Mike Evans, Chief Executive, Oxford Gene Technology
We were looking to make a pivotal new appointment for the business, a Chief Medical Officer, and choosing the right recruitment partner was going to be key. PiR was one of a select few specialist Executive Search firms that we met with to discuss the brief. Their knowledge, energy and passion for delivering solutions to their clients shone through at the meeting and the outcome was quite unexpected. Our company was limited in terms of clinical knowledge and through the briefing process PiR identified that there were questions around the scope of the role. PiR’s suggestion was for us to use a highly experienced interim to review our exact requirements in the immediate, medium and longer term and to assist in fully scoping the CMO role. We knew that finding an interim with the specific combination of clinical and diagnostics experience would be tough, however PiR rose to the challenge and through their focus and tenacity they found the ideal candidate. After a successful interim period we are delighted that the interim candidate will be joining our company on a permanent basis. Through their innovative approach PiR has enabled our business to seamlessly appoint a CMO without a lengthy recruitment process and excessive cost to our business.
Interim Market Access Director
I have had a lot of experience in dealing with permanent and interim recruitment agencies and have become cynical of the whole process. However, having been introduced to PiR after simply making a phone call in regard to a job advertisement, I have received outstanding service from every person with whom I have dealt. PiR clearly work closely together as a team and have managed to overcome the communication barrier with each other and their clients. I knew I could count on the consultants at PiR to get back to me when they said they would, and to have the courtesy to call with regular updates, even when there was no new developments. When I started in my current [interim assignment], I was greeted with the same enthusiasm for the high standard of service that PiR delivers. I am convinced that personalising customer service in the recruitment industry is definitely the way forward and that PiR has mastered the art.
Interim R&D Director
I have to say that I have been very impressed by the business operations at PiR. It has all been very efficient, seamless and a pleasure to deal with. Thank you for making it so painless.
Interim R&D Director
They are highly professional and responsive to Interim's and Client's needs and offer a friendly and diligent service. I would highly recommend them.
Executive Chair, early stage oncology medical imaging technology company
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.
Interim Supply Chain Manager
Working with PiR is a pleasure, during the selection and interview process PiR kept in touch briefed me as to the clients’ needs and requirements ensuring that I had all the relevant facts. In post, the administrative systems are efficient and professional, the renewal of my contract was handled efficiently and quickly.
Paul Eakin, UK CEO, Eakin Healthcare Group
We found PiR to be extremely thorough in seeking to understand the core needs of our business and the types of candidate which would best serve the business for the long term. Their dedication to the task and attention to detail was exemplary, and resulted in the placement of two very fine candidates for two very senior positions in the Group.
VP Medical, Specialist Pharma
“The hiring of the European QPPV for our company was absolutely critical to the business. Given the market conditions, where demand for these skills outweigh supply, we always knew the brief would be challenging. Not only did PiR provide invaluable market intelligence on the European market; they presented a very strong shortlist resulting in an excellent hire. Their guidance through the offer process was essential given the notice period involved. To plug the gap through the notice period, PiR provided an interim who was able to pick up the critical business activities and hand them over to the new hire when they joined. PiR fully comprehended the urgent nature of this hire and demonstrated their understanding of the market.”
COO, Biotech, Advanced Therapies
We had been recommended to use PiR because of their grasp of and network in the life sciences interim market. Within a week we had interviewed and appointed our Interim Head having found ourselves with an unexpected gap in Clinical Operations. PiR’s grasp of our requirements, both technically and culturally, ensured the process was smooth and rapid. They clearly know their market and communicate effectively with all parties. The candidates were very well briefed, with expectations managed. Without this hire, the business would have been over stretched. We have just a few weeks later completed another Interim hire from PiR. We will certainly continue to work with PiR again given our experience thus far.
Entrepreneurial life science CEO
The challenge I set PiR was to find my group of early stage companies a commercially insightful, technically robust and highly pragmatic Interim CFO; a professional who understands the life science sector, is an experienced fund raiser and has led M&A activity; oh, and on top of that, fun to work with and able to divide their time across several different organisations in any one week!
And how did they rise to that challenge? Within a week, I had a shortlist of well assessed, technically competent and interested candidates; any one of whom could have done the job. My selection criteria was ultimately around culture fit and chemistry with me. The relationship with my newly appointed Interim CFO will be tested like any good ‘marriage’ as we work closely together, supporting the growth of these exciting early stage companies towards their natural exit.
I have known PiR and Carolyn Douthwaite for several years; the experience of working with the Interim Executive team on this critical hire was everything I hoped it would be; timely, informed, strong on communication, flexible on organisation and terms. PiR will continue to be a supplier of choice for future C suite roles that I hire going forwards and I would not hesitate to recommend them to others in the sector.
CEO, Medical Device Design Consultancy
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%.
Simon Saxby, CEO, Stratophase
PiR provided options and found the right person for the interim project quickly and efficiently - at the first time of asking.
Director, International Talent Acquisition, Global Biopharmaceutical company
I have had the pleasure of working with PiR as both a candidate and as a Client. Commenting as a Candidate first, I found the PiR's 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's 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's in comparison to other providers in the market. Carolyn and her team strive to be the best at what they do through quality!
VP Production, Top 15 Pharmaceutical company
When faced with the challenges of a factory closure and needing to cover critical senior management roles, PiR 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.
CEO, PLC Biotech – seeking an interim CFO
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.
CFO VC-backed Biotech
We have been astounded at the speed and effectiveness with which PiR 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 PiR's efforts.
Senior HR Director
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.
Whilst working with PiR recently, I was very impressed with the quality of their candidate service. I found the team to be polite, attentive and proactive in all areas of the recruitment process, particularly in the arrangement and follow up to interviews. Their service was efficient and clear, and they kept me well informed throughout the entire process. In comparison with other, larger recruitment companies I have worked with, I found PiR to be a cut above the rest, and would highly recommend them to all in my network.
HR, Cambridge Epigenetix Ltd
Sally Hope provided recruitment services to Cambridge Epigenetix Ltd through PiR, I have found her a very reliable and professional partner. She thoroughly listens to requirements and positions the right people based on this - not just any cv. She personally screens all candidates and provides a summary and insight. One of the most important qualities she has is honesty, she will say if she is not 100% about a candidate. Sally is quickly responsive to the client’s needs and always delivers on time. I have been very pleased with the outcomes from her sourcing of candidates. I have no hesitation in recommending Sally as a resourcing partner.
Interim Medical Director
I have been very impressed by the way that you and your team have handled our relationship to date. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to colleagues and will continue to bear you in mind when gaps do arise in the future. I can also confirm that my experience with a couple of other agencies has been in stark contrast to this. I'd be grateful if you could take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of your team for their continued professional and friendly support.