Translational sciences for the cell & gene therapy and synthetic biology sectors are ever-evolving and driven by the continual development of new technologies. At Next Phase we understand the science, identifying the niche skills required to ensure these life-changing therapies are commercialised. Over the last 15 years we have placed people at all levels across discovery, R&D, viral vectors, process development, gene engineering, bioinformatics & data science, within companies of all sizes.
In the latest Skills Demand Survey Report from Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult, it is stated that 95% of ATMP businesses know they will have challenges with increasing their headcount in the next 5 years, while 98% know that retaining people will be one of their biggest issues to tackle.
Why is this? Quite simply, the Cell & Gene Therapy sector is growing exponentially, and there are (and will be) more vacancies than the number of experienced people. This is being commonly referred to as a “Skills Gap”. It will therefore become harder to recruit new staff, and more important to retain your best people.
Now is the time to share ideas, particularly around apprenticeships, industrial placements, graduate schemes, continuous professional development programmes and platforms. We are happy to share a free copy of our own Next Phase report if you click here - you are welcome to download and share this document as much as you like. This is such an exciting, innovative sector, and this spirit of innovation needs to be incorporated into hiring and retention if businesses within the Cell & Gene Therapy / ATMP / broader Biotech sectors are going to continue to thrive.
On this page you will see a summary of our current vacancies in Discovery & Translation, the consultants at Next Phase who specialise in recruiting within different stages of scientific R&D, latest industry news for people within the scientific sector, and testimonials from our candidates and clients which illustrate Next Phase's capabilities as a recruitment specialist.
Next Phase have over 16 years' experience of placing permanent and contract staff into Quality roles within Biotech, Medtech, Cell & Gene Therapy, ATMP, Pharmaceutical and Diagnostics businesses across the UK, United States and Europe.
To discuss your next career move within Discovery or Translational Science, or to talk about a new hire you wish to make within your scientific team, please get in touch! We can be e-mailed at email@example.com, called on +44 (0)1403 216216 or reached through the Contact Us page.
“She has been very helpful in finding new positions”
I would recommend Alex as a recruitment consultant as Alex has been very helpful in finding new positions and has links with many companies and organisations in the LIMS world.
“He was extremely involved in the process and prepped me well”
Tunde was extremely involved in the process and prepped me well for the interview, honestly no criticisms to give.
“I am confident in Next Phase's ability to help me secure the right role”
I found the introductory discussion with Steve very helpful and informative. I felt he understood my requirements and had a good idea of the types of roles that would suit me. Overall I am confident in Next Phase’s ability to help me secure the right role.
“It was a great experience to go through the recruitment process with Alex”
It was a great experience to go through the recruitment process with Alex. She followed up on each and every phase and made sure all the specifics were clarified both with the candidate and the employer which helped me in choosing my next career switch seamlessly.
“He was nothing but supportive at each step of the process”
Kamran Singh Sahota has been aided in my application, interview, and acceptance of an internship position at ***. Kamran was nothing but supportive at each step of the process, clearly laying out all information regarding timeline, feedback, and the company itself. The addition of interview practice sessions aided in my interview confidence and success; and Kamran’s advice will aid me in my current and future career developments. I cannot speak higher of Kamran’s efficiency, dedication, and support as a recruitment professional, for help in matching me to an incredible fit of a job, and in the success of helping obtain a position that I am not only qualified for but incredibly excited for. No recruiter I have been contacted by in the past has made the effort or impact that Kamran has on my career.
“She was really helpful answering queries I had”
Gabby was really helpful answering queries I had promptly. She also let me know who to reach out to and followed up with communication. The conversation was very easy to discuss next steps and it was a pleasure.
“She was excellent from start to finish”
Adrienn was excellent from start to finish for this whole process. She made the whole process as painless as possible and should be commended for performing at such a high level. Her actions and responses during the difficulty of getting a contract from Fisher resulted in a clear and concise follow through and she really helped push it over the line. Thank you Adrienn, you are a champion.
“She was always available for any questions or doubts, even for the trickiest ones”
Alex is foremost a wonderful and kind person. On top of that, she's an amazing professional with a clear objective in mind - to bring success for all her contacts.In my case, Alex contacted me for a really interesting job offer that was tailored to me from the first moment. She not only followed up closely with the full interview and hiring process, but she helped with the contract definition and caught up regularly with me during the onboarding phase. She was always available for any questions or doubts, even for the most "tricky" ones.I definitely recommend Alex as remarkable professional.
“This was a very welcome and positive experience which made the process a lot less stressful”
I had the pleasure of being represented by Alex whilst looking for a new position. Alex really took the time to get to know me, and understand my motivation for finding a new role, which led to me securing a position with a great company. During the interview process she kept in regular contact so I knew exactly what was happening with no long gaps of uncertainty where I hadn't heard anything. This was a very welcome and positive experience which made the process a lot less stressful.I would happily recommend Alex to anyone looking for a new position in Life Sciences. Thanks Alex!
“I could tell that Alex was going to do anything possible to help me get to where I wanted to be”
I got into contact with Alex through LinkedIn. Alex replied to my message within an hour and the process started from there. After some initial conversations I could tell that Alex was going to do anything possible to help me get to where I wanted to be. After a couple of days I already have my first interview booked in. Alex supported me through both stages of the interview process which in turn resulted in a job offer for my dream job/company.I am very grateful that Alex and Next Phase Recruitment was recommended to me as I am very happy in my new role. I have since recommended Alex to others who are in the process of looking for similar roles.
“She is someone who cares for jobseekers”
Alex is a great friendly people person, someone who cares for Job seekers, and shows empathy and listening skills. I strongly recommend her to anyone who needs a booster in their career.
“She is an extraordinary job consultant”
I highly recommend Alex Butcher as an extraordinary job consultant and is amazing at her job! She knows her way around people, she is good with the very transparent communication, does whatever it takes to help others and gets things done. She makes sure that everyone is on the same page and focused on the main goal.
“Professional & Approachable Attitude”
I am so pleased I had the opportunity to work with Alex again (1st time in 2016). Alex maintained the same professional but approachable attitude. Alex understands your requirements and suggests only relevant opportunities. She will make sure you are ready for your interviews and have everything you need to prepare. Amazing work! Thank you!
“She was really supportive and helpful”
Alex contacted me for a job opportunity that matched my profile. She was really supportive and helpful. I highly recommend working with her.
“She follows up actively and her advice was really useful”
Alex was a great help for me to find a new position. She follows up actively, and her advice was really useful and relevant. Thank you again for your help.
“I was super impressed with his positive attitude and work ethic”
Oli Baylis was really supportive and helpful throughout the entire recruitment process. He listened to the job requirements I was looking for and what type of line of work I enjoyed. If I had any queries or concerns he was quick to help out and address it. I was super impressed with his positive attitude and work ethic he had. I am more than happy to recommend Oli and comeback to Next Phase Recruitment for my future job search.
“Always responsive, professional and helpful”
"Alex is always responsive, professional and helpful, and a pleasure to work with. We will happily recommend Next Phase Recruitment"
“She was supportive, informative and reliable”
Thanks to Alex, I have taken the next step in my career by joining one of the largest pharma companies in the world, which I couldn't be more excited about. Alex was supportive, informative and reliable throughout the recruitment process and always kept me updates on the progress of things. Her regular contact from application to acceptance and working my notice period in my previous job was very helpful and reassuring as it made me feel kept in the loop. I couldn't recommend Alex highly enough, and I look forward to keeping in touch with her over the coming months.
“I have already recommended two friends to contact Next Phase”
This was the best recruitment process I've been through. *** listened to me and what I wanted and made sure I was the best fit for the role before putting me forward. She helped to make sure I was thoroughly prepared for the interview and kept me updated right the way through. I have already recommended two friends to contact Next Phase.
“Kind, approachable and a great listener”
As a candidate for a role that Gabby was recruiting for - I found her to be kind, approachable and a great listener - she understood what I needed and ensured that any position she put me forward for matched my wants and needs. The process was really smooth and thanks to Gabby I am now working at a great company doing what I love. Thanks Gabby - I really appreciate your help and for always being available if I need anything.
“A pleasure to work with”
I highly recommend Next Phase for their support, communication skills and integrity. From the first time they reached out to me with an opportunity they have been a pleasure to work with. The regular contact during my application, interview and job acceptance was helpful without being intrusive. Now that I have started my new position they still continue to check in with me and go above and beyond my previous experiences with recruiters.
“Next Phase Recruitment are a wonderful team”
Next Phase Recruitment are a wonderful team. Alex has a lot of drive and passion and really shows support and belief in those she works with. I would not be where I am today without her encouragement and support! Thank you Alex, it has been wonderful having you on this part of my journey!
“She made the entire process so smooth”
Alex has been a great help in my job search and the entire recruitment / interview process. She made the entire process so smooth and flawless. I would love to work with her again and would recommend her for any future endeavours.
“If you need a change, please contact Next Phase”
A few months ago, Alex contacted me regarding a new position. Since the beginning she was really nice and answered all my questions. I highly recommend Alex for her professional approach, support and social skills. If you need a change, please contact Next Phase!
“She even remembered my first day, as she sent a message to wish me luck!”
Alex Butcher was for me the right person at the right time! From our first phone call back in the summer of 2021, when I didn't yet know what I wanted for my professional career, Alex has been there to help me and guide me in the right direction. Even though the first position she proposed to me didn't result in a success, she helped me receiving a much better job fit some weeks later. Where I believe a lot of head-hunters stop contacting you once you have signed, Alex stayed with me during my entire notice period, contacting me to see if everything was going well.
“Professional and handled questions”
During the recruitment into my current role, I was in contact with James and Oli who were both professional and handled any questions quickly. The support prior to having my interview was also very useful in helping me to secure the position.
“Always approachable, helpful and committed”
Thank you so much for helping me secure this fantastic opportunity! You are always approachable, helpful, committed and a source of calming knowledge.
“I felt like I was in good hands”
The recruitment process with Next Phase was very professional. They immediately understood my profile and the jobs I could be interested in. They followed up very regularly with me throughout the whole process, and provided me with a lot of information and material that made my interviews with the company successful. I found the conversations and the interactions very open and professional which made it easier for me to quickly clarify certain doubts and or question that I had. Overall, I felt like I was in good hands and I am really satisfied with our interaction.
“She really takes the time and actively listens”
I only have great things to say about all the support and guidance Alex has given when finding my current role. She really takes the time and actively listens, never tried to oversell or push any decisions as many recruiters do. I feel that I am not just another number in this partnership. Diligently obtained clarifications, following up closely always very timely and accompanying the entire process from our initial exploratory conversation until after the placement had started.
“Each stage was efficiently and quickly communicated”
Ollie Gearing at Next Phase Recruitment provided professional yet friendly guidance and support throughout my most recent job change. I'm very pleased with how the process was handled, and each stage was efficiently and quickly communicated.
“Next Phase cares about the people they help to get a role”
HUGE thanks to Cameron for highlighting the opportunity, asking diligent questions to understand my needs, keeping me updated with where the process was at and finally being able to tell me I'd gotten the role! Been in the role for just over a month now and I'm really happy to be there. Cameron contacted me at the end of the first day to see how I'd gotten on and we spoke again just yesterday to follow up on how the first month had been. It is these extra personal touches that I really appreciated and showed that Next Phase cares about the people they help to get a role.
“It's a pleasure to work with her”
Alex is an absolutely kind and diligent recruiter. It's a pleasure to work with her.
“Only recruitment company i will ever recommend”
Next Phase is the only recruitment company I will ever recommend with confidence. Steve is the most wonderful and authentic person with a friendly, approachable personality, and he has helped me more than words can express. Thank you again.
“Clear, regular and effective communication”
Clear, regular and effective communication between myself and Aaron during the recruitment process was great to have.
“One of the kindest recruiters I have ever worked with”
Alex is one of the kindest recruiters I have ever worked with! She reached out to me for a potential role that matched my profile, and I couldn't have had a smoother process! Alex makes sure she listens to you and your wants and needs, she reaches out and checks back, and she is always there in case you have any questions. Thanks Alex for being such an amazing person, really appreciate all your time and always being there!
“I'd love to get headhunted by her again!”
Through her thorough understanding of the life science business and role she was recruiting for, Alex showed me she was not taking the shotgun approach like many recruiters do, but had hand-picked me and that the new role was really well-fitted to my profile. I remained satisfied throughout the entire process. Her aim was evidently not to get someone hired asap and jump to the next assignment. I always felt that she was supporting me as much as the client company that hired her to recruit me, and a happy and long-standing outcome for both was her ultimate goal. All in all, a great experience and I'd love to get headhunted by her again any time!
“"Never had an easier process"”
Ollie is hands down the most professional, through and driven recruiter I have had the pleasure to be associated with. Not only did Ollie find me for a position that fit my next career steps and needs perfectly, he also offered help every step of the way and checked in to see how I was finding the process. He went above and beyond to make sure that the recruitment process went smoothly, and I must say - I have never had an easier process as everything was well-organised, well-prepared and well streamlined. Thank you once again Ollie for helping me take the next step in my career and I have no doubt you will continue to improve both - company and job-seeker - experiences for a long time to come, I couldn't recommend him enough!
“I really appreciate your human approach and genuine interest”
My experience with recruiters on LinkedIn hasn’t been overall positive, so I really appreciate your human approach and a genuine interest to find someone suitable to fill the role.
“Highly professional manner”
Adrienn is a force of good and a great head hunter. She secured my recent career move in a highly professional manner. She was in constant touch with me updating me all the way and checking on me. Her calls are ongoing after my move. She adds her great personal touch to make it a friendship rather than a client relationship. Highly recommend her.
“I really felt supported and listened to”
Alex got in touch with me for a work opportunity that fitted my profile perfectly. She guided me through the whole recruitment process, made sure everything was going well on my side, and was always available when I had doubts. I really felt supported and listened, when I had to make an uneasy decision. Plus, her communication skills are great and efficient ! I definitely recommend working with Next Phase.
After being contacted by Aaron I found myself being offered a new job closer to home in under two weeks. Looking for a new challenge and want some expert recruiters support - look no further!
“Constant support through my change in employment”
Alex at Next Phase is personable, easy to approach, and an excellent conversationalist. One of her best traits as a recruiter has to be her ability to filter opportunities to only those that genuinely interest you (every role she shared was appropriate and exciting) and she is never pushy with things you aren't interested in. Alex has been a constant support through my change in employment and seems to have a 6th sense for when to reach out, pre-empting questions right when i needed to know the most.
“Willing to take time and effort ”
...... has helped me through the process of gaining successful employment at Digital Lab Consulting. ...... is very professional and helpful. She is willing to take the time and effort to insure you are as prepared and relaxed for interviews as you can be.
“"Supportive and professional"”
I would highly recommend Next Phase. Having been approached by Adrienn for a job position, she was very supportive and professional with my application. Adrienn was approachable with any queries i had throughout the interview process and I'm very happy with the quality of service shown throughout.
“Brilliant Service ”
Brilliant service from Next Phase, with special gratitude to ...... who was an invaluable contact throughout the process of my recruitment and an absolute pleasure to work with. I would recommend Next Phase to anyone.
“"I felt very involved every step of the way"”
In my experience, James managed the recruitment process efficiently. James not only followed up with me and kept me informed, but more importantly was keen to understand my requirements/expectations and communicate that on my behalf and I felt very involved every step of the way.
“"Every contact is a genuine opportunity to explore"”
Alex has been helping me find a new role, putting me forward to potential employers until the pandemic struck. She still continued to work hard to find suitable opportunities and eventually her hard work paid off and landed me a new role at Zifo. She is not like most other recruiters who blank email you with irrelevant jobs, every contact with Next Phase is a genuine opportunity to explore. I will recommend Next Phase to anyone who is looking for a new role
“A great place to develop your career”
I am so pleased I chose to join Next Phase. The career paths here are clearly defined and you are encouraged in a really positive way to develop yourself in all areas. The commission is fantastic and I am proud to work with such a supportive bunch of people.
“Best experience by far”
...... ensured to only send me relevant positions and wasted no time I'm getting the ball rolling. The best experience by far in my career working with someone in recruitment. I recommend ...... for anybody looking for a position or looking for staff.
“"Going well so far!"”
It has been a busy week with several meetings in order to put things into prospective and get organised; my aim and my intentions are to offer the company the best of my experience and assist the team with their ambitious plans. I have been impressed with their work and I know I will enjoy my term here. I am planning to work hard and offer consultancy of the highest standard to leave good impressions and do credit to Steve and the Next Phase team for trusting and representing me here.
“Smooth and Straightforward”
Thanks to ....... for all of your work on this and for making the whole process really smooth and straight forward. This is a really exciting career step for me and I massively appreciate you bringing all the elements together to get us to the successful offer. I've been working with several recruiters the last few months and it's been very refreshing to work with someone who obviously takes the time to read up on the position/company and keeps things very transparent and straightforward!
“Experts in their market”
Throughout 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 candidates.
“Always Available to Answer Questions”
....... had reached out to me to see if I was interested in a new role! She was knowledgeable about her client and spoke very highly of the company. After introducing me, she kept in touch, making sure I had what I needed for a successful interview. ...... was always available to answer any questions and guide me throughout the process. Even after accepting a position, I have kept in touch with her.It was a please working with her. She was very thorough and supportive throughout the hiring process. She cares both about the companies she helps staff and she cares about the people she places. Would recommend working with ..... for any staffing needs!
“Invests Time & Understands”
There aren't many recruiters who genuinely invest time to understand your current role & future requirements, ..... is an exception. She has actively sought the appropriate opportunities and presented positions relevant to me. In such a niche market, I'd trust ..... to find the fitting vacancies that suit both the employer and employee
“Engaged and Helpful”
........ reached out to me for a position she viewed as a match. She was right on, as I also felt the position was as well. Throughout the recruitment ..... was engaged and helpful. With her help, I was able to secure and offer. I would work with her again!
I definitely recommend the Next Phase recruitment agency. I was contacted by ......... about the job role that I am now permanent at. She was extremely supportive and helpful throughout the interviewing stage and her friendly approach has helped to me to feel more relaxed and confident. It was a great experience working with her.
I was approached by Next Phase, by ....... and it was an excellent experience from start to finish. During 2020, a very hard year for us all, ........ was always there, very positive, very helpful and did everything so that I can find the perfect opportunity for my career. Very pleased to have worked with Next Phase, recommend very highly. Thank you
Great team that work together to help clients. They work together to use the best of each other's knowledge to help and excel your application and they all really want you to succeed. I'm so happy with my position I've been placed in through them at the moment, however, if i'm ever looking for another job I will definitely look at vacancies available through Next Phase
I can always rely on Next Phase for honesty, professionalism and the ability to find people with the specialist skills that we need
“Highly Professional & Responsive”
I have worked directly with ..... from Next Phase for over 7 years and have found his approach and the rest of the Next Phase team to be always highly professional and responsive to our requirements. They have a broad base of capabilities, including BD, Quality, Regulatory, IT and R&D Scientists and have very successfully filled a number of roles across all levels of the business and are one of our preferred suppliers that we would choose to go to first. One of the key aspects that we like is their honesty, if they know that a particular role or area is not a specialism for them then they will at least tell you rather than wasting your time. I would therefore be more than happy to recommend them and have done previously to a number of my colleagues in the Bio Industry sector
“"Network access & unique understanding"”
Next Phase were instrumental in our early fundraising efforts. Steve was able to unlock the doors of many investors with a specific interest in early stage gene therapy biotechs that would have otherwise been cold and unknown to us. In parallel, he has attracted our industry leading “raise team”, consisting of some of the most reputable advanced therapy executives with experience within the ATMP space. Thanks to Steve's network access and unique understanding of this space, we were able to significantly accelerate the development of our business to help improve the quality of life for those affected by rare diseases.
“"You have not let me down!"”
I always feel confident coming to Next Phase for people for our team. Yet again you have not let me down !
Aaron Stone is a highly skilled recruiter who joined Next Phase in January 2021 as a Principal Delivery Consultant and was successfully promoted to Delivery Team Leader after just 7 months. He now oversees the daily activities of the Delivery team, ensuring that we can fulfil our clients' requirements promptly and to the highest possible standards. With a recruitment background that includes servicing the life sciences, aerospace and energy sectors, Aaron brings significant expertise to boost the services we offer at Next Phase.Aaron has a degree in Games Technology and is very technically-minded, helping him to fill very specialist roles across scientific, engineering, production, IT, quality and other functions that require people with specific skills, ambition and the right attitude. His background has given him an in-depth understanding of sourcing for various levels of roles, from manufacturing / assembly through to data scientists and up to CEO / director level.Aaron prides himself on quickly grasping a client’s needs and providing them with the best possible recruitment experience. As a passionate and proactive individual, he always strives to bring 100% to the work he does, with his goal to build strong, long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with candidates and clients alike.Please call Aaron on +44 (0)1403 216216 for a confidential discussion about potential career opportunities!
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Delivery Team Leader
Oli Baylis joined Next Phase in January 2022 as part of our recruitment training programme, taking the strong skills he has learned from college and his experience in customer-facing environments. With experience of working in teams in busy, customer-facing environments. Oli made an excellent start to his recruitment career and after successfully completing his training, he was promoted to Recruitment Consultant in July 2022. Oli specialises in Cell and Gene therapy within the Translational Science industry. If you are looking for a career move in this sector, please contact Oli! For a confidential discussion about career opportunities in life sciences, call us on+44 (0)1403 216216.
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Tunde Olashore joined Next Phase in June 2022 as part of our recruitment training programme, taking the strong skills he has learned through his previous experience in sales, as well as working for a few years with DWP (Department of Work & Pensions) where we provided career advice and support to people looking to return to work. Having excelled in customer facing roles within busy environments, Tunde is excited to start his career in recruitment. We are equally excited to welcome Tunde into our growing team at Next Phase!Tunde has great energy and takes a real interest in people, which will help make him an excellent Recruiter.Tunde is now learning all about the worlds of cell and gene therapy, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and clinical trials, alongside building his expertise in interviewing and coaching candidates. He has made a great start - welcome to the team Tunde!For a confidential discussion about career opportunities in life sciences, call us on+44 (0)1403 216216.
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