Skip to content

The Bowdoin Group Named to “60 Biotech and Biopharma Recruiters” List

Posted by Lauren Kendall on May 1, 2017
WALTHAM, Mass., May 1, 2017 – The Bowdoin Group has been named one of the top 60 recruiters for Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical positions, unranked and listed alphabetically. That’s up from 50 firms last year40 in 2015, and 24 in GEN’s first recruiter list from 2013. Companies were included based on internet searches or publicly available online lists of Biopharma recruiters, but this list does not constitute a list of all Biopharma recruiters.

Paul Strouts, global managing director for Hays Life Sciences, has pinpointed “The Five Hottest Life Science Jobs for 2017.” Two of the five are traditional R&D roles: research technician and senior researcher, especially in genomics and genetics. Two others are managerial roles: chief scientific officer and clinical project manager.

The fifth is more a category than a specific role—specialists who can fulfill critical skills gaps by applying skills beyond the master’s and doctoral degree graduates traditionally sought by Biopharma: “Mathematical and IT experience (are) coming high on hirers’ wish lists,” Strouts observed. “If you’re keen to break into this sector, now might be a good time to think about leveraging your existing experience.”

Greg Reh, U.S. and global life sciences sector leader for Deloitte, summed up several factors shaping how companies and their employees operate in the firm’s “2017 U.S. Life Sciences Industry Outlook.” Clinical and technical employees often work 24/7 on global innovation teams, aided by technologies such as cloud-based computing, robotics, and AI.

Significantly, Reh added, companies have begun switching from full-time employees toward part-time and on-demand or “contingent” workers such as contract employees, freelancers, and consultants.

“Some are considering employing a contingent workforce, even with the legal and regulatory challenges that come with it, to temporarily fill skills gaps on-demand and introduce more fluidity in recruitment,” Reh noted. “These developments and others call for new workforce-management models that recognize the advantages and challenges of an open-talent economy and the need to develop and retain employees with critical clinical, business, and technology skill sets.”

Those trends pose new challenges for Biopharma recruiters, who match employers with job candidates in significant portions of the industry.

Originally published by Alex Philippidis Senior News Editor Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News.

About The Bowdoin Group

Founded in 1994, The Bowdoin Group is an award-winning executive search firm that specializes in leadership and strategic roles for a wide range of companies, from small firms building out their executive team to large firms sourcing talent for rapid market expansion. With deep expertise in BioPharma, Digital Health, FinTech and Financial Services, and Software, The Bowdoin Group is a leader in the Greater Boston area with depth of experience in sourcing talent and servicing companies globally. The company’s service reputation earned it a ranking in the top 2% of the recruiting industry for client satisfaction. Bowdoin is active in supporting Boston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as several non-profit causes.

Visit us at and connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.