Global CDMO successfully secure a new Head of Development with Search by SRG
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The challenge

A global CDMO required a new Head of Development to oversee the Process Development and Analytical Development departments, while holding complete responsibility for the development, scaling up and transfer of processes and methods onsite to manufacturing and quality control.

Operating within the biopharmaceutical industry, the CDMO offers services including Process Development and Scale Up, Analytical Development Services, ADC Manufacturing, ADC Fill/Finish and Proof of Concept Studies.

Given the specialist nature of the role, as well as its importance in establishing service continuity, Search by SRG was consulted to support with streamlining an effective recruitment strategy.

The solution

Search by SRG worked in close collaboration with the CDMO to establish the exact technical background required for success in role. 

Following this process, the Search by team deployed a fully retained project across both the UK and Europe, focusing on recognised talent hubs to activate access to technically proficient candidates for the role.

Throughout the search, the client was provided with key market information, including candidates declining the opportunity based on the location, as well as candidate reception to the salary and benefits package.

The result

The result was a 100% fill rate, retained business continuity, and continued client engagement.

Search by SRG presented a shortlist of 3 candidates to the client, consisting of three senior leaders with relevant technical backgrounds.  

The CDMO secured their final hire from this shortlist, following market rate feedback support from the Search by team, which enabled the organisation to offer an appropriately competitive salary, and relocation support from the South of the UK to Scotland.

Following this success, Search by SRG continues to support the CDMO with further projects, including retained recruitment projects for QA operations.

Keith Mulgrew
Keith Mulgrew

Principal Consultant

Specialist Areas: Scientific, Technical and Operations

A graduate in Genetics, working initially as a bench scientist before progressing through various managerial levels. Keith has operated at Senior Management level within the scientific industry across technical operations, staff and customer management, and operational compliance with ISO17025/ISO9001.

With over 8 years of recruitment experience, Keith works in close collaboration with multiple clients to deliver recruitment projects and solutions across the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Chemicals and Medical Device industries.

Operating as Principal Consultant within the Search Division, Keith will act as Project Manager. Keith will agree project requirements for this project and manage on an ongoing basis. Acting as main point of contact, managing timelines and client interactions, Keith will ensure overall project delivery coupled with valuable market data supporting key decisions.

TESTIMONIAL: People Director, Global Research Consultancy

“I have worked with Search By SRG on a number of roles now. Keith was very empathetic with the brief, helping to round it off, working through the likely scenarios and multiple options, with the aid of Hannah Mason.  Throughout they kept me informed of progress, formally on a weekly basis but also informally when needed. They were confident enough to challenge my thinking, throw into the mix candidates that may not have met the brief but that actually brought something new and interesting to the table. The shortlist of candidates was superb and really enabled us to appoint the best person for the role, as well as food for thought for other roles. I would have no hesitation recommending them to any business and will definitely be coming back to them in the future”.

Hannah Mason

Principal Researcher

Specialist Areas: Scientific, Technical and Operations

Hannah has spent the last 7 years working specifically in an executive search capacity delivering to the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries with roles from Director, VP levels and upwards. Initially with a Biochemistry background, Hannah spent time within boutique executive search firms before delivering senior recruitment across a number of work areas with GSK. She has delivered a diverse range of research projects across the full range of the product lifecycle across early discovery, development and manufacturing including c-suite roles.

As Principal Researcher within the Search Division, Hannah will focus solely on the candidate arm of the project. Hannah will conduct all market mapping activities, candidate identification and engagement. Hannah will hold multiple discussions to introduce the opportunity and assess candidates against the role and company on both a technical and cultural fit, making recommendations based on market intelligence.

TESTIMONIAL: Senior Director Vector Production

"It was a real delight working with Hannah. She was very focused and direct in terms of what the client was looking for and how that matched by skillset. Excellent, poignant questions, and friendly, approachable demeanour. I highly recommend working with Hannah, whether you are a biotech company seeking talent, or an experienced candidate looking for opportunities."

Amelia Rose


Specialist Areas: Scientific, Technical and Operations

As a Researcher, Amelia will be your main point of contact throughout the process.  Amelia will talk through the opportunity in detail, answer your questions and guide you through the various stages of the recruitment process. 

Amelia comes from a Geophysical Sciences background where she studied the chemistry and composition of rocks from the inner layers on the earth and analysed them utilising computation modelling.

Amelia has a history of working with some of the best and most innovative Biopharmaceutical firms within her time in Executive recruitment. 


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