Steve joined Next Phase in 2006 as a graduate and worked his way up to becoming Managing Director in 2016. Steve has helped and advised a number of smaller and larger Pharmaceutical businesses and he recruits across GXP roles, particularly around Quality & Compliance. Steve’s blogs include the importance of covering letters, how to prepare presentations for interviews, and how the uncertainty of Brexit may be impacting on our lives and career choices. Click here to view all of Steve’s blogs.
What’s your specialist area?
Different areas of Pharmaceutical development, from Formulation through to Production and Supply, with a focus on Quality & Compliance and Operational Excellence
What is your favourite band?
So many to choose from! My all time favourite bands are probably The Mars Volta, Tool, Nirvana, Silverchair, Slipknot, Meshuggah, Pink Floyd and Eels - but it changes daily. I am a massive metalhead and punk, not that you would know it to look at me!
What has been your best moment in recruitment?
Working my way up to Managing Director and showing that recruitment is about building relationships, not about hitting irrelevant KPIs
How did you get into recruitment?
It was suggested to me by a graduate recruitment company, saying it would combine my Psychology degree with my sales experience. I was sceptical at first but I quickly saw how broad and interesting recruitment can be. There can sometimes be a stigma attached to recruitment because a lot of people have had unfortunate experiences with recruiters in the past. However, if it is done right, and if you are doing it for the right reasons, recruitment is a brilliant career opportunity and I genuinely believe we offer a valuable service to both large and small companies who are doing amazing things.
If you could be doing anything right now, what would it be?
Playing a gig at Brixton Academy in front of a sell-out crowd with my band Last Chance To Escape. You can listen to my music at www.lastchancetoescape.com (my band) and ilovemrsteve.bandcamp.com (solo albums) - a shameless plug!
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
Watching the sunrise at Sipi Falls in Uganda, with my wife and children
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
I would reduce the reliance on computers in schools and make cookery and learning a foreign language compulsory. Oh, and I would cure the common cold too.