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Life science retained search experts

Talent is the lifeblood of the life sciences; the core asset empowering life science organisations like yours to design, manufacture and distribute life-changing drugs, treatments and devices which transform and save patient lives. Every product you make, every solution you deliver, is the result of the decisions, planning, due diligence and dedication of your team.

However, while every individual is integral to the efficient and ethical operation of your life science organisation; it is middle-tier management who translate strategy into action. Their experience, sound judgement and ability to motivate and inspire their teams enable them to develop and execute programmes which can transform your value chain operations.

Attracting and retaining top talent can give your life science organisation a competitive edge, but middle-tier management holds particular influence. Not only are they responsible for delivering divisional-level goals and objectives, but their visibility and involvement in day-to-day operations means they are crucial to your employee engagement and retention.

Life science organisations can navigate these challenges and reduce time-to-hire by partnering with a reputable boutique search firm. Fraser Dove International’s Primary Search (Retained) caters for upper tier management or specialist roles; pinpointing, qualifying and securing high-calibre individuals who can transform your value chain operations.


Typical retained search appointments

  • Director of Project Management, R&D

  • Senior Manager Analytical Development

  • Senior Director Operations Strategy

  • Senior Manager Operational Excellence

  • Senior Engineering Manager

  • Senior Director of Engineering

  • Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs

  • Associate Director, Global GCP Quality

  • Senior Procurement Manager

  • Associate Director of Product Supply

  • Senior HR Manager

  • Director, Global Strategy

Life Science Primary Search is our foremost retained search solution. We help you identify and secure high-impact talent in middle tier management or specialist roles from Senior Manager through to Senior Director. Led by search consultants with extensive life science and functional expertise, each Primary Search is delivered in nine weeks or less.


What we do best

Your commercial operations span the value chain from discovery to commercialisation; your talent solutions provider should too.

From research and development through to commercial & general management, Fraser Dove International will find the talent you need to design, manufacture and distribute drugs, treatments and devices which transform and save patient lives.

Our in-house research function is broken down into six specialist divisions - one for each value chain function - enabling our expert consultants to nurture robust talent pools of high-calibre life science executives and industry specialists.

Why Fraser Dove

Setting the standard for retained search

  • Expertise
    Success in life science executive search hinges on two factors: 1) industry knowledge; 2) network strength. We operate exclusively in the life science industry; partnering with senior leaders in mature and emerging life science organisations across the globe. We offer you unique insights and access to unparalleled life science leadership talent.
  • Reach
    International by name, global by nature. With 90% of our leadership-level searches conducted globally across EMEA, North America and Asia, our capabilities are not constrained by geographic boundaries. We source high-impact talent from far and wide and place them where they are needed most; at the beating heart of your value chain operations.
  • Precision
    Quality-of-hire; the crucial metric that determines the success of a retained search. Our disciplined approach and advanced methodology marry traditional networking techniques with the latest search and selection technology. We leave no stone unturned in our quest to find you outstanding executive talent who match your exacting requirements.
  • Integrity
    Open, agile and responsible, transparency upholds our actions. We meticulously refine our processes, stay abreast of the latest developments and train our consultants to the highest standards to ensure we continually delight, deliver and stay ahead of the game. By empowering our clients, candidates and people, we unlock doors and transform lives.
  • Reputation
    Employer Brand and Employer Value Proposition (EVP) are intrinsically linked. When representing your brand to prospective talent, our search consultants place great emphasis on your mission, values and differentiators, not just the particulars of the role. Where appropriate, co-branded or brand-matched collateral compliments your employer brand.

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Search success stories

We aim is to become an extension of your organisation, working in partnership with Talent Acquisition (TA), HR and Hiring Managers to find and place the very best life science talent. Here are some recent examples of where we achieved our aim, delivering exceptional talent solutions within tight timeframes.

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What our clients say

  • Global Human Resources Business Partner, Pharmaceuticals

    We engaged Fraser Dove on a large-scale transformation of the Procurement function within our business. Fraser Dove supported the organisation extensively over a ten month period and helped us realise global success with our mid to senior grade hiring. Fraser Dove partnered with us in the truest sense of the word and helped us achieve our transformational goals.

  • Manager Human Resources, Global Biologics Specialist

    Fraser Dove have assisted us with a number of searches across Europe primarily supporting our Development and Engineering functions. The team at Fraser Dove understand the market and our needs. They have identified strong individuals for consideration; managed the interview and offer process effectively and helped bring a successful conclusion to a number of complex searches.

  • VP Technical Operations, Medical Devices

    I engaged Fraser Dove to execute a group mandate of five senior positions within my team. My expectations were met at every stage of the search process. The FDI team delivered quality candidates on time and to brief. Fraser Dove provided were responsive throughout the process and worked with me to build a vision of the new team.

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Get in touch

While you can glean much about who we are and what we do from our website, we’d be delighted to have a conversation about your specific search requirements. Simply complete the form below, submit a vacancy or call us on +44 (0)203 355 7050 and our executive search consultants will be in touch. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 1 business day.