APAC Head of Medical Affairs Recruitment Nick Sim has recently celebrated his 4-year anniversary with Barrington James Singapore.
Nick took over the Medical Affairs desk in 2017, attending all Barrington James incentives in Singapore, achieving the top performing desk in 2020, while breaking his billing records three times. Wow, what a 4 years it’s been! We had a chat with him for this weeks feature, and this is what he told us…


Tell us about you and your role:

Hi! My name is Nicholas and I’m based in Singapore. Unlike most engineering graduates, my first job was in recruitment and have been in the life-science industry for over a decade. My role focuses on leading my medical affairs recruitment team and running my own desk in executive search assignments across the APAC region.
I like to see myself as a subject matter expert for companies who are looking for solutions in their hiring process and challenges. As well to be a trusted advisor for candidates who needs a partner for their next career journey.

Tell us about your team:

Aside being responsible for handling all levels of Medical affairs roles, my team takes pride in understanding about the market first in order to be in it. They constantly keep themselves abreast of the market trends and talents movement in order to offer the latest insight for companies and candidates. Their approach is always seek to listen first, with an intention to understand the needs before consulting.

What have been your personal highlights/achievements since joining Barrington James?

Highlights have got to be having the opportunity to attend various reputable regional conferences and another being invited as a panellist to offer my insights of the market! That exposure greatly expanded my mindset and knowledge, especially when you are learning from respectable industry leaders.

While the achievements I am proud of would be breaking my own career sales record when I joined Barrington James, especially in a highly niche desk with fierce competition from other established medical affairs recruiters.

Achieved my annual target twice by Q3 for both 2020 and 2021.
Broken Singapore’s top sales record twice and holding highest placement fee record.
Represented Singapore as top biller twice and working hard for 2021!

What are your future aspirations at Barrington James?

To be the default choice as the go to leading APAC medical search expert.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in recruitment?

Find a role model that inspires you. Observe their best practices and methodology approach. Above all, consistency is key!

Thank you very much Nick for talking with us, and congratulations again on your amazing 4 years with us so far.

Meet the Team, Singapore Edition: Nick Sim

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Conferences visited last year 49


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