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Life Sciences

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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 all your life science recruitment. ​From big pharma to small biotech start ups, we can deliver the total talent solutions you need.

Our team of sector specialist consultants have a deep understanding of all life sciences functions. We provide talent and staffing solutions across a range of pharmaceutical disciplines including: clinical, pharmacovigilance, regulatory affairs, commercial, medical communications, and engineering.

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"I've had many interactions with recruiters over the years, but I have to say the experience with Daniel from Cpl [Life Sciences] was one of the best. Daniel was completely tuned in to my current situation and requirements for a role and worked tirelessly to ensure the process was smooth and without setbacks. Communication was regular and detailed. I would thoroughly recommend Daniel for those looking to hire, and I will be back in touch with Daniel for future hiring needs."
Director of Business Development - Europe

How we can help

We have access to a wide talent pool of active and passive life science professionals and use AI technology to eliminate unconscious bias. So when you choose to work with us, you're never far from your next perfect hire.
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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

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. 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
Kirsty Calow
Suzanne Swan
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 and Czech Republic.

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:

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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 uk@cpl.com or call us on

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