Medical Communications

Medical Communications

Life sciences in the US and further afield is growing at a rapid rate. In addition to new levels of research and collaboration following the Covid-19 pandemic, the US spend on pharmaceuticals soared to almost $500 billion in 2022.

As life science companies expand and innovative start-ups enter the field, an increased number of Medical Communications opportunities arise. Finding the right people to fill those roles can be challenging if you do not have a trusted talent partner to do it for you. EPM Scientific will source and deliver the right people for the roles when you need them.

How we can help

For over 10 years, EPM Scientific has worked with world-leading life science companies as their preferred talent partner. We strive to source the Medical Communications talent you need, enabling you to grow your business in line with your goals. Whether you are looking for a professional to oversee a time-sensitive project, a team to run with your company goals, or you’re looking for your next career opportunity, we can assist with a variety of specialist talent solutions.

Medical Communications talent solutions

As a leading life science talent partner, we will handle the talent acquisition process for you, allowing you to focus on what really matters: achieving your company goals. We provide a range of talent solutions, including permanent, contract, and multi-hire solutions from our global hubs around the world.

A workforce that is adaptable, flexible, and responsive is essential in today’s fast-paced world. We deliver highly skilled professionals who are committed to your company values and will further your corporate mission and vision. Through our consultative approach, we gain an understanding of our clients’ hiring needs, which allows us to manage the process from source to hire.

As part of Phaidon International, we offer our clients a competitive advantage when it comes to sourcing talent. Our global teams tailor our solutions to deliver results and provide you with additional support including hiring tips, risk mitigation, interview techniques, salary guidance, and bespoke analysis.

Don’t just take our word for it

“EPM Scientific is a dedicated business partner with in-touch life sciences recruiters. They maintain effective communication throughout the staffing process with both their candidates and employers. The team is detail oriented, fast-paced, and efficient in their work. It is a pleasure to work with EPM Scientific and we are looking forward to the continued partnership in the years to come!”- Nick Dowback, Talent Acquisition, ClinicalMind

We currently have a number of consultants contracted through EPM Scientific and they are always on top of how things are going and looking for solutions when (potential) problems arise...Needless to say – I enjoy working with EPM Scientific very much and hope to continue our partnership in future.- Carlot Kruse, Medical Affairs Manager, Univar Solutions

“I’ve worked with EPM Scientific directly for the past several months, and I know they were behind the scenes working on our roles for long before that. I’ve enjoyed working with EPM Scientific, as they are diligent, easy to work with and to talk to, and great at ensuring they are aware of all of our recruiting needs.”- Jessica DiMaulo, Senior HR Coordinator Cello Health Communications

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We have over a decade’s worth of experience as a leading talent partner in Life Sciences & Pharma.


A vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, working with the world’s largest Life Sciences institutions, to take drugs, devices and therapeutic applications through from conception to completion.


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Medical Communications Jobs

Find your next Medical Communications role with EPM Scientific, spanning Account & Client Services, Project Management, Scientific Communications, Medical Editor, Public Relations, and more.

Medical Science Liason

Our client is a growing genomic solutions company specializing in the field of precision oncology that is looking for a Medical Science Liaison to join their team in Hong Kong. As a Medical Science Liaison, you will be responsible for providing product information, participating in medical lectures and discussions, managing professional relationships, and developing medical information across Hong Kong and Macau. Responsibilities Develop and Maintain Professional Relationships with internal and external customers to provide comprehensive medical and scientific support. Keep up-to-date knowledge of product applications and competitor data to ensure accurate and relevant information is communicated. Handle Clinical Application Inquiries and provide Medical and Scientific Advice. Collaborate with the marketing and sales teams to develop and update clinical materials that accurately reflect current scientific knowledge. Conduct training sessions for internal and external customers. Skills: MPhil, Master or PhD education in fields such as cancer biology, molecular biology, molecular oncology, genetics, translational medicine, or pharmacology would be preferred. For MD candidates, a minimum of 2 years of clinical practice experience in internal medicine, oncology, genetic medicine, or molecular pathology, with academic research experience preferred. A minimum of 2 years working experience in the healthcare industry (pharmaceutical, diagnostic, or medical device sectors) in roles involving educational activities, clinical trials, medical communications, or market development. Proficiency in scientific and medical communication, both verbal and written, in English and Mandarin is a plus. Experience in developing and reviewing medical information content. Good understanding of the legal and regulatory guidelines for companion diagnostics in oncology. If you are interested, please apply with your CV attached.

Hong Kong

Vice President, Health

VP of Public Affairs - Health This opportunity is with a public affairs firm that has locations across the US. The boutique agency works across multiple industries and is looking to expand their life sciences team. Their clients look to them for tailed solutions, guidance, and management of campaigns from the local to federal levels. *Pharmaceutical or Nonprofit Health work required* Responsibilities: Strategic Leadership: Develop and execute comprehensive PR strategies aligned with client objectives, leveraging research-driven insights. Team Management: Lead and mentor a team of PR professionals, overseeing day-to-day operations and project management. Client Engagement: Serve as a trusted advisor to clients, providing strategic counsel on communication initiatives and crisis management. Policy and Legislation Expertise: Monitor and stay up to date on policy and legislation movement on the Hill. Advise clients based on policy movement. Hill experience: Build relationships with politicians on the hill and other organizations to support client and agency goals. Content and Strategy Development: Oversee the creation of compelling op-eds, thought leadership articles, and other campaign materials. Strategize with the team and clients for campaign initiatives. Requirements: 7+ Years of experience working in public affairs with life sciences clients Strong knowledge of healthcare policy and legislation A bachelor's degree in a relevant area

US$150000 - US$200000 per annum
United States of America

Vice President, Continuing Medical Education

Title: Vice President, Continuing Medical Education An established company based out of New York is hiring a Vice President, Continuing Medical Education to join and lead their tenured team. Their ideal candidate brings over 10 years of educational program development and CME accreditation management. Responsibilities: CME program development ACCME management Maintaining New York certification standards for educational programs People management - must have strong leadership skills Management a peer-to-peer support program If you hold an MD, and are dedicated to patient safety and helping educate fellow physicians, please don't hesitate to apply. This is an on-site position based in New York.

US$200000 - US$250000 per annum
United States of America

Medical Director - Healthcare/Pharma Advertising

Job Title: Medical Director - Pharmaceutical Advertising (HCP and DTC) Company Overview: Join our dynamic team, a leading full-service medical communications agency dedicated to delivering innovative healthcare solutions. We specialize in creating impactful campaigns that resonate with both healthcare professionals (HCP) and direct-to-consumer (DTC) audiences, ultimately driving positive health outcomes. Position Overview: We are seeking a talented and experienced Medical Director to lead our medical team in the development and execution of pharmaceutical advertising campaigns. The Medical Director will play a pivotal role in ensuring the accuracy, compliance, and scientific integrity of all promotional materials targeted towards both HCPs and consumers. Responsibilities: Provide strategic medical guidance and oversight throughout the creative development process of advertising campaigns, ensuring alignment with brand objectives and compliance standards. Review and approve promotional materials, including print, digital, and multimedia content, to ensure accuracy, scientific validity, and compliance with regulatory guidelines. Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including account management, creative, and regulatory, to develop compelling messaging and educational content that effectively communicates key product attributes and benefits. Serve as a key medical resource for clients, providing scientific expertise, interpretation of clinical data, and insights into therapeutic areas and competitive landscapes. Stay current with industry trends, regulatory requirements, and emerging scientific research to inform and enhance advertising strategies and tactics. Mentor and support medical team members, providing guidance on medical content, regulatory compliance, and professional development. Qualifications: High-scientific terminal degree (PhD preferred). Minimum of 2.5 years of experience in medical affairs, medical communications, or pharmaceutical advertising, with a focus on HCP and/or DTC marketing. Rare disease experience a plus. Strong understanding of pharmaceutical marketing regulations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex scientific concepts to diverse audiences. Proven track record of successful collaboration with cross-functional teams and external stakeholders. Demonstrated leadership abilities, including the ability to mentor and develop team members. Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. Passion for healthcare innovation and improving patient outcomes through impactful advertising. Location: This position is remote in the USA, with preference for someone in EST. Benefits: Competitive salary and performance-based incentives Comprehensive health benefits package 401(k) retirement savings plan Professional development opportunities Collaborative and inclusive work environment

US$155000 - US$170000 per annum

BD Specialist

We have a current opportunity for a BD Specialist with the opportunity to also do account work. For further information about this position please apply. Key Responsibilities: Identify and pursue new business opportunities within the life sciences industry. Develop and implement effective sales strategies to achieve growth targets. Build and maintain strong relationships with potential clients and industry partners. Conduct market research to identify trends, opportunities, and competitive landscape. Prepare and deliver compelling presentations and proposals to prospective clients. Collaborate with the PR and marketing teams to develop tailored service offerings. Negotiate contracts and close deals to meet or exceed sales quotas. Attend industry events, conferences, and networking opportunities to expand professional network. Provide regular reports on sales activities, pipeline status, and business development efforts. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Communications, or a related field. Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in business development, sales, or related roles, preferably within the healthcare or public relations industry. Proven track record of successfully securing new business int the PR space. Strong understanding of the healthcare industry and its unique challenges and opportunities. Exceptional communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. Proficiency in CRM software and Microsoft Office Suite. Willingness to travel as needed. What's Offered? Competitive salary and performance-based bonuses. Comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, and vision insurance. Opportunities for professional growth and career advancement. A collaborative and supportive work environment.

US$50000 - US$72000 per annum
United States of America

Scientific Director

Scientific Director - Medical Communications Job Overview: As a Scientific Director, you will play a critical role in leading scientific strategy and content development within the medical communications agency. You'll collaborate with cross-functional teams, clients, and external stakeholders to ensure the highest quality of scientific communication across rare diseases. If you're passionate about medical education, medical affairs, and promotional work, this position offers an exciting opportunity to make a significant impact. Responsibilities: Scientific Strategy Development: Oversee all aspects of scientific strategy development within assigned accounts. Work closely with clients to understand their needs and develop tailored scientific approaches. Brainstorm and create innovative strategies for medical communications initiatives. Content Development: Lead the development of scientific content for various deliverables, including promotional materials, medical education programs, and advisory boards. Ensure accuracy, scientific rigor, and alignment with regulatory guidelines. Collaborate with medical writers, clinical experts, and other team members to create compelling content. Client Relationship Management: Serve as the primary contact with clients, building strong relationships. Understand client objectives and provide strategic recommendations. Facilitate communication between stakeholders, including investigators, researchers, and authors. Cross-Functional Collaboration: Work closely with cross-functional teams (including accounts and clients services) to integrate scientific insights into overall brand strategies. Provide medical affairs oversight on promotional review committees. Support advisory boards, conferences, and other relevant events. Scientific Leadership: Stay abreast of scientific advancements, industry trends, and therapeutic developments. Mentor and guide junior team members. Represent the agency at scientific conferences and meetings. Qualifications: Advanced degree (PhD, MD, PharmD) in a relevant scientific field. Minimum of 5 years of experience in a medical communications agency. Strong understanding of pharmaceutical industry regulations and compliance. Excellent communication skills (verbal and written). Ability to lead and inspire teams. Location: This position is remote, allowing flexibility in work location. Only open to candidates in the USA.

US$140000 - US$160000 per annum
New Jersey

Account Director - Product Comms

Position Overview As an Account Director, you will play a pivotal role in leading client partnerships, driving business development initiatives, and fostering a culture of excellence within our organization. This role will allow you to work for this company's largest pharma-oncology accounts leading product milestone and communications work. Responsibilities may encompass, yet not be confined to: Leading day-to-day operations across various projects and clients in the health sector Analyzing clients' business dilemmas to provide actionable insights and strategic guidance Championing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, actively contributing to DE&I initiatives Overseeing a diverse team of account professionals and specialists across strategy, digital, and creative domains Maintaining a deep understanding of the healthcare landscape, especially pharmaceuticals, and employing best practices in communications Nurturing and guiding team members, fostering their growth and development Efficiently managing team resources and ensuring financial accountability for accounts Finding fulfillment in work that has the potential to enhance people's lives Being an integral part of a team culture centered on kindness, humanity, and a touch of fun Your Qualifications: 6+ years of PR agency experience, with a strong focus on pharmaceutical product communications Proficiency across various healthcare communication endeavors, including disease awareness and corporate reputation management Extensive knowledge of integrated communications and the seamless integration of digital, creative, and analytical elements A passion for innovative ideas that make a meaningful impact Exceptional leadership skills, fostering motivation and growth opportunities for colleagues Outstanding interpersonal skills, promoting collaboration and effective communication at all levels A positive, energetic demeanor with a genuine dedication to delivering exceptional work in a collaborative, egalitarian environment Their Offerings: A vibrant workplace culture characterized by courage, creativity, respect, and empathy A fully hybrid work model, allowing you to choose where and how you work most effectively Professional development programs to support your career progression Comprehensive healthcare and wellness plans for you and your family Retirement savings options, including a 401(k) plan and flexible spending accounts Generous paid time off, including company holidays, unlimited vacation, sick leave, personal days, mental health days, and summer hours Additional perks: Paid parental leave, family-building benefits, well-being programs, and commuter benefits Apply now to be part of a collaborative and innovative organization with the chance to work for one of their largest oncology accounts!

US$100000 - US$130000 per annum
United States of America

Associate Scientific Director - Medical Communications

Associate Scientific Director Company Summary: An independent, full service Med Comms agency is looking for an Associate Scientific Director to join their agency. This company is USA based but offers fully remote flexibility. If you're looking to move away from a corporate agency environment and into a company that values high quality work, great work-life balance, and diverse accounts, please don't hesitate to apply! Responsibilities: Working across a wide range of therapeutic areas. Development of various deliverables including but not limited to abstracts, manuscripts, posters, executive summaries, slide decks, brochures, hand outs and more. Communicating with clients directly, leading status calls, and ensuring their objectives are met Oversight of junior team members. Qualifications: Must hold a PhD, PharmD, or MD. Experience working across various promotional med ed and publications deliverables Open to working across various therapeutic areas 4+ years of relevant agency experience Benefits: A highly collaborative environment who value employee growth and success Hybrid working environment, while still having remote flexibility Independently owned agency If you are interested in the ASD role, please apply today!

US$120000 - US$135000 per annum
United States of America

Account Director - Publications

Position: Account Director - Medical Publications Location: Toronto, Canada - REMOTE/Hybrid Responsibilities: Lead and oversee the development and execution of publication plans for medical communications projects. Act as the primary point of contact for clients, ensuring their needs are understood and met throughout the project lifecycle. Provide strategic guidance and insights to clients on publication planning, including key messaging, target audiences, and publication timelines. Collaborate closely with internal teams, including medical writers, editors, and graphic designers, to ensure the delivery of high-quality publications that meet client objectives and regulatory requirements. Manage project budgets, timelines, and resources effectively to ensure projects are delivered on time and within scope. Stay abreast of industry trends, guidelines, and regulations related to medical publications, and provide guidance to clients and internal teams accordingly. Foster strong relationships with key opinion leaders (KOLs) and healthcare professionals to support the development of impactful publications. Drive business growth by identifying opportunities for new projects and collaborating with the business development team on proposal development and client pitches. Mentor and coach junior team members to support their professional development and growth within the organization. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in life sciences, communications, or a related field Minimum of 5 years of experience in medical communications or a related field, with a focus on publication planning. Strong understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, including regulatory requirements related to medical publications (e.g., GPP3, ICMJE guidelines). Excellent communication, presentation, and client management skills. Proven ability to lead and collaborate effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Strong project management skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks, manage budgets, and meet deadlines. Experience working with cross-functional teams and managing multiple projects simultaneously. Demonstrated leadership skills, with the ability to mentor and motivate team members. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and project management software. Knowledge of Canadian healthcare regulations and guidelines preferred. Ability to travel as needed for client meetings and conferences. This position offers an exciting opportunity to lead the development of impactful medical publications for leading healthcare organizations while collaborating with a talented team in a dynamic agency environment.


Medical Communications News & Insights

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Life Sciences Salary Guides of 2023

Are you aiming to advance your career within the life sciences sector? Are you interested in discovering your competitors‘ offerings for professionals in your field across the APAC region? We are excited to present our new series of Salary Guides for the life sciences industry. These comprehensive reports will furnish you with invaluable insights into the present salary trends in Singapore, China, Australia, South Korea, and Japan.Compiled from the responses of almost 900 life sciences professionals in the APAC region, this is an opportunity you shouldn't overlook. Seize the chance to gain a competitive advantage in the life sciences field, enabling you to make well-informed choices about your career trajectory, compensation, and hiring approaches.

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The Benefits of Hiring In-House Medical Communications Talent in the Era of AI

​Discussions and debates among Medical Communications (MedComms) professionals are being dominated by AI. How can language-processing AI tools be used to increase their productivity, which tools are best, what are the limitations, and what are the risks? MedComms professionals play a vital role within life sciences, simplifying complex medical information and accurately translating it for a variety of audiences. AI tools can help MedComms professionals work quicker and produce higher quality content[1], even summarizing research findings, drafting medical reports, or helping teams where English isn’t their first language bring their scientific knowledge to more people.However, as we learn more about these tools and they continue to evolve by the day, new threats are arising. In the life sciences industry, where brand trust is vital and wrong facts can spell disaster, the negative consequences can be momentous. As AI usage becomes more prevalent, MedComms teams must be aware of the risks, and ensure they are using AI tools correctly. Having a dedicated in-house MedComms team within your agency or individual specialist project consultants, rather than outsourcing to a consultancy, can be beneficial to organizations looking to mitigate the risks of AI and ensure it is being used correctly. Here are five threats MedComms professionals must be aware of when using AI tools, and reasons why life sciences companies and MedComms agencies should consider hiring specialised MedComms talent or consultants in an era dominated by the rapid rise of AI:1. Outdated dataChatGPT, the most popular tool for generating written content, has only been fed information up to September 2021 at time of writing, so it will not pick up on new industry developments, research, or statistics. As MedComms professionals are usually working on new studies, drugs or devices, it is near-impossible for AI tools to provide up-to-date information to aid with creating new content.Working with a specialised in-house MedComms team or project consultant, rather than outsourcing to an consultancy, will ensure that your team have lived and breathed the product throughout its entire lifecycle, giving them an in-depth knowledge of the project they are working on. This will allow them to write their own original, detailed, and accurate content, then use AI to produce supporting documents and copy to boost their productivity, rather than risking an outsourced team using AI to generate generic new content. Likewise, through the use of specialised consultants, you save outsourcing costs and utilize time efficiently, as they are working side by side with you in-house as part of the team.2. Knowledge is powerWhile AI algorithms can be used to aid research by efficiently scanning through vast databases of medical literature to locate relevant studies or statistics, AI tools commonly used by comms professionals do not have access to the contents of every medical report, book and journal available. Combine this with the previously mentioned knowledge cut-off points, and any MedComms professional relying on AI too heavily will be missing out on a wealth of industry knowledge and sources. We asked ChatGPT if it had access to medical journals, and this is what it said: “My responses are generated based on a mixture of licensed data, data created by human trainers, and publicly available data. I have been trained on a wide range of data sources, including books, websites, and other texts, to develop a broad understanding of human language. It is possible that the content I generate may include information from medical journals or studies that have been published in the public domain. However, it's important to note that while I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, my responses may not always reflect the most current research or medical guidelines. Medical knowledge is constantly evolving, and new studies can emerge that may change the understanding or treatment of certain conditions. Therefore, it's always a good idea to refer to reputable medical sources for the latest research findings.”Specialised consultants in this space, who can bridge this gap and work in-house, have access to a collaborative environment where colleagues care deeply about their project. Therefore, they are more likely to share relevant studies and articles with each other, sparking ideas to improve content that is most beneficial to the business.3. Adding the human touchAs more content is being created and published with the use of AI tools, it is becoming easier to identify when content has been generated by it – for example, overuse of key words or phrases, very broad or generic statements with no originality, and a lack of logical flow. William Paton, Senior Vice President at EPM Scientific, recently attended a seminar about ChatGPT and its impact on Medical Affairs at MAPS Lisbon. This particular comment resonated with him: “We should use AI as a co-pilot into our workflow, but not use it externally with HCPs for example”. Essentially, the tool can make us more time efficient when it comes to more mundane tasks, freeing up time for more impactful work. However, the human touch element remains as a fundamental part of the process. Ultimately, in-house team members or consultants need to be embedded into a company’s culture and values, to naturally add company keywords, tone of voice, and flair when writing content.4. Protect your brand reputationAI tools like ChatGPT collect comments from social media and news articles among its many sources. This can cause incorrect narratives or information to be presented as facts, which if not fact-checked before publishing could be disastrous for brand reputation. This feature can also cause negative sentiments or bad PR to be amplified, so when people use ChatGPT to find out information about your company or product, they will be supplied with negative or inaccurate information. A range of different audiences rely on the information MedComms professionals provide, be it expert KOLs to the everyday person on the street, and publications from reliable sources are the beating heart of MedComms. With misinformation being such a prevalent topic in today’s work, the correct application of AI needs to be taken with the upmost responsibility. Using a specialised consultant, who has the insight into how these tools work and can maximize usability, will allow you to work more directly throughout the content production process to ensure that all new content created is correct and has been fact-checked. They can also proactively prepare crisis communications and actively monitor social media and consumer sentiment, so that in the rare chance of receiving public negativity you could save your brand or company reputation before news become more mainstream.5. Keep track of evolving AI threats The risks that AI tools present to MedComms teams discussed above will rapidly evolve – new AI tools are being published weekly, constantly bringing both new threats and opportunities. For instance, Google was the seventh established search engine but is the most widely used today. What’s to say that the biggest AI tool MedComms professionals use ten years from now has even been invented yet?Despite the worries many comms professionals have about AI replacing them, they will never be able to replicate the soft skills needed to be able to match humans’ quality of work. However, MedComms professionals may find their jobs at risk from others who understand and utilize AI tools better than them. We can identify expert MedComms consultants or specialists for your organization who can keep track of AI tools, understand and overcome emerging risks, avoid costly mistakes, save time, and provide a competitive advantage as AI becomes ever-more prevalent.How EPM Scientific can helpEPM Scientific’s specialist talent team combines cutting-edge industry expertise with our extensive global database of highly qualified MedComms professionals available for permanent and contract roles. We can help you find the perfect MedComms candidate or consultant with the knowledge to use AI tools safely and keep track of the risks to help your business thrive.As a specialist life sciences talent partner, EPM Scientific helps clients with hiring within 3 different verticals in MedComms: Scientific Services - including Medical Writers and Scientific DirectorsClient Services - including Accounts and Project ManagersDigital & Creative Services – including Creative Directors, UX Designers and Digital ConsultantsIf you’re looking to hire MedComms talent, find out more about how we can support you by requesting a call back from our experts today.[1]

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The Life Sciences Skills Gap: How to Hire

​The life sciences industry is rapidly growing, but it is experiencing skills gaps that need to be addressed to allow it to reach its full potential. According to a 2022 life sciences and pharma talent trends report, 33% of C-suite and human capital leaders in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sector agree that talent scarcity is a major pain point. This problem is widespread, with the UK also suffering a skills shortage that threatens to stall the industry’s trajectory.Skills gaps in digital and computational skills, and industrial, economic, and clinical research are particularly large. However, if phenotypic, genomic, and patient data integration practices can be optimized across the industry, this will support both research and treatment advances in the future.This article shares effective hiring strategies that can help life sciences organizations address skill gaps within their teams and wider business.Understanding the skills gaps in the life sciences industryStatistics from the talent trends report highlight the key skills gaps in the life sciences industry and how they impact key research and development processes. Demand for life sciences products is forecast to grow more rapidly than the global GDP over the coming years, and 45% of the aforementioned talent leaders note that they are looking to hire primarily to avoid talent scarcity from hindering their organizations’ progress. Moreover, the report found that 67% of pharmaceutical and life sciences companies believe that reskilling their current employees is an efficient way to address and mitigate skills gaps. It currently takes 105 days on average to fill a non-executive life sciences position in the US, leading to financial losses of $500 per open role per day, so intentional talent strategies are crucial to setting life sciences businesses on the path to success.Supporting mobility between sectorsSupporting mobility between sectors plays a vital role in closing the skills gaps within the life sciences industry. Enabling professionals to transition across sectors, ranging from Regulatory and Legal Services to Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Engineering, allows life sciences companies to tap into a vast pool of talent. This is also an effective method of sharing intersectional knowledge and developing key skills.Selecting candidates with a diverse range of backgrounds for open roles may also bring more unique perspectives into your organization, thereby driving innovation and helping to meet growing demand. Focus on transferable skillsFocusing on transferable skills is a powerful approach to bridging the skills gap in the life sciences industry. Rather than solely emphasizing sector-specific experience, prioritizing transferable skills enables professionals to adapt and thrive in new roles within the field. The life sciences industry’s talent offers a myriad of transferable skills that can be used to power future growth and innovation. These include analytical skills, leadership and teamwork skills, problem solving, written and oral communication skills, management skills, and scientific peer communication. Additional soft skills to focus on in your talent acquisition strategy include critical thinking, problem solving, and attention to detail.Consider cultural fitSeek out candidates from other industries who align with your organization’s culture, values, and core mission. This alignment promotes employee engagement, retention, and overall job satisfaction, whilst creating a supportive working environment that benefits from a wide range of experiences and perspectives.These candidates should also possess the aforementioned transferable skills, which will help to ensure that they can perform optimally in their new roles without being hindered by common skills gaps.Offer more flexibilityWhile not a priority for all candidates, flexible working arrangements such as remote or hybrid work arrangements are valuable to skilled candidates and may help to give your organization an advantage in the ongoing competition for life sciences talent.Hire top talent with EPM ScientificEPM Scientific is a leading specialist life sciences talent partner, providing you with a wealth of expertise to help you locate the best talent for your life sciences roles globally. Submit a vacancy or request a call back from our team to find the right people to drive your organization forwards.

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How to Ensure Employee Retention in Life Sciences

​The Pharmaceutical market has expanded considerably in the past two decades, with Pharma revenues totalling $1.42tn in 2021. This has been accompanied by a growing demand for experienced, highly qualified Life Sciences professionals: with more drugs than ever now available, companies require a strong workforce to bring their products to market. The industry has had to deal with an ever-small talent pool as a result, which has been exacerbated by one of the highest employee churn rates, with the Life Sciences and Medical Devices industry alone seeing a 20.6% turnover rate. This is reflected in the results of our Life Sciences survey which revealed that more than 40% of Life Sciences professionals are currently looking for a new role.The COVID-19 pandemic led to a substantial increase in resignations across all industries, as many employees started to re-evaluate their priorities and seek roles that offered flexible remote-work policies. Consequently, companies have found it harder to get the people they need. 47.8 million workers in the U.S. decided to quit their jobs in 2021 – the highest volume of resignations since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began recording this data in 2001. This is equivalent to 3.98 million workers quitting their jobs each month, up from an average of roughly 3m leaving their jobs each month in 2019.Similar trends have been observed in Australia and the UK, where the rate of employed people between 16-64 choosing to switch jobs reached an all-time high of 3.2% between October-December 2021. The resignation rate continued to increase in 2022, with job-to-job resignations in the UK peaking at 442,000 in the second quarter of 2022. In Europe, one in three workers are considering quitting their jobs in the near term, with inadequate compensation and lack of career advancement being cited as the top factors.Why are Life Sciences professionals leaving their roles?The reasons that Life Sciences professionals have for wanting to leave their jobs vary across each industry sector. However, the promise of higher remuneration is invariably the main reason. This is according to findings from our Year in Review, which goes into greater depth about the factors that matter most to Life Sciences professionals when seeking to advance their careers.There are a host of other important factors, however, such as the desire for an improved work-life balance and employees wanting to acquire more new skills that will aid in their professional development. Changes in management can also cause people to want to move jobs, and Life Sciences professionals are increasingly looking for openings that provide flexible working hours and the ability to work from home.How to improve employee retentionThe good news is that there is a wide range of employee retention strategies that you can adopt in your workplace. Let’s take a look at some of the most effective employee retention techniques that you can use to ensure that your employees are satisfied at work and remain highly motivated in their positions, as opposed to looking elsewhere for their big career break.Offer competitive salaries and benefitsDissatisfaction around salary has had a negative impact on talent retention in the Life Sciences sector. As we’ve seen across the board, wanting higher compensation is the top reason for employees wanting to move to jobs; 70% of the R&D professionals that we surveyed within the Pharmacological industry were motivated by the promise of higher compensation at other companies.Paying your team a competitive rate is a simple but effective employee retention strategy that you can use to avoid your workforce shrinking. Our survey results show that the majority of respondents want a pay rise upwards of 10-15% of their current salary, which provides some indication of how much you may need to offer in order to remain competitive. Focus on career developmentYour employees will be far less likely to want to continue working for you long-term if there are few opportunities for advancement – or if their ability to develop their skills is limited. A study by Work Institute found that employees quit in 20% of cases due to career development issues.This highlights the importance of setting clear paths for career progression to give your team the motivation and provide them with long-term goals.Be flexibleOffering flexible working arrangements is a sure-fire way to keep your employees happy. Our Year in Review revealed that the option to work from home is very important to 60% of the industry as a whole. The majority of R&D respondents deemed flexibility as either important or very important, and workers in Pharmacovigilance ranked flexibility higher than salary when asked what is most important when considering a new job.Whilst a lack of flexible working options will not be a deal-breaker for many employees, you will find it far easier to retain your top talent if you grant them greater freedom to work according to their preferences.Build a supportive company cultureThere’s nothing quite like a warm, friendly culture when it comes to getting excellent work out of your employees. It’s also one of the best ways to increase their loyalty to the company.Seeking feedback from employees on a regular basis about how working processes might be improved helps ensure that workers feel that their concerns are being heard and addressed. Providing senior employees with the skills and training that they need to be good managers is also a worthwhile endeavour. Manufacturing professionals regard good leadership as almost as important as salary, according to our Year in Review survey.Promote work-life balanceMore than a third of respondents in our Life Sciences Year in Review report highlighted a poor work-life balance as one of the main reasons for wanting to seek employment in another role. Almost half of the Clinical Pharmacology professionals surveyed cited a need for an improved work-life balance as their main reason for seeking a new position.With higher numbers of professionals re-evaluating their priorities in life in the wake of the COVID pandemic, it’s no wonder that Life Sciences professionals are seeking out positions that allow them to spend more time with their families and friends. Giving your employees more personal time is therefore one of the most effective strategies for employee retention.Offer innovative, up-to-date technologiesFinally, ensure that you have the latest technology in your workplace. Investing in top-of-the-range software, for example, will make it easier for your employees to complete tasks and reduce the errors that are made, thereby increasing company productivity and boosting morale.Employee retention is critical to successThriving companies are characterized by a happy, satisfied workforce and high employee retention rates. Partner with EPM Scientific, a leading executive search firm for the Life Sciences industry, to find out more about how you can implement employee retention strategies that get results. Request a call back and one of our specialist consultants will be in touch. ​

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How to Determine if a New Hire Will Fit into Your Company's Culture

There’s no question that a company’s culture and ethos can help its employees feel more satisfied at work, increase employee retention and ultimately serve as a catalyst for its success. Company culture is seen as very important by professionals: survey data collected by Glassdoor shows that more than three quarters of professionals take the culture into account before applying for a job, and 56% say that they see the culture of a company as playing a more significant role than salary in determining overall job satisfaction. Given the role that it plays, cultural fit should be a key priority for employers.Why is cultural fit important?If somebody is a good cultural fit for a company, they are far more likely to be an engaged, motivated employee who derives satisfaction from their role. There is a greater chance that they will see the job as more than just a source of income and as such, they will be more likely to go above and beyond in the workplace and may even inspire others to follow in their footsteps.Hiring for cultural fit therefore makes good business sense. 10-25% of new employees decide to leave within six months of starting work, and one reason that professionals give for quitting is that they feel that they are a poor fit for the company culture. Choosing people for the job who are a natural fit for the company’s values and working practices is a great way to avoid these problems from arising.How to hire for cultural fit?Given the importance of company culture, businesses are increasingly hiring for cultural fit. This involves defining what your culture is all about and incorporating questions at interview stage that relate to your interviewees’ values, motivations and aspirations.Define your company’s cultureThe first step is to describe your company’s culture in writing. What are the values, beliefs and ethics that characterize your company’s operations and working environment? If you are struggling to capture the essence of your culture, it might be worth asking current employees about how they feel about the company and its working practices. It is recommended that you use such feedback when writing or updating a mission statement and articulating your company values. Include these on your website and on all your digital platforms, in addition to testimonials from your current employees.Demonstrate your values throughout the interview processAsking values-based interview questions is one of the best ways to identify candidates who share your values and will be a good fit in the workplace.You should also draw attention to the benefits that you offer your employees. 56% of CFOs in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) have said that they are considering expanding benefits, including flexible working arrangements (FWAs), in a bid to retain their top talent. If you offer flexible working roles, ensure that your staff relay this information at interview stage.Cover the right questionsIf you’re wondering how to determine if a candidate is a good fit, asking the following questions will help shed light on the personality of your interviewees and their alignment with your values:What motivates you? How do you handle conflict in the workplace?What work environment supports innovation and productivity levels? Give me an example of something that you have taught yourself in the last six monthsWhat experiences have shaped your outlook on life?What are you most proud of?Utilize personality testsPersonality tests provide valuable insights into how prospective employees approach problems. They can also shed light on their ability to work alongside others and offer further information about their interests and preferences.Some of the most common personality tests used by employers include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Caliper Profile and the 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire.Other key considerationsWhilst cultural fit is of great importance, it should be weighed alongside other factors. Hiring solely for cultural fit can perpetuate bias and lead to a lack of diversity within the workplace as a result. It’s also important to take into consideration an applicant’s qualifications, work experience, career aspirations and skill set when assessing their suitability for a role in your organization.Secure Life Sciences Talent with EPM ScientificAre you looking to solve your talent challenges? EPM Scientific offers bespoke talent solutions across Life Sciences A combination of our specialist account management service, ongoing support and reporting, and hiring advice allows us to find you exactly the people you need, when you need them. Register your vacancy or request a call back today.Our Talent Expertise​​​

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Medical Communications Talent

​Medical Communications centers on the communication of scientific and medical data on innovations and treatment perspectives to a range of audiences, including patients, hospital staff members, nurses, doctors, and pharmacists. This type of work is performed by Medical Communications agencies, who work closely with Pharmaceutical and Biotech organizations to develop materials that keep the aforementioned audiences up to date with the latest developments in their fields.Many Medical Communications agencies also provide specialized consultancy services to Pharmaceutical and Biotech businesses, assisting them in creating strategies and campaigns that enable the optimal dissemination of medical data to relevant parties. MedComms is an essential part of the Pharmaceutical Marketing industry and uses a strategic approach and a variety of channels to convey compelling messages that support Pharmaceutical companies and their products through their brand life cycles. Medical Communications roles often involve a combination of communication planning, editorial services, opinion leader profiling and engagement, scientific meeting planning, the creation of awareness, training and development programs, the creation of interactive media for a range of audiences, translation services from clinical data to practice, and the provision of Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Medical Communication roles are crucial for building confidence and market share and can unite the industry and healthcare professionals in pursuit of mutual objectives. The Medical Communications sector offers a wide range of roles to potential candidates, including scientific services roles, client services roles, and more. Working with an executive search agency specializing in Medical Communications candidates is a proven way of ensuring that your Medical Communications organization can find skilled and talented candidates to fill roles as Medical Writers, Associate Scientific Directors, Medical Directors, VP Medical Directors, Scientific Associates, Senior VP Scientific Services, and other similar positions.As an experienced Medical Communications executive search agency, EPM Scientific assists a range of MedComms clients in attracting, securing, and retaining talent to aid them in meeting their organizational goals. Our Medical Communications professional services will help your business to find the right people for every role you offer by sourcing and screening quality medical professionals.If you’re looking for talent or would like to find out more about what we have to offer, request a call back and one of our consultants specializing in Medical Communications talent solutions will be in touch. ​

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The Benefits of using Life Sciences contractors/freelancers

The use of life sciences contractors and freelancers is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. Not only are they able to provide specialized expertise, but they also offer a wide range of benefits that can help a business grow and thrive. Here are 10 of the top benefits of using life sciences contractors and freelancers.1. Cost Savings: Hiring contractors and freelancers is often significantly cheaper than hiring full-time staff. This is because you only pay for the services you need, when you need them.2. Flexibility: Contractors and freelancers offer flexibility that traditional employees cannot. You can easily scale up or down your workforce as needed, allowing you to meet fluctuating demands.3. Access To Specialized Expertise: Life sciences contractors and freelancers often have specialized skills and expertise that can be invaluable to a business.4. Faster Turnaround Time: When you need something done quickly, hiring a contractor or freelancer is often the fastest way to get the job done.5. Reduced Overhead: Contractors and freelancers don’t require the investment in overhead expenses that full-time employees do, such as office space and benefits.6. Fresh Perspective: Bringing in a contractor or freelancer can bring a fresh perspective to a project and help generate new ideas.7. Lower Risk: Hiring a contractor or freelancer reduces the risk that comes with hiring full-time employees. If a project doesn’t meet expectations, you can simply end the contract and look for a better fit.8. Increased Productivity: With more specialized expertise, contractors and freelancers can often complete projects more efficiently and quickly than full-time employees.9. Focus On Core Activities: By outsourcing more specialized tasks to contractors and freelancers, businesses can focus more on their core activities and reduce distractions.10. Improved Morale: Hiring contractors and freelancers can help to improve morale among existing staff, as they don’t have to take on extra tasks they may not be qualified or comfortable with.At EPM Scientific, we are the leading provider of life sciences contract and freelance recruitment services. We understand the importance of finding the right talent for the job, and have the experience and expertise to help you find the perfect candidate for your business. Request a call back from us todayto learn more about how we can help you find the perfect contractor or freelancer for your business.

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