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Suzanne Robertson is a specialist recruiter based in Dundee, where she is dedicated to supporting the Life Sciences sector for Entrust People, heavily focused in engaging with high profiled scientific professionals throughout Europe supporting Pharma, Contract Research Organisations, Contract Manufacturing Organisations, Biotech and Diagnostic Organisations across the sector. Suzanne prides herself on offering an extremely professional and consultative approach to both candidates and clients.
Suzanne has a broad range of clients across the UK and enjoys getting out the office, visiting clients and candidates across the UK as well as attending several Life Sciences networking events within the industry, making new contacts.
Suzanne has worked in recruitment for over 5 years and started with Entrust in 2015 which she has loved every minute of and has been steadily growing the scientific silo within the business. She has a huge amount of passion for the life Sciences sector and is excited for growing her presence within the industry.
Courier Business AwardsSaturday 28 October 2017
Saturday the office is closed but I had a couple of candidate calls scheduled to discuss and highlight some job opportunities… After starting my day with interesting conversations, it was time to get glammed up to attend the Dundee Business Courier Awards at which Entrust People were supporting many local businesses. The evening was a tremendous success – well done to the finalists and winners. Looking forward to next year already.
Happy MondayMonday 30 October 2017
I always like to get ready for the week ahead with an early visit to my local coffee shop and plan/prioritise my week ahead. After a strong black coffee and the plan for the week was clear I arrived in the office for 08:30. My day started by briefing our research consultants on the job priorities for the week within the scientific silo and this consisted of Synthetic Chemists, Development Scientists, Laboratory Technicians and professionals within Immuno-Oncology. Once the research team were briefed I then kicked my day off by speaking to many high profiled candidates across the UK who had been identified for various job roles. After a successful morning of identifying and engaging with candidates, there were many CV’s presented to my clients and from my work the following week I came back after lunch to many interview requests which was a great start to my week.
Life Sciences Network EventTuesday 31 October 2017
After a busy Monday in the office engaging with candidates and clients, I headed out of the office up to Aberdeen to a Life Sciences Network Forum which was set up by ‘One Opportunity North East’ who is investing in the specialist support required to encourage the growth of established and new life science businesses in the region. One Opportunity North East are driving the development of the first Bio-Therapeutic Hub for the innovation in the North East of Scotland, providing space for start-up businesses, specialised shared facilities and support services. The forum was extremely enjoyable and insightful, I liked how it brought together the academic, clinical and commercial life science community and I am extremely excited to see the encouragement of bringing more life science business to the North East of Scotland, creating more jobs within the industry locally and improving to the economic challenge that the region has seen from the down turn in the Oil and Gas recently.
From the event I made a couple of key contacts and I now have follow up meetings with them in the next couple of weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed the forum and am excited to support the Hub as it grows.
Laboratory TourWednesday 01 November 2017
I love Wednesday’s as this our weekly sales day in the office and there is always a great buzz. The focus this week was contacting prospect Contract Manufacturing and Contract Development Organisations across the UK. The team overall did well, and we were all having positive conversations with key decision makers. The success of the morning for me was securing a meeting down in Nottingham with a client who has several scientific requirements. We have arranged for me to visit the site, gaining a better understanding of the labs and overall environment which will add a considerable amount of value when engaging with candidates around this opportunity. I am looking forward to my visit and building another strong partnership.
After a successful morning, I headed up to Abertay University to meet with Mr Darren Phillips (Programme Leader and Lecturer in Forensic Biology) and had a tour of the new laboratories, which were extremely impressive. The visit first took me back to my student days (several years ago now) and brought back a lot of memories. Meeting with Darren gave me a greater insight into the Forensic Science course and we have arranged for myself to go back in January to speak with 4th year students around their options in the Industry along with giving interview and CV writing tips, so looking forward to meeting you all in the New Year…
Scottish Life Sciences Autumn ReceptionThursday 02 November 2017
Today was another busy day out of the office and having firstly briefed my research consultants on candidate sourcing for the day, I was back on the road making my first stop into one of our key clients locally who are a unique CRO Business. I was there to meet with one of my candidates who was up visiting the site to sign his new contract with the business having just accepted a position as a Principal Scientist within their Dermatology team. It was nice to congratulate my candidate face to face on-site and he was extremely grateful for me highlighting this opportunity to him, which always makes me feel good to hear and highlights that I am always working towards finding my candidates the right role and as well as finding the right talent for my clients.
After a successful morning on-site at an existing client, I headed through to Edinburgh to exhibit Entrust People at the Scottish Life Sciences (SLA) Annual Autumn Reception. The SLA has over 130-member life sciences companies and organisations of all types and sizes, the Scottish Lifesciences Association is the voice of Scotland’s vibrant life sciences industries to investors, NHS Scotland, the Scottish and UK Governments, and the wider community. I feel extremely proud that Entrust are part of the SLA and this year’s SLA Annual Autumn reception was another success. Myself and my colleague John O’Keefe engaged with many other members, speaking with familiar faces and making new contacts within the industry. We also enjoyed our “Gin” chat with members as Entrust were giving away a Bottle of Verdant Gin *Scottish Gin of the Year 2017* in a competition which went down well the members.
The event was extremely enjoyable, and I always love hearing the amazing opportunity that there is for Life Sciences in the Scottish Market and I feel proud to be part of this growing industry.
Feel Good Friday – Prosecco TimeFriday 03 November 2017
“Happy Friday” … After a busy week of networking, sourcing candidates and making new contacts within the industry it is now time to wrap up the week. The day started with several candidate calls and catching up with existing clients around interview feedback along with booking more interviews in for the week ahead.
The team then got together for our “Feel Good Friday” meeting and there was lots of positive news from the week across the team and it was announced that we had a record breaking month in October across all silos of the business and there certainly was a lot of positive vibes in the office which was a fantastic way to end the week.
After a successful week … it was now time for a well-deserved prosecco with the team to start the weekend off in style.