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HEAD OF MEDICAL AFFAIRS, EUROPE

Beckford Search was approached by a global bio-pharmaceutical organisation that was going through a very significant organisational transition. The organisation was attempting to streamline the organisation vertically and to implement a fully matrixed reporting structure. To assist with this new paradigm shift specific to Medical Affairs in the EU, our client were seeking a medically qualified pharmaceutical professional who had significant, global pharmaceutical industry experience covering the leadership of a broad set of medical activities both at country and global level.

This was the most senior medical position in the EU and therefore required an individual who would be able to influence and lead the business unit, develop Unit strategies and build relationships with both external and internal stakeholders in order to achieve business unit goals.

A number of candidates from within our network were approached, and were fully evaluated before a final shortlist was submitted to the client within 8 weeks with approval to proceed to interview. During the course of our search we approached 55 passive candidates across 6 different EU and CEE countries and from this drew up a short list of 7 interested parties. The successful candidate was an individual who had been working primarily in the CEE area for a competing global organisation.

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