CRAs – There is a real shortage of good quality candidates willing to work within a CRO environment. Limited roles are available in pharma, biotech and medical devices and most are contract. However, candidates often pursue these roles over CRO due to the perception that the workload is more manageable and the opportunity for cross functional work is increased. As the demand from sponsors on CROs increases, we are seeing a huge demand for candidates with at least two years plus independent site monitoring experience.
Regulatory Affairs Associates and Senior Regulatory Associates – There is always a shortage of experienced Regulatory Affairs candidates, particularly those with experience registering prescription medicines with innovator companies. We are also seeing demand for medical device registration experience.
Medical Affairs Associates and Senior Associates – There is an increased demand for promotional review experience within the medical affairs area in pharma. A number of companies have created teams specialising in this area.
Medical Science Liaisons / Scientific Liaisons – Companies are appointing a scientific resource to support their business and gain advocacy with key opinion leaders.
Medical Device Reps – With new products coming to market, companies are keen to employ candidates with like-for-like experience so that they can hit the ground running. An increasing number of roles now also require clinical backgrounds.
GP/Hospital Sales Reps – Employers continue to seek experienced pharmaceutical, hospital and specialist sales representatives with a proven track record in sales growth. As the market continues to evolve a greater demand is evident for Reps who adopt a key account management style approach. Gone are the days of the traditional coverage and frequency approach.
Experienced Product Managers – These candidates are sought in the pharmaceutical and medical device markets to manage new launch portfolios.
Sonographers and Radiographers – Medical imaging companies are always seeking Sonographers and Radiographers who want a career in the commercial world. Due to the technical nature of products, these skills are sought for specialist sales and applications roles.
Validation Engineers - There is a shortage of Validation Engineers in Australia and consequently many employers are considering overseas candidates to fill their vacancies.
The pharmaceutical and medical devices industry is stable. While organisations continue to lose products off patent, new indication releases and exciting new blockbuster products keep the market buoyant.
New roles are being created within CROs due to growth and the winning of new strategic partnerships following the outsourcing of clinical from pharma companies. Such roles include CRA/SCRA, Project Managers and Clinical Team Managers.
More companies are recruiting on a temporary basis, particularly 12 month contracts, as they struggle to gain headcount approval from their overseas global headquarters.
Due to increasing competition across products and devices, those candidates who can think outside the box and adopt an innovative approach to working are favoured. Employers also value candidates with the ability to think strategically and effectively implement successful business plans.