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Life Sciences

Total Talent Solutions

Connecting the brightest minds in life sciences

​At Cpl UK Life Sciences, we're experts at connecting talented professionals with the most ambitious companies in the industry.

With excellent local knowledge of markets across the UK, Switzerland, and the USA, you can trust us to help with your all your executive search, temporary and contract, permanent, and embedded talent solutions. ​

Our team of specialist sector specific consultants has a deep understanding all life sciences functions. We provide talent and staffing solutions across a range of pharmaceutical disciplines including clinical, pharmacovigilance/drug safety, regulatory affairs, quality assurance/ control, medical information, commercial, data management, medical communications, biostatistics, scientific and engineering.

We have a proven track record of delivering successful life sciences recruitment services for many of the world’s leading life sciences organisations. From big pharma to small biotech start ups, we can deliver the total talent solutions you need. Whether you have a hard to fill regulatory affairs role, you're looking for a senior executive to lead your biotech, or you're building your professional services team from the ground up, you can count on us.

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How we can help

Our specialist life science talent consultants are equipped with excellent sector knowledge and a deep understanding of local markets across the UK, Europeand beyond. Through established networks, we use AI technology to eliminate unconscious bias and access a wide talent pool of skilled professionals from diverse backgrounds and locations. With dedicated life science full service recruitment services and global executive search capability, when you work with us you're never far from your next perfect hire.

Permanent Talent Solutions

When you need to build a loyal and committed workforce to support your long-term business goals. We provide you with a carefully screened, handpicked shortlist of skilled life science professionals.

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Flexible Talent Solutions

For all your contract and temporary workforce needs you can trust us to manage your contingent talent. Whatever your contract or temporary workforce needs, we have a flexible solution that's right for you.

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​Executive Partners

When you need C-suite executives for senior positions, our expert executive search team works exclusively within life sciences. With extensive experience and sector knowledge they will find the high calibre, impactful senior leaders you're looking for.

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Embedded Talent Solutions

Our multi-hire talent solution is ideal if you need to scale at pace quickly and effectively during periods of rapid growth. For a simple fixed fee, you can hire on demand with the flexibility to pause and restart your hiring cycle whenever you need.

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​Where we work

Life Sciences Leadership Team

Yvette Cleland
Suzanne Swan
Kirsty Calow
Sarah Goddard
Thomas Hancox

How we make a difference

Our international reach has allowed us to develop one of the most comprehensive candidate databases in the industry. To help you attract and retain the best talent, we publish the industry's most comprehensive life sciences remuneration guide, so you can view average salaries and benefits for pharmaceutical professionals working across Europe. We are constantly expanding our scope of international coverage, our database currently includes active candidates in over 15 European countries including the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Russia.

From the Golden Triangle, to the wider UK market, Europe, and the USA our specialist life sciences consultants find you the talent you need. Whether you need a research scientist in Cambridge, or a product development engineer in Basel, here are just some of the ways can support your talent acquisition strategy:

Why work with us?

In an industry where competition for talent is fierce, it's vital to have your finger on the pulse of latest labour market trends. Our exclusive partnership with Vacancy Soft, means we have instance access to the latest life sciences industry labour market data and insights, so when you partner with us you'll always be one step ahead of the competition.

Our commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion(EDI), and sustainability means you can be confident you're working with a business partner that values people, communities and the environment.

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Frequently asked questions

Q1. We're a small biotech and are now in a position where we need to scale at pace. We need to hire six people over the next 8 months, can you help?

A. Yes, our Embedded Talent Solution is designed to support multiple-hires over a specific period of time. It offers you the flexibility you need, at competitive, fixed fee.

Q2. We're a growing medical device company based in the UK. We're planning to open an office in Switzerland later this year. Can you help us with both our UK and Swiss hiring needs?

A. Whether you need skilled life science professionals for the UK or Switzerland, our team can help.

Q3. I need to know what salary/package to offer to attract the best talent, can you give me any guidance?

A. When you work with us, your consultant will be able to brief you on salary and compensation packages within the life sciences labour market. We publish the industry's most comprehensive life sciences salary guide, so our consultants have their finger on the pulse of the latest industry benchmarks for remuneration and will advise you on the most competitive option for the role.

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Ready to find your next great hire? Contact us today at or call us on

0118 959 4990 to learn more about our life sciences recruitment and staffing services.