Case Study – Experienced Hire

The Organisation

An International Pharmaceutical Company with various sites and group companies based UK wide.

The Challenges

We were tasked with the recruitment of a Senior HR Business Partner, to take HR responsibility for a recently acquired company, working closely with the MD and SMT as well as contributing to the wider Group HR Function.

The brief focussed on the search for a highly commercial HR Partner with experience of high tech manufacturing and the ability to work effective with highly knowledge based client groups and influence at a senior management level. Further essential requirements included a strong knowledge of Compensation and Benefits.


We agreed a full lifecycle solution, combining branded online advertising with targeted direct approach through Linkedin and our own network.  We created all advertising copy and shared on both HR specific and generic job boards.  A recruitment timetable was agreed which included potential dates for both first and second stage interviews

We created a long list of interested parties from both the advert response and our own direct efforts.  We were able to reduce down to the final shortlist through a combination of Face-to-Face and Skype interviews.  All applications were managed with a personal response ensuring a positive candidate experience even for those that were unsuccessful in the process.


The shortlist of 4 candidates was met with a positive response, with all candidates meeting the client for a first stage face to face interview. 2 of these candidates moved onto second stage which included both assessment and presentation elements.;  An offer was made and accepted after this stage, which meant a time of hire of 5 weeks from taking the brief through to verbal acceptance of the offer.


This assignment was agreed on an exclusive basis for an initial 28 day period. We covered the cost for the branded advertising, with the agreement that this would be reimbursed if the role was withdrawn within the period of exclusivity.

We agreed to a fixed fee arrangement of £10,000 +VAT, which equated to just under 18% of the annual remuneration. This included a 12 week rebate period.