Crack the Code
for Market Entry Recruiting in JPAC
Executive recruitment for pharmaceutical, medical device and life science companies.
We help build teams that are changing healthcare of the world
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Recruiting in JPAC can be tricky.
Your talent requirements are particularly challenging — candidates with a perfect blend of cross-cultural understanding, diverse workstyle, high level medical industry expertise and experience.
The problem is, there just isn’t a lot of these ideal candidates around, particularly in Japan.
In a job market dominated by domestic companies offering ‘jobs for life’, unemployment is extremely low and very few quality candidates are actively looking for a new job. You’re looking for a needle in a haystack.
When you recruit with Morunda, you’ll get:
We have the largest database of healthcare workers in Japan and give you access to a unique and exceptional talent pool of not just job-hunters but people already in the market.
4 qualified candidates
in 4 weeks
We make an average of 500 outbound calls per week on your behalf and qualify candidates before providing you with excellent options. On average, one in three of our candidates is female.
From market entry
We have cracked the code for hiring in Japan and Asia and specialise in market entries. From clinical trial to launch we have the right candidates to ensure your success.
JPAC has a limited supply of bilingual candidates with a strong demand. Some positions may only have 28 qualified candidates.
At Morunda, we have access to every available candidate in the market.
We leverage our combined 60 years experience being based in Japan to give you confidence in hiring. We headhunt! One position may take hundreds of emails and hundreds of calls. We do all the heavy lifting so you don’t have to.
The success and failure of global organizations in JPAC depends on hiring decisions.
We help outsiders become insiders.
3 simple steps
to secure your next talent with Morunda:
Get 4 ideal candidates
within 4-6 weeks
Make the best hiring
decision to grow your firm
Our industry knowledge and local experience helps you bridge the divide.
75 years of combined experience
At Morunda, we specialise in placing senior-level positions for multinational companies in the pharmaceutical industry. We have handled numerous market entries into Japan since 2011.
Our executives have spent more than a combined 75 years in JPAC and are widely recognised as experts in healthcare executive search.
Contributing monthly to Pharma Japan
With over 100 published articles, we share our industry insights to help clients and candidates overcome hiring challenges in the Japanese healthcare job market.
Discover the best ways to sell your company to future talent, integrate new hires into your company, get the most out of your staff and more.
Annual healthcare seminars
Our connection to the local industry and commitment to staying in touch with excellent candidates has resulted in regular seminars with healthcare experts.
We gather industry leaders across the pharmaceutical and medical device industry to listen to engaging speakers and network with other professionals
Meet the team
Philip’s work in life science recruitment began back in 2001 and established Morunda in 2011. With over 2 decades of executive consulting experience under his belt, Philip is known for recruiting top talent ranging from marketing and clinical development managers to directors for multinational companies in the life science industry – an active thought leader in life science search.
He has written more than 200 published articles on leadership, HR, and industry trends as a monthly contributing writer for the leading Japanese industry newsletter, Pharma Japan and has been everywhere and on the scene in local networking industry events. Philip has personally placed more than 300 executives throughout his career, making him easily recognizable as one of Asia’s leading recruiters in the life science industry.
Adam is the premier recruiter in Tokyo when it comes to market entrants. He first came to Japan in 2002 while working alongside Philip
Carrigan at his first company, and he has been working in search ever since. Adam is especially focused on senior-level positions in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sectors. For proof that Adam is one of Japan’s top recruiters, just ask the life science leaders who regularly seek him out for his bottomless knowledge of the industry and his common sense consulting advice.
Although Adam focuses on director-level positions and above, he also takes a personal interest in rare diseases, firms servicing pharma and device manufacturers, and smaller Asian operations that are just getting started. Originally trained in finance, Adam has many financial and operational management roles under his belt in the UK’s National Health Service, as well as with a boutique consulting firm.
Originally from Singapore, she holds a Bachelor in Business, Major in Marketing from the University of Canberra, Australia. She has
extensive experience in sales, marketing and the service industry and has worked in Singapore, Hong Kong & Tokyo. Gladys additionally spent several years living in Dubai UAE whilst working as cabin crew for Emirates Airline. She speaks Mandarin and English. Gladys has been living in Japan since 2008. Gladys founded Morunda Asia in July 2013 to serve the growing demand for top talent across the Asia Pacific market.
Morunda Asia specializes in placing challenging-to-fill roles in sales, marketing and research and development and is based in Singapore. Singapore is the leading logistics hub globally, has world class intellectual property protection and is now Asia’s fastest-growing bio-cluster. Singapore additionally presents attractive strategic partnership / new medicines development opportunities with research institutes, corporate labs and public hospitals and future therapies that can be customized for regional and global markets.
Originally from the Philippines, Perre Frias graduated with a dual bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Nursing at one of the country’s
top universities. After a short but very successful time in the business process outsourcing sector, Perre went on to join Wyeth Pharmaceutical in 2011 as a Territory Manager and worked for the company for five successful years.
Perre joined Morunda in Tokyo from 2016 until 2020 as a Project Manager. He went on to successfully help establish the life science business of a start-up recruitment firm in Tokyo from 2020 to 2022 , reaching Principal level Consultant. Perre returned to his home in Morunda at the end 2022 to take on a role as VP for Life Science Business for Japan and APAC.
Alan is the Director of the Finance & Operations team. They cover the corporate back-office roles for Morunda’s clients,
which includes finance, legal & compliance, procurement, human resources and operations. During his time in recruitment, he has placed many executives across various industries in the Japanese market and especially enjoys working with clients who are new to the region. Alan and his team work very closely with pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology firms to identify the key characteristics and abilities of candidates to drive their business forward.
Alan came to Japan in 2004, originally in financial consulting, where he worked closely with numerous Japanese executives and companies as clients, so he has a deep understanding of what is needed to succeed in this market. He really enjoys consulting with clients and candidates, to enable patient first focused companies to expand in Japan & APAC region.