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Harris Lord Life Sciences

Our Life Science Division has a wealth of experience in providing specialist, consultative recruitment expertise to a combination of both SMEs and larger, global businesses within the pharmaceutical and wider life science industries.

Biopharmaceutical Recruitment

Our Biopharmaceutical team work with a range of companies all over Europe. Because our team only works with companies in this market space, we have a broad network of candidates working in a variety of companies, ranging from newly formed niche spin outs to well established and market leading bsinesses. We understand the complexities and ever changing nature of the industry. An overview of the functions we support include:

R&D – Cutting edge research, novel development programmes and the changing nature of technology and its application. For companies to succeed in this ever progressing market space, they need the best employees. We have a track record of sourcing candidates in both hands on research functions and management positions, including project and programme management.

Clinical Research – Determining the efficacy and ultimately the success of any drug or medication requires the clinical trial process to be managed effectively. Our experience includes recruiting for a variety of clinical functions with different therapeutic expertise requirements.

Quality – The cornerstone that underpins any successful development and manufacturing process. As our clients are all at varying stages from R&D through to commercial manufacture and sales, our expertise in recruiting Quality candidates is extensive.

Business Development – Commercially astute scientists are a special breed. Being able to understand and relay USPs as well as having that spark to develop business relationships in such a competitive market is not always an easy package to find in a candidate. Our success in this area includes sourcing candidates looking for their first sales job through to headhunting established market experts looking for their next challenge.

Medical Device Recruitment

Our Medical Device team work with a range of companies all over Europe. Because our team only works with medical device companies we have a broad network of candidates working in a vast range of medical device companies. This gives us the ability to support clients recruiting in the following areas.

Quality & Regulatory – Understanding our market is key, this is why our team take the time to understand the quality and regulatory requirements of the medical device sector. Due to the recent release of ISO13485:2016 we understand that the need for high calibre quality and regulatory staff is essential. Our network of candidates means we are able to present multiple options when working on any QA/RA roles.

Medical Sales – Having good sales staff is the hallmark of any business, we understand this. For that reason we network extensively with medical device sales professionals to establish the top 5% of candidates working in this area. We have had some great success filling sales roles in the UK and Europe, this success is down to our ability to identify talent and present that to our clients.

Engineering / Operations – The development of any product for the medical market is time consuming and costly. That is why we understand finding engineers and technical staff with experience working in this sector can be priceless to a company in the development phase of a product. We have placed staff from technician level to manager / director level, this is because we understand what makes a great engineer and the value they can bring to a business.


Harris Lord specialise in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device recruitment, with an exceptional reputation in the clinical sector. With a large national clinical database and a constantly evolving passive network, our global reach is second to none. Harris Lord has a diverse client base including some top Pharmaceutical companies, biotechs, CROs and medical device companies, however, we work hard to tailor our approach to suit the clients’ needs. Harris Lord also offers ad-hoc interim/freelance solutions to our clients.  

Core areas of recruitment include:

Entry-level Life Science graduate

Clinical Trial Administrator (CTA) & Clinical Project Assistant

Clinical Trial Co-ordinator (CTC)

Clinical Research Nurse

Clinical Research Associate: Trainee CRA, CRA I, II, Senior CRA, Lead CRA

Clinical Study Manager & Clinical Project Manager

Clinical Trial Manager

Clinical Research Manager

Clinical Operations Manager

Clinical Director & Clinical Programme Manager

Clinical Line Managers