Case History 5

The Client

A UK medical device company, backed by venture capital.

The Need

Interim Operations Manager

The company had innovative proprietary technology for the diagnosis of reproductive disorders, and outsourced research, development and manufacturing to specialist contractors.

A key product launch was scheduled within the next 12 months, and the need existed for an experienced individual to assume overall responsibility for the supply of product with defined specifications and quality standards and also consistent with internal cost targets. Management of sub-contractors and production planning fell within the scope of the role.

Key competencies required included a degree in a biomedical science subject, minimum 7 years experience in production management, (preferably in the diagnostics sector) and experience of working with ISO 9001:2000,
ISO 13485:2003 and IVD 98/79 EC.

Assignment Dimensions

Initial duration of 6-9 months, depending upon how quickly the Client found someone to occupy the role on a permanent basis. Intensity likely to be 4-5 days per week.


A shortlist of 3 experienced individuals was presented and reviewed with the Client. A preferred candidate was selected who lived locally and who had performed a similar role during the past year for another company.

Positive references were obtained, compensation agreed and the assignment began straight away. Within two months, the individual was offered and accepted a permanent position with the company.

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