small to medium-sized businesses and startups in the R&D, pharmaceuticals manufacturing, engineering, marketing and sales, clinical affairs, and quality control. Located in California, Kuhn serves companies throughout the world and has a well-established European network.

23. Life Science Partner

Founded by a former managing director at Korn Ferry and based in Atlanta, GA, LifeSciencePartner combines deep scientific knowledge with executive search expertise, focusing on medical device companies, healthcare organizations, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies. Their associates hold PhDs in biochem and biophysics, assuring clients of a quality recruiting experience.

24. Life Search Technologies

Located in Hunt Valley, MD, LifeSearch Technologies has been in business since 2002, securing biotech and analytical placements, executive opportunities in healthcare, and both private and public sector IT positions across North America.

25. Manning Personnel Group

Manning is a small, family-run agency headquartered in Boston, MA. Established in 1992, they began with a focus on the finance industry but have had some significant success in pharmaceutical, medical devices, healthcare, and biotechnology.

26. Meirxrs

Meirxrs is an international healthcare recruiting firm out of Glendale, CA. In business since 1992, they specialize in placements in regulatory affairs, medical affairs, clinical research, and quality assurance and are known for their promise to deliver three high-quality candidates within 21 days of engagement. They also work with consultants, apprentices, and recent graduates.

27. Phil Ellis Associates

Founded in 1978, Phil Ellis Associates specializes in biotechnology and biopharmaceutical placements and has built a storied reputation for their insight and knowledge as well as an efficient and professional approach.

28. Reaction Search International

A dedicated executive recruiter, Reaction focuses on biotechnology, healthcare organizations, clinical research, and the pharmaceutical sector. They have offices in most major centers in the United States as well as Hong Kong, France, Australia, Moscow, the UK, Canada, China, and Germany, serving clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies throughout the world.

29. Resource Management and Acquisitions

RMA Search has more than 40 locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific and, according to their website, can connect clients to a network of hundreds of executive search staffing experts all over the world to fill healthcare and biotech vacancies.

30. Dennis Partners

A front-runner in regulatory recruiting, Dennis Partners has been placing regulatory affairs professionals from the mid-management level to the c-suite since 2003. Headquartered in Dennis, MA, they are a certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

31. Kelly Services

As one of the world’s most recognized staffing firms, Kelly Services has been serving clients all over the world since 1946.

32. Korn Ferry

An executive search company with a global reach, Korn Ferry has more than 7,500 associates in 50 countries worldwide, offering a range of services from organizational and leadership development to succession planning and corporate culture building.

33. Lock Search Group

Based in Toronto, Canada, Lock Search Group was founded in 1983 and has several areas of focus in the life sciences sector including biotech, medical devices, clinical research, biologics, long term care, product launches, dental, and vision care.

34. Groom and Associates

For more than twenty years, Groom has been placing life science and pharmaceutical candidates in leadership and scientific positions for some of the world’s largest and most influential companies in the world.

35. Pact and Partners

Since 1987, Pact and Partners has dedicated their efforts solely to Trans-Atlantic life sciences recruiting. A global leader in executive search, their experience and insight are unparalleled, and their track record of success speaks for itself. Located in Boston and Paris, they leverage a proprietary international database that covers every field related to life sciences. Contact Pact and Partners directly to learn more.

 

The Mechanics of Conducting an Executive Leadership Assessment

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Executive leadership assessments are a way to gain valuable insight, not only into areas in which your leaders excel but also to those that need more attention. Whether you are applying leadership assessments to new hires or your current team, they are a highly beneficial tool that can improve your culture and identify raw talent that might not be immediately evident.

For the executive, having a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses can only support the efforts to become a more effective leader.

For the potential leader, gaining insight as to what areas require improvement will significantly reduce the risk of derailment.

Performance Vs. Potential

It’s important to note that assessing leadership potential is about the possibilities – not just the status quo at the moment. Performance and potential are two very distinct concepts. Just because an employee is a high-performer does not mean that he or she has strong leadership qualities.

The truth is, most companies don’t do an outstanding job of identifying leadership potential among their employees. Some choose their leaders based solely on their personal experiences with the individual, fortified with past performance reviews. One study, conducted by Martin and Schmidt (2010), found that 40 percent of all internal leadership promotions fail.

Though it can be a mitigating factor, strong leadership potential is not just about experience or tenure at the company; it is just as much about having the capability to grow and improve. Like all things, your business will ebb and flow. It makes sense that your executive leaders should have that capacity as well.

The difference between a high-performer and an executive leader has much more to do with agility than merely being able to perform key functions. As expectations increase, so do the challenges. Whereas a perfectly competent manager might get the job done, the executive would maximize the value of the task for everybody’s benefit. It’s the difference between short-term and long-term thinking. It’s the difference between a transactional and transformational approach.

Leadership Markers: Understanding The Mechanics Of Leadership

Executive leadership assessment is a multi-layered process. Assessment tools, either an established protocol or something you develop yourself, can be beneficial. Before diving in, however, you should have a good understanding of the principles that indicate leadership potential.

The result of extensive research and data collection, these seven attributes are widely viewed as reliable indicators of leadership potential:

  1. Strategic thinking, including the ability to deal with ambiguity.
  2. Interpersonal skills, including maturity, resilience, stability, and dominance.
  3. Adaptability, including the capacity to learn, learning agility, and willingness to accept feedback.
  4. Leadership skills, including the ability to manage, influence, and inspire others.
  5. Motivation, including engagement, drive to succeed, focus on results, risk-taking, and energy.
  6. Performance, including leadership experience and past performance.
  7. Values and knowledge, including cultural suitability, plus technical skills.

Leadership Assessment Tools

In terms of assessing these values, there is a multitude of tools you can apply to support your efforts. Assessments like CliftonStrengths, Hogan Assessments, and The Leadership Circle are among the top performers in this space. There are plenty more, but some individual research should be applied to determine which ones will be most appropriate for your culture.

All of these tools can be very helpful in determining suitability for a position. They address the seven markers listed above and give you a better understanding of how the candidate will perform. Even if you do not intend to place the candidate in a leadership position right away, it can give you some indication of what the future may hold and help you direct your mentoring activities appropriately.

These assessments can also be reapplied periodically to gauge the employee’s progress. Coupled with real-world exercises and honestly given and accepted feedback, these efforts can put the hard truths on the table. Once an employee expresses their desire to improve, it paves the way for trust, cooperation, and learning opportunities.

Executive Leadership Success

Leadership ascension is a delicate task. You will, along the way, invest a great deal of time and resources into ensuring you have the right person in the position. You may think you have the raw talent in-house, but are they truly ready for what you have in mind? Taking a systematic approach is critical to your success – and theirs.

To learn more about how we can help, reach out today.