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Freelancers: the quick way to find your pharmaceutical job

Would you like to work as a freelancer in the life sciences sector? This is how to find the right job in the pharmaceutical industry.

If you want to work as a scientist, physician or pharmacist on a project-by-project basis, you face the same fundamental challenges as in any other industry: you not only have to find a suitable life sciences company, but also a suitable project. Once you have succeeded in this, you need to submit an exemplary CV, possibly with adaptations, conduct telephone interviews and, in most cases, convince others of your skills in a face-to-face meeting. This is not only time-consuming but usually also involves considerable strain on the nerves. However, there’s an easier way to do it: our blog explains how personnel consultancy from K-RECRUITING can help you find a new pharmaceutical job faster and with less stress than a conventional job search.


Recruiting procedures are complicated in almost every industry: applicants first have to do the groundwork by scanning the job market for exciting and, of course, lucrative vacancies. Unless you have a strong network and the right connections, this means searching through the usual job portals such as Monster.de or Stepstone.com, although only few projects for freelancers are available here – most of the offers are for permanent jobs. Of course, industry-specific job portals such as Jobpharm.de, Pharmajobs.com or the job portal of the Deutsche Apotheker-Zeitung are also useful in the life sciences sector. The two large job networks LinkedIn and Xing also of course offer pharmaceutical jobs, together with projects for freelance participation. Here applicants can set up search agents and subscribe to newsletters, so that they can be kept up to date about relevant vacancies in the pharmaceutical industry.

The downside is that it means an inbox full of emails – including a lot of useless material – because the filters and algorithms of the corresponding job portals can at best be described as ‘worthy of improvement’. For example, freelancers who are looking for the right life science project will repeatedly receive the same job offers for positions on a permanent basis, or masses of advertised vacancies which simply have no relevance for them.

If an interesting vacancy has been identified in spite of everything, it is then a matter of making it onto the shortlist of candidates with a convincing application, and then – depending on the company – successfully surviving the pre-selection process, job interviews, salary and contract negotiations and further stages of the selection procedure in competition with other applicants and further obstacles.

This is time-consuming because all these steps require meticulous preparation if the application is to be successful and not sifted out in the first round. And of course all this happens under time pressure – after all, when freelancers are sought as reinforcement it usually involves projects which are close to their deadline. This can lead to considerable stress in relation to projects or interim solutions. As a result, some applications remain unfinished and are not sent, even if the requirements profile might be a good fit for the applicant’s skills. Too bad.


Recruitment is also problematic for companies that have to fill a pharmaceutical vacancy, because due to the high degree of specialisation the level of match of the various candidates tends to be low. Regardless of whether the company is looking to recruit in the field of research and development, clinical research, production, quality management, regulatory affairs, medical affairs, medical marketing or any other area: suitable life sciences specialists simply don’t grow on trees.

The search for suitable candidates is therefore like looking for a needle in a haystack. It’s a problem when positions need to be filled quickly with highly qualified specialists, because the producers of medicaments, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical technology companies and other players in the life sciences are also operating under time pressure.

They also suffer from excessive use of internal resources when filling a position involves lengthy advertising and selection procedures, placing serious demands on resources in the recruiting or HR departments.


In the ideal world of a life sciences freelancer, a project above provides all an activity that corresponds as closely as possible to your own skills. Of course it’s also essential that the agreed payment corresponds to these skills (keyword: receivables management) – and is made punctually (keyword: payment ethics), which is unfortunately not always the case. After completing a project it’s a problem having to acquire a new project while at the same time chasing up your fee for the last one.

In the stresses of everyday life, there is usually little time to make an early start on acquiring a follow-up project while your current contract is nearing its end. Understandably, freelancers find it distracting if, while working full time at one company, they also have to spend a lot of time looking for new projects in other companies. However, this is a necessity, because by implementing successive projects for one and the same client freelancers expose themselves to the risk of quasi self-employment, which can have legal and tax consequences for both the client and the freelancer. If you don’t want to take this risk you can forget about follow-up projects with one and the same company, and the dreaded project roundabout starts all over again. However, there’s hardly any time for the methodical acquisition of follow-up projects. So what’s the answer?


One possible solution to this pharmaceutical job dilemma is to use external personnel consultants such as K-RECRUITING. Freelancers profit from the fact that a professional personnel consultancy relieves them as far as possible from the task of project acquisition. K-RECRUITING is in regular contact with pharmaceutical and medical technology companies and therefore always has an up-to-date insight into the market and its current personnel requirements. This means that the skills and experience of the freelancers can not only be allocated more quickly and efficiently, but can also be presented more convincingly to potential project owners.

During the – often hectic – project completion phase, freelancers can therefore concentrate on the really relevant job offers and are not swamped by a flood of assorted job newsletters and headhunter enquiries.

At K-RECRUITING, a life sciences recruiter also takes care of contract and fee negotiations as well as obtaining regular feedback from the employer. This makes it possible to clarify in good time before the contract expires whether there is interest in a new placement or whether there may be other given projects and companies. On behalf of the freelancer the recruiters also obtain references, which can then be used for a new placement. Of course, the freelancer can also use these for his or her own acquisition operations, which can be a very valuable asset.


The principle is simple, but effective: in contrast to conventional personnel consultancies, K-RECRUITING concentrates exclusively on the placement of freelance consultants in the field of life sciences. Independent freelance consultants are placed worldwide as freelancers when work peaks occur or employees are absent from the company – for example during parental leave.

This covers pharmaceutical jobs in the following areas:

  • Commercial (Marketing & Sales)
  • Cross-functional roles: Human Resources, Procurement, Supply-Chain Management
  • Drug Safety/Pharmacovigilance/Product Safety
  • Market Access, Pricing & Reimbursement
  • Medical Affairs
  • Production/Manufacturing
  • Quality Management
  • Regulatory Affairs/Approval of Medicaments
  • R&D (Research and Development)

Freelancers are always supported by a competent project consultant manager at K-Recruiting in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical technology and diagnostics, generics and biosimilars or animal health. On the one hand this industry know-how helps with networking, while on the other hand it is extremely valuable when it comes to assessing how well applicants fit into specific projects and jobs. At K-RECRUITING, staff therefore undergo regular training seminars and mentoring, so that they always have access to the latest expertise.

Freelancers therefore benefit from accurate and reliable matching right from the start and a recruiting contact with equal expertise who can also take care of contract negotiations, client feedback and, if desired, the acquisition of follow-up projects. The freelance project consultants can also rely on the fact that their fee will arrive on time. If the company is late in paying, K-RECRUITING steps in, so that the freelancers always receive their fee on time. You will find out more about the benefits for project consultants here, so if you are a freelancer you should definitely check them out!

Companies, on the other hand, value the cooperation with K-RECRUITING simply because the best candidate available on the market can be found at short notice. This is due to our many years of experience, our excellent industry know-how and our strong network. More information on recruitment for companies can be found here.

If you would like to substantially reduce long application processes, complicated candidate searches and the associated strain on your company’s resources for the future, then find out what we can do for you: visit K-RECRUITING and start out on a new era of recruitment – whether as a job applicant or as a company.

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