A significant number of pharmaceutical companies in Ireland have specified the need for experienced tech transfer specialists and NPI scientists/engineers to facilitate NPI and scale-up from clinical to commercial scale production. As any pharmaceutical professional will know, inward tech transfer is a very promising sign in terms of stability within a company. The fact that we are seeing a strong demand for this type of candidate is highly encouraging for the Irish pharmaceutical sector to say the least!
With the market still recovering from the financial crisis however, the only downside to this development has been that companies are still seeking candidates with experience in particular product types – i.e. primary manufacturing facilities continue to seek candidates with API development experience, and solid dose companies remain fixed in their requirement for candidates with backgrounds in tabletting operations. More recently there has also been a big jump in the demand for candidates who have previously specialised in aseptic production.
This can be hugely disheartening for candidates – where exactly does one gain the necessary experience without being given a shot? As a recruiter, I personally like to see candidates who may not be an ideal fit come to me, having extensively researched the area they wish to gain access to, rather than simply firing in an application that is not a fit for the advertised job spec. This gives me the confidence to recommend that person to the employer, and tells me that they can offer a reliable and credible option for roles in what can be a relatively candidate-short market.
This may not work for everyone with every employer, but my advice is to try it and you may not get as many ‘regret’ responses without having the chance to at least have a conversation with the recruiter, whether they come from an agency or a talent acquisition team.
I invite experienced NPI/tech transfer candidates interested in discussing their next step to contact me.