Pharma R&D Director

Sector: Life Science & Nutrition
Location: Global


Miramar was retained by a global functional ingredient manufacturer for the life science and nutrition sectors to lead a search for a new Global R&D Director for their Pharma business. The business was going through a period of change and accelerated growth and the R&D Director would be a critical part of the leadership team driving that agenda.

The ideal candidate needed to have a strong technical knowledge of cell culture media formulation, and proven leadership capability. They also needed to have significant understanding of the broader supply and value chains and be well networked within the industry. Beyond the technical expertise, it was essential for them to bring a demonstrated ability to drive change and partner effectively with the business to advise on strategy and execution.



The importance of experience in cell culture media formulation required us to identify organisations across this value chain including CDMO’s, CRO’s and larger manufacturers serving the life sciences industry.  We considered both large and small organizations with operations in the US, to ensure a good breadth of candidates and to broaden the talent pools. We thoroughly mapped each organisation to identify talent at various levels, considering profiles with a similar level of experience but also high potential candidates that had the potential to step into this global leadership role.



We identified and engaged with over 100 profiles that could fit the requirements of the role. After conducting in-depth assessments, we presented our client with a qualified shortlist of 5 candidates. The successful profile came from a market leader in cell culture media development with the required blend of technical experience and leadership skills.


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