WE KNOW OUR BUSINESS. As a boutique firm with over 32 years of experience in recruiting, we know how to manage even the most challenging and sensitive searches. With an international network of contacts and a depth of expertise in biotechnology executive and scientific talent, we can find, cultivate and land the strongest candidates for any managerial, leadership, scientific or business position.
OUR APPROACH IS UNIQUE. We devote more time to discussion and asking questions up front. This allows us to fully understand your organization and its unique business challenges, the complex personalities involved and the hopes and vision for your position. This effort enables us to identify executive candidates who fit perfectly and to do so at a more rapid pace.
WE NARROW OUR MARKET PRESENCE. Biotech and pharmaceutical research and development talent is our sole business focus. There’s no diffusion of attention so we are instantly aware of the vagaries in this demanding and rapidly changing industry. With this network and knowledge, we are able to offer an exceptional level of counsel and support throughout the entire executive recruiting process.
NETWORK AND CONNECTION brings us 80% home right from the start. Our robust executive-level network across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia are ready to be tapped for just the right opportunity.
TRUST AND COMMUNICATION give us the edge. Typically, the best candidates do not make themselves vulnerable by circulating their CV’s and are not easily accessible through conventional recruiting methods. Industry-wide mergers and acquisitions have created confusion by increasing redundancies within corporations resulting in the market being flooded with CVs which look excellent. But are they really? Steele Executive Search is astute in judging the difference between what looks excellent and what is excellent. Our expertise helps our clients avoid bad decisions. We realize how important it is to make lasting, quality hires and conversely how devastating it can be to choose unwisely. We take a personal interest and actively cultivate quality relationships with our candidates and our clients. Our agency is trusted to be discrete as well as to be proactive in pursuing their best interests.
RELAX AND WORK WITH US WHILE WE FIND THE RIGHT FIT!
Paula is a recognized expert in sourcing top executive talent. With over 32 years of experience in recruiting and 28 years in the biotech and pharma industry, she has created thousands of connections and been pivotal in helping emerging biotech companies build their executive teams and large pharma effect change. Consulting on positions which range from chief scientific officers to senior scientists, Paula understands that finding superb individual contributors is as important as finding the best Chief Scientific Officer because what substantiates the vision are those who have the task to carry it out.
Paula’s deepest network is in the area of chemistry: medicinal, computational, process and analytical. However, in the last ten years she has successfully included pharmacology and biology, as well as informatics, into her database of success.
Her natural intuition about people and where they fit best, coupled with her gift of encouragement and guidance, has proven to be invaluable to her many new and repeat customers. This unique blend makes her an equally useful resource for both corporations and candidates alike.
For 16 years Paula was blessed to have worked under a wonderful, but curmudgeonly mentor who, with unbending standards, taught her the ethics and principles which have served her so well in her own business.
Upon moving to Maine in 2001 Paula decided to leverage her years of experience giving flight to her own distinctive style. In February of 2003, Paula officially unleashed her vision of what a search firm should be and incorporated Steele Executive Search, a deeply personal, in touch and transparent company committed to excellence. In the last 14 years Steele Executive Search, Inc. has developed a reputation as a top boutique search firm adept at finding extreme talent for the biotech/pharma world in the toughest of economies.
Paula graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover and went on to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to earn a BS in Medieval English History …yes, so pertinent to what she is doing now!
Paula enjoys the outdoors and is always engaging in challenging physical activity of many kinds. One highlight of this was her climb and summit of Kilimanjaro. This challenge-of-a-lifetime was taken with the Assemblies of God Missions in 2007 as a fundraiser for African medical missions. The group raised seventy-seven thousand dollars for HealthCare Ministries giving them the finances to fly in a team of doctors and nurses and treat thousands of men, women and children in desperate need.
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Steele Executive Search offers full search packages and/or custom services . We offer you the freedom to tailor our services to fit your needs. If you have a need or an idea but do not see it displayed here, simply give us a call and you will find us willing to accommodate!
Retained search is the service most preferred by our clients. A retained search is a financial commitment from you securing our services in the most aggressive and exclusive manner. One third of the total fee is paid upon contract, the second upon a mutually agreed upon milestone and the final payment after the successful conclusion of your search.
This type of search involves everything defined in our custom search menu and much more, bringing you through to a successful close.
Our exclusive arrangement will always be the most expeditious way for you to fill a particularly senior and urgent need. One of the unique features of this choice is that every candidate you receive is yours exclusively until such time as you decide against their candidacy.
The initial four to eight weeks of any search is when the most energy and time is committed on our part. Conversely this is when communication and interaction with you is most important. Clarity increases with strong communication and what starts as an amorphous vision becomes a firmly defined target with each CV viewed and each follow up discussion.
We take our cue from you whether to lead aggressively or to step back as the process unfolds. We will be happy to meet each candidate but we typically do a great deal of reference searching and triangulation of opinions and comments via our network.
This type of search involves an exclusive arrangement between you, the client, and SES. With a minimal initial financial investment and a larger end commitment, this option remains the same as the classic retained search in all aspects. We have found this to be popular with smaller businesses that cannot risk the up-front financial responsibility but require the same diligence and attention in the search.
This is a great option for junior positions where there is no urgency to fill the position yet it is important to find the right person. The beauty of this choice is that, while you get the same intuition and experience that we put into every search, you pay no fee until the candidate has accepted the position. However, we cannot always accommodate this type of search depending upon our availability and resources.
We have broken down our classic search into a series of steps which, when isolated, can be chosen individually or collated to create a unique package for you and at a fraction of the total cost. This is, in essence, an à la carte menu!
Please call us with your ideas and allow us to design a proposal
that is in line with your needs!