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Experts in science recruitment

Our approach

At Reed, we work with some of the most innovative and dynamic companies in the UK, helping them find the best talent for their projects and goals. We also build long-term relationships with candidates, understanding their skills, motivations and aspirations, and matching them with the right opportunities.

As experienced recruiters, we have a deep knowledge of our sector, as well as excellent communication, negotiation and problem-solving skills, as we adapt our solutions in line with market changes. We don’t just recruit, we create solutions – our specialist scientific teams will work with you to create a bespoke recruitment strategy depending on your needs, as opposed to a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

What we offer

We specialise in recruiting for a range of areas within life sciences, food and FMCG, such as:

  • Chemists - inorganic/organic/formulation

  • Biochemistry

  • Biotech and biomedical

  • Microbiology

  • Laboratory staff technicians and managers

  • Technical, quality assurance and regulatory affairs

  • New product development

  • Research and specifications

Our scientific recruiters specialise in recruitment in this sector and many hold science-related degrees, giving you a unique combination of recruitment expertise and in-depth knowledge of the market, providing you with the reassurance you need to find the right people for your organisation.

Food, drink & FMCG

As an expert food, drink and FMCG recruiter, we possess an in-depth understanding of the unique demands and intricacies of critical areas such as technical, quality assurance, new product development (NPD), and specifications.

Our team of experienced recruiters is well-versed in sourcing top talent for roles such as food scientists, product developers, quality assurance specialists, and technical experts, ensuring that our clients have access to the best candidates who are high performing and will drive value.

Through our comprehensive screening and assessment processes, we are renowned for identifying candidates who have the right technical skills, possess a keen eye for detail, and are committed to upholding the highest quality standards in the food, drink and FMCG industries.

Why use our food, drink & FMCG recruitment services?

Our dedication to personalised service means that we work closely with our clients to understand their specific requirements and objectives. Whether you need a seasoned professional to lead your NPD team or a meticulous quality assurance specialist to maintain compliance with regulations and specifications, we provide tailored solutions to meet your needs.

Our deep industry knowledge and ongoing market research ensures that we stay ahead of emerging trends, enabling us to provide invaluable insights and guidance to our clients as they navigate the ever-evolving landscape in the food, drink and FMCG industries.

What food, drink and FMCG roles do you recruit for?

We are committed to delivering exceptional service, forging long-term partnerships, and helping our clients build high-performing teams that drive innovation, ensure compliance, and deliver exceptional product quality in the following areas:

  • NPD

  • Technical

  • Quality assurance

  • Specifications


We have decades of experience in recruiting for roles in biotechnology and life sciences. Our specialists are experts in recruiting across molecular and cell biology, biomedical science, and microbiology. With access to a network of active and passive candidates, on a local and national level, your scientific expert can find you the right professional to fill your biotechnology role.

Whether you need a QA manager, principal scientist, or laboratory technician to join your team, we can work with you to find the professional with the right skill set to help your organisation flourish.

Our specialists in biotechnology recruitment have access to the latest salary and benefits data and insight, ensuring that you are targeting the right professionals with the right packages and stay ahead of the competition by bringing the best talent into your company.

From sourcing the UK’s top professionals, to interviewing and onboarding advice, we will work with you to make the recruitment process as stress free and efficient as possible.


The fast-paced, ever-changing nature of the pharmaceutical industry makes recruitment challenging. Reed’s expert recruiters have over 60 years’ experience tackling these challenges head-on, sourcing high-calibre professionals who are up to date with the latest developments and changes in the sector.

Reed’s pharmaceutical experts recruit for temporary, permanent and interim roles across all stages of drug development and discovery. Our national network of specialists, each with local market knowledge, can find professionals for even the most niche roles. Whether you’re looking to hire a regulatory manager, pharmacologist or formulation scientist, we can help you source the right professionals, saving you time and money.

Your scientific recruitment specialist will support you throughout the recruitment process – from screening initial applicants to make sure they have the correct skills, through to providing interview support and ongoing market insight.

Medical devices

The scientific sector is fast moving, with daily advancements in knowledge and understanding, that’s why Reed’s scientific specialists work alongside you to ensure the roles you are recruiting for are filled by well-informed professionals with the correct skill set and acumen for your company.

Medical devices play a vital role in the safe and effective prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of illness and disease. We understand the need for the right professionals for the job. Whether you produce syringes and forceps or ventilators and dialysis machines, we can find STEM professionals to cover the whole spectrum of roles within the sector, including quality assurance and quality control, regulation and product development.

If you are looking for a research and development scientist or production manager, your local specialist will use their large candidate database of scientific professionals - and their network of passive candidates - to find the ideal person for the job.

Chemicals/material science

As a leading supplier of scientific staff, Reed’s specialists in chemical and material science work with you to find the dynamic, innovative professionals you need. Our experts work across the complete chemicals and material science landscape, including formulation, scale up chemistry, and materials and chemical testing.

At Reed we pride ourselves in providing impeccable service, so we work in partnership with you to find the right solutions to your recruitment needs. Whether that’s hiring a team of inorganic chemists or a regulative affairs officer, your designated expert has access to a large database of active and passive candidates who fit the bill.

Your local specialist will work alongside you and other stakeholders to identify the skills you need for the role, create a detailed job specification, provide you with a shortlist, arrange interviews and offer interview advice – the whole process couldn’t be more efficient, meaning you can continue to steer the ship while we worry about those coming on board.

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