We specialise in recruiting high-calibre professionals for your key technical and scientific roles, allowing you to be at the forefront of technological advancements.
We know scientific recruitment
For over 60 years Reed has delivered a full range of specialist scientific staffing solutions across the UK. We have offices strategically located nationally in scientific and STEM hotspots to enable us to provide you with local market expertise and source professionals fast.
As the UK’s largest family-run recruiter, we have access to thousands of scientific professionals across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. As a result, we can find you professionals for permanent, contract or temporary roles with the right skills, experience, working entitlements and references to hit the ground running. Our specialist scientific teams will work with you to create bespoke recruitment strategy depending on your needs, as opposed to a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.
We operate across a broad spectrum of markets within the scientific industry, and traditional roles which we recruit for include:
Laboratory staff – technicians and managers
Quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC)
Molecular and cell biologists
Chemists – inorganic/organic/formulation
Our scientific recruiters only recruit for the sector and many have a degree in a science-related field, giving you a unique combination of recruitment expertise and in-depth knowledge of the market, providing you with the reassurance you need from a trusted partner.
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, everchanging 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.
Food science recruitment
Whether you are looking for temporary, permanent or interim scientific staff, our food science recruitment consultants can help you find the perfect match for your organisation. The food, drink and FMGC markets evolve and develop rapidly, and our specialists keep track of the latest developments and trends, to ensure they are abreast of the skills and knowledge needed across the varying roles in the sector.
From sensory scientists to nutritionists, we can help you find the team members with the right skill sets to help your business thrive. We cover all areas of the market, including new product development, quality and regulation, through to specifications and packaging.
With scientific consultants based in the major STEM hubs across the UK, our experts have access to hundreds of food science professionals. Not only will we work with you to manage the whole recruitment process, we’ll continue that relationship, supporting you with regular insight and content that we feel will be useful to you and your company going forward – from our annual salary guides, to the latest topical webinars and networking events with peers.
Medical devices recruitment
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 recruitment
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.
And understand your pain points...
Our focus is to create a working partnership with you. This means your local scientific specialist will meet with you and your stakeholders to fully understand the job brief, and where necessary create a job brief collaboratively. Our experts will identify the key skills and experience required for the role and, where necessary, talk through areas of flexibility.
With an in-depth knowledge of the local market and wider sector, your consultant will guide you through the process – offering the best advice and insight to ensure you get the result you need. Your expert will communicate with you regularly, as well as provide you with feedback and support when needed.
Working with our scientific recruiters will give you national and international exposure for your role. Your vacancy will be advertised on multiple platforms including Reed.co.uk – the UK’s number one digital recruitment service – to attract the best professionals for your role.
Our experts will then screen all applications on your behalf, and only those professionals matching your requirements will be sent to you for consideration. Through regular networking, our scientific recruiters will also target the passive candidate market, ensuring that we focus searches on candidates who we know have the right skills and experience, but may not be actively looking for a new job.
To make sure you have access to the cream of the crop when it comes to scientific professionals, we screen all our candidates. We give you the opportunity to be fully involved in the process, allowing you to submit a unique set of questions to give insight for your vacancy.
As experts in the field, we are there to support you throughout the recruitment process and can suggest the best interviewing techniques, testing and questions to help filter out the best individuals for your role. If your vacancy is temporary, we provide a two-day working guarantee, so if things don’t work out we will replace temporary employees at no additional cost.
Part of managing your whole recruitment journey includes remaining in constant communication with candidates we have shortlisted for your role. Therefore, unlike when you arrange interviews and recruit in-house, your specialist scientific recruiter will keep abreast of each candidates’ circumstances, managing any concerns they may have and other roles they are applying for.
Our process is through and includes preparing each candidate for their interview with you at least 24 hours beforehand, so there will be no last-minute cancellations or no-shows. We also provide you with any advice and guidance you may need prior to the interview.
We understand that when working alone, talent in the scientific sector can be hard to find. The industry is often candidate driven, and many in-demand professionals will have several offers at any one time. In this environment, most candidates will receive a counteroffer from their existing employer to try to retain them.
Our specialist scientific recruitment consultants are well-versed in dealing with such occurrences and, by guiding you from the off on the correct salary and benefits package for your role, we can help avoid this situation – professionals are looking to leave for a reason and a good package will reinforce this fact.
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