Pharmaceutical and medical firms in Japan have been recruiting aggressively for the past few years, and the healthcare industry continues to represent a growth market. Factors include an ageing population and a rise in chronic diseases.
As a result, many healthcare specialists, from multinational pharmaceutical firms and medical device makers to newly established start-ups, are trying to expand their business in Japan. These firms are continually seeking talent with the appropriate skill set and qualifications.
“It has been more difficult than ever to fill open positions”, said Goro Yoshimura, manager of the healthcare team at Robert Walters Japan.
“While there is significant demand for healthcare professionals in Japan, the candidates our clients are looking for are highly specialised and there is a severe talent shortage. Our healthcare recruitment team focuses on bilingual specialists so the market we operate in is even tighter”.
Academic background in the relevant field, medical qualifications and work experience within the pharmaceutical or medical-device industries are usually required for roles in the fields of clinical research, medical affairs, quality assurance and regulatory affairs.
Although exact requirements vary, all positions require highly specific knowledge of pharmaceutical and medical products. This is a major reason it is not easy to source candidates with backgrounds in different industries.
The healthcare team has been growing rapidly since its official launch in 2009. Over the years, its relationships with clients and candidates have become stronger and deeper.
“I want to make sure that we’re always positioned as a trusted partner for our clients and candidates by maintaining a long-term outlook and solving our clients’ hiring problems through innovative solutions”, Yoshimura added.