• Sector: Pharmaceuticals
  • Function: Commercial & General Management
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Fraser Dove International partnered exclusively with a Contract Manufacturing Organisation (CMO) specialising in the development of active pharmaceutical ingredients and the manufacture and distribution of their own product line. 


Our client urgently sought a Site Director of Finance to oversee one of their largest sites with duties spanning risk management, reporting, regional strategy and driving overall site productivity. The successful candidate was expected to overhaul financial processes and programmes, and report on on-site transformation risks.


Despite our client’s best efforts, the position had stood vacant for months. Situated in a life science ‘hot spot’, they faced stiff competition for talent and had failed to attract the high-calibre of talent they sought. Facing another quarter with the position outstanding, they turned to Fraser Dove International for help. 

Solution: Primary Search

Due to the levelling of the role and time-sensitive nature of the search, our exclusive search solution – Primary Search – was the perfect fit. This research-heavy, retained solution is designed to find, engage and qualify high-impact talent across geographies and regardless of whether they are seeking new opportunities.


The discovery call revealed that cultural fit trumped technical fit in our client’s eyes. Armed with this knowledge, the Assignment Lead, George Steere, conducted a thorough search, reaching out to his extensive network of finance specialists while simultaneously headhunting talent. In total, George delivered a shortlist of seven exceptional candidates within three weeks of search commencement. Four of these candidates were existing members of George’s well-established network, while the other three were headhunted. 


Shortlist delivered, all seven candidates were invited to the interview. Each candidate was assessed for their cultural fit, which led to three candidates progressing to the second and third stage interviews. The discovery call through to the offer acceptance took only seven weeks. This lightning-fast delivery of an urgently required, high-calibre candidate thoroughly delighted and impressed our client.


The three candidates invited to the final-stage interview were highly competent; each could have walked away with a job offer.  What distinguished the winning candidate was her devotion to her previous employer, having risen through the ranks from humble beginnings. and what she had achieved. Our client was so delighted with the candidate George identified that they retained Fraser Dove on future searches, which is a testament to Fraser Dove’s established network and search process. Likewise, the candidate was delighted with the swift hiring process as well as the offer that George negotiated for her, which exceeded her expectations. 


How we work

To find, qualify and shortlist the very best life science talent - high-achievers with the right mix of skills, experience, qualifications and competencies to not just excel in the role but ensure a good cultural fit - we must first understand our client’s business, their mission, values and culture.

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