Clinical Research & Clinical Trials Executive Search Recruitment

Clinical Trial & Clinical Research Exec Search Specialists. Matching Board level, senior Managers and Key people with leading Clinical Research & Trials Organisations.


Clinical research is the critical process of developing new medicines and devices, progressing through clinical trials to demonstrate their safety and effectiveness, and bringing the finished product to market.

From drugs and vaccines through to modern-day methods like DNA analysis and gene sequencing, clinical research is the tool that allows the healthcare sector worldwide to treat patients better and to save more lives.

A rigorous and reliable pathway of clinical trials means patients and their physicians can have confidence in the treatments prescribed for all kinds of ailments, along with realistic expectations of each therapy's outcomes and side-effects.

Spencer Riley recruit into niche and high-level roles in this unique global industry, which Grand View Research valued at nearly $50 billion (£40 billion) in 2022, and which is expected to post compound annual growth of 5.8% through the rest of the decade.

Globalisation of clinical trials

Clinical trials are increasingly conducted on an international or global scale, a trend accelerated by the multinational collaboration that took place during the COVID-19 vaccination development race.

The WHO Solidarity Trial coordinated some of these efforts, not only uniting research centres in different countries, but also implementing mobile trial sites to reach remote areas that might normally be missed in Phase III and IV clinical trials.

Such globalisation - and collaboration between regulators like the European Medicines Agency, the US FDA and China's National Medical Products Administration - has altered the clinical trials landscape, allowing new drugs to be commercialised faster than in the past.

Grand View Research reports that over half of global market revenues (53.5%) in 2022 derived from Phase III trials, due to the larger scale and longer time frames of Phase III. This was followed by the Phase II segment, which accounted for just less than one fifth of revenues.

Late-stage trials need rigorous management and flawless attention to detail, in order to protect the average $19 million investment made at Phase III. Spencer Riley appreciate the complexities of this market and have access to a global talent pool, to find the experienced leaders your clinical research requires.

Find the ideal candidate

RPO for clinical research businesses

Spencer Riley RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) is our long-term recruitment solution for businesses with a continuing need for highly capable candidates, including organisations operating in clinical R&D and clinical trials.

With RPO you benefit from ongoing support based on pre-agreed KPIs and a deep understanding of your hiring demands. Our executive search specialists refer multiple candidates as and when you need new talent, to grow your workforce organically at the top of your hierarchy.

For clinical research organisations, this means that you have access to highly qualified, experienced individuals on a permanent, temporary or contract basis, to give you the leadership capacity you need in a fast-moving and tightly regulated environment.

If you are only recruiting into a small number of roles, or your hiring needs are short-term, we can perform executive searches on a one-off or ad hoc basis; but if your organisation faces a persistent demand for talent, we can integrate even more closely to give you the recruitment capability you need.

Specialist Roles

Top-level roles in clinical research

Roles at the highest levels of clinical research are diverse and require diligent, industry-experienced candidates of the very best standard. Duties can vary from those involved directly with R&D and medical writing, to more general management, business development, sales and marketing.

Some examples of job titles in clinical research and clinical trials include:

  • Biostatistician / Statistician
  • Business Development Manager
  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Clinical Data Associate / Clinical Data Manager
  • Clinical Project Manager / Clinical Operations Manager
  • Clinical Research Coordinator / Clinical Trial Manager

  • Hazardous Goods Specialist
  • Marketing Director
  • Medical Affairs Manager
  • Medical Writer
  • QA Associate
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Study Start-Up Associate / Study Start-Up Manager

Not all clinical research is directly engaged with Phase I-IV clinical trials, but may also involve administrative roles dealing with regulatory issues, quality assurance, and other more general aspects of commercialising new therapies.

As experienced clinical research recruiters, Spencer Riley work closely with our clients to appreciate the unique nature of the roles you are recruiting into, so that we can shortlist candidates with the most relevant interests, experience and industry accreditations.

Our Approach

We take the time to listen to you and understand your business, the key drivers behind the hire and the importance in relation to your objectives

We will devote time to understand your business goals and role requirements and then develop a search solution that meets your specific needs

We will demonstrate unwavering tenacity, speaking pro-actively and confidentially with every individual with the right experience, in order to be certain we have secured the best person open to your opportunity

Clinical Research & Clinical Trials

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How we can help

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Contact Spencer Riley

To find out more about our executive recruitment services for clinical research and clinical trials, contact Spencer Riley today. We are happy to discuss industry niches, including fast-growing markets like gene sequencing, for which the available talent pool is also growing quickly.

Our team of talent search specialists have direct experience in the clinical research space. We understand the pressures and the financial risks associated with the lengthy clinical trials process and will work tirelessly to deliver the value you need from every hire.

For an initial no-obligation consultation, or to ask us about our Clinical Research RPO service, contact us today by email, telephone or using the message form on our Contact page.

Clinical Research & Clinical Trials

Our team

Meet our specialists in Clinical Research & Clinical Trials.

Jack Lister
Market Development Executive and CRO Consultant

Jack specialises in the broadening of existing industries and expansion into new areas of business.

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Spencer Riley’s industry team of highly dedicated, specialist consultants’ pride themselves on gaining a full understanding of our client’s business,

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Bespoke Services

As well as the core sectors to which we recruit Spencer Riley has a proven track record for helping businesses in a wide variety sectors and getting the results required.

Our meticulous and pro-active approach means we are ideally placed to take on assignments in markets that sit outside of our core business areas. We are also well placed to help with a host of Private Equity Services, Outplacement Services as well with Mergers & Acquisitions

For more information and to discuss your unique situation then please get in touch.

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Spencer Riley’s team of highly dedicated, specialist consultants’ pride themselves on gaining a full understanding of our client’s business,

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