Life Sciences Search at Witt/Kieffer: Shooting for Stars
Life sciences companies find themselves in the midst of historic change and market uncertainty. They require great leaders – superstars – who can often make the difference between success or failure.
Witt/Kieffer’s Life Sciences practice targets individuals who have proven themselves on small and large stages, in start-ups and “academy companies.” They wear many hats and commit themselves to an organization for as long as it takes to accomplish their objectives. As the only leading retained executive search firm focused primarily on life sciences and healthcare, we have developed the industry’s largest “historically comprehensive” database—we maintain ongoing relationships with candidates over the course of their careers and track them as they rise in prominence. We are able to identify and gauge interest from exceptional candidates quickly.
Our search consultants, most former executives themselves, hit the ground running at the start of each assignment. We communicate weekly with written and verbal updates about candidate backgrounds, marketplace trends, and comments from our pool of candidates about the position. We commit to deliver a full slate of candidates (6 to 8) who have been completely vetted and ready to move on the opportunity at 30 working days into a search.
Once in their new roles, our placements stick. In fact, our most recent study indicates that, after six years of employment, almost 80% of our placements are still with the same employer. Furthermore, a search firm should share in the risk associated with critical hires. Our placements are guaranteed for two years, something we believe no other firm in our industry offers.
Integral to every life sciences assignment we conduct are our Solutions for Exceptional Leadership, rooted in an industry-specific competency assessment model which helps to evaluate an executive’s strengths and areas for improvement. Based upon factors critical to success in life sciences’ leaders, this proven portfolio of tools and methodologies helps organizations define what great leadership is according to their needs.
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