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Apex International Recruitment are specialist recruiters for the pharmaceutical Industry and life sciences sectors, Biotechs, CROs and specials companies, sourcing high quality professionals their ideal roles.

We recruit for a variety of disciplines such as; Clinical Research, Clinical Trials, Drug Safety, Health Economics, Healthcare Compliance, Marketing, Medical Affairs, Medical Information, Quality & Regulatory Affairs.

By specialising in a particular area of recruitment, the team at Apex are able to provide a tailored approach to our clients and candidates and we can offer a high degree of expertise and industry knowledge.

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Job Sectors/Specialisms

Medical Affairs

Medical Affairs has grown within the pharmaceutical industry over the years to provide scientific and clinical support to commercial and medical teams amongst others and ensure that companies adhere to strict regulations including ABPI, IPHA, PAGB and EFPIA codes and MHRA guidelines within the UK and International markets. As a medical affairs professional, your duties may include KOL (Key Opinion Leader) development, creating and presenting educational materials, attending symposia, working with brand and marketing teams, providing copy approval for various materials etc.

Job titles available within medical affairs can include (but are not limited to):

  • Medical Affairs Officer / Manager
  • Head of Medical Affairs / Medical Director
  • Medical Manager
  • Medical Advisor / Senior Medical Advisor
  • Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
  • Medical Lead
  • Final Signatory

Those working in medical affairs predominantly come from higher life science backgrounds such as PhD graduates and pharmacy.

Medical Information

Medical Information personnel provide the first port of call for product information for healthcare professionals (for example: doctors, pharmacists, nurses and NHS managers) and to patients. In MI, you would provide information relating to companies marketed products and are the initial interaction between the end client and those using or requesting information about their products. In higher MI roles, you would provide escalated enquiry handling duties and possibly copy approval for various company materials.

Job titles available within medical information can include (but are not limited to):

  • Medical Information Officer
  • Medical Information Pharmacist
  • Medical Information Scientist
  • Final Signatory Pharmacist

Those working in medical information predominantly come from a life science or pharmacy related background.

Healthcare Compliance

Healthcare compliance is the process of following rules, regulations, and laws that relate to healthcare practices. Compliance in healthcare can cover a wide variety of practices and observe internal and external rules and codes of practice and guidelines such as ABPI, IPHA, FDA, EFPIA, and MHRA. It can be defined as the ongoing process of meeting or exceeding the legal, ethical, and professional standards applicable to healthcare organisations or providers.

Healthcare compliance is an oversight role essential for companies to operate and execute policy smoothly and within the confines of the law.

Healthcare compliance professionals have strong links with many internal and external stakeholders and are often required to train teams internally to ensure standards are understood and adhered to. Those working in healthcare compliance would need to have a comprehensive understanding of the company related practices and guidelines which need to be adhered to and may be responsible for writing SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and setting up of and maintaining a QMS (Quality Management System) to ensure compliance is adhered to and auditable.  You may also be required to conduct ongoing risk assessment of internal procedures.

Job titles available within Healthcare Compliance include (but are not limited to):

  • Healthcare Compliance Manager
  • Medical Compliance Manager
  • Business & Integrity Compliance Manager
  • Medical Director

Those working in Healthcare Compliance will predominantly come from a life science or pharmacy background.

Pharmacovigilance / Drug Safety

Pharmacovigilance / Drug Safety roles revolve around the collection of data from both clinical trial and post-marketed products to ensure future patient safety. Initially, data such as adverse events is collected and case processed.  This is held to aid with future efficacy and safety of products, usually working in close conjunction with regulatory departments.

More senior PV personnel will likely specialise in areas such as Risk Management, Signal Detection, PVQA, PV Compliance, PSUR writing and PV Agreements/SDEA duties.

Job titles available within PV / Drug Safety can include (but are not limited to):

  • Drug Safety Coordinator
  • Drug Safety Associate / Scientist
  • Pharmacovigilance Officer
  • Senior Pharmacovigilance Officer / Scientist
  • PV Manager
  • PV Operations Manager
  • PV Director
  • PV Auditor

Those working in PV predominantly come from a life science or pharmacy related background.

Medical Communication

The Medical Communications (Med Comms) process is instrumental in shaping marketing and uses a strategic approach that will utilise a variety of channels to ensure consistent and clear support for the company and their products throughout the brand lifecycle. Those working in Med Comms can be responsible for Key Opinion Leader (KOL) identification and development, development of training programmes for internal and external use, raising therapy area awareness through scientific meetings including ad boards, symposia etc.

Job titles available within Medical Communications include (but are not limited to):

  • Medical Writer
  • Editorial Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Account Executive
  • Programme Manager
  • Digital Lead
  • Scientific Director
  • Business Development Manager

Those working in Med Comms predominantly come from a life science or PhD background.

Clinical Research / Clinical Trials

Before a product can be marketed, it will go through various phases of Clinical Trials (Phases I to IV) to ensure safety and efficacy in the treatment for the end patient.  With each phase of trial, the number of participants increases until the product is deemed safe for the market and receives the appropriate authorisations to go to market.

Those working in clinical trials are responsible for studies from start-up to close-out and everything required in between.

Whilst some companies have their own clinical trial facilities, often clinical trials work is outsourced to a Clinical Research Organisation (CRO) who conduct the trials.

Depending on where in the clinical trial process you work, you could be responsible for study start-up activities, site selection and feasibility, monitoring and closing of studies.

Job titles available within Clinical Trials / Clinical Research include (but are not limited to):

  • Clinical Trial Associate (CTA)
  • Study Start-Up Specialist
  • Clinical Research Associate (CRA)
  • Clinical Research Nurse
  • Clinical Trial Manager (CTM)
  • Clinical Project Manager (CPM)
  • Clinical Director

Those working in Clinical Research predominantly come from a life science or pharmacy related background.

Quality Assurance

Those working within Quality Assurance (QA) ensure that products meet the required standards and regulations through all stages of a product lifecycle, from clinical phase to manufacture and distribution/supply chain. These regulations include GCP (Good Clinical Practice); GLP (Good Laboratory Practice); GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice); GDP (Good Distribution Practice) and GxP (Good Practice covering various fields).

Job titles available within QA include (but are not limited to):

  • Quality Assurance Officer
  • QA Pharmacist
  • QA Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Responsible Person
  • Qualified Person

Those working in QA/QC predominantly come from a Chemistry, life science or pharmacy related background.

Quality Control

Those working within Quality Control (QC) ensure that products meet the required standards and regulations through all stages of a product lifecycle, from clinical phase to manufacture and distribution/supply chain. These regulations include GCP (Good Clinical Practice); GLP (Good Laboratory Practice); GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice); GDP (Good Distribution Practice) and GxP (Good Practice covering various fields).

Job titles available within QC include (but are not limited to):

  • Quality Control Officer
  • QC Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Quality Project Leader
  • Compliance Officer
  • Product Testing Analyst

Those working in QC predominantly come from a Chemistry, life science or pharmacy related background.

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Affairs is one of the broadest job areas within the pharma industry, with regulatory professionals working through a products entire lifecycle, from the research and development phases, through to clinical trials, marketed and post marketed product stages, ensuring that companies adhere to strict guidelines on a global scale to provide safe and effective products to consumers worldwide. Regulatory focusses in new, existing and emerging markets and regulatory professionals can specialise in a number of areas. Regulatory work can involve broad or specialist experience in areas such as clinical trial applications (CTAs), compliance, regulatory submissions, labelling and publishing.

Regulatory affairs is an essential function across all healthcare industries (OTC, pharma, biotech, devices etc)

Job titles available within Regulatory Affairs include (but are not limited to):

  • Regulatory Affairs Associate
  • Regulatory Affairs Officer
  • Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Regulatory Affairs Director
  • Regulatory Writer / Medical Writer

Those working in Regulatory Affairs predominantly come from a life science or pharmacy related background.

Health Economics / Market Access

Market Access is the process that companies go through to ensure that their products are made available in as many countries as possible, while ensuring these medicines are reimbursed and made available to the patients who need them.

For example, in order to have their products reimbursed by the NHS, companies are required to gather and analyse available market data around the health economic impact and cost effectiveness of their products, while presenting this data to NICE through HTAs (Health Technology Assessments). NICE will ultimately decide if a product is cost effective enough for the market.

Those working in health economics and market access can be responsible for planning, designing and conducting UK and multi-national outcomes research studies, produce forecasting analysis for pipeline products; sourcing, interpretating, generating and dissemination of Health and Value (H&V) data ready for submissions, providing technical input into economic models as well as pricing and HTA readiness activities.

Job titles available within Health Economics / Market Access include (but are not limited to):

  • Health Economist
  • Market Data Analyst
  • Market Access Manager
  • HTA Manager
  • Pricing & Reimbursement Manager
  • Health Economics Outcomes Research Manager (HEOR)
  • Forecasting & Commercial Analysis Specialist
  • Director

Those working in Health Economics / Market Access will predominantly come from a life science higher PhD background or specialist Health Economics / Outcomes Research educational background and will have a strong understanding of the NHS and customer needs.

Sales / Marketing

Sales Professionals

Pharmaceutical Sales professionals are employed by a variety of industries to sell products to a variety of external stakeholders. Pharma Sales professionals are best placed to influence healthcare professionals and KOLs on the benefits of the company’s products.

Pharmaceutical sales require adherence to the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) code and if working in Sales, you would be required to have passed an ABPI exam either prior to starting or as part of your training. Pharma sales personnel need to be excellent communicators and highly organised as the role involves a lot of networking, presenting of information, attending conferences, appointment making and influencing.

Job titles available within Pharma Sales include (but are not limited to):

  • Medical Representative
  • Hospital Representative
  • Key Account Manager (KAM)
  • Healthcare Development Manager
  • Regional Business Manager
  • National Sales Manager
  • Business Development Manager

Marketing Professionals

Marketing professionals within the pharmaceutical industry can be involved with a variety of tasks pertaining to specific products, therapy areas or brands. You may find yourself specialising in one therapy area or product or across a complete portfolio of products.

Work may include creating sales materials and content to be used by other commercial partners for product promotion, potential markets analysis, competitor analysis and project management.  Just like sales, marketing professionals need to have outstanding communication and organisational skills as you will be collaborating with internal and external stakeholders as well as external agencies and authorities.

Job titles available within Marketing include (but are not limited to):

  • Marketing Executive
  • Digital Marketing Lead
  • Marketing Lead
  • Product Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Director
  • Commercial Strategy Director

Those working in Sales predominantly come from a life science or pharmacy related backgrounds and for Marketing, often have higher commercial degrees / MBAs


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What people say about us

I’ve had a great experience getting a…

I’ve had a great experience getting a job role at Pfizer through Apex, and everyone I’ve dealt with there was lovely. I’d like to give an especial commendation to Alex who helped walk me through the start-up process with great kindness and support, ensuring I knew everything I needed to at every step of the process. I would strongly recommend them because of their professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile

Gracia Yemba

Fantastic agency to work with

Fantastic agency to work with. Proactive in their approach always ahead of the game ensuring welfare, finances and placements are working for you. The staff are such a pleasure to work with and always have your best interests to heart. By far the best agency I have worked with. Excellent experience working as a contractor through them on my 4th extension for a Global Pharma secured by Apex for me.

Mary Meek

Great experience with Alex

I can’t say enough about how great Alex is. Alex was transparent, clear and honest throughout the whole recruitment process. She really stood in my corner for requests on flexibility and salary. The entire process was seamless. She checked in frequently and was always available whenever I had questions. Even when I applied for a new role within the same company, she helped me through the process and ensured I was well looked after. I’ve since moved to a different company but I always direct my former colleagues to Alex for new roles. Thanks Alex for everything !


Fantastic experience

Apex and notably Alex, have been exceptional from first contact. Alex is incredibly responsive and supportive, guiding me through any unknown steps, and always being on hand to answer questions quickly. Alex is very proactive and provided regular updates during the process to secure a position swiftly, and seamlessly. Thank you Alex for your dedication in the search and closure of a role during such unprecedented times

Nic Watkins

I highly recommend Apex International…

I highly recommend Apex International Recruitment! From the beginning they have been very efficient, proactive and supportive. There is always someone available to take your call when needed.

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