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Current Assignments


Below is a selection of interim assignments that Interea is currently working on. Please note that the list is not exhaustive, and is intended primarily to demonstrate the wide range of roles with which we are asked to help.

If you have an interest in any of the assignments listed below, please contact Interea as soon as possible.

Head of Medical Affairs (Permanent)

Our Client is an ambitious drug development company headquartered in North America, publicly quoted with a headcount of c. 200 employees.   European operations are centered in Switzerland.

The company has two marketed products approved in Europe (and other territories), both of which are in the cardiovascular area.  Other non-CV products are however in development as is a drug/device combination product for which regulatory submissions are planned over the coming months.

The need has emerged for a top-quality Head of Medical Affairs who will be responsible for collaborating across all European regions and functions to develop and then execute the Medical Affairs strategy, including Phase IV clinical trials and publications.  Responsibility will also encompass management of Pharmacovigilance.

This is a senior level role within the company and reports directly to the North-American based CEO.   The successful candidate will ideally be based in Switzerland, although outstanding candidates based within easy access of Geneva and who would be willing to undertake frequent visits there, will be considered.  A strong international (European) outlook / experience is important

It is likely that the successful candidate will possess the following areas of experience and expertise:-

  • Results-oriented and possess a proven track record of success in building and leading best-in-class medical affairs organisations within a growing world-class biopharmaceutical or medical device company.
  • Intense commitment to high moral standards and business ethics. Honesty, openness, and transparency are valued. Ability to build relationships that foster a cohesive, committed team environment across multiple locations and geographies. Ability to inspire others and bring out their best performance.
  • Medical degree or PhD.
  • A minimum of 10+ years total related work experience. At least seven years of pharmaceutical industry experience in medical affairs or other relevant discipline. Profound expertise in the field of cardiovascular disease.
  • A minimum of five years senior leadership experience; credible as a ‘thought leader’ and able to inspire others, creating a dynamic environment that fosters innovation in thought and execution, as well as transparency; able to work collaboratively across all levels of the organization and lead influentially, must have exceptional judgment, integrity, and ethics.
  • Ability to interact in a positive manner and effectively influence all constituencies, including management, scientists, board members, corporate partners and investors
  • Strategic Thinker/Change Agent: High-energy, accountable and forward-looking; able to see larger business picture. Persuasive individual with the ability to work at all levels to educate and gain buy-in for all programs and initiatives; track record of creating a positive imprint on an evolving business; able to engage in strategic business discussion and communicate the value of quality programs and initiatives and the value of change.
  • Effective Trusted Communicator: Able to effectively educate and influence other stakeholders.
  • Spoken and written fluency in English and eventually other European languages

 

This is an excellent and exciting opportunity in an ambitious and fast-growing company. The contribution to be made will be highly visible and of critical importance.

If this opportunity is a good fit with your own areas of experience and expertise, please make contact with Geoff Newman (Interea) as soon as possible.

Corporate Legal / Company Secretarial

A senior level and important need has arisen in one of Interea’s very good clients – a UK-based pharmaceutical CMO that is highly ambitious and who recently raised a significant amount of money in order to build anew facility.

This is transforming the company from one that 12 months ago employed c. 30 people to one that will employ over 100 by the end of Q1 next year.  This will allow them to manufacture not just early clinical drug supply, but quantities sufficient for all stages of development as well as commercial quantities.

Such expansion brings many changes, including their decision to appoint an in-house Corporate Legal professional rather than relying totally on external partners.

The need is for a high calibre individual with experience of the life sciences sector. Such experience will encompass overall legal counsel matters as well as investor agreements, articles as well as Board and company secretarial duties.

This opportunity is initially likely to demand c. 4 days / month including Board Meetings. This should not be considered an interim role, but the start of a longer-term relationship.

Ideally, the successful candidate should be in a position to start with our Client as soon as possible.

This is an excellent opportunity in an exciting company.

If this is of interest to you, please contact Geoff Newman of Interea International as soon as possible. Phone 01844 – 202989 or email to gn@interea.co.uk

Medical Director : Interim / Permanent

Our client, based in the UK, is a small, AIM listed and ambitious speciality pharma company currently at a very exciting stage in its life.

Commercialisation of its first product in Europe has recently taken place, and its exciting product development pipeline comprises a number of products spanning Phases I, II and III here in Europe as well as in the US.

The need has emerged for a talented, motivated and experienced Medical Director to join the company in what is a critically important and senior role.

Reporting directly to the company’s CEO, the successful candidate will oversee and manage all clinical operations and regulatory development activities relating to all of its development programmes.  Specifically, a number of Phase 3 programmes for 2 products in Europe and the US, a separate product programme in the UK and a range of early stage pipeline programmes into the clinic.

The Medical Director will assume overall responsibility for the compliant execution of all clinical programmes in line with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and in accordance with the statutory requirements of the European and US regions in which the studies are being conducted.

The successful candidate will:-

  • Be medically qualified
  • Have an impressive track record of pharmaceutical clinical development across all phases
  • Derive enjoyment from, and have experience of working with what are currently termed speciality medicines
  • Quite possibly have big pharma experience, but will need to have a proven track record of being able to deliver when working in small companies
  • Have experience of working successfully with the key global regulatory authorities, cf. European and US
  • Be able to contribute significantly, alongside other senior colleagues, to the development and implementation of the overall company strategy
  • Be able to work remotely
  • Be an excellent communicator, both internally and to a range of important and external third parties.
  • Be able to represent the company at all times with professionalism and integrity. The Medical Director will be seen as one of the key external faces of the company.
  • Have line management experience

Ideally, the successful candidate will probably start work with the company in September or early Q4– either in an interim capacity (3-5 days /week) or in an immediate position of employment.  If interim, the hope is that the successful candidate would be receptive to the idea of a possible subsequent transition to a position of full-time employment.

This is an excellent opportunity in an outstanding company of real potential.

If this is of interest to you, please contact Geoff Newman of Interea International as soon as possible.  Phone 01844 – 202989 or email to gn@interea.co.uk

Interim Regulatory Affairs Director : EMEA

Our Client is an ambitious speciality pharma company, publicly quoted and with revenues in excess of $1 billion.  Global headquarters are in the US, with European operations managed via a base in the UK.

The company currently has a portfolio of pioneering and innovative products that are available in over 40 countries around the world and which help treat patients for a condition that is recognised as one of growing public health concern.

Other key products are in development and are expected to contribute significantly to the company’s future global growth in the coming years.

The need has emerged for an Interim Regulatory Affairs Director : EMEA who will be responsible for leading all regulatory affairs activities across Europe / EU and Middle-East Africa.

This is a senior level role, reporting directly to the Senior VP Global Regulatory Affairs in the US.

Key responsibilities include:-

  • Leading a team of regulatory professionals across Europe
  • Liaising directly with EMEA Regulatory Authorities
  • Defining global regulatory strategies and submissions in support of new and existing marketing authorizations.
  • Regulatory compliance

This interim assignment is expected initially to be of 6-12 months duration, probably demanding 4-5 days per week.  The successful candidate will be based in the European HQ in Greater London / Thames Valley, although it is likely that some work some work can be conducted from a home base. A modest amount of international travel will be required.

For the right candidate, the possibility exists for a subsequent transition into a permanent position of employment.

It is likely that the successful candidate will have…

  • Advanced degree in Pharmacy/Medicine/Pharmacology/Chemistry/Biology or other science-related field.
  • Master Degree in Regulatory Affairs a plus.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical regulatory field
  • Minimum of 4 years experience in a senior Regulatory position at European level
  • Minimum of 4 years experience in Regulatory Affairs Director position within a EU5 country
  • Previous people management experience across countries is required
  • Working knowledge of Regulatory Affairs regulations and major European health authorities. Knowledge of Middle-East regulations is a plus.
  • Experience of working in a specialty care category/disease space e.g.,psychiatry, mental health, stigmatizing diseases (HIV-HCV, alcohol addiction) is essential. Experience in controlled substance regulations is a plus.

This is an outstanding and exciting opportunity in an ambitious and fast-growing company.  The contribution to be made will be highly visible and of critical importance.

If this is of interest to you, please contact Geoff Newman of Interea International as soon as possible.  Phone 01844 – 202989 or email to gn@interea.co.uk

Interim Head of Supply Chain

Our client is a privately-held, venture backed business that has genuine expertise in encapsulation technology that enables valuable active products to be protected, delivered and released where and when required.

Such technology has the potential to be of real interest to a wide range of industry sectors including pharmaceuticals, detergents, agrochemicals, cosmetics, fragrances etc.

The need has emerged for a interim Head of Supply Chain for an assignment of 3-6 months duration, probably averaging 10 days / month.  Extension of the assignment is a genuine possibility.

Key deliverables as follows:-

  • Implementation of S&OP software (vendor has just been selected)
  • Support of talented analytical chemist in assumption of role of QA lead
  • Identification of 2ndsource of manufacture in EU (Brexit) most probably Ireland
  • Set up identified contract manufacturers for finished packing of 2 products
  • Implementation of smooth supply chain for launch of a product through an on-line retailer in Sept.

This is an excellent opportunity in a company of outstanding potential.

If this is of interest to you, please contact Geoff Newman of Interea International as soon as possible.  Phone 01844 – 202989 or email to gn@www.interea.co.uk

Comercial Lawyer : Biotech

Our Client is an ambitious and fast-growing specialist Process technology / Contract Manufacturing Organisation (CMO) highly active on the business development front in the US as well as Europe and Japan.

The need has emerged for an experienced biotech commercial lawyer to advise them on contract development and manufacturing agreements with customers , mainly in the USA but in EU and Japan.

This is an interim role.
Candidates must be experienced in biotech CDMO dealmaking .
If this opportunity is a good fit for you, please contact Geoff Newman at Interea as soon as possible.

 

Interim (or Permanent) Regulatory Affairs Associate : Medical Devices

Our client is a well-financed, UK-based company operating within the medical devices sector and with plans to move to profitability within the next couple of years on the back of a number of product launches.

The company currently has over 20 employees including a strong technical team (of which the Regulatory Affairs function is a key part) led by a Chief Technology Officer (CTO). To underpin ambitious growth plans and build greater depth and expertise in the team, the company is seeking to appoint a Regulatory Affairs Associate with experience of regulatory affairs in relation to medical devices.

This is a crucial role for the successful expansion of the company into a substantial business over the next several years so the job holder will have a high level of influence in shaping the success of the business as it goes forward.

The Regulatory Affairs Associate role report directly to the Head Of Quality &Regulatory affairs. It is likely that the regulatory function will continue to grow.

The successful candidate will be responsible for directly submitting and maintaining regulatory approvals, under the direction and guidance of the Head of Q&RA.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Leading the preparation and submission of regulatory approvals in the markets served by the company. These include (but not limited to): EU, USA, China, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Middle East, Korea
  • Participating in ensuring compliance with all applicable standards and regulations for the company’s medical devices

 Rapid expansion into new markets and territories along with the launch of new product upgrades are planned, requiring new and amended regulatory clearances.

 

Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong background in regulatory affairs for medical devices, with at least 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in the medical devices industry essential
  • Good knowledge and experience of EU regulations and guidance required
  • Good knowledge of ISO13485 and ISO14971 highly desirable
  • Experience of FDA 510(k) submissions highly desirable
  • Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline
  • Good time management, thoroughness, attention to detail and organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing, using correct terminology with staff and partners at all levels.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, but to do so in the context of the wider team.
  • Able to understand the context of their role within the commercial objectives of the company, and have the necessary degree of pragmatism, flexibility and sense of urgency to succeed in a small company environment.

 

This interim opportunity will be of a initial 6-months duration and will demand 3-4 days / week.  It is highly likely that a subsequent transition into a position of employment could follow if so desired.

If this opportunity is of interest, please contact Geoff Newman of Interea as soon as possible.

Interim Key Account Manager : Branded OTC Medicines

One of Interea’s good clients is a UK-based company that has two distinct sides to its business – one of which is the already successful (and growing) commercialisation of branded OTC medicines, here in the UK and in an expanding number of other European markets.

Within the UK, consumers can already buy the products in such major multiples as Boots, Superdrug, Morrisons and Tesco, and efforts are underway to secure distribution agreements with other important chains such as Waitrose, Asda etc.

An Interim need has arisen within our client for a Senior Key Account Manager who will have responsibility for the profitable sales into these retail channels. It is important that the professional relationships between our client and the buyers within these companies continue to grow and develop to both parties’ satisfaction.

The interim assignment will be of an initial 6-9 months duration, with the genuine possibility of a subsequent transition into a permanent position of employment if both parties so wish. The assignment will probably demand not less than 3-4 days / week.

Our client’s Head Office is in London, although it is envisaged that the successful candidate will essentially work from a home base. Occasional visits to London will be necessary.

Ideally, the successful candidate should be in a position to start the assignment as soon as possible.

If this opportunity is of interest and a good fit with your own areas of experience and expertise, please contact Geoff Newman of Interea International as soon as possible.

Phone 01844 – 202989 or email to gn@www.interea.co.uk

Interim IT Professional

A critically important interim need has arisen in one of Interea’s very good clients – a UK-based pharmaceutical CMO that is highly ambitious and who have very recently raised a significant amount of money in order to build a new facility.

This will transform the company from one that currently employs c. 20 people to one that will employ closer to 100 and will allow them to manufacture not just early clinical drug supply, but quantities sufficient for all stages of development as well as commercial quantities.

Not surprisingly, there is much to do on the IT front.

In brief, their need is for an Interim IT professional to run a conceptual design and implementation project for their new facility.

Ideally they are looking for someone who has experience of setting up an IT system (ground up) who has a background in the Life Sciences industry and experience in integrating quality systems (GMP in this case), Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), financial systems, inventory management and operational planning.

The assignment is likely to of an initial 6 months duration, but with the probability of extension.

Difficult to say at this stage how many days / week the role will demand, but will not be less than 3-4, and could well be full time.

Ideally, the successful candidate should be in a position to start the assignment as soon as possible.

This is an excellent opportunity in an exciting company.

If this is of interest to you, please contact Geoff Newman of Interea International as soon as possible. Phone 01844 – 202989 or email to gn@www.interea.co.uk

Interim Director of Finance

Our Client is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity that has significant interaction with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on a global basis.

The need has emerged for an Interim Director of Finance, with the assignment having an initial duration of 6 months.  The exact number of days / week has yet to be finalised.

Candidates must be qualified accountants and have experience of working in a financial role within the charity sector.

If this unusual and challenging opportunity is of interest to you, please contact Geoff Newman as soon as possible.

 

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