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Useful Resources

The "recruitment process" is made up of so many different elements and it is easy to be daunted by all of the things you have to do when looking for a new job, Even just to get started, you need to decide where to look (LinkedIn, job boards, publications, recruiter websites or elsewhere) and whether to begin by calling someone who can guide you.

Then...there are the tasks of...take a deep breath...updating your CV...writing an appropriate cover letter...designing your application...waiting for feedback...preparing for a first interview...deciding if you are still interested...deciding what to your best possible interview perfomance...preparing for a second interview...deciding if you really are still interested...waiting for an offer...negotiating an offer...handing in your notice...dealing with a counter-offer...wondering if you are doing the right thing for your career and family,,,working your notice...leaving your role...preparing for the first day of your new job...and this is just when it goes smoothly! 

An experienced, professional Recruiter will guide you through every step of the way, listening closely to your ambitions and needs and advising accordingly. Our helpful team of consultants at Next Phase will be happy to answer any questions and take the time to work alongside you through what can often be a highly stressful period of your life (no matter how exciting it is). 

To help, we have composed a few downloadable documents (see below) which address some elements of the recruitment process. You are welcome to take and share these as much as you like and we will also be interested to hear your suggestions for other resources which might be helpful for us to offer.

Please call us any time on 01403 216216 for guidance and support, in the strictest confidence.


From 6th April 2020, agencies are required to provide Key Information Documents (K.I.D) to all contractors who require work finding services. K.I.D's are intended to give contractors a clearer idea of what they might take home in pay each week or month through their chosen umbrella company. The documents below are samples from each of the Umbrella Companies on our PSL, however once you have decided on your umbrella company and we have a clearer idea of your pay rate, we can provide you with bespoke K.I.D's.

Below are some examples of our company K.I.D's for your reference.

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Case Studies

Examples of our successes in partnering with Life Science businesses

Case Study 1:

Next Phase (and its previous incarnation as SLS Services) has worked with a leading Biopharmaceutical company in West Sussex since 2006. The company in question has around 270 staff and Next Phase has placed over 230 individuals in a mixture of permanent and temporary positions with them to date. While not formally the sole supplier, Next Phase is the technical agency of choice and has successfully filled roles in wide-ranging disciplines including Development, QA/QC, Stability, Production Planning, Manufacturing Management and Support, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs. The company manufactures their products (from patient-specific to bulk manufacture) across a range of different clean rooms including sterile and non sterile.

The company is not based in a "Pharmaceutical hot spot”, so a significant number of individuals who have been placed with them have had to relocate to the West Sussex area. Next Phase provide an information pack to all prospective relocators’ to help them learn more about the South Coast of the UK, including up-to-date information about cost of living in West Sussex, and the opportunities that will be available to them and their families if they move to the area. We have also managed several on-site Assessment Centres, in partnership with hiring managers and HR, which has helped in the recruitment of multiple roles and has significantly reduced the amount of administrative time from all sides.

Case Study 2:

We have been working with an innovative Regenerative Medicine business in London for over 6 years, supporting their growth across scientific areas (process development, analytical development, manufacture, data scientists and viral vector industrialisation team) as well as within the programme management, laboratory support and finance departments. They are currently undergoing expansion, with the recent opening of a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, alongside the continued demand for their services. This has led to an increase in the volume of recruitment across scientific, quality, engineering and programme management areas.

Candidates with these skill sets (especially in Cell & Gene Therapies) are naturally in high demand, which often leads to challenges in finding and engaging suitable individuals. In addition to this are the client's specific scientific requirements, in conjunction with their high standards, often narrowing the pools of candidates further. Next Phase has developed a network of individuals within micro-specialist technical areas (including Programme Managers, Engineers and Data Scientists), giving us access to candidates with highly sought-after skills and a desire to be at the forefront of the industry. This has enabled us to attract people to brand new roles that have been created to support this client's ambitious growth plans.