“I have always maintained a great interest in working with people. Since I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for so long, it seems only natural that I should continue to invest my time and my expertise in this industry. I know the challenges and pitfalls; I am familiar with the extensive regulations and the overall process of taking pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the laboratory to the market for example. Thus, I have a good idea of what companies in this industry need when it comes to HR and recruitment”, says Pernilla Agardh.
Ensuring best match – every time
There are almost as many different roles in the life science industry as there are people working in it. As the industry is so extensive and above all growing rapidly, new roles and titles are being added all the time. With that comes an increased demand to recruit new and often scarce competence. This is a task which requires both time and access to the networks in which these types of talents move.
To first analyse the need and set up a requirement profile are tasks that take a long time and also requires extensive experience. Within many small and medium-sized life science companies, the experience needed to select and match the best profiles to each new position is often lacking. It is also a good idea for larger companies with many ongoing recruitments to get professional help and advice in the process.
“There is a great deal of risk involved in recruiting people. Many companies prefer to take care of the recruitment process by themselves, perhaps to save time or money. To make it easy they perhaps hire a person they already know from the academia or industry. But then the recruitment is not objective”, Pernilla Agardh explains, and continues:
“What we offer here at Agardh Recruitment & Consulting, is a completely objective selection where candidates with the right experience, skills and competences will undergo a skills-based interview, as well as personality tests and finally providing proof of their suitability for both the role and tasks. This process ensures the best match – every time”.
Pernilla is careful to point out that there is no room to leave anything to chance. An incorrect recruitment can have devastating consequences. It becomes more evident, and the damage tends to be greater the smaller the company is. To be able to provide objective and professional services Pernilla decided in an early phase to become one of few, by DNV, Certified Recruiters to ensure a solid, diversified and consistent process without prejudices.
Building stronger teams
Pernilla Agardh has extensive experience of recruiting for both large and small companies. She has even been involved in and appointed the first employee in several start-up companies.
“For me, finding the perfect match with the help of a consistent requirement profile is as important as the candidate’s suitability based on personality. Therefore, I’m also accredited in Belbin’s team roles; to help companies in building stronger teams. In addition to recruitment services, team-strengthening services are also a part of the comprehensive offer that we have at Agardh Recruitment & Consulting”.
At present, Agardh Recruitment & Consultingfocuses mainly on Medicon Valley and the companies in this region. At Medicon Village alone, there are around 350 companies established. This is a customer base that provides plenty of growth opportunities for a small recruitment agency such as Agardh Recruitment & Consulting.