Biotech Start-Up Secures Director with BioInformatics Recruiter
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The challenge 

A rapidly growing biotech start-up based in Cambridge sought a Bioinformatics Director to help realize their ambitious plans for growth.

As a start-up, taking on a new director who could help take the organisation forward both in terms of scientific mission, and cultural fit was business critical. However, director-level candidates with the relevant qualifications, and motivation to work for a start-up were challenging to come by.

The ideal candidate needed to be a strong leader, and collaborator to work with the senior leadership team and the lab-based scientists to implement data-driven solutions, guide experimental design, and overall, develop the organisation’s strategy surrounding bioinformatics.

Given the seniority of the role, and its importance for business growth, the recruitment project was highly time-sensitive, requiring an agile, responsive approach.


The solution

The organisation approached Search by SRG for support in making a time conscious, yet aligned and impactful hire.

Thanks to our extensive network, and our consultants’ specialist knowledge base and experience, we were able to draw upon an established talent pool with the right expertise and skills for success.

This market knowledge played a key role in ensuring that strong candidates for the position could be quickly identified.

Additionally, across the candidate selection process, our consultants used personality profiling assessments to determine cultural alignment with the wider team to ensure that the chosen director would succeed in furthering the company’s values.


The result

The results from this campaign were a 100% fill rate, 4- week role brief to offer turnaround time, and the discovery of a high-quality hire, who continues to succeed in role today. 

The chosen candidate was successfully onboarded and started promptly after accepting the role. This swift recruitment campaign enabled the organisation to expedite growth, while reinforcing the company’s internal capabilities surrounding bioinformatics. 

The hired individual continues to work at the company today and has been noted to be a great addition to the business by senior leadership.


Janne Bate - Search by SRG
Janne Bate

Principal Consultant

Specialist Areas: AI, Machine Learning, Data Science, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology

Janne is a business graduate who began her recruitment career back in 2000 and has worked across the Life Science, Engineering and IT markets. Outside of work Janne developed an interest in ethics in artificial intelligence which led her to her current market.

Janne is experienced in placing specialists from graduates to C Suite with candidate and client experience as her number one priority and she is passionate about the perfect marriage for each role.
A member of Women In AI #WAI Janne attends international webinars within this network, networking with some of the brightest minds in AI.

Acting as main point of contact and managing client relationships for the project, Janne will also assess all candidates through formal skype interviews against both core skill and personality areas and will provide her continuous consultative support to all parties during the search project.

TESTIMONIAL: Genome Sequences Client

"Janne and I have been working in collaboration for the last 5 months and I cannot speak highly of her professionalism, proactiveness and determination in find amazing talent. She is a pleasure to work with, nothing is too much trouble, going above and beyond by providing market research data for Bio projects, short lists of candidates for senior roles within a couple of days’ notice and much more. She can put her hand to any role and is very clever knowing the best fit of candidates for the business, successfully placing some of our most challenging Bio roles. I would highly recommend Janne to any Bio organisation - she is a complete one off."

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