Science
Recruitment

With 20 years experience in science recruitment, Solutions Driven knows how to find great candidates in this fast-paced sector. We help secure top talent and guarantee the right people for the right roles.

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Hiring managers in science
tell us they’re experiencing these issues when trying to hire top talent:

  • Difficulty attracting top talent from larger competitors
  • No capacity for thorough hiring processes
  • Rapid industry growth is increasing talent competition
  • Struggling to differentiate your value proposition
  • A fast-moving talent pool
  • Candidate behaviour is changeable and unpredictable

But it doesn’t need to
be like this.
There’s a new way to recruit…

It’s called Recruitment Process IntelligenceTM, and it’s the new way to guarantee results in science and data science recruitment. Using RPI, we find and engage quality candidates, presenting hiring managers with shortlists of top potential prospects in agreed timeframes.  

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Recruitment Intelligence

Identify the gaps in your science recruitment strategy costing you top talent and money. Gather competitor insights. Build talent pools. Target and engage passive talent.

Process Intelligence

A proven process and framework that guarantees the right hire for the job, first time. Recruit faster. Drive deeper candidate engagement. Protect budgets.

Data Intelligence

Get the intelligence and insights you need to drive future scientific recruitment efficiency. Real-time hiring data. Move forward with confidence. Maximise budgets.

Avoid costly STEM hiring mistakes
once and for all by following
these simple steps…

1

Book a call

Get in touch to schedule a consultation with one of our science recruitment experts.

2

We’ll identify & attract top talent

We’ll discuss what your “ideal hire” looks like and match them to candidate fit scorecards before we begin engaging top talent.

3

You get the perfect candidate.

Whether it’s C-suite, senior management, business critical, or niche roles, you’ll get the perfect hire who meets all your requirements.

Here’s what our science
clients have to say

“The Solutions Driven team consistently delivers quality candidates and exceptional service. There is no role they can’t fill! They have helped us in several different countries and departments.”

Alley Agee

Recruiting Operations Manager, Aktana

"This year has been a challenge for businesses, and replacing staff who decide to move on can seem like a headache. It's good to have a company on hand who can greatly ease the burden and help find the right people for the role, that's SD."

Andy McDaid

Technology Manager, Össur

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recruitment case studies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much are your recruitment fees?

    We offer two services: SD Search and SD Embedded.

    SD Search

    Our SD Search fees are around 20%, depending on the type and number of roles.

    Unlike many retained recruitment agencies, we don’t charge upfront for each new role, but instead focus on payment when milestones have been achieved.

    You’re invoiced when key milestones have been achieved. Our payment process is linked to value delivered, not empty promises.

    SD Embedded

    For SD Embedded, we’ll agree measures of success at the beginning of the process and work with you to create a bespoke package for you.

  • Is your team experienced in working in science and life sciences roles?

    All of our team are experienced STEM recruiters and either specialise in life sciences, medical devices, biotechnology, or other science recruiting, have had a STEM career, or had extensive training.

  • What’s your success rate in placing roles?

    Compared to other recruitment agencies, we have a high success rate across industries. In SD Search we place 97% of roles first time, every time.

    Occasionally, we come across jobs where there are appropriate candidate shortages – for example, when hiring for diversity + specific skills in a majority white or male dominated industry. Here, we support the hiring manager to work out areas of flex.

    For SD Embedded, we can improve your current success rate, or set down Key Performance Indicators that you’d like us to adhere to.

  • Where do you place roles?

    Approximately 40% of our jobs are in the US and 60% in EMEA.

    Solutions Driven is based in Scotland with people working across the globe. Our team posses multiple languages, and operating in all time-zones as a trusted partner.

  • Tell me about your entire hiring process?
    The 6S Process

    We follow a 6S process to source and secure candidates, and a 6F methodology to get the right candidate and client fit.

    The 6S process is our proven process and framework, guaranteeing the right person for the role. We follow 6 steps – scoping, scorecarding, sourcing, selecting, securing, and satisfying – to find these applicants.

    The 6F Methodology

    The 6F Methodology looks at fit, freedom, family, fulfilment, fortune, and future priorities of candidates for a new role to ensure they’ll gel with the company and become long-term assets to the team.

    The 6E Framework

    For embedded projects or services, we use a six step framework that ensures success in multiple industries. Designed specifically for embedded recruitment, it provides a step by step process for embedded projects. The 6E Framework is made up of expectation, engagement, execution, efficiency, enablement, and experience.

  • Who will be my main point of contact?

    We provide 180 degree recruitment solutions, meaning our business growth team will walk you through the process of becoming a customer, acting as your account manager. Then they’ll arrange a meeting with your stakeholders, themselves, and your dedicated recruitment consultant.

    Then your dedicated Search or Embedded recruitment consultant (or consultants) will take over.

    SD Search

    Our Search team are specialised in sourcing the best talent across industries. We’ll arrange regular check in calls to continually align your requirements, and ours. Company priorities can change throughout a process, and we want to ensure we’re always on top of that.

    SD Embedded

    For embedded recruitment solutions, we match you with a member /s of our team best suited for the project who can support and manage your goals.

  • How involved do I need to be?

    We ask for a high level of buy-in from our clients, according to their business needs and throughout the whole process. That means taking part in a scoping call at the beginning of the process, where we discover your requirements in areas like getting the right skills and salary, and look at areas of flex.

    We then create a sample longlist and shortlist for feedback. After that, we’ll provide you with a shortlist where you can choose which candidates to interview.

    It’s not a laborious process, but to get the right person and not have to start from scratch if they don’t work out – we need to know exactly who is right for you.

  • How long is your time-to-hire in the current job market?

    This is dependent on the type of position, the requirements, and can also be affected by things like national holidays (looking at you, Christmas!).

    SD Search

    For SD Search services, it’s usually around 4-5 weeks, however this can change depending on the above. Your initial contact in the business growth team will oversee the process and will always be available if you have any questions or concerns.

    SD Embedded

    For embedded recruitment solutions, we will discuss measures of success at the beginning of the process and will agree these before beginning working together.

  • How will you represent my company to candidates throughout the entire hiring process?

    The Solutions Driven team takes the time to ensure all collateral is on-brand for your business and represents who you are.

    Our team also works to embody your core values, treating candidates as you would and ensuring rejected candidates leave with a positive impression.

  • What happens if my new hire doesn’t work out?

    We offer a 12-month guarantee on all roles in SD Search.

    If your new employee doesn’t work out, we’ll refill that role for free within their first year. With a 97% success rate on Search roles, we rarely ever have to refill roles though.

    In SD Embedded, we discuss measures of success at the beginning of the project and sign these off before kicking off.

  • Do you do outsourced recruiting too?

    Yes. We’ve recently formalised our embedded offering and launched SD Embedded. 

    The last couple of years have been ones of up and down. Now, as we’re starting to open back up, businesses need to ramp quickly. But they don’t have the capacity to deal with it.

    However, many businesses don’t need an RPO embedded long-term, they need more flexible recruitment solutions. A recruitment company that works as a partner not just a supplier. So we offer a fixed-term embedded service that allows flex in talent acquisition with an experienced recruiter or recruiters.

  • What do your customers, or candidates in a job search say about you?

    You can see what clients and the candidates say about us.

    Many of our business comes from referrals through happy customers or candidates who have furthered their career through working with us.

    Additionally, 89% of our clients return to us to fill other roles after our first placement.

  • What is RPI?

    RPI is Recruitment Process Intelligence – the new way for recruitment agencies and internal teams to guarantee recruitment results for hiring teams backed by proven processes and real intelligence and knowledge.

    There are 6 principles of RPI:

    1. Human powered processes to find, engage and attract your ideal candidate.

    2. Full accountability and measurement from the outset.

    3. Measured on results, not false promises.

    4. Use of real-time data to drive continuous hiring improvement.

    5. Blending the science of recruitment with the art of engagement.

    6. We love being the silent partner

  • How long has Solutions Driven been operating?

    Solutions Driven has been a recruitment company for 20+ years. Our founder started the company after becoming frustrated when dealing with recruitment agencies in his VP position.

    Since then, Solutions Driven has worked on every type of role imaginable, including in the scientific industry, on every continent across the world.

  • What type of roles do you work on?

    We have two offerings at Solutions Driven, SD Search and SD Embedded.

    In SD Search we job search on business critical or niche roles. We mainly fill complicated positions, vital for business growth, or executive positions, where having the right skills is extremely important.

    Our main focus of job sectors is in STEM recruitment, and we’re a skilled science recruitment agency. We’ve worked filling science jobs across the pharmaceutical markets, in clinical departments, as C-suite recruiters, in life sciences, and much more. Our team have indepth knowledge of regulatory affairs, meaning we’re at the forefront of full spectrum science headhunting.

    In SD Embedded, we offer longer-term embedded recruitment, tailored to your needs. That could be working with your team in implementation of a new diversity strategy, end-to-end resourcing for a department, or general management or assistance of recruitment in launching in a new location.