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mexec memo May 2020

Posted By Marilyn Jones  
10:00 AM

mexec memo


Hello from self isolation! To say a lot has happened since our last quarterly newsletter is an understatement but it has been encouraging to see the industry adapt by moving training, events and services online and pivoting to provide innovative product solutions during the crisis. In this edition, we're talking with Genetic Signatures about what they've done to help ease the global COVID-19 test kit shortage, we explore some of our services that could be of use to you during this time as well as current employment opportunities.


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Evidence, your Honour


It's tough times at the moment and our thoughts are with you all and in particularly if you are out of work. COVID has presented difficulties for many sectors and for many recruiters there has been a downturn in jobs and letting go of staff as well. Fortunately, I am personally starting to see a turnaround and I hope that is a reflection of the future for our industry.


With COVID, although there has been a lack of roles there has been a huge increase in the number of candidates that are approaching us looking for work. It's been a significant increase and this only has given me more exposure to what I see is good but also the bad in applications...


As a recruiter, it's easy to forget that each application, each phone call and each email is an individual person who is going through a journey looking for their dream job. A journey that at times is not easy, particularly at present. I can understand the feeling when you start your job search thinking what you are doing is right, only to be rejected time and time again. Frustration, anger, disappointment...it's an emotional rollercoaster.


You know you can add value to an organisation, so why don't hirers recognise it? As a search recruiter who assists companies in hiring, and who works with individuals on their job search, I would like to highlight some of the areas that are really important if you are applying to roles currently. Click here to read the full article.


Current Opportunities


Director of Manufacturing or VP of Manufacturing

Chief Scientific Director or CSO

Clinical Project Manager

Senior Technical Sales Specialist - APAC


These jobs not right for you? You can see other opportunities, recently filled roles or express your interest for upcoming roles via our website.


Company Profile - Genetic Signatures offers COVID-19 support


Genetic Signatures CEO Dr John Melki (Photo credit: Peter Braig)


Australian based molecular diagnostics company, Genetic Signatures, have pivoted during the crisis by adapting their existing pathogen detection technology to develop COVID-19 testing kits. After the virus was identified at the beginning of the year, the company moved quickly to expand their product range building on their existing 3Base™ technology to develop, register and produce the testing kits and help ease the global shortage.


Having worked with CEO Dr John Melki and his team to place 4 staff there recently, it's rewarding to see a local company playing a pivotal role and being part of the solution. In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, John described developing the COVID-19 testing kit as "one of the most rewarding experiences of his life."


To learn more about what Genetic Signatures are doing including the recent feature articles in the SMH, click here.


Seeking Work Internationally Experienced Candidates


We have a number of highly skilled and experienced candidates that are looking for new opportunities.

Here we profile some of them:


Linda - commercialisation, R&D executive

Currently working as a consultant for the UK Government's Research and Innovation Agency and in her own consultancy, Linda has supported many companies in the commercialisation arena. She is interested in roles as an R&D Director and in Commercialisation opportunities (either permanent or consultancy basis). Currently based in the UK, Linda has secured Australia's new Global Talent Visa and will be moving to Australia imminently and permanently.


Brad - product management

After spending some time in the US, Brad is seeking an opportunity back in Australia. Brad has worked at an executive level in Human Health, Nutrition and Plant Sciences and has product management, sales and financial management experience. He is looking for a position that intersects business and science, preferably product management in human nutrition or biotech. Brad holds an MBA with a financial focus and a PhD in Molecular Genetics.


Kathryn - commercialisation, management executive

Kathryn is an experienced executive providing strategic regulatory, market access and commercial assessments as well as interim leadership of business units and general management. Based in Sydney, Kathryn is available for full time employment. She is a qualified pharmacist with a Master of Clinical Pharmacy and is currently studying a Master of Public Health.


Georgia - clinical trials, pharmacovigilance

Recently arrived in Melbourne from Ireland, Georgia is a pharmacovigilance operations specialist in clinical trials regulatory reporting. She has a partner visa and is available to work immediately. Georgia is seeking opportunities in the clinical trials or pharmacovigilance sectors.


Please get in contact with us if you think you might be able to help these candidates out.


mexec careers - supporting you through COVID19


Did you know that mexec careers offers a wide range of recruitment and career advisory services? As well as job search assistance and recruitment, we also offer: 


Outplacement support: a comprehensive preparation program to ensure that staff have the necessary skills to move on to the next step in their careers.


Professional resume writing:  delivering expert, individualised advice to develop a high quality professional resume. 


Interview training:  just one hour of your time in preparation can mean the difference between that next career step or not.


You can also download our mexec careers 10+ steps© to assist you in the job search process.


Recent Events - UPRAsia 



I had the opportunity recently to be an (online) observer at the ACHA UprAsia Elevate your Start Ups Asia Readiness program. The program is designed to help Startup Founders develop a deep understanding of Asian markets to build solid and real understanding of Asian market opportunities, risks and optimal market access pathways.


For me, personally, I gained valuable insights into how to approach the Asian market for my clients and also how to work with companies based in Asia wishing to recruit in Australia.


Thanks to Jason Sun and Tim Carroll for including me in the program, and to LaunchVic, BioMelbourne Network and the Australia China Business Council for their support of the program. 


Upcoming (virtual) events and training courses 


There are a number of training courses and events on at the moment with many of them FREE! It's a great time to take advantage of these and upskill or learn something new.


AusBiotech BioTech Talks: Medtech health economics and reimbursement

Tuesday 19 May

Part one: Health economics basics 10:00am - 11:30am AEST

Part two: How it applies in the Australian system 1:00pm - 2:30pm AEST


Partnering for life sciences: digital business development opportunity 

18-21 May 3:00pm - 9:00am AEST



Medtronic Eureka Live - Quick pitch showcase 

Thursday 21 May 12:00pm - 1:30pm AEST


Greenlight Guru True Quality Virtual Summit

2-4 June



Praxis webinar series: Leadership and management skills in times of uncertainty 

Tuesday 9 June 11:00am-12:00pm



Praxis webinar series: Writing SOPs - the basics 

Monday 6 July 11:00am-12:00pm



Praxis webinar series: Quality Management Systems - an introduction 

Friday 24 July



AGSM @UNSW Business School - MBAX program


Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS video resources 


A quick tip! 


Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, use One Tab to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.



When your tabs are in the OneTab list, you will save up to 95% of memory because you will have reduced the number of tabs open in your browser.


Links of Interest


Australian Government Jobs Hub - supporting businesses and those job hunting.


Zapier - some great tips on efficiency and work flow improvements


Telehealth Hub - recently launched this website has a wide range of resources that have been shared and recommended by members of Australia�s health community.


Leadership today blog - ten tips for leading others through the coronavirus pandemic.


Monash Uni survey - to track the long term mental health impacts of COVID-19.


Cipherbio News - see the Top Life Science Accelerators in 2019 and 2020.


Please don't hesitate contact us if we can be of assistance at this time. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support.


With best wishes,


Marilyn Jones

Executive Director