Your Los Angeles pharmaceutical recruitment team

When Surf Search begins the process for recruiting pharmaceutical candidates in Los Angeles, that process starts with YOU and your hiring manager. We need to know your “must haves.” Are you looking for process engineering candidates with sterile pharmaceutical experience? Are you looking for quality assurance manager candidates with a background in OTC oral solid dosage? Are you struggling to find candidates willing to relocate to Los Angeles? Our process starts with getting a strong understanding of what you’ve done, what you really need, and what hasn’t worked so far. That’s why you are coming to us. From there, we:

  • Use extensive contacts within the pharma space to identify competitors with candidates who may be looking for work in Los Angeles.
  • Utilize industry knowledge to target ideal candidates.
  • Build strong relationships with candidates with “always available” contact.  This streamlines the recruiting process.
  • Identify candidate concerns and interests, promoting company culture, values and career growth opportunity while mitigating any potential negatives.
  • Facilitate offer presentation and neutralize counter offer issues.
  • Help manage candidate’s move and transition.

Your pharma executive search specialists in Los Angeles

Headhunting in the pharmaceutical space is more than challenging in the current environment. As long time executive recruiters focused on life sciences, our pipeline of pharmaceutical candidates is extensive. We understand what it takes to convince the best passive candidates to make a move. Pharmaceutical headhunting isn’t for beginners. Look to Surf Search to fill your most challenging roles.

Case Study - Filling the Director of Clinical Operations position for a small pharmaceutical discovery company

A small pharmaceutical company was referred to us because they needed help finding the right candidate for their Director of Clinical Operations. This role required a unique combination of clinical expertise, leadership skills, and experience in managing complex clinical trials. The client needed help finding candidates who met these rigorous standards quickly to avoid impacting the progression of their critical clinical projects.

Surf Search quickly identified candidates from companies working in the same clinical space who met all the requirements The candidate hired for the role brought a wealth of specific clinical experience needed for this role. The client was able to expedite their clinical projects and attributed this acceleration to the strategic fit and expertise of the new hire.

Our Clients

We work with clients and candidates at companies like these

Typical roles we fill

Surf Search stays on top of our recruiting process

"I am challenged with difficult hiring managers. They have a lot of their plates and while hiring the best talent is a priority, doing the hard work of reviewing resumes and scheduling interviews often takes a back seat. The team at Surf Search knows how to move the recruitment process forward, to "nudge" things along while keeping candidates "warm." They know when they need to send out an SOS. We have an excellent partnership that's resulted in several key hires - top pharmaceutical engineers and scientists, despite our location."

- Liz T, HR Manager, rural manufacturing site, global company

Partner with Surf Search


Frequently asked questions
about Los Angeles pharmaceutical recruiting

Why should I use a pharmaceutical recruiting specialist in Los Angeles?

Recruiter specialization in pharmaceuticals exponentially increases your ability to target the best talent for your organization in Los Angeles. Surf Search has a deep database of candidates working at pharmaceutical companies around the country. We develop strong career relationships with candidates in the pharmaceutical industry and know what they are looking for in a new job.

Explain your recruiting process, from receiving the initial job order to onboarding a new hire? What can we expect for our Los Angeles search?

Surf Search will meet with your hiring team in Los Angeles to ensure you have a strong message on selling both the job and your company. We will help you fine tune your job descriptions. Benefits, company culture and career pathways need to be clearly defined. The interviewing process needs to streamlined and efficient. Next, Surf Search will present 3-8 qualified candidates for each position within 1-2 weeks’ time. We will help you set up interviews, follow up with the candidates and hiring teams, check references when necessary and negotiate the offer when the time comes. We keep in touch with the hiring manager and the candidate to make sure onboarding is completed and that the candidate is thriving in their new position.

Which pharmaceutical roles does Surf Search fill in Los Angeles?

Surf Search has successfully filled hundreds of key positions at pharmaceutical companies in R&D, manufacturing, operations, HR, financial and top leadership. With over 20 years recruiting in pharmaceutical recruiting, we have an extensive database of candidates, and a deep pipeline of candidates we are regularly in contact with. We also reach out to new grads and postdocs looking for industry positions.

What does your candidate sourcing strategy look like for recruiting candidates in the pharmaceutical industry in Los Angeles?

With offices across the US, Surf Search recruiting teams have developed a deep pipeline of active candidates numbering in the tens of thousands. We work on positions with companies across the country and partner with other top recruiting firms who also specialize in pharmaceutical recruiting. This dramatically increases our reach.

What differentiates Surf Search as pharmaceutical recruiters from all the others in [cityname]? What makes you better?

We are a niche recruiting firm, focused on recruiting for the pharmaceutical industry. We have been in the headhunting business for a long time and enjoy a terrific reputation with our clients and candidates. Most of our clients have been with us through many company changes and take us with them as they move up their own career ladders. In recruiting for the pharmaceutical industry, you are only as good as who you know, and our recruiting pipeline is deep. Take a dozen headhunters, give them the same pharmaceutical search assignment and Surf Search always come out on top. Our knowledge and depth of experience in pharmaceutical recruiting stands out in headhunting circles across the U.S.

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