Even as the life sciences industry transforms at an unprecedented pace, quality issues drain up to 30% of pharmaceutical manufacturing costs. More than 300 drugs and medical devices were recalled in the last two years, highlighting the vital importance of strong Quality teams. A critical function in the manufacturing process, Quality ensures final products are consistent, safe, effective, and predictable. Entrust your Quality talent needs to EPM Scientific, the preferred talent partner of industry-leading companies and mover-and-shaker startups. We will source and deliver the best people for the job when you need them.

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Since 2012, we have sourced exceptional Quality professionals for clients around the world. Our expertise and efficiency in filling individual and team roles is bolstered by ongoing development and training, as well as investing in top-class technologies. In addition to finding sought-after talent for our clients, we help talented individuals find career-advancing opportunities. Whether you’re looking to fill a Quality role, or looking for your next career opportunity, EPM Scientific can help you.

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EPM Scientific takes the time-consuming hassle out of finding permanent, contract, and multi-hire Quality talent solutions aligned with your company’s requirements. Thanks to our global talent hubs, we can find the right people for Quality roles and place them quickly.

Our Quality talent solutions extend to an extensive network of interim managers and contractors who are ideal for long-term and time-critical functions and roles. We also offer retained and contingent services tailored to your company’s unique requirements.

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EPM Scientific continues to fill a wide range of Quality roles at life sciences companies in the US and around the world, including Quality Control Manager, Director of Quality, Head of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, and VP of Quality.

Engineering Manager

Summary: A well-funded Contract Manufacturer in growth mode is searching for an Engineering Manager to oversee the Manufacturing and Process Engineering teams. As Engineering Manager, you will manage and provide direct and indirect supervision to skilled and intermediate-level professional employees performing diverse roles in more than one function or unit, while providing direction, coordination, education, and tools needed to. Detailed Description: Performs tasks such as, but not limited to, the following: Supports generation of performance metrics for products and processes of moderate complexity and drives the team to achieve Manufacturing and Production Goals set by management , following ISO standards Leads Continuous Improvement Programs (CIP) in support of customer requirements and expectations that are considered medium in scale and moderately complex. Mentors and trains personnel in the practices of Manufacturing and Production Resolves customer issues of moderate difficulty using quality tools: Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Actions that are effective and timely. Supports new customer qualification and New product introduction with supplier assessments, First Article Inspections, and oversees generation of product documentation for products/programs of moderate risk. Knowledge/Skills/Competencies: In-depth knowledge of quality metrics, ISO standards, and processes. Knowledge of Lean and Six Sigma Manufacturing processes and controls including: Statistical Process Control (SPC), 5S, and Value Stream Mapping (VSM). Strong knowledge of Quality Management tools including: Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA). Strong Project Management Skills. Ability to coordinate a wide variety of resources to meet production quality and quantity metrics. Ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of internal and external customers. Ability to effectively lead, manage, train, and motivate a diverse group of employees to achieve high production levels within tight time deadlines and in a highly dynamic manufacturing environment. Ability to use some or all of the following PC applications: Google Applications, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Excellent knowledge of manufacturing processes.

US$130000 - US$145000 per year


Job Description: A leading provider of quality and safety solutions to many of the world's top-recognized brands and companies is actively seeking a Medical Device Auditor to join our Business Assurance Team remotely. This is an excellent opportunity to grow a versatile career in Medical Device Auditing. Our Business Assurance team goes beyond testing, inspection, and certification to examine the underlying elements that make a company and its products successful. Our assurance solutions provide confidence and peace of mind that a client's operating procedures, systems, and people are functioning correctly to provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Key Responsibilities: Lead and participate as an assessor during all phases of a client's management system audit in accordance with the company's accredited certification program. Serve as the primary interface with clients before and during auditing activities. Train lower-graded auditors through witness audits, technical support, and education of both clients and sales force as needed. Conduct audits of client management systems for compliance with established standards, client and industry requirements, government regulations, and other relevant standards, specifically ISO 13485 and GMP regulatory requirements for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries. Assist clients with questions relevant to the audit and certification process. Act as Lead Auditor or team member during audits. Coordinate audit activities with team members and liaise with clients regarding audit processes. Review client quality management system documentation and verify evidence of compliance and non-compliance. Prepare audit reports, review audit results with the assessment team, and present findings to clients and certification boards as required. Assist with corrective action requirements resulting from assessments and participate in audit meetings. Provide technical assistance and support management in continuous improvement initiatives. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in a science or technical field (e.g., biology, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, human physiology, medicine, pharmacy, physics) or equivalent combination of relevant education and work experience. Minimum of 4 years of full-time work experience in the medical device or related industry (design, development, testing, quality assurance/control). Minimum of 2 years in a quality management systems environment (auditing, CAPA, complaints management review). Completed Lead Auditor training for any standard (preferably ISO 13485 and/or relevant regulatory requirements); training provided if needed. Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Excellent organizational, analytical, and computer skills. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Effective time management skills and the ability to travel extensively (3-5 nights per week). Valid unrestricted driver's license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Preferred Qualifications: Lead Auditor Training with ISO 19011 or ISO 13485 certification. Experience in third-party auditing and management systems. Knowledge of regulatory requirements for medical devices and pharmaceuticals in regions such as the EU, US, Australia, Japan, Brazil, and Canada. Experience implementing/auditing to ISO 13485, ISO 14971, and related standards. Training/experience in quality tools (e.g., Kaizen, lean manufacturing). Experience in a wide range of medical devices. Physical Requirements: Ability to ascend/descend ladders, stairs, and ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Stand for sustained periods and walk to accomplish tasks. Communicate well through spoken word, conveying detailed, accurate information and instructions. Hear well, perceiving sounds with or without correction. Exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull, or move objects. Have close visual acuity to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data, viewing a computer monitor, reading, and writing reports. About Us: We are a leading provider of Total Quality Assurance solutions to industries worldwide. Our network includes over 1,000 laboratories and offices in more than 100 countries. Join our global network of passionate people delivering superior customer service with a purpose of bringing quality, safety, and sustainability to life. Diversity Statement: We value diversity and are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics.


Senior Metrologist

Senior Metrologist Location: Tampa, FL Working situation: Onsite Level: Mid-Level, Individual Contributor Our client, a mid-sized, successful and global biotechnology firm is looking to add a Senior Metrologist responsible for leading and managing all aspects of metrology within their organization. The Senior Metrologist is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and reliability of our measurement standards, equipment calibration, and adherence to regulatory requirements. You will play a crucial role in maintaining the quality and precision of their products and processes. The Senior Metrologist will: Evaluate, select, and implement new metrology equipment and technologies Manage the maintenance and repair of existing equipment Develop and maintain calibration procedures, schedules, and documentation for all measurement equipment and instruments Work closely with engineering, manufacturing, quality assurance, and other departments to support product development and manufacturing processes Continuously improve metrology processes to enhance efficiency, accuracy, and reliability The Senior Metrologist has the following qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, or related fields Minimum of 2+ years of metrology experience Knowledge of relevant regulations and standards such as the FDA Company Benefits: Competitive 401K program, health insurance, and HSA accounts Casual dress days Lunch & Learns


Department Manager - Wireless Technology and EMC Laboratories

A leading provider of testing and certification services, specializing in Wireless Technology and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). With state-of-the-art laboratories, we are dedicated to ensuring product compliance and reliability for our clients across various industries. We are seeking an experienced and dynamic individual to join our team as the Department Manager for Wireless Technology and EMC Laboratories. In this role, you will be responsible for leading and overseeing the day-to-day operations of our laboratories, ensuring the highest standards of testing and certification services. Key Responsibilities: Leadership: Provide strong leadership to the team of engineers and technicians within the Wireless Technology and EMC laboratories. Foster a collaborative and innovative work environment to drive excellence in testing and certification processes. Operational Oversight: Manage and optimize laboratory resources, ensuring efficient workflows and timely project delivery. Implement and maintain quality control measures to meet industry standards and client expectations. Technical Expertise: Stay abreast of advancements in wireless technology and EMC testing methodologies. Act as a subject matter expert, providing guidance and support to the team on complex technical issues. Client Engagement: Build and maintain strong relationships with clients, understanding their testing and certification needs. Collaborate with sales and business development teams to identify new opportunities and contribute to client acquisition. Location Flexibility: Willingness to spend time in multiple locations, overseeing operations and ensuring a cohesive team environment. Compliance and Standards: Ensure that all testing activities comply with relevant industry standards and regulatory requirements. Keep abreast of changes in standards and regulations and update laboratory procedures accordingly. Qualifications: Bachelor's or Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, or a related field. Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. Proven experience in a managerial role within a testing laboratory, preferably in the Wireless Technology and EMC domain. Familiarity with industry standards is considered an advantage.


Subject manager Management System Certification

A leading supplier of testing, inspection, and certification services. We help companies ensure their products and systems meet the necessary national and international standards and regulations. Our expertise covers a wide range of industries, including electrical and electronic products, medical devices, ICT products, and more. About Management Systems: Within Management Systems, we offer certification services based on ISO standards such as ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management), ISO/IEC 27001 (information security), and more. Our services help organizations implement, maintain, and improve effective management systems that ensure compliance with standards, reduce risk, and improve operations. Through our certifications, we help customers build trust with their stakeholders and achieve sustainable growth. The subject manager will be responsible for: Monitoring and ensuring compliance with the latest ISO standards and regulations Providing technical guidance to internal and external stakeholders Maintaining high-quality service delivery The role requires a deep understanding of ISO standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 27001, ISO 27701, ISO 22000, ISO 13485, ISO 22301, and ISO 50001, as well as other relevant certifications. Main tasks: Regulatory Compliance: Monitor and keep up to date on changes in ISO standards and relevant authority requirements. Communicate updates and changes in standards to relevant teams and ensure that all documentation meets the new requirements. Technical Guidance: Provide expert advice on technical challenges to sales teams, audit managers, administrative staff, and customers worldwide. Support personnel certification processes as needed. Training and Development: Ensure compliance with the competency requirements of the team and manage necessary registrations. Prepare and conduct technical training sessions and workshops for internal staff and contracted staff. Quality Assurance: Participate in assessments from accreditation bodies. Ensure that all audit and certification processes are in line with the highest quality standards. Cooperation and Communication: Work closely with the management team to align the MSC strategy with the company's overall goals. Participate in committee work related to personnel certification and contribute to the development of best practices. Qualifications: Higher education, minimum Bachelor's level Extensive experience with ISO standards and certification processes Strong communication and interpersonal skills Ability to interpret and apply regulatory changes effectively Experience with training and supervision of employees Additional Skills: Proficiency in the use of relevant software tools and databases Strong analytical and problem-solving skills


Audit manager

One of Norway's largest certification companies within system certification, where the standards for quality, environment, energy, working environment, information security, and food safety are central. Our customers are in a wide range of industries, from industry, public sector, service companies, food, and healthcare. The customer portfolio is also varied in terms of size, number of locations, type of organization, and number of standards to which the customers are certified. We have a positive development and an increasing number of assignments, and therefore need more audit managers. For the position, the following qualifications and background are desirable: Higher education. A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience, including a minimum of 5 years from a managerial position with results and personnel responsibility. Experience from the Norwegian or international industrial sector, preferably with a contractor, construction, energy, or electromechanical background. Preferably experience from establishing management systems and carrying out audits. Analytical, independent, results-oriented, and flexible. Good communication skills, both Norwegian or Swedish and English orally and in writing. Tasks you will spend the working day on: Plan and carry out audits in accordance with, among others, the management standards for quality ISO 9001, environment ISO 14001, and energy ISO 50001. Depending on qualifications, this can be extended with information security ISO/IEC 27001 and working environment ISO 45001. Be an independent third-party actor, which helps to lift the customer's quality and safety work. Further develop a good starting portfolio of already certified organizations and, if necessary, contribute to sales on new inquiries. We can offer: Responsibility for one's own portfolio, with the possibility to manage the execution time on one's own in collaboration with the customers and in accordance with accreditation-related requirements. Distinctly independent work, while at the same time you will receive support from the management. Good professional development together with skilled colleagues. Exciting challenges and varied tasks in a hectic environment. Competitive pay and working conditions. Flexible working hours. Professional responsibilities within energy management and environmental management can be assessed for candidates with a solid professional background. The position entails travel activities, primarily in Norway.


Quality Systems Director

Company Description: We are seeking an experienced Quality Systems Director to lead the development, implementation, and management of comprehensive quality management systems with a large chemicals manufacturing company. As the Quality Systems Director, you will be responsible for ensuring that our quality systems align with regulatory requirements, industry standards, and company objectives to consistently deliver high-quality products to our customers. Key Responsibilities: Strategic Leadership: Develop and execute a strategic vision for the company's quality management systems, aligning with business goals and objectives. Quality Management Systems Development: Design and implement robust quality management systems (QMS) across all functions, ensuring compliance with ISO standards (e.g., ISO 9001, ISO 14001) and relevant regulatory requirements (e.g., REACH, OSHA). Continuous Improvement: Drive continuous improvement initiatives to enhance quality processes, reduce defects, and optimize operational efficiencies using methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma. Regulatory Compliance: Ensure adherence to all applicable regulatory requirements and standards for chemical manufacturing, maintaining necessary certifications and permits. Risk Management: Implement effective risk assessment and mitigation strategies within the QMS framework to manage quality-related risks across operations. Audits and Inspections: Lead internal and external quality audits and inspections, addressing findings and implementing corrective actions as needed. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related field; advanced degree preferred. Minimum 10 years of progressive experience in quality management within the chemicals manufacturing industry, with at least 5 years in a leadership role overseeing QMS. Strong knowledge of ISO standards and regulatory requirements applicable to chemical manufacturing (e.g., REACH, GHS). Proven track record of successfully implementing and managing QMS, preferably in a global manufacturing environment. Experience with Lean Six Sigma methodologies and tools for process improvement. Excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence and collaborate effectively across departments and with external stakeholders. Certification in quality management (e.g., CQM, Six Sigma Black Belt) is highly desirable.


Food Safety Quality Assurance Director

Food Safety Quality Assurance Director Location: Atlanta, Georgia Working Situation: Hybrid Level: Senior Level We are seeking a detail-oriented and experienced Food Safety Quality Assurance Director to join our team. The FSQA Director will play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety, quality, and compliance of our products. Responsible for overseeing all aspects of food safety and quality assurance programs, you will develop strategies, implement systems, and lead initiatives to uphold regulatory standards and enhance consumer confidence in our brand. The Food Safety Quality Assurance Director will be responsible for: Develop and execute comprehensive food safety and quality assurance strategies aligned with organizational goals. Ensure adherence to all relevant food safety regulations and standards (e.g., FDA, USDA, HACCP) through effective policy implementation and proactive monitoring Implement and maintain robust quality management systems (QMS) across all stages of production, from sourcing raw materials to product distribution, to ensure consistency and excellence in product quality. Conduct thorough risk assessments to identify potential hazards and develop mitigation strategies. Proactively address food safety risks and implement corrective actions as necessary. Coordinate internal and external audits and inspections to evaluate compliance with regulatory requirements and internal standards. Prepare for audits and ensure corrective actions are implemented promptly. Develop and deliver comprehensive training programs for employees at all levels to promote awareness of food safety practices, quality standards, and regulatory requirements. Collaborate with suppliers to establish and maintain quality assurance expectations and ensure compliance with specifications. Monitor supplier performance and implement improvement initiatives as needed. Lead continuous improvement initiatives to enhance food safety and quality assurance processes, optimize operational efficiencies, and drive organizational excellence. Develop and implement crisis management protocols to effectively manage food safety incidents or product recalls, minimizing potential impact on consumers and the company's reputation. The Food Safety Quality Assurance Director will have the following qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry, or related field. Advanced degree preferred. Minimum of 7-10 years of progressive experience in food safety and quality assurance, with at least 3 years in a leadership or managerial role. In-depth knowledge of food safety regulations, standards, and best practices (e.g., FSMA, GFSI, ISO). Strong leadership skills with the ability to inspire and develop a team, fostering a culture of accountability and continuous improvement. Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills. Ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams and external stakeholders. If you are interested in this Food Safety Quality Assurance Director opportunity, apply now!

US$120000 - US$185000 per annum

Quality Manager

Quality Manager In this leadership role, you'll also manage a team of technicians, ensuring they have the resources and training to succeed. Responsibilities Lead the implementation of new customer processes, from development to production. Manage projects effectively, utilizing strong organizational skills and resource allocation. Develop and maintain process validation documents, ensuring compliance with regulations. Design and develop testing methodologies for new and existing processes. Analyze workflow, processes, equipment, and tooling to identify areas for improvement. Collect and analyze data to identify trends and track key performance indicators (KPIs). Support production activities, including setup, configuration, and certification. Evaluate production feasibility and provide resource assessments for cost models. Collaborate with customers and regulatory personnel on quality and design matters. Attend meetings to discuss quality issues and implement solutions. Recommend improvements to development and design processes. Oversee departmental compliance with company quality policies, ISO standards, and other regulations. Qualifications Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing, Industrial, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering (preferred). 3+ years of experience in a leadership role. 5+ years of hands-on experience in a medical device manufacturing environment (required). Experience working in a regulated environment (required). Collaborative mindset and a team-oriented approach. Familiarity with LEAN principles (a plus). Desired Skills Strong personnel management skills. Excellent proficiency in spreadsheets (Excel) and MS Word. Working knowledge of ISO standards.


Quality Assurance Manager - Bakery

Quality Assurance Manager - Bakery Location: Miami-Fort Lauderdale Area Working Situation: Hybrid Level: Mid-Senior Level We are seeking an experienced Quality Assurance Manager to join our team and oversee all aspects of food safety, quality, and consistency of the Bakery Commodities. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in food safety regulations, quality management systems, and a proven track record of ensuring compliance with industry standards. The successful Quality Assurance Manager will be leading a team and traveling across North America to support FSQA efforts. The Quality Assurance Manager will be responsible for: Monitor and enhance bakery product quality and supplier performance through audits, compliance checks, and complaint handling. Certify facilities and approve new bakery products from suppliers, ensuring they meet standards. Support new product launches and advise Product Innovation and Supply Chain teams. Evaluate supplier performance with standardized testing and reports. Address bakery product complaints and ensure corrective actions are taken. Collaborate on projects to improve food safety, quality, and profitability across various functions and Franchisees. Serve as the QA bakery expert during crises, investigating supply issues and advising on safety actions. Contribute to enhancing the company's QA processes and standards, focusing on the Supplier Quality Scorecard. The Quality Assurance Manager will have the following qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Food Technology, or related field. 3+ years of experience in industrial bakery operations, preferably in Food Service/QSR supply. Knowledge of bakery manufacturing, ingredient functionality, and troubleshooting. HACCP Certified with understanding of Product Safety principles. Familiarity with Statistical Process Control (SPC) and bakery quality standards. Minimum travel of 25% expected If you are interested in this Quality Assurance Manager opportunity, apply now!

US$85000 - US$110000 per annum

Senior EMC Test Engineer

We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Senior EMC Test Engineer to join our clients team at a Globally recognised notified body. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing, particularly with CISPR 25 standards and Radio Frequency (RF) projects. The Senior EMC Test Engineer will play a crucial role in conducting tests, analyzing results, and ensuring compliance with industry standards. Key Responsibilities: Conduct and oversee EMC testing in accordance with CISPR 25 and other relevant standards. Lead and execute RF testing projects, ensuring high-quality and accurate results. Analyze test data, prepare detailed reports, and provide recommendations for improvements or corrective actions. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to design and implement testing protocols and procedures. Maintain and calibrate testing equipment to ensure accuracy and reliability. Stay updated with the latest industry standards and advancements in EMC and RF testing technologies. Provide technical guidance and mentorship to junior engineers and technicians. Communicate effectively with clients to understand their requirements and provide technical support and solutions. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred. Minimum of 4-7 years of experience in EMC testing, with a strong focus on CISPR 25 standards. Proven experience in RF testing and knowledge of RF principles and practices. Familiarity with testing equipment and software used in EMC and RF testing. Strong analytical skills and attention to detail. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment. Professional certifications in EMC or related fields are a plus. Benefits: Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Opportunities for professional development and career advancement. Collaborative and innovative work environment. Access to state-of-the-art testing facilities and equipment. How to Apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter detailing their qualifications and experience

£90000 - £130000 per annum

Risk Manager

Tasks Responsibility for carrying out product-oriented patient and user risk analyses for medical devices Participation in the interdisciplinary preparation of risk analyses for medical devices in the context of new and further product developments; e.g. FMEA within the device development and life cycle management Coordination and monitoring of activities within the risk management process Creation, revision and monitoring of risk management reports for the assessment of product risks Conceptual cooperation for the continuous improvement of the risk management process for internal and external processes Supporting the planning, execution and evaluation of usability engineering and clinical evaluations exercises Qualifications University Degree in natural sciences degree (e.g. electrical engineering, medical engineering, mechanical engineering or computer science) or similar studies Experience with all Risk Management activities and complete documentation for Medical Devices according to ISO 14971 are desirable Ability to take responsibility for complete risk management performance and documentation in new projects Ability to read and understand technical design documents Confident handling of common development management tools (Jira/Confluence, Polarion or others) Good knowledge of spoken and written English in an international context. German is a plus. Ability to present complex issues and questions in a simple, concise manner Open minded and keen to learn and develop new skills

Frankfurt (Oder)

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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 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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Benefits of Life Sciences Contract Work

According to Statista, 86.5 million people in the United States alone will be freelancing by 2027, which is more than half of the country’s workforce – and this is a trend that’s not limited to the US. In Europe, it’s estimated that there are already 32.3 million freelancers making up 15% of the total labor market.If you’re in the Life Sciences sector, you can enjoy the benefits of contract work. The big question is, would a contract job be the right choice for you? This is an important question especially if you’ve built your career in permanent roles. Consider the benefits of being a contract employee and weigh them up against your own priorities to be better able to make an informed decision.The benefit of higher payHigher pay is one of the benefits of contract work. There’s a misconception that Life Sciences contractors do not earn as much as those in permanent roles, but the reality is that most Life Science companies are often willing to pay contract workers more money.  One of the reasons for this is that those companies do not have to cover health benefits, social security taxes, 401K (retirement) contributions, unemployment compensation, or Medicare for contract workers. They also understand that they need to compensate for the lack of company benefits and a steady income, especially if those contractors have a high level of expertise in their field.Freedom of choiceThe freedom to choose who you work with, where you work, and for how long you work is another of the benefits of contract jobs. As a contractor, you can carefully select the Life Sciences companies you want to work for, and you can choose roles or projects that interest you and avoid those that don’t. In addition, you can select the contracts that best suit you, whether you consider the location in which you will be based or the length of the contract.Gaining broad skills and experienceThe potential to gain much broader skillsets and a wealth of experience is another benefit of contract work in the Life Sciences sector. Making this benefit even more attractive is that you can do this in a relatively short time.As a contractor, you probably will fill a specific role for a variety of Life Sciences companies. By working on different projects in those companies, you will gain insights into and experience in a diversity of systems and workflows, some of which will be unique to specific companies. This is not possible if you remain a permanent employee within one company.Contract work also keeps work experience fresh, as your responsibilities are not likely to become monotonous or repetitive. The continued challenges that come your way are opportunities to diversify your skillset, which will count in your favor as you continue to progress your career through contract jobs. Find the right roleSince 2012, EPM Scientific has placed candidates in their next Life Sciences role, including both contract and permanent positions. Register your resume on our site to access the latest role​s on the Life Sciences job market and find out how we can help you define your next career move.​

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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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