GlaxoSmithKline – Case Study

We have worked with GlaxoSmithKline since 1996, and in that time we have placed some incredibly talented scientific staff who have made a real difference.

Here’s a case study of just one of those placements.


The initial project brief was to recruit multiple laboratory based contract roles for GSK’s Barnard Castle site, which is a manufacturing site for sterile products such as vials and syringes.

We have worked with GSK for many years and placed hundreds of satisfied candidates with them, many staying beyond their initial contract with contract extensions and permanent job offers.

The challenge

Specifically, they were looking for laboratory analysts to work within their GMP laboratory, and utilise complex analytical techniques such as HPLC, GC and volumetric analysis.

GSK take on some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges and are continually looking for talented candidates who will advance their teams. They prefer to take on candidates who have knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practice, and have worked in the pharmaceutical industry previously.

A laboratory role with GSK is extremely desirable to candidates, and there are often other agencies also working on the vacancies. Therefore, speed is of the essence – otherwise we risk the great candidates already being sent.

The solution

Our dedicated Key Accounts team, managed by Associate Director Julie Marshall, specialise in the recruitment of scientific, clinical and technical contract workers for our pharmaceutical clients. The team are responsible for sourcing candidates for a wide variety of specialist positions, quickly and efficiently.

With a role like this, the first port of call was to search through our database of quality candidates within the local area, with whom we have previously spoken to. Both candidates that were placed had previously registered with us after expressing a keen interest to work with both ourselves and GSK.

The role was released to us in November 2021, and we sent the applications of both candidates across to the client the same day. Within three weeks, both interviews had taken place and our candidates started their roles at GSK at the beginning of January.

The outcome

The candidates we placed had the relevant analytical experience that GSK were looking for, and were also incredibly good personality fits for the existing team. They have gone on to make excellent progress with the company, making vital contributions and enjoying getting stuck into their responsibilities.

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