PiRs Expertise in senior interim appointments: Interim Head of R&D

Job Title: Interim Head of R&D

Client Profile:

Our client is a Medical Device Manufacturer, dedicated to the production of high-quality skin protection products for use in stoma and wound care – a leading UK supplier and manufacturer of specialist stoma and feminine health products.

Role Requirements:

Due to the growth and re-organisation of the team – a need arose for an Interim R&D specialist to act in an advisory capacity – guiding the business owners and writing the Job Specification for the substantive role and recruiting a permanent headcount for Head of R &D.

Role Scope:

Research & Development teams within the two internal companies have merged together. The newly appointed interim will review the current portfolio of products, engineering innovation, prioritising and bringing fresh ideas. Evaluating potential product acquisition and carrying out due diligence to confirm whether the products have potential or not. This individual will carry out and lead with acquisitions based on both financial gain and innovation.


This organisation is an incredibly successful family run organisation which had grown organically. PiR act as their advisors, working closely with the business to offer expert advice. Hosting at the PiR offices, we selected 2 industry Professionals in R&D to present to our client – on how they would approach the role, and sharing their take on the business needs. From this meeting, PiR were able to put together a full Job Description. The client was delighted with both candidates but ultimately selected one of these candidates to come on board for a period of 6 months, to work with the Business as their Interim Head of R&D.

Joanne Wrynn, Interims Team

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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