Contract development and manufacturing company, search for project managers

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Posting date: 13/03/2023
Contract development and manufacturing company, search for project managers

Contract development and manufacturing company, search for project managers

Case study

The overview

We partnered with a leading global provider of integrated CDMO services who had recently been acquired and was experiencing significant growth, so needed people with strong project management skills to join their team. We were initially contacted by the General Manager, as they were struggling to find suitable candidates and needed our help because another recruitment company had failed to deliver.

The challenge

After learning about the niche skillset our partner needed, we quickly realised the talent pool of suitable candidates would be fairly small and would likely require someone with a background in pharma manufacturing.

Our partner also needed help with their employer branding and value proposition as they had recently experienced many people leaving the company. We had to educate the market on the company’s vision and address any concerns candidates had about their high turnover.

The solution

We implemented a permanent contingent solution and were able to identify people with experience in product development and technical transfer at other CDMOs and CMOs. We also presented our partner with candidates in production roles that would have the knowledge and experience to do the job but lacked the project management skillset and would need training up.

The outcome

• We successfully filled all 3 project manager roles

• We were then asked to support our partner with several more roles across production, validation and quality

• Across a 12-month period we helped them to fill 18 roles, including Quality Operations Manager, Compliance Manager, Quality Associate, Senior Validation Associate, Production Manager, and Technical Operations & Continuous Improvement Specialist


“We entered a phase of winning many new international and sophisticated biotech clients that required more comprehensive project management. Clients come to us for personal interaction, so we needed technically astute project managers who also possess exceptional organisation and interpersonal skills. This wasn't an easy task, and we weren't always receiving the calibre of candidates required. I called Proclinical and briefed them on our challenge and journey ahead. They understood the brief, presented some great initial candidates which we proceeded with. Since then, Proclinical strongly supported us transforming our entire Project Management teams.

This also extended across Production and Quality Assurance as well. When writing this recommendation, the culture and calibre of the wider team is completely different compared with 18 months before. This comes down to who has been brought into the business and hats off to Proclinical for that support. They are true recruitment partners and I wholeheartedly recommend them.”