Head of Preclinical - Life Sciences

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Head of Preclinical - Life Sciences

Job Title: Head of Preclinical - Life Sciences
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Santa Monica
Salary: $70-100K base + Commission + Override + Private Healthcare + 401K + Equity
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: JWLASPHOC0527
Contact Name: James Westwood
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 26, 2022 13:00

Job Description

Head of Preclinical (Life Sciences) – LA 

We are LHi, officially the No.1 Staffing firm in the UK & US Certified Great Place to Work ’22. An Employee-owned group consisting of four specialist, non-competing recruitment brands spanning the UK, Europe, and North America. Our group of brands are niche recruitment businesses within Technology, Life Sciences, Renewable Energy, and the Built Environment.

With the group recording 6 straight growth years in the US, 2021 saw us hit 90% invoice & 41% headcount growth, truly market-leading figures that have gone from 5 - 140+ in that time. The growth of our LA office has seen 4 offices, with a 5th due this year is a cultural melting pot. Our LA (Santa Monica) is home to 3 brands, to which, are strongholds in Life Sciences & Renewables experts. Led by 2021’s Manager, Leader of the year, and Younger You award winners, this has become a fantastic environment for aspiring leaders to be shaped.

Scipro – LA, is our biggest offering on the West Coast, boasting a rich array of diverse industry experts in hybrid, remote and onsite positions.  Attracting experienced talent & nurturing graduates, the brand also holds the current ‘Team of the Year’ & ‘ Manager of the Year’ accolades.

Built on the foundation of ‘for people with purpose’ focusing on 3 niche markets of Medical Device, Pharmaceuticals, and Biotechnology. Driven by true partnerships across Retained, Engaged, Exclusive, and Contract solutions, we work with startups to household names. Now, we are trusted partners to the ‘top 10’ Pharma, we are looking to complement our offering, opening a 4th vertical to support the demand of the commercial side of life sciences.

Focusing on non-technical positions, heading up the Commercial desk, this position is perfect for an experienced recruiter looking to transition into an ever-growing & profitable market. Utilizing existing terms & developed client relationships, we’ve got an established contract presence & looking to build out the perm / full-time desk.

Why consider a move?

  • A newly established function, our office comprises of ‘full desk’/’360’ recruiters, Account Managers, and BD-centric consultants, to provide multiple angles of support.
  • The autonomy to build, shape, and put your own stamp on this new vertical.
  • Pre Clinical is a market where technical understanding & depth of knowledge is key, therefore, easily transferrable for recruiters in similar markets. 
  • The average fee across our LA business is $50k with terms with household names & innovative startups who are changing their market.
  • Utilize your personality/experience and be a cultural architect to lead and continue building this fast-growing team.
  • Mentor, Develop and Nurture the future talent of an award-winning staffing firm – 15th Best business to work for in NYC + Forbes recognized best staffing firms.
  • Walk into a leadership seat, with the budget to hire straight away.
  • 6 tier L&D (US-based) program, to support your professional development in running a PNL, building remote teams, and driving D&I.
  • Scipro is our fastest growing brand, with collaboration across Europe, the East Coast & other teams such as our Tech - AI, Quantitative Analytics, and Blue Chip.
  • The Environment is the highest performing office, globally, with multiple supportive layers in Group Sales Director + US MD + NYC Director + Scipro Director + VP of Scipro.

What's on offer?

  • Health care – Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Equity – EOT (Employee Ownership Trust) starting equity is $200k!
  • 401k match
  • 37+ PTO
  • Wellness programs include; Mental health awareness, excluded lunches for physical wellbeing,  
  • Competitive salary + Lucrative Team override
  • Quarterly, Half Year, and Full Year bonuses
  • Remote / Hybrid / WFH opportunities
  • Bespoke 'future leader' and 'directorship' training
  • Collaboration across our Technology, Renewables & Life Sciences brands
  • LHi Experiences – Incentive trips with a difference: South Africa, for wine tasting, safari,
  • Community Outreach & Charity days
  • CSR program, specific per location
  • Internal relocation opportunities - ATX, NYC, & Europe.

What are we looking for?

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Technology / IT Recruitment landscape
  • Management/Leadership experience
  • Experience in leading a candidate focus team
  • A self-motivated, and self-starter attitude with the ability to identify, and create new opportunities
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills
  • Uphold the ‘Good Human’ ethos
  • Adopt our ‘Younger You’ leadership philosophy – A supportive mindset 
  • Self-driven by our ‘Future You’ – Striving for self-development & purpose in their careers
  • LHi 2.0 has a mission cultivated by the phrase ‘We not me’.

Why Apply?

Built on an award-winning UK, EU & US business, the last 7 years in the US speak for themselves; Year on Year Growth, 56% business growth during the pandemic, 91% invoice & 41% headcount in ‘21, and the market leaders in emerging markets such as; Sustainability, Computer Vision, and R&D to name but a few.

What makes us different from any other recruitment business... Firstly, being Employee-owned, meaning everyone is a beneficiary, collaboratively working towards the common goal of investment by the end of '24. Secondly, the US journey has only just begun; our Blueprint has been recognized as being '2020's 15th Best Company to Work For' + Forbes recognized ‘Best US Staffing Firms’ + Certified 'Great Place to work' '22 with a score of 97% (industry average is 57%). 

Our leadership is driven by our 'Younger You' ethos, our hiring policy is based on 'Good Humans' & across life sciences, emerging tech & renewable energy industries we are 'Together Stronger' with a selfless mentality of the greater good – ‘We NOT me’.

So, if you are ready for the next step in your career, apply online, or let's have a confidential chat. *646 331 6279

All of our people at LHi Group believe that diversity and inclusion is integral to the success of our global business and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from diverse backgrounds, fostering a culture of real inclusion. We believe that embracing diversity; celebrating people's differences and maintaining an equitable workplace enhances the journey for all of our teammates, employees, customers, and suppliers.

LHi Group is an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to providing an inclusive environment to all of our employees. This policy applies to every aspect of the business at LHi, including recruitment, hiring, training, career development, and termination. It is the responsibility of all LHi's people to follow this, we agree that we will not discriminate against any race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability or any other factors prohibited by law.