What it's like to work at Next Phase

Join Next Phase!!

Do you want to join a company that is just about to take off...?

There will be two groups of life science recruiters in 3 years’ time: those who joined Next Phase and those who wish they had joined Next Phase.

Do you ever sit in the office and wonder what it would be like to have joined a highly successful recruitment company from the start? An opportunity where you can shape your own career, build a team or create a new function, set up international offices, innovate & harness technology, be surrounded by like-minded & driven people and be given the space to fulfil your potential...?

At Next Phase we are embarking on a period of rapid growth and are looking for the new talent that will light a fire under this great company.

Starting in Summer 2020, Next Phase is looking for experienced life science recruiters to join our established team. Next Phase has built a great platform within the life science industry over the past 15 years, establishing itself as a specialist within the Cell & Gene, Biotech, Pharma and Rare Disease sectors. Now, following the arrival of our new CEO Jake Thomas (who has previously grown a life science company across UK, Europe, Australia and US), and our Chairman Miles Hunt (who has a significant portfolio of international recruitment businesses), there is an opportunity to be a part of something genuinely special. We have a very strong foundation and are going to grow to set the standard for life science recruitment internationally.

We are looking for life science recruiters who are self-driven, hungry to win new business, looking to innovate and deliver unique value to their clients and candidates. We truly believe in the ‘person first’ mantra at Next Phase and know that if we give the support and space to our team to work in their own way, the results they can achieve our incredible.

At Next Phase we believe in recognising success, with rewards and perks including:

  • Commission up to 50%
  • Permanent working from home flexibility (we all work from home on Mondays and Fridays)
  • Fully cloud-based setups and an industry-leading CRM. We invest in the very best technology to help you perform your role as well as possible
  • Investment in ongoing personal development
  • A healthy approach to work-life balance
  • Opportunities to work with our partner charity, a children's hospice called Chestnut Tree House
  • Regular group incentives and social events
  • Half price gym membership at The Gym Group
  • Early finish on Fridays
  • Extra half day off and gift vouchers on your birthday

For a confidential discussion about opportunities with Next Phase, please contact Jake Thomas on 01403 216216 or

Next Phase training for the local charity pancake race

Case Studies

What it was like to join Next Phase - by Alex Butcher

What makes one Recruitment Consultancy different from another? It was a question I asked myself recently when I decided to leave my previous position. In fact, it was THE key question for me; and it should be whether you have a career in Recruitment or whether you are looking to engage with a specialist Recruitment Partner. There are plenty who offer the world but do not deliver; and as such they are just empty words and promises.

I was seeking a Recruitment Consultancy whose focus was solely within the Life Science arena - a consultancy where the Consultants were focused on specific sectors and therefore were true Specialists in their fields. I was also ideally seeking a Recruitment Consultancy who preferably had strong client partnerships within the Cell, Gene & Translational Scientific areas as I have a personal interest in this field, as not only is the science fascinating, but the impact it will have on everyday lives is immense.

I initially came across Next Phase through their adverts in early 2019. It was clear to me that they knew about their clients, as the advertisements contained more than just the typical text – anyone can copy and paste! I got a sense that they looked to partner with their clients and not just be another agency in a sea of agencies, as additional details were present that you wouldn’t know if you hadn’t visited a client’s site or didn’t know them well. They were also focused solely on Life Science and had a great variety of Advanced Therapy related opportunities.

It is surprising what you can gain from a few minutes on the internet. A company’s website and LinkedIn profiles of Consultants can reveal a lot about the company, the people who work there and their approach. It was clear from the website, case studies, the blogging content and recommendations on LinkedIn that Next Phase were worthwhile investigating further. Terms such as “understanding”, “effective”, “transparent”, “identified business fit”, “listened”, “accessible”, “helpful”, “guidance” and “advice” resonated well with me. After an engaging and informative conversation with Steve Twinley, the MD of Next Phase, I felt that this Consultancy had a great offering. Not only was one of the Directors the Chairman of APSCo – a sure sign of the importance the company places on the quality and standard of Recruitment they provide - but it was the approach Next Phase embraces: “research-led” recruitment.

Next Phase Recruitment’s Consultants have the space required to fully understand their client/candidate needs rather than meet a KPI, “production line” approach. This is then followed by the design and execution of a detailed recruitment strategy, specifically tailored to them. This results in gaining access and buy-in from a small number of identified targets. You can read more about Next Phase’s unique approach to recruitment here.

Candidates are supported from the first conversation they have with Next Phase. Consultants understand the depth and breadth of their abilities and needs, as well as understanding any limitations. Through such investigations Next Phase are able to introduce them to the best possible positions.

Clients are supported equally by Next Phase. Consultants understand their clients through in-depth discussions about their requirements, exploring the team and company ethos, spending time on site and in front of each other, and engaging with them at Industry Events such as the Paradigm and Terrapinn Global Events - The 9th World Organ Drug Congress and The 14th World Advanced Therapies & Regenerative Medicines Congress.

The result is that the individuals Next Phase represent are well prepared for their interviews. Next Phase enables them to start thinking about questions the interviewer may ask them, meaning we get to understand what is important and key for all parties involved subsequently resulting in a high level of engagement from the outset to placement.

I work in collaboration with James Hume and Steve Smith as part of the Science and Innovation team. As a team our core focus includes Rare Disease, Cell & Gene Therapy and Translational Science from laboratory to C suite (Globally), and R&D to IP. Given the development of several key Recruitment Partnerships in the London, Cambridge and Hertfordshire areas, I have decided to position myself to focus on the supporting this market, but also to expand upon this.

During the interview process it became clear that Next Phase are who they said they are - experts in their market who are held in high esteem with their clients. This has meant Next Phase has won business over large national agencies because of our bespoke approach, scientific expertise, sector knowledge and delivery. We make strategic placements on behalf of our clients, supporting them as they open new business areas and engage with technical scientific expertise to drive forward patient centric research.

Some of the science is new to me, and it’s been a learning curve. But with the research-led recruitment approach at Next Phase and the close recruitment partnerships we have, the engagement with this market has been fascinating, even if I am eating, sleeping and dreaming viral vectors and cell cultures!