Healthcare and Life Sciences

The healthcare and life sciences sector faces a landscape with overwhelming complexity, ambiguity and shifts in regulation and stakeholders – all with game-changing leadership requirements. Roles and strategies are being redefined as new career paths emerge and support functions turn to drivers of change. Finding innovative business leaders with a deep understanding of science, identifying gaps, up-skilling leaders and defining future leadership skills is essential for success in this dynamic sector.

Our specialists possess first-hand knowledge of the criteria for successful leadership making their perspectives and insight particularly valuable to clients. We have deep expertise in multi-country and global projects, and are highly successful and well known for our work specifically in emerging markets.

Our consultants acknowledge that information and market knowledge becomes most powerful when combined with the rigor of data and analysis. Our team has access to these unique insights gathered by tracking executive moves, conducting stakeholder surveys, analyzing the assignments we conduct every year and the many thousand candidates we identify every month.

We serve a wide variety of public and private companies from early stage start-ups to large public companies. The team operates on an integrated global platform, which always allows us to assemble the most appropriate team for every mandate and to not be geographically compromised. A significant number of our placements are cross-border candidates.

Our clients include a number of global life sciences companies in diverse sectors: 

  • Medical Devices and Diagnostics
  • Pharmaceuticals and Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
  • Research and Development
  • Healthcare Services
  • Biotechnology
  • Managed Care

To discuss your requirements further please contact

Dale Perrett: dale.perrett@novoexec.com

Novo's Healthcare and Life Sciences sector experts can help you identify & attract your next exceptional executive.

Biotechnology

Our team has experience working with research institutes as well as large public biotech, private equity and venture capital backed organizations. Our consultants understand both the leadership requirements and the talent landscape, from start-up executives and well-established public company scientists to top-tier board directors. We maintain an alert eye on the shifts in leadership and hiring patterns.

Recent research has indicated that biotech companies are outpacing big pharma in terms of sales growth, income, investment in R&D, and market cap growth during the past three years. The industry is also seeing a new leadership and talent development models with a number of acquisitions, alliances and in-licensing deals.

This explosive growth has led to an increased demand for executive talent with unique skill requirements of understanding science and leading and managing complex projects. Although the demand for talent has outpaced supply, biotech organizations have shown more ingenuity in accessing and hiring from a more diverse pool of talent sources ranging from academics, big pharma, CROs and consulting.

We leverage our expertise in skills and competency together with our team’s enhanced awareness of culture and context – these key components are critical when building high-performance leadership teams for our biotechnology clients.

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Healthcare Services

As with all segments of healthcare, the ageing population, health reforms and significant technological advancements continue to serve as key drivers of growth in this space and will continue to shape the future executives who lead it. Adding to the complexity of managing in this environment, poised leaders need to balance the rigours of various government regulatory bodies and high executive turnover. Combined, these market forces have placed a premium on finding best-in-class leadership.  

Hospital boards are made up of a diverse group of stakeholders, including physicians, employees, volunteers and community organizations. Our team’s specialty is guiding a search committee and board in recruiting executives who are not only good for today, but capable for creating a long-term strategy to manage through this change.

We have access to ‘best in class’ healthcare executives built through years of engagements with clients and candidates. This insight allows our team to identify succession issues, look at non-traditional talent pools, and recruit with an enhanced awareness of the cultural context of an organization.

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Managed Care

Novo serves a diverse group of clients, including health insurance, managed care and pharmacy benefits management, medical malpractice, reinsurance, group health benefits and risk management. We know from our work in the field that the leadership challenge is to create and communicate a new value proposition to healthcare providers and consumers.

Companies in these areas are competing for pre-eminence within an industry deeply affected by Medicare and Medicaid issues, as well as the rising costs of pharmaceuticals and technology.

Our team has significant experience in recruiting board members, chief executives, medical officers, finance executives, IT leaders,  legal and commercial leaders for some of the largest health insurers.  We also work in niche functions around provider networking, contract management, quality and product development.

Leadership across many healthcare industry channels are struggling with the transition of the healthcare marketplace from a provider-dominated, decision-making enterprise, to a consumer-directed, consumer-controlled system. Managed care organizations will take the lead in reforming healthcare delivery and having the right leadership is critical to how they utilize this opportunity.

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Medical Devices and Diagnostics

The growth within this industry has been fuelled by burgeoning home healthcare services for aging populations as well as by new therapies, procedures and diagnostic tools. The executives who are charged to lead these highly technical industries need to possess skills that are quite different from other sectors.  Our team understands that innovation and technological mastery are essential elements, complimented by a thorough and practical knowledge of reimbursement and outcomes criteria that is necessary to run a successful medical technology business.

Pharmaceuticals and Contract Research Organizations

Our team believes that while innovation still remains a foundational requirement for the future, so does a coherent plan on how best to lead the business and people towards a common objective. New leaders need to have strong relationship and influencing skills to align and integrate competing interests of complex stakeholder groups. With the constant pressure for growth, leaders with the ability to inspire, engage and drive high performance from their teams are currently in short supply.

We work extensively with the ‘big’ pharmaceuticals companies, but also have considerable experience in placing transformational leaders at specialty pharma, local and transnational generics, consumer healthcare, drug development centers and start-up organizations.

The pharmaceuticals industry today is in a transition phase. As organizations rush to adapt to changing business models and address key industry issues (patent cliff, generics, shareholder value, return on R&D, health reforms, Rx to OTC conversions, market access), they often overlook the people who are responsible for bringing in these changes – the leaders capable of taking them in the future.

However, what happens when transformation itself becomes an area of concern? How can organizations transform if the ‘drivers of change’ are not prepared for change? Our experts help clients mitigate these risks through recruiting, developing and retaining the talent that is able to address this imperative.  Our consultants come from industry, academics and consulting backgrounds with many possessing medical and scientific qualifications. We align with clients in all major markets of the world and have significant experience in global assignments and emerging markets.

Our global reach ensures that while global trends impact local talent strategies, individual markets also learn from each other’s experience as they navigate through this maze. An unduly centralized or inappropriately decentralized model of leadership disconnected from the realities of the market place is no longer valid.

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Research and Development

We believe that difficult questions must be addressed around the current R&D leadership in place, as well as the profile of the next generation of leaders required to successfully drive this change:

  • How should R&D success be defined beyond the “blockbuster” model?
  • What are the hallmarks of a successful R&D organization and culture? How do we compare?
  • How do we develop the R&D leaders of tomorrow?

Our work encompasses traditional roles in drug discovery and development, clinical strategy and operations, medical affairs, drug safety and compliance, quality and regulatory, as well as upcoming functions in translational and quantitative sciences, personalized medicine and genetics. We also specialize in senior R&D leadership roles including Chief Scientific Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Head of Discovery Research, Head of Clinical Development and Head of Regulatory.

We develop a deep understanding of key leadership trends in R&D and medical leadership through proprietary surveys and proactive talent mapping projects. This rigor in data generation and analysis is supplemented by direct conversations with industry leaders on a wide range of topics.

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Sector Clients

  • Animal Care
  • TEVA Pharmaceuticals
  • GSK
  • Smith & Nephew
  • OCT

Current Roles

We have recently successfully fulfilled numerous roles in this sector.
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Divisional Director

Salary: Attractive Package

Summary Our client is one of the UK’s largest healthcare groups providing solutions and services to health and social care systems and the life sciences industry. The company’s vision is to be the leading global healthcare solutions partner. People are always at the very heart of what they do – delivering excellent service to clients, employees, candidates, patients and service users. They combine their flexible, professional workforce with technology and process management to create new delivery models working together for a better future. We are working…

Operations
Sales/Business Development
Strategy/Planning

Life Science

Manchester, Greater Manchester (GB)

Job Ref No: DD RM 11/21

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Managing Director (Manufacturing Sector)

Salary: Circa £100,000 Salary with Flex + Benefits

Our Client Our client is a fast-pace privately owned niche manufacturing business in Lancashire. This customer centric company has developed a team of excellent senior management with established market and product knowledge plus proven backgrounds in manufacturing. The business provides first class support to clients on the Commercial, R&D, Regulatory, Operational and Logistical side of matters. The company’s manufacturing is to the highest industry practices, as they supply a broad range of retailer and brand owners in multiple category sectors. The business…

CEO/MD

Life Science
Manufacturing

Preston, Lancashire (GB)

Job Ref No: MD GW 11/21

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Operations Director (Care Services)

Salary: £80,000 Base Salary + Package Benefits

Company Our client is a really interesting start-up care provision company in Central Bedfordshire with ambitious growth plans. These include new-build care homes and an exciting new concept for the area - a ‘care village’ which will incorporate a care home, extra care housing and short breaks facilities. Further new care schemes will come on stream in the following years and this business will be central to their successful delivery and operation. The company will operate care facilities and deliver care services in Central Bedfordshire. Focusing primarily on…

Operations
Board Director/Partner

Life Science

Bedfordshire (GB)

Job Ref No: GWCare1 09/21

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Head of Marketing & Communications (Care Services)

Salary: Competitive Base Salary + Package

Company Our client is a really interesting start-up care provision company in Central Bedfordshire with ambitious growth plans. These include new-build care homes and an exciting new concept for the area - a ‘care village’ which will incorporate a care home, extra care housing and short breaks facilities. Further new care schemes will come on stream in the following years and this business will be central to their successful delivery and operation. The company will operate care facilities and deliver care services in Central Bedfordshire. Focusing primarily on…

Marketing
Manager/Team Leader

Life Science

Bedfordshire (GB)

Job Ref No: GWCare2 09/21

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Operations Director

Salary: Competitive Package

Summary Our client is one of the UK’s largest healthcare groups providing solutions and services to health and social care systems and the life sciences industry. The company’s vision is to be the leading global healthcare solutions partner. People are always at the very heart of what they do – delivering excellent service to clients, employees, candidates, patients and service users. They combine their flexible, professional workforce with technology and process management to create new delivery models working together for a better future. We are working…

Operations
Strategy/Planning

Public Sector
Life Science

Midlands (GB)

Job Ref No: OD RM 09/21

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Interim Operations Manager

Salary: Competitive day rate to attract the best

Interim Operations Manager Our client provides a range of analytical testing services to clients across multiple industries. They are a global business with 50,000 employees, 800 laboratories across 50 countries working across food, environmental, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products testing.  It is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, advanced material sciences and for supporting clinical studies. In addition, they are one of the key emerging players in specialty…

Operations

Life Science
Manufacturing

Surrey (GB)

Job Ref No: SM IOM 05/21

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Interim Project Manager

Salary: Competitive day rate to attract the best

Our client provides a range of analytical testing services to clients across multiple industries. They are a global business with 50,000 employees, 800 laboratories across 50 countries working across food, environmental, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products testing.  It is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, advanced material sciences and for supporting clinical studies. In addition, they are one of the key emerging players in specialty clinical diagnostic…

Manager/Team Leader

Construction and Property
Life Science

Livingston, West Lothian (GB)

Job Ref No: SM IPM 05/21

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group Associate Lay Member/Non-Executive Board Member An opportunity to help support and contribute to the future of healthcare in Hertfordshire and West Essex. Our client is seeking to appoint an Associate Lay Member, Non-Executive who is willing to learn and develop their Board skills and to contribute to the development of an Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) in west Hertfordshire. This is an exciting developmental opportunity for an Associate Lay member to work alongside the CCG’s four Lay Members, helping to provide…

Non-Executive Director
Strategy/Planning

Life Science

Hertfordshire (GB)

Job Ref No: DP HV

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Director of Finance and Transformation

Salary: Competitive salary plus bonus

St Monica Trust is a £500M charitable foundation that provides specialist care and support for older people through a unique blend of welcoming retirement villages and specialist care homes across Bristol and North Somerset. Putting people at the heart of the Trust’s work has always been what matters most and it’s this approach that has led to it becoming nationally and internationally recognised as experts in care. The aim is to consistently improve the quality of these services and, at the same time, increase the scale and range of donations that the…

CFO/FD
Finance/Risk
Board Director/Partner

Life Science

Bristol (GB)

Job Ref No: PT SMT FD 11/20

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Director of Nursing Homes

Salary: Competitive

St Monica Trust is a £500M charitable foundation that offers specialist care and support for older people through a unique blend of welcoming retirement villages and specialist care homes across Bristol and North Somerset. Putting people at the heart of the Trust’s work has always been what matters most and it’s this approach that has led to it becoming nationally and internationally recognised as experts in care. The aim is to consistently improve the quality of these services and, at the same time, increase the scale and range of donations that the…

Board Director/Partner
Operations

Life Science

Bristol (GB)

Job Ref No: PT SMT NH 11/20

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Director of Programme Management - New Product Development (NPD)

Salary: Salary to £120,000 plus generous executive package

Our client is a global health technology company. It develops and manufactures devices world-wide, and is a leader in its field. Headquartered in the UK, it employs over 15,000 people in over 90 countries. One of their main business units (c.$1bn revenue), with manufacturing in UK and China, focuses on wound care products. R&D investment into this business is significant and proportionally greater than other business units within the Group. In particular, the focus on research and innovation is high with the intention to introduce disruptive technology across the…

Manager/Team Leader
Product/Service Development

Life Science
Technology

Yorkshire and the Humber (GB)

Job Ref No: JH PMO NPD 9/20

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Marketing Director (B2C or B2B experience)

Salary: Package to £150,000

Our client is a Division of a larger Group that invest in the development of housing and healthcare infrastructure; creating new communities that protect the personal and financial well being of their homeowners. They design and purpose-build their own private homes to ensure they are beautiful and comfortable to both live and work in, as well as delivering absolute efficiency to run and maintain. They strive for outstanding in everything they do and build strong, innovative partnerships with healthcare experts to ensure they remain at the forefront of the latest…

Sales/Business Development
Strategy/Planning

Life Science
Construction and Property

Bournemouth

Job Ref No: MD-DP10/19

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Operations Director Hospitality

Salary: Executive package

The Company Our client is a fast-growing division of a very well established and successful Group of companies. The Group is a property development and services provider of high-quality communities and healthcare in the elderly sector. Our client designs, builds and manages exceptional quality, new affordable homes. They then provide healthcare, lifestyle and financial services that help customers enhance and protect their personal and financial well-being.  Their new approach is redefining retirement living and making a real difference to the lives of older…

Operations
Strategy/Planning

Life Science
Construction and Property
Sports & Leisure

Bournemouth, Dorset

Job Ref No: LOP_DP 12/18

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Sales and Marketing Director

Salary: Executive package

The Company Our client is a fast-growing division of a very well established and successful Group of companies. The Group is a property development and services provider of high-quality communities and healthcare in the elderly sector. Our client designs, builds and manages exceptional quality, new affordable homes. They then provide healthcare, lifestyle and financial services that help customers enhance and protect their personal and financial well-being.  Their new approach is redefining retirement living and making a real difference to the lives of older…

Marketing
Sales/Business Development
Strategy/Planning

Construction and Property
Life Science
Sports & Leisure

Bournemouth, Dorset

Job Ref No: SMD-DP 10/18

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Operations Director (Life Care Services)

Salary: Executive package

The Company Our client is a fast-growing division of a very well established and successful Group of companies. The Group is a property development and services provider of high-quality communities and healthcare in the elderly sector. Our client designs, builds and manages exceptional quality, new affordable homes. They then provide healthcare, lifestyle and financial services that help customers enhance and protect their personal and financial well-being.  Their new approach is redefining retirement living and making a real difference to the lives of older…

Board Director/Partner
Operations
Strategy/Planning

Construction and Property
Life Science

Bournemouth, Dorset

Job Ref No: LOP_DP 10/18

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Key Account Manager

Salary: Exceptional package to attract the best

Our client is a market leader in the exciting world of quantitative mass spectrometry. Their instruments have been critical in the research, development and launch of nearly every major pharmaceutical product for the last 20 years. As their account portfolio evolves they have significantly invested in their product offering and are targeting the high-growth area of Biopharmaceuticals. The Key Account Manager will have the opportunity to leverage a diverse array of products with significant installation base in these key accounts, manage relationships to gain understanding…

Sales/Business Development
Strategy/Planning

Life Science

Cheshire / Flexible

Job Ref No: SM KAM 08/18

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager

Salary: Excellent package

The Company Our client is a well-established, dynamic and fast growing international medical devices business. This is a particularly exciting time for this multi award winning, business as it continues to build on its success and growth. There are significant opportunities for our client to further develop its capabilities, products, export markets and continue to lead in the marketplace internationally. This appointment will enjoy significant levels of autonomy and responsibility. The successful appointee will lead the regulatory teams and working with the executive…

Manager/Team Leader
Finance/Risk

Life Science

West Midlands

Job Ref No: SRAM 08/18

This job has now been successfully concluded.

General Counsel

Salary: £90,000 plus benefits and options

Background: In 2017 UK investment firm Kingsley Capital Partners (“KCP”) launched Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (“OCT”). OCT is a biopharmaceutical company established to combine cannabinoid medicine with world class scientific research. Over time OCT will look to develop research into cutting edge medical therapies. For more information on the company, please visit www.oxcantech.com.  To further strengthen the team, OCT is looking to appoint a General Counsel with the ability and ambition to contribute to all aspects of this dynamic…

Legal/Company Secretarial

Life Science

London (Greater)

Job Ref No: PT GC 7/18

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Regulatory Affairs Director

Salary: Excellent package to attract the best

The Company Our client is a well-established, dynamic and fast growing international medical devices business. This is a particularly exciting time for this multi award winning, business as it continues to build on its success and growth. There are significant opportunities for our client to further develop its capabilities, products, export markets and continue to lead in the marketplace internationally. This appointment will enjoy significant levels of autonomy and responsibility. The successful appointee will lead the regulatory teams and working with the executive…

Board Director/Partner

Life Science

North West

Job Ref No: RAD-DP 07/18

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Marketing Director

Salary: Executive package

The Company Our client is a well-established plc and market leading healthcare and pharmaceutical business. It operates internationally out of its headquarters in York. The business is enjoying considerable growth and opportunities for expansion. This is an exciting new opportunity to appoint a new Head of Marketing to join the Senior Management Team. Main Purpose of the Role The Head of Marketing will bring strong and dynamic leadership to the marketing team. This senior level appointment will play a key part in strategically developing the marketing plan and then leading…

Board Director/Partner
Marketing

Life Science
Marketing

Yorkshire

Job Ref No: MrkgDir DP 06/18

This job has now been successfully concluded.

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