PiRs Expertise in senior level appointments: Placement of Commercial Directors

Job Title: Commercial Director

Client Profile:

A life sciences Company operating in one of the most progressive areas of biotechnological research – the modulation of the human microbiome. The Company has established a pipeline of microbiome modulators that can impact on lipid and cholesterol management, energy harvest and appetite suppression.

Role Requirements:

Strong Sales leadership experience in the food technology, dietary supplement or nutraceutical industries. A strong network of contacts in the relevant industries. Business to business sales of technology or ingredients. Record of success in growing sales, working with manufacturers and distributors to promote global sales. Ability to identify growth opportunities for new product development and innovation.

Role Scope:

The Commercial Directors will drive the commercialisation of the Company’s technology and products. Reporting directly to the CEO they will be responsible for driving revenue growth through commercial partnerships, license relationships and product sales.  The ideal candidates will be experienced sales leaders in the food ingredient, food or dietary supplement and nutraceutical industry. They will have Board level credibility and gravitas with the ability to engage multiple stakeholders at executive director level.


This was a European wide Search in the Food, Nutrition and Nutraceutical sectors

Shortlist of 6 candidates delivered in 4 weeks

Candidate background/Company: Cornelius Group, Herbalife International, Swisse, Wellness, Nestle, Cargill

Preferred candidates both joined 12 weeks after the Shortlist was delivered

PiR has since been retained again to find a third Commercial Director for this client – the Search is currently at Shortlist stage

Sally Hope, CEO

About PiR

PiR is a specialist recruitment company, established for over a decade, focused exclusively on identifying senior talent who deliver strategically and operationally to international life sciences organisations.

The relevance and depth of PiR’s expertise is reflected in the team’s combined life science recruitment experience of over 40 years; across key business functions at leadership and expert level. Our exclusive focus on, and network in, the sector ensures our solutions are aligned and relevant to client companies, reflecting our inherent understanding of the life science industry.

PiR’s client services include:
• Executive Search
• Interim Management Services
• Talent Mapping

PiR’s team is aligned to provide a depth of expertise across key business segments:

• Early stage, investor backed and SME organisations, as well as mid-capped specialist companies. These include advanced and novel therapies (cell, gene, and RNAbased), orphan drugs and innovative medical technology
• Building senior teams for newly funded and growing organisations
• Director, leadership and expert level; Medical/Medical Affairs, Clinical, Regulatory, Manufacturing Operations (including Quality and Supply Chain) and Commercial (HEOR, Pricing & Reimbursement, Market Access, product management)
• Board level appointments (CEO, CBO, COO, CSO, CMO, Chair, NED)

To learn more about PiR, please contact Sally Hope, CEO at resourcing@pir-resourcing.com. Tel: + 44 (0) 1480 499580

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