Earlier this month, we held our annual networking event at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London. You can read all about it here - the evening's discussion primarily focused on the quality and regulatory challenges that UK pharma/biotech companies will need to consider after Brexit.

We are proud to say that this event was extremely well received. As we mentioned previously, 97% of attendees rated the evening as either 'excellent' or 'very good', and our guest speakers all enjoyed a warm reception on the night.

John Johnson

Among those speakers was John Johnson (pictured above). John is the Vice President of Pharma Biotech at NSF, the public health and safety organisation. Here's what he had to say afterwards:

"It was fantastic to meet so many new and existing clients at Ricky Martin's HRS Networking Event. Knowing Ricky for many years, I knew that it would be a lively and informative event; and so it proved!

"We realise that many of the norms have changed and will change again. NSF are in step with these trends and are here to help organisations evolve and flourish, despite the pulling and pushing forces that lie ahead."

NSF had a stand at our event where attendees were asked for their responses to two key questions:

  • What GMP deficiencies are causing you the most anxiety?
  • What are the most likely root causes of these deficiencies?
Download this PDF to view the most popular answers to these questions, along with John Johnson's full statement on our networking event and current challenges to the UK pharmaceutical industry.

HRS will be organising more science events in the near future - If you would like to be considered as a guest speaker, or if you would like to suggest a topic of interest, please contact events@hyperec.com.

HRS: Who Are We?

The global recruitment industry is worth more than £300 billion - no wonder so many people want to become recruitment consultants!

But what does a recruitment consultant actually do? And what does it take to become one? Obviously, we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions know everything there is to know about this field, so let's answer those two questions now.

Overview

A recruitment consultant's main role is to match suitable candidates to temporary or permanent positions within client organisations. Recruitment consultants work hard to build positive relationships with companies in order to develop a deep understanding of their hiring needs - this helps us to find the right candidates to fill our clients' vacancies.

After identifying the right candidate for a role, the recruiter will conduct interviews, perform background checks, and ensure that both candidate and employer are a good fit for one another. Recruitment consultants also provide advice to both parties regarding training, salary, and career progression.

Responsibilities

As a recruitment consultant, you act as the crucial link between client companies and potential candidates. A recruiter's responsibilities are therefore varied and challenging. Here are just a few of them:

  • Using various marketing, networking, and business development techniques to attract attention from client companies

  • Identifying and approaching potential candidates

  • Preparing correspondence and documents (such as CVs and references) to send to clients

  • Meeting targets related to the number of candidates placed in suitable roles

  • Revising recruitment practices to ensure effectiveness in selection techniques and recruitment programmes

Qualifications

Recruitment consultancy roles are often available to all graduates, regardless of subject area (although of course it helps if your degree matches the area in which you would like to recruit - e.g. a science degree may make you more attractive to scientific recruitment agencies).

Rather than looking for specific qualifications or achievements, employers within the recruitment industry tend to use personal ability, skill, and charisma as measures of suitability.

Skills & Abilities

A good recruitment consultant should possess the following skills:

  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Sales and negotiation skills
  • Ability to meet targets / deadlines
  • Excellent communication / people skills
  • Exceptional time management
  • Drive and determination

Salary & Working Environment

The average salary for a recruitment consultant is in the range of £22,000 to £28,000 a year, although those in senior positions can earn in excess of £40k per year. Many employers offer some sort of performance-related bonus (even for inexperienced employees) on top of a basic pay package - these bonuses can be set on an individual, team or company-wide basis. A number of other benefits - such as mobile devices, laptops, company cars, social events, and end-of-year rewards - may also be available.

A recruitment consultant's typical working day usually runs from 9am to 5pm, although overtime is not unusual. It is possible to work as a freelance recruitment consultant, but generally not without expert knowledge of a specific field.

Flexible working and career breaks are available within this industry, but are uncommon as a result of the role's very active nature. Work is often based within an office setting, but travelling and outside work are common as a result of regular interviews and meetings.

Would you like to work for Hyper Recruitment Solutions? Use the link below to find out how!

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Molecular Biology

Molecular biology is a branch of biology that focuses on biomolecules within various cell systems (be they human, animal, plant or otherwise) and the interactions between those biomolecules.

Molecular Biology at University

Molecular biology undergraduate courses often combine elements of biochemistry, genetics, and microbiology into a single syllabus. This allows students to explore different areas of molecular biology while also giving them an opportunity to specialise in an area that's relevant to their chosen career path.

Pursuing a Career in Molecular Biology

In order to get a job as a molecular biologist, you will need a relevant life sciences degree, as well as (ideally) some relevant work experience in a laboratory environment.

What to expect:

  • Predominantly lab-based work
  • You will mostly be carrying out molecule- and cell-focused experiments
  • You may also be responsible for managing the laboratory

Areas of work you might be involved in:

  • Antibody engineering
  • Gene therapy
  • Plant research

The average starting salary for a molecular biologist is approximately £20k a year, with lots of potential for progression as you develop your skills and grow more experienced.

Are you looking to further your molecular biology career? Click the link below to view the latest jobs from Hyper Recruitment Solutions.

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HRS Founder Ricky Martin

On the 11th October 2018, we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions held our annual networking event at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London. We brought together 120 of our associates from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors to discuss the changes we can expect to see in quality and regulatory systems following Brexit.

On arrival, guests were given the chance to network and get to know each other. HRS founder Ricky Martin then addressed the room, welcoming the guests and outlining the purpose of the event: to acknowledge, predict and discuss changes that professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries can expect before and after the UK's exit from the European Union next year.

Our host for the evening was media entrepreneur Mike Soutar, who interviewed Ricky when he was a contestant on The Apprentice - Mike did a great job of warming up the crowd with his recollections of this experience!

Our other speakers on the night were:

  • Toby Underwood (RSC Accreditation and Careers Manager)
  • John Johnson (VP of NSF Health Sciences)
  • Bob Clay (2017 TOPRA President & Managing Director of Highbury Regulatory Science)

The keynote speeches from John Johnston and Bob Clay were followed by a Q&A, during which John, Bob and Ricky took questions from attendees.

HRS Networking Event

Key Takeaways from the Event

  • After initial discussion about the uncertainty that Brexit has brought to the sector, the room agreed that the pharma / biotech industries make life-saving medicines, and that this must and will continue. Ensuring this will require agility in our processes and positivity in our mindset.

  • Despite changes in the EMA, the UK will remain a hub for pharma / biotech talent and this should be celebrated. We cannot be so negative as to put people off the sector.

  • To support the future of the sector, we will all need to do more within our own 'outreach' programmes to inspire the next wave of STEM talent to join the sector (via schools, colleges, universities, etc).

  • Companies that are being more proactive and open to change from a quality / regulatory perspective will be in a better position post-March 2019.

As you'd expect from such an illustrious industry event, attendees had plenty of time to network at the beginning and end of the evening, and when we took a survey of those who were there, the responses were very positive indeed:

  • 97% of attendees rated the event as either 'excellent' or 'very good' overall

  • 90% of attendees rated the speakers as either 'excellent' or 'very good'

  • 90% of attendees said they would be 'extremely likely' to attend a similar HRS networking event in the future

Ricky ended the event with a positive message about everybody taking responsibility for acting as brand ambassadors for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. We must ensure that we continue to seek opportunities off the back of Brexit (as opposed to being consumed by the negatives), and remember that the sector saves lives and will continue to do so.

HRS will be running more science events in the near future to help improve knowledge and stimulate debate in areas of real interest. If you would like to be considered to speak at such an event, or if you would like to suggest a topic of interest, please contact events@hyperec.com so that we can continue to deliver relevant, useful support in a sales-free environment.

Who are Hyper Recruitment Solutions?

Biostatistician

Biostatistics is the application of mathematics and statistics to biology and related fields. Biostatisticians are responsible for designing biological experiments in the medical and agricultural industries; they collect, analyse and translate raw data into relevant information that can be used for research purposes.

Biostatisticians are an essential part of any research team, and are frequently involved in all sorts of pioneering research. Their work uses theoretical and applied statistics in order to develop the science of data analysis past current levels.

Where do biostatisticians work?

Biostatisticians spend the majority of their time working at computers in an office setting. Here, they become familiar with the specialised software and programmes used to dissect data and findings that will be of use within their field. Often, they will collaborate with teams of researchers and scientists, and so a lot of time is spent interacting with other professionals to come to groundbreaking conclusions.

Some biostatisticians may be employed by academic institutions, such as universities, in which case they will spend some of their time in labs and classrooms.

A biostatistician will mostly work full-time on a normal daytime rota; however, extended hours may be required if a particular deadline is approaching.

What do biostatisticians get paid?

The average salary for a biostatistician is approximately £58,200 per year, although some make as much as £94,000 per year. The majority of biostatisticians work within a government setting or other special departments, while others work within educational and private finance companies.

What skills do biostatisticians need?

Although a biostatistician's specific responsibilities tend to depend on what industry they work in, the skills required are similar across the board. If hired as a biostatistician, you will likely be expected to:

  • Participate in the planning, collection, interpretation, and implementation of research

  • Participate in the extraction, storage, analysis and delivery of data to end users

  • Construct analysis methodologies and perform data analysis of data sets

  • Deliver statistical expertise and knowledge to internal and external stakeholders

  • Possess professional knowledge of mathematics, statistics and computer science

Senior biostatisticians may also be required to assist in the management of a department’s partnerships and budgets.

What qualifications do biostatisticians need?

In order to become a biostatistician, you will generally need a bachelor’s degree in statistics, mathematics or biostatistics. Experience in other subjects related to medicine and/or biology will also be of great benefit.

While many entry-level positions do exist for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree, most biostatisticians also possess a master’s degree or doctorate. These degrees help students to become more specialised and gain a greater experience in conducting research and presenting their findings.

Demand for skilled and talented individuals within the biostatistical industry is growing greater and greater as time goes on. Use the link below to browse the latest vacancies from Hyper Recruitment Solutions.

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