Maurice Thornton


Inhaber, Managing Director, headcount AG

Zurich, Switzerland


Strong background in the pharmaceutical industry
recruitment experience both agency and in-house
experience in pharma and non-profit sectors
wealth of knowledge on: candidate sourcing
social media
employer branding
PSL creation
assessment centres
employment law in Switzerland
ATS systems
interview techniques
Compensation & Benefits.


Professional experience for Maurice Thornton

  • Current 10 years and 5 months, since May 2012

    Managing Director

    headcount AG

    headcount is a Zürich based consultancy serving clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical technology, diagnostic, OTC, and chemical market segments. We are specialized in the local and international search, intelligence, identification, and recruitment of management level talent for top healthcare companies. We utilize the most up-to-date tools, networks, technology, and media to provide first in class service to our clients.

  • 7 months, Nov 2012 - May 2013

    Sourcing and Attraction

    Roche Pharmaceuticals

    headcount recruitment & research is currently carrying out attraction & sourcing activities for Roche Pharmaceuticals. Our current focus is around helping Roche to develop a talent pipeline in Development positions such as Safety Scientists and Leaders, Medical Directors, Regulatory Program Managers, Biostatisticians, Clinical Scientists, and more. Please get in touch if you are looking for a change in your career - see our website for current open positions.

  • 8 months, Sep 2011 - Apr 2012



    A once in a lifetime opportunity for a trip around the globe.

  • 1 year and 3 months, Jun 2010 - Aug 2011

    Staffing Manager (contract)

    Amgen (Europe) GmbH

    Amgen is the world’s largest independent biotechnology company with International Headquarters in Zug. In this role I was responsible for all staffing matters (recruitment, training, onboarding, preferred supplier selection, social media strategy, direct search, etc.) both in Switzerland and in various other countries.

  • 1 year and 2 months, May 2009 - Jun 2010

    Recruitment Specialist (Contractor)

    The Global Fund

    The Global Fund is an international financing organization that aims to attract and disburse additional resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. At the headquarters in Geneva, I was responsible for global recruitment, as well as training, policy creation, and attraction strategies.

  • 2 years and 9 months, Aug 2006 - Apr 2009

    Manager - Healthcare & Life Sciences

    Michael Page International - Zurich

    Michael Page International has 35 years expertise in professional services recruitment and has been established as one of the best-known consultancy companies, employing more than 5,350 people in over 161 offices and 33 countries worldwide. Starting from scratch in this position, I built a Healthcare & Life Science division, ultimately leading eight consultants placing candidates in the pharma, medtech, and biotech industries throughout Switzerland.

  • Pre-Clinical Researcher

    Elan Pharmaceuticals

    Execution of a pre-clinical study examining the enhancement of Heparin delivery.

  • Researcher

    Centre for Addiciton and Mental Health

  • Sales Representative


Educational background for Maurice Thornton

  • Toxicology, Psychology

    University of Toronto


  • German


  • English



Recruitment Training
Pharmaceutical Industry
Biotechnology Industry
Medical Devices
Chemical Industry
Market Research
Contract Recruitment
Regulatory Affairs
Business Development
Product Development
Medical Writing
Medical Diagnostics
Market Access
Health Economics
Product Lifecycle Management
Quality Assurance
Quality Control
Clinical Research
Clinical Trials


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