West Coast pharma company, director, regulatory affairs CMC hire

Proclinical Staffing our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 27/09/2021

West Coast pharma company, director, regulatory affairs CMC hire

Case study

The overview

Our partner, a leading healthcare company focused on innovative treatments within oncology, was seeking a director, regulatory affairs CMC. They partnered with us after 3 weeks of advertising the position independently with no relevant ad responses.

The challenge

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic at the time of hiring, candidates were hesitant to make a job move due to the uncertainty. Regulatory CMC is already considered a niche skill in the industry, and talent was limited within the San Francisco Bay area for candidates that had experience in drug development and approval processes (INDs, NDAs, MAAs) across all phases of development.

The solution

We spoke to several members of our partner’s regulatory team to gain a better understanding of how they felt the company was handling the pandemic in order to be able to ease any potential concerns of candidates, especially those not actively looking.

Initially, we provided a shortlist of 4 candidates in the San Francisco Bay area who matched the criteria on a technical level, but the company did not feel there was the cultural or team fit necessary for the position.

Our regulatory specialist on the West Coast coordinated with our regulatory specialist on the East Coast to expand the available pool and a further shortlist of 3 candidates who were willing to relocate was provided.

As the additional 3 candidates went through the interview process, we provided them with information surrounding relocation, schooling and housing to ensure they had all the information to help them make a decision if they received an offer.

As a result of the Covid- 19 pandemic, the whole process was conducted virtually.

The outcome

From the 3 candidates on the East Coast, one ticked all the boxes on a technical level and really hit it off with the team.

Once our partner had made that decision it was a seamless offer process.


Our candidate accepted the offer and had the following review for our West Coast Consultant:

“Thanks for helping me to land a Director Regulatory Affairs CMC role recently. With your professional coaching and step by step guidance, I was able to land the job within one month. I really appreciate your help and recommend you to everyone I know who is looking for a position. Thanks again.”