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Life Sciences

October – December 2014

Hotspots

CRAs and SCRAs – Good quality CRA and SCRA professionals with multi-site independent monitoring experience within pharma or CRO (contract research organisations) environments continue to be in demand. CROs are still willing to sponsor excellent candidates in such job functions. Contract opportunities still drive the clinical landscape within pharma at all levels with permanent opportunities available within the CRO space.

Regulatory Affairs Associates and Senior Regulatory Associates – There is still consistent demand within the regulatory affairs space for associates and senior associates both in pharma and medical devices. In particular demand but limited supply are candidates with experience registering new prescription medicines with innovator companies.

Brand Managers Oncology – There are a number of new drugs looking to launch in the market as well as some global pharmaceutical organisations entering the Australian market. This is creating demand for Brand Managers.

Commercial Analysts – Companies are looking for growth opportunities and want to closely analyse their competitors in order to protect their market share.

Business Development Managers – Employers are recruiting commercially experienced Business Development Managers to assess new business opportunities, be it a partnership arrangement, distributor model, joint venture or merger and acquisition. This is becoming a key focus for businesses of all sizes, in addition to their pipeline of new products.

Trends

The demand for experienced specialist sales representatives has increased due to global pharmaceutical companies launching in the Australian market and the rise in oncology pharmaceutical drugs and the niche rare disease markets.
We continue to see mergers and acquisitions within the pharma, medical device and biotech industry. Big pharma continue to outsource clinical functions with the co-sourced model growing within some global CROs.

Contract opportunities still drive the clinical landscape within pharma at all levels, with permanent opportunities available within the CRO space.
 

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