Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Practice

Our absolute commitment to successful delivery and quality client and candidate care is why the majority of our business is from long-standing clients or by direct referral.

For further information on our recent track record and capabilities in your particular geographic or industry area, or to arrange a discussion about your organization’s partnership needs, please contact our team by phone on +971 (0)4 279 6300.

The pharmaceutical and life sciences industry across the Middle East, Africa and Asia has witnessed considerable progress and growth in recent years on the back of government support measures, favorable demographic and economic factors, and scientific and technological developments. The sector's vibrancy has surged in the region, with steady double-digit growth rates and even faster growth across niche areas, such as generics.

As the market landscape continues to evolve and prompt the emboldening of organizational growth objectives, the majority of top pharmaceutical and life sciences entities across the region are refining and implementing strategic adjustments to their business models; often with significant implications for senior human capital and executive talent requirements. With an in-depth understanding of the industry’s changing dynamics and of the critical need for transformational leadership and change management capabilities, Moorland Gray offers the ideal retained executive search partnership solution through our dedicated, consultative and results-oriented Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Practice.

While we are rooted in the region, our reach is global. Moorland Gray’s multinational, multilingual consultants provide a breadth and depth of understanding that enables our clients to access and secure the talent they need, wherever it may be in the world. With office locations and research hubs in major global markets, and experience mobilizing talent to an ever-growing range of locations, our networks, knowledge and scope place us in a truly unique position.

The Moorland Gray Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Practice specializes in cross-functional C-suite, divisional leadership, critical management and highly specialized placements across the full range of the life sciences industry sub-sectors. Our focus areas include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Consumer Healthcare
  • Medical Devices and Diagnostics
  • Pharmaceutical Distributors
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical Retail Chains
  • Trade Associations

The Moorland Gray search process is uniquely transparent, systematic and thorough. We customize each search strategy to our client’s needs and provide analytical and strategic insight into the market landscape. Our Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Partners and Practice Heads lead each search mandate, consulting with clients in depth to understand stakeholder and organizational requirements for the ideal appointment. We use research-backed market intelligence and carefully honed subject matter expertise in order to translate that understanding into the most suitable strategic approach for each search.

The Moorland Gray Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Practice leadership remains actively engaged throughout the entire search process, serving as the primary point of contact and holding absolute accountability for search delivery at every step of the journey – from assignment commencement through to candidate engagement, assessment shortlisting, offer management, on-boarding, and beyond.

Our Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Practice is backed by an in-house research team composed of Associates and supporting Analysts who are detail-oriented, industry-focused and who help enable our unrivaled ability to deliver successfully on complex, challenging searches that require large magnitude or multi-faceted outreach. The scale and expertise of our team ensures high-quality, targeted search execution and allows for the compilation of in-depth industry analysis and detailed continuous reporting which provide full visibility of the talent landscape as well as of our candidate engagement progress, nuanced screenings and comparative criteria-based assessments. Our proprietary process ensures client satisfaction across the full assignment lifecycle.

Moorland Gray has become the trusted long-term search partner of choice for a multitude of forward-thinking life sciences organizations that rely on our expertise and comprehensive research-backed executive search process to consistently turn their most critical senior openings into competitive advantages.


The Moorland Gray Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Practice has completed hundreds of assignments at country, cluster, regional and international levels across the full spectrum of functions for clients (both multinationals and local organizations) throughout our sub-sector specializations.

Our extensive track record of success includes the following recent placements:

  • General Manager, Life Sciences
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Executive Director
  • General Manager
  • Business Unit Director, Oncology
  • Business Unit Director, Dental
  • Head of HR
  • Country Manager
  • Country Sales Manager
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Manager
  • Vaccines Specialist
  • HR Director
  • Corporate Communications Director
  • Head of Finance
  • Marketing Director
  • Senior HR Manager
  • Head of Maghreb Cluster
  • Market Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • General Manager, Diagnostics
  • Regional Market Access Director
  • Regional Medical Affairs Director
  • Regional Compliance Manager
  • Regional Legal and Compliance Manager
  • Regional Business Development Manager
  • Regional Marketing Manager, Diabetes
  • Regional Marketing Director, Consumer
  • Regional Marketing Director, Ethical
  • Regional Medical Affairs Director
  • Regional HR Director
  • Regional Communication and Corporate Affairs Director
  • Regional Executive Director, Business Development
  • Regional Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
  • Regional Oncology Medical Director
  • Regional Therapy Area Director, Oncology
  • Regional Marketing Director
  • Regional Marketing Manager, Oral Health
  • Regional Marketing Director, Family Health
  • Regional Pricing Manager
  • Regional Clinical Affairs & Training Manager
  • Regional Compliance Manager