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Clinical Research Senior Recruiter

Norristown, PA
May 29, 2023

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W. Terrance Cushmore

**** ***** ****

East Norriton, PA 19401

Cell Phone: 215-***-****



An experienced professional in the management of technical and scientific talent acquisition processes, with a long history of success as a staffing partner to the pharmaceutical, biotech, information systems and engineering/manufacturing industries.Experience encompasses “in-house” corporate staffing, agency-based contingency recruiting, and retained search recruiting.

Strengths include:

●recruiting and interviewing candidates across multiple disciplines

● initiating and developing long-term client relationships with multiple categories of hiring managers, including industry leaders

●management of full life-cycle steps of recruit to hire process, including salary offers and negotiation

● creation and implementation of training and management programs for other recruiters, hiring managers, candidates, and support staff.

●management of vendor relations, including rate negotiation and candidate review expectations


Johnson and Johnson (contract)

Sr. Recruitment/Solutions Specialist (3/22-5/22)

Leading full-cycle recruiting processes, with emphasis on sourcing, for a global project supporting executive supply-chain management recruiting for a company division reorganization.

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (contract role)

Talent Acquisition Partner (08/21-11/2021)

Duties at AstraZeneca and CSL Behring essentially the same as previous role

CSL Behring (contract role)

Sr. Recruiter (4/21-7/21)

West Pharmaceuticals (contract role)

Senior Recruiter 04/2020 to 3/21

West Pharmaceuticals is an international leader in the development, manufacture and sale of an enormous variety of state-of-the art containment and delivery systems for injectable pharmaceutical products.

Supporting the end-to-end delivery of recruitment process management for a variety of over 35 manufacturing, operations, and production support roles located at West sites throughout the US.

GlaxoSmithKline (contract role)

Recruitment Account Manager 03/2018 to 04/2019

GlaxoSmithKline is a global, multi-billion dollar industry leader in the development of pharmaceutical products (commercial and ethical) to address a vast array of medical needs, including oncology, respiratory, and infectious diseases.

Supported recruitment processes for acquisition of clinical research, manufacturing, statistics, programming, research management and bench scientist positions. Requisition load ranged from 30-50 open roles at any given time. Majority of roles were filled in less than 80 days.

Collaborated extensively with colleagues within HR and Recruitment to ensure compliance, efficiency, and exchange of relevant information.

Double Star

Senior Recruitment Consultant 09/2017 – 12/2017.

DoubleStar is a Talent Acquisition and analytics consulting firm servicing domestic and global businesses with cost efficient and flawlessly executed recruitment and talent optimization solutions. Supported the recruitment of clinical research personnel for an international pharmaceutical client, and network engineers for a military consultant.

GlaxoSmithKline (contract role)

Recruitment Account Manager 7/25/2016 – 3/31/2017

Duties included consulting with hiring managers to offer best practices in accessing, analyzing, and mobilizing candidate tracking for a wide variety of open roles, from initial screening through final disposition. Scope of roles ranges from high-level to mid-line management and individual contributors in API Chemistry, Genome Editing, Computational Molecular Design, Process Analysis and Control, and many others.

Spark Therapeutics, Philadelphia, PA

Sr. Recruiting Specialist (independent contract)


Spark Therapeutics develops new and innovative therapies for a variety of diseases using cutting edge gene therapy technology.

Responsible for candidate sourcing, screening, and presentation to hiring managers. Conducted initial requirements definition meetings with managers and other staffing partners. Tracked all screening and evaluation activity in ATS system. Provided consultation on recruiting best practices, including vendor selection, posting sites and candidate screening.

CRF Inc. (now Signant Health)

Resourcing Manager 11/2015–03/2016

Signant Health designs and develops software and systems to track, store and deliver information from patients engaged in clinical trials for a wide variety of pharmaceutical products.

Built annual recruitment plans with assistance from the VP, HR and Stream Leads or their direct reports as appropriate. Validated these recruitment plans to match the agreed budget

Demonstrated proactive, creative sourcing and networking strategies to identify top candidates

Operated a structured recruitment program to fulfill business needs and to ensure that vacancies are filled in priority order.

Johnson and Johnson

Sourcer (contractor)

03/2015 –11/ 2015

Provided front-end support to the initial segment of full life-cycle recruiting for multiple roles in Pharma R&D for this multi-billion dollar Health Care corporation. Responsibilities included collaboration with HR and hiring managers for development of job descriptions, initializing complex job posting and tracking procedures, sourcing internal and external candidates, cold calling, and phone interviewing.


Recruitment Process Manager (contractor)


Managed the resume review, screening, phone interview and hiring of multiple candidates for 40 + production/operations roles at this biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility. Conducted interview skills training for hiring managers, edited and upgraded interview guides to insure compliance and efficiency. 20 critical permanent positions filled in less than 3 months.

DSM Biomedical (03/2014-07/2014)

Recruiting Consultant

Responsible for multiple recruiting projects critical to the business needs of this global manufacturer of medical device materials and products.

MORPHOTEK INC. (2008-2013)

Manager, Talent Acquisition and External Affairs

Hired as first full time staffing professional at this growing Biotechnology firm, which specialized in proprietary antibody technology to develop treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Led multiple recruiting and hiring initiatives resulting in the successful acquisition of well over 100 FTE and 50+ contract employees over a 4 year period..

Range of filled roles included Vice President, Senior Medical Directors, and numerous other management and line-level positions across scientific and operational disciplines.

Developed implementation and training for large-scale Applicant Tracking System (Kenexa Brass Ring 2xB)

Created and delivered multiple training sessions to hiring managers on recruiting process, interview techniques, and evaluation gathering and storage.

Managed all contacts and activities with staffing vendors, including fee negotiation and individual contract terms.

Established low level cost of hire—approximately $1600.00 per hire.

Other duties include supporting non-HR functions such as Demand Innovation (advocacy group relationship management), Corporate Communications, and Manufacturing Communications and Relationship management.

Prior Experience

Diverse positions and responsibilities in the areas of technical recruiting, teaching, vocational counseling, professional musical performance, and academic fund raising. Also completed intermittent assignments in free-lance writing. Employers/clients included Wyeth (now Pfizer), Merck, Drexel University, Eagleville Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Montgomery County Community College.


Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Ursinus College


Music (performance and composition), personal fitness, martial arts, reading


MS Windows, Word, various recruitment databases/software software including Workday, Peopleclick,Vurv, Taleo, BrassRing, Resumate, Adapt, Gopher, and Pursuant

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