Digital Health

The impact of technology on the Medical sector is profound and has now begun to shape an entirely new sub-sector: Digital Health.

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We are proud to be part of an industry which is enabling and improving healthcare at an unprecedented rate. 

Taking the principles of embedded software, applications development and personal connectivity and adding them to the existing Life Science ecosystem, the professionals we place solve specific challenges.

Digital Health is a relatively new sub-sector and as such position, corporate structures, development methodologies and their true potential are all in a state of ongoing refinement and evolution.

Market expertise

NESF are experts in recognising when and where individuals have worked in complex, new, regulated products - whether on a regulated system or the development of a product or therapy not previously seen by regulators.

Our unique market position and comprehensive candidate network enables us to attract the best talent in the market, including passive candidates, and support them through the process of undertaking a new role.

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We will help you to recognise the skills which make up the key success factors of your business. Whilst we acknowledge that the talent pool is scarce, with only a limited number of people offering experience in key areas, this is set to change rapidly owing to project growth levels and the continued rate of exponential technological innovation.

We will place professionals with meticulous focus on the discovery, testing, manufacturing and marketing of your product. We have a wealth of experience in placing professionals into roles across:

  • Digital Strategy
  • Embedded Programming & Engineering
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Regulatory Intelligence & Strategy

NES Fircroft gives you access to the best Digital Health Candidates

Our understanding and empathy of candidates’ realities means that we will find candidates with the perfect blend of technical and soft skills to enhance your business:

Our talent networks keep track of the ever-changing legislation in all the regions in which a company wishes to develop or distribute its products, and will advise on legal / scientific restraints and requirements to ensure that your operations remain compliant and safe.

We will secure professionals with experience in collecting, collating and evaluating scientific data to make informed decisions about your business.

We will find talent to define and deliver on a local strategy, which aligns with the overarching corporate strategy and goals.

The professionals we secure are able to participate in matrixed team events and initiatives (cross-border / multi-disciplinary) and can work remotely.

Our specialist talent will work in harmony with Marketing and Sales to develop effective product marketing concepts and facilitate appropriate packaging and advertising before commercial use.

We have access to highly professional staff with experience in providing strategic and technical advice at the highest level in their companies, to make an important contribution both commercially and scientifically to the success of your development programme.

Key Trends Witnessed

Software being used as a medical device, such as that of a mobile phone application. This poses ethical and logistical complexities regarding the accountability of regulating the data gathered from the application which is then used in the diagnosis or treatment of an ailment.

Personalised medicine - a movement to tailor the treatment and its administration to the individual, so that care, therapies and medications can all be adopted to the exact circumstances.

Diagnostics software involving mobile technology and remote diagnosis. The fast-paced developments in a number of directions make this area of the industry in particular a highly complex terrain to recruit for.

Case Study

Case Study

Sourcing highly specialised talent

Our client is a pharmaceutical giant with 8 sites across Switzerland. They are committed to the whole pharmaceutical chain, running large numbers of clinical trials simultaneously, making quality and regulatory considerations a major priority.

The client sought to hire Regulatory Affairs (Digital Endpoint) with:

  • A high level of education
  • Previous work in a regulatory and clinical affairs environment
  • Specific drug knowledge

The client's hiring challenges

Impact on clinical trials: Numerous clinical trials would be impacted by the success or failure of the task - the client was taking a huge risk with the new hire

Lack of available talent pool: The notorious candidate shortage due to the highly competitive market in Switzerland – the number of suitable candidates for a role can be fewer than 5 individuals

Experience required: The need for the candidate to demonstrate the perfect blend of technical knowledge, leadership and proficiency in communicating with stakeholders

Difficult hire: Client’s original preferred supplier list had been unable to deliver a suitable candidate, evidencing the difficulty of the task

Our solution to the client's hiring demands
  • Concentrated recruitment drive across the European market, including amongst passive candidates
  • 700 people contacted in total, with just 3 short-listed candidates presented to the client
  • We located a UK-based specialist who had previously led the same programme at another company
  • We kept all stakeholders informed and managed expectations to keep things running smoothly - this included keeping the client’s MSP provider informed of all updates; the delays resulting from their paperwork process meant we needed to hold the candidate’s availability for 3 months.

The Results of our Recruitment Support

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Swift hires

We were able to secure a candidate within a matter of days; the new hire performed the role remotely from the UK.

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We are now on the client’s preferred supplier list and have been tasked with recruiting further hires in the digital arena including personnel responsible for developing medical devices software.

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