Client Testimonials

Hans Janssen, Senior Director Human Resources Europe, ViroPharma Europe.Viropharma has been through a period of rapid growth over the last two years. PiR has been a significant recruitment partner to the European business during this time. They have worked on some challenging interim and permanent projects where the candidate pool is often small and for which the demand is high. PiR’s success for Viropharma is about understanding our cultural drivers and promoting Viropharma very effectively to potential candidates. They push back, communicate well with a smile, are tenacious and persistent and ultimately deliver a result. And when they can’t are transparent about this. I look forward to our on-going relationship.” 

PiR’s challenge; to identify candidates for a Medical Affairs Director role and a newly created Medical Advisor position, both of which are essential to the UK business achieving its business goals. So, did PiR deliver? Yes, they presented a well-rounded group of candidates to time and on budget from whom we were more than able to select our new hires. PiR demonstrated that they are well networked, deliver on time and communicate effectively. Their ability to assess cultural fit within a relatively small company was key to their value add. I look forward to working with PiR again in the future.” Derek Williams, Vice President and General Manager, Vifor Pharma UK

“PiR have been a great experience to work with in identifying both a CTO and CFO, critical hires to a lean, rapidly growing medical imaging business; they listen, interpret and ‘get it’; what skills and attitude are required for an early stage, young, investor backed company where wearing many hats is essential. I can honestly say that the CTO is one of the best hires I have made through the many businesses I have been involved with. Given their track record, PiR will continue to be a leading supplier of senior life science experts for my portfolio companies.” Executive Chair, early stage oncology medical imaging technology company

It has been a pleasure working with PiR who proved very responsive to a challenging brief.  Their research was thorough and extensive, with a good list of candidates identified.  The team was proactive in communicating with us and we always felt that they gave us 100%.”CEO, Medical Device Design Consultancy

We recently recruited our interim R & D Director through PiR.  They quickly understood the skill set and personality we required to fill this key role and were able to source a very good short list of candidates.  They managed the whole recruitment process for us but kept us fully informed at all stages.  I would have no hesitation in using PiR again.” HR Director, fast growing biotechnology company.

“We recently formed our first overseas subsidiary to be engaged in specialist aseptic pharmaceutical production and we needed to urgently hire an experienced Pharmaceutical Production Director. Searches in the local area drew a blank, so we needed to not only find a specialist, but also find someone prepared to emigrate! PiR’s experience in the sector meant that they quickly understood the brief and rapidly identified an experienced professional in the field prepared to relocate in a short time-frame. Efficient, professional and cost-effective service from that point led to an appointment and start date within two months.” COO of Biopharma company

“I have had the pleasure of working with PiR Interims as both a candidate and as a Client. Commenting as a Candidate first, I found the PiR Interims team to be extremely professional and informed around their Client’s requirement for Talent. Their expectation management and frankness in the process helped me manage my candidacy and I was therefore able to stay focused on my areas of strength and development as I went through the recruitment process. Overall I believe they differentiate themselves from the competition through their quality and experience. As a Client I have had limited opportunity to work with PiR Interims but when we have engaged them, their experience in the area of interims coupled with their market intelligence has ensured their success in finding us the resource we have required. In speaking with the candidates they feel valued and agree on the quality of candidate management they have received from PiR Interims in comparison to other providers in the market. Carolyn and her team strive to be the best at what they do through quality!” Previous candidate who became a client.

“When faced with the challenges of a factory closure and needing to cover critical senior management roles, PiR Interims were able to provide a selection of high calibre candidates across different functions. Their ability to match on both the technical and cultural requirements was a key success factor ensuring that the business needs were met during a demanding and extended period.” VP Production, Top 15 Pharmaceutical company.

‘The challenge we set PiR was simple.  We required the services of an Interim CFO, quickly, who would ably fill the gap whilst we went to the market for a permanent candidate.  The interim needed to understand the biotech market from a PLC perspective, to be self managing, able to build relationships effectively with a demanding Scientific Advisory Board and could fulfill a broad role which included strategic planning and financial modelling, company secretarial duties, M&A activities, leading in- and out-licensing negotiations and collaborations. They excelled at this challenge, with a bit extra; the interim was such a good fit he ended up joining us permanently and has strengthened our organisation on many levels!”  CEO of a PLC biotech – seeking an Interim CFO

We have been astounded at the speed and effectiveness with which you have found candidates – very impressive.  Our CEO talked to several well known agencies and head-hunters looking for a similar role late last year and they didn’t come up with one name.  We certainly value your efforts.CFO VC-backed biotech.

I have had the pleasure of working with PiR on key searches for many years, and I have always found their approach personal and dedicated to achieving the right outcome. Most recently I have used them as both a biotech specialist but also when I have wanted to run a search for my function beyond our industry boundary – with great success. PiR is a small dedicated team with limited “off limits” issues faced by many of their larger competitors – and their research is true search, rather than just the usual friend of a friend searches most houses offer. I would always recommend having PiR as part of your small portfolio of key recruitment partners.Senior HR Director.