Alex Philippidis Senior News Editor Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Their Job Includes Helping You Land Your Job in the Industry

Paul Strouts, global managing director for Hays Life Sciences, has pinpointed “The Five Hottest Life Science Jobs for 2017.” Two of the five are traditional R&D roles: research technician and senior researcher, especially in genomics and genetics. Two others are managerial roles: chief scientific officer and clinical project manager.

The fifth is more a category than a specific role—specialists who can fulfill critical skills gaps by applying skills beyond the master’s and doctoral degree graduates traditionally sought by Biopharma: “Mathematical and IT experience (are) coming high on hirers’ wish lists,” Strouts observed. “If you’re keen to break into this sector, now might be a good time to think about leveraging your existing experience.”

Greg Reh, U.S. and global life sciences sector leader for Deloitte, summed up several factors shaping how companies and their employees operate in the firm’s “2017 U.S. Life Sciences Industry Outlook.” Clinical and technical employees often work 24/7 on global innovation teams, aided by technologies such as cloud-based computing, robotics, and AI.

Significantly, Reh added, companies have begun switching from full-time employees toward part-time and on-demand or “contingent” workers such as contract employees, freelancers, and consultants.

“Some are considering employing a contingent workforce, even with the legal and regulatory challenges that come with it, to temporarily fill skills gaps on-demand and introduce more fluidity in recruitment,” Reh noted. “These developments and others call for new workforce-management models that recognize the advantages and challenges of an open-talent economy and the need to develop and retain employees with critical clinical, business, and technology skill sets.”

Those trends pose new challenges for Biopharma recruiters, who match employers with job candidates in significant portions of the industry.

Below is a list of 60 recruiters for Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical positions, unranked and listed alphabetically. That’s up from 50 firms last year, 40 in 2015, and 24 in GEN’s first recruiter list from 2013. Companies were included based on internet searches or publicly available online lists of Biopharma recruiters, but this list does not constitute a list of all Biopharma recruiters.

Listings include information furnished by the companies on their websites and other publicly available material, including their LinkedIn and Twitter pages and press announcements. Each recruiter is listed with its address, phone number, website, top executive(s), and year established.

Advanced Clinical

Address: Headquarters: 10 Parkway North, Suite 350, Deerfield, IL 60015. Additional offices in Maitland, FL; Providence, RI; San Diego; and San Francisco.

Phone number(s): (847) 267-1176 


Top executive: Leo Sheridan, CEO

Year established: 1994

Allen-Jeffers Associates

Address: 28512 Las Arubas, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Additional office: Nashville, TN, serving Eastern and Southern regions of the U.S.

Phone number(s): (949) 643-2146


Top executive: Bob Jeffers, president and founder

Year established: 1978

Apex Life Sciences

4400 Cox Road, Suite 200, Glen Allen, VA 23060; 38 additional offices in the U.S. and one in Toronto.

Phone number(s): Not available


Top executive: Peter Dameris, CEO of On Assignment

Year established: 2017, via rebranding of On Assignment’s U.S. life sciences businesses, Lab Support and Valesta Clinical Research Solutions.

Ardent Search

Address: 15/F Soundwill Plaza II–Midtown, 1-29 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong S.A.R.

Phone number: (852) 3628 3700


Top executive: Robert Hall, managing director

Year established: 2009

Artemis Staffing

Address: 1100 Moraga Way, Suite 103, Moraga, CA 94556

Phone number: (925) 284-8900


Top executive: Shellie Williams, CEO

Year established: 1990 (as Artemis Search); re-established 2013

The Bandish Group

Address: 1432 Easton Road, Suite 2B, Warrington, PA 18976

Phone number(s): (800) 881-9976 [US Only]; (267) 483-5233


Top executive: Jackie Bandish, managing member and founder

Year established: 1996


Address: Headquarters: 555 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10022. Additional offices in Boston; Chicago; Washington, DC; and Woodbridge, NJ. Life sciences practice group consultants based in Chicago and Woodbridge, NJ.

Phone number(s): (212) 308-8080


Top executive: Dale Winston, chairwoman and CEO

Year established: 1963

Becker Technical Staffing

Address: Headquarters: 312 Old Lancaster Road, Merion Station, PA 19066; Satellite office in West Hollywood, Florida.

Phone number(s): (610) 667-3010


Top executive: Renee Becker, president/CEO

Year established: 2008

Beckford Search Partners

Address: 12 Camden Row, Dublin 8, Ireland; 867 Boylston Street 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116

Phone number(s): +353 (0) 1 490 6270 (Ireland); (857) 263-3726 (Boston)


Top executive: Stephen Boylan, managing partner

Year established: 2014

Bio-Partners and Lennon Search Associates

Address: 611 W. Union Street, Morganton, NC, 28655; Additional offices for Bio-Partners in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Phone number(s): (828) 433-7058


Top executives: Bio-Partners: Conrad Taylor, founder; Bill Lennon, co-founder, and Fred Kaplan, co-founder. Lennon Search Associates: Bill Lennon, founder and president

Year established: 1988; founded as Hall Management Group

BioPhase Solutions

Address: 5405 Morehouse Drive, Suite 135, San Diego, CA 92121; 401 East Ocean Blvd, Suite 510, Long Beach, CA 90802; 140 Gregory Lane, Suite 190, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Phone number(s): (858) 552-2000 (San Diego); (562) 495-3200 (Long Beach); (925) 338-2377 (Pleasant Hill)


Top executive: Jeff Prekker, president

Year established: 2004


Address: Headquarters: 100 Mission Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94105. Southern California office: 27405 Puerto Real, Suite 355, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Partners with HTI, based in Neuilly sur Seine, France, for retained searches in Europe.

Phone number(s): San Francisco—(415) 777-2422; Mission Viejo—(949) 488-8018; Neuilly sur Seine, France (HTI)—+33 (0)1 46 24 14 00


Top executives: Roger Anderson, managing partner and co-founder; Karen Bertrand, partner, leader of firm’s biopharma and diagnostics practices, based in San Francisco.

Year established: 1985

Biotech Partners

Address: Headquarters: 1936 Weddington Road, Matthews, NC 28173; 605 SW 12th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Phone number(s): (877) 240-1362


Top executive: Ross Petras, president and executive search practice head

Year established: 2004

BLG Healthcare Executive Search

Address: Head office: Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 54 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Additional offices in Amstelveen, The Netherlands; Prestbury, U.K.; Vienna, Austria; and Zug, Switzerland

Phone number(s): +49 (0) 69 380 78 76 00


Top executive: Pim van de Riet, managing director and chairman of the board

Year established: 2011

The Bowdoin Group

Address: Headquarters: 200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4010, Waltham, MA 02451. Additional offices in Boston and New York

Phone number(s): (781) 263-5200


Top executive: Dave Melville, CEO and founder

Year established: 1994

Clark Executive Search

Address: 135 N. Ferry Road, PO Box 560, Shelter Island, NY 11964

Phone number(s): (631) 749-3540


Top executive: Ellen Clark, president

Year established: 1997

Clinical Medical Staffing

Address: Scheendijk 22-20 3621 BC Breukelen, the Netherlands

Phone number: 0346 215962


Top executive: Josée Marsille, managing director

Year established: 2016

Compass Consulting Group

Address: 4145 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Suite 102, Danville, CA 94506

Phone number(s): (925) 884-3811


Top executive: Brett Forrest, founder and managing partner

Year established: 2008

Cornerstone Search Group

Address: Mack-Cali Business Campus, 6 Campus Drive, Parsippany, NJ 07054

Phone number(s): (973) 656-0220; also in Switzerland at 41 61 508 7010


Top executives: Cliff F. Miras, co-founder & managing partner; Steven Y. Raz, co-founder & managing partner

Year established: 2000

Corporate Search

Address: 90 New Montgomery Street, Suite 1420, San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone number(s): (415) 684-1960


Top executive: Lori Perlstadt, CEO and owner

Year established: 1984

Coulter Partners

Address: 70 Gray's Inn Road London, WC1X 8BT U.K. Additional locations in Cambridge, MA; Newton, MA; Short Hills, NJ; Lyngby, Denmark; Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany; Basel, Switzerland; and Zurich, Switzerland

Phone number(s): +44 (0) 20 3167 0000


Top executive: Bianca Coulter, CEO

Year established: 2003

Critical Path, Inc.

Address: 130 Harbour Place, Suite 270, Davidson, NC 28036

Phone number(s): (704) 765-2650


Top executive: Karen Baldwin, president

Year established: 1995

Dennis Partners

Address: 323 Main Street West Dennis, MA 02670

Phone number(s): (508) 394-9700


Top executive: Jilma Sweeney, president

Year established: 2003


Address: 1296 Mayette Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

Phone number(s): (408) 390-6948


Top executives: Molly Ryan, founder and CEO; Ken Stineman, founder and CTO

Year established: 1997

Dunne and Associates

Address: Greenville, SC1

Phone number(s): (864) 735-8786


Top executives: Vincent Dunne, president

Year established: 2013

Exalon Search

Address: Globe Works, Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 3AE, U.K.

Phone number(s): +44(0)114 294 5239


Top executive: Thomas Spencer-Bancroft, recruiter and director

Year established: 2014


Address: Headquarters: 250 Euston Road London NW1 2AF. Additional offices in the U.S. and 30 countries.

Phone number(s): +44 (0) 20 7383 2266 (London)


Top executives: Alistair Cox, chief executive; Paul Strouts, global managing director, Hays Life Sciences

Year established: 1968 (as Career Care Group); 1986 (acquired by Hays plc)

Address: 62 Pine Drive, Roosevelt, NJ 08555

Phone number(s): (609) 308-2658


Top executive: Rob Masterson, president

Year established: 2004


Address: 222 Third Street, Suite 0350, Cambridge, MA 02142

Phone number(s): (617) 252-0606


Top executive: David Hayes, president and founder

Year established: 1998


Address: Boston area office at 26 Shute Path, Newton MA 02459; Research Triangle Park office at 215 North Pine Street, Suite 4705, Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone number(s): Not available


Top executive: J. Melissa Cooper, CEO

Year established: 2009

Joseph Associates, Inc.

Address: 229 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743

Phone number(s): (631) 351-5805


Top executive: Joe Nakelski, president

Year established: 1986

Kelly Services

Address: 999 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084-4782. Asia-Pacific HQ: 20 Anson Road, #05-01 Twenty Anson, Singapore 079912. Europe-Middle East-Africa HQ: 20 Avenue Edouard-Dubois – CP 48, CH – 2006, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Phone numbers(s): (248) 362-4444 (Troy, MI); +656709 3388 (Singapore); +4132 737 18 00  (Switzerland)


Top executive: Carl T. Camden, president and CEO

Year established: 1946

Korn Ferry

Address: Headquarters: 1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2600, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Additional offices: 19 in U.S., 7 in Canada, 2 in Mexico, 1 in Costa Rica, 11 in South America, 24 in Asia-Pacific, and 51 in Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA).


Top executive: Gary Burnison, CEO

Year established: 1969

Kuhn Med-Tech

Address: 27128 Paseo Espada, San Juan Capestrano, CA 92675

Phone number(s): (714) 944-9231


Top executives: Bob Jeffers, president; Larry A. Kuhn, founder

Year established: 1979

Life Science Partner

Address: 1230 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 3875, Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone number(s): (404) 920-2050


Top executives: Thomas H. Callaway, M.D., founder and president; Katie Barton, vice president

Year established: 2002

Life Science Recruitment

Address: 12 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2, Ireland; 145-157 St. John Street, London, EC1V 4PW.

Phone number(s): (+353) 1 685 4848 / (+353) 1 685 4545 (Ireland); (+44) 203 5828 290 (London)


Top executives: Francis Mulcahy, director; Brian Christensen, associate director, life science

Year established: 2007

Life Science Search Partners

Address: 145 S. Livernois, Suite 240, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. Interviewing offices: Boston, Dallas-Austin, Detroit (Troy, MI), Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham (Durham, NC), San Diego, and Toronto

Phone number(s): (888) 303-3960


Top executive: Ryan Goff, executive director

Year established: 2009 (A division of JMJ Phillip)

Life Search Technologies

Address: 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza 3, Suite 1001, Hunt Valley, MD 21030

Phone number(s): (410) 785-6313; toll-free at (800) 785-2144 


Top executive: Glenn A. Davis, president/CEO

Year established: 2002

Lock Search Group

Address: Headquarters: Suite 910, 405 The West Mall, Toronto, ON M9C 5J1. Additional offices in Canada in Calgary; Edmonton; Halifax; London, ON; Moncton, NB; Montreal; Ottawa; Quebec City; Saskatoon; Vancouver; and Winnipeg; as well as in Cambridge, MA

Phone number: (414) 626-8383 (Toronto)


Top executive: Richard Lock, president and CEO

Year established: 1983

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