Working in the life science industry since 2005 we have exceptionally strong links to all of the major global pharmaceutical, CRO, medical device, biotechnology and biopharmaceutical organisations in the marketplace.

This gives us access to a high volume of roles, many of them niche, not advertised and almost always exclusive. In addition, our database contains more than 250,000 of the best pharmaceutical and biotechnology contacts in industry.


Talent Mapping gives you, the client, full oversight of the 'market' as we provide you with a breakdown of your competition by company, country, department, job and competencies

The ‘map’ we create on your behalf gives you the crucial information you need to make informed decisions about individual hires and your strategic business growth.

Skills Alliance provides a talent mapping service tailor-made to your specific requirements, giving you market intelligence for a candidate universe or target candidate pool.

example of Talent Mapping
Mid-sized, US Biopharmaceutical


To understand a new geographic market ahead of a New Product Launch for the EU5 (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain).

Our solution:

To identify skilled, therapeutically-aligned individuals working within competitor organisations in advance of defining the organisational structure and recruitment strategy.


A comprehensive talent map (500+ people) produced for the EU5 illustrating:

  • Competitor organisational structures
  • Team sizes
  • Target candidate pools
  • Average salary, bonus
  • Stock information

We also provided a summary presentation of the challenges we’d uncovered during the talent mapping process and our suggested recruiting strategies tailored per region/role.


Your succession planning, internal promotions and entire department structures are all based on understanding your current internal employee strengths and weaknesses before searching externally for additional expertise.

But how do you ensure that any assessment of your current employees is impartial, critically-measured and based on fair and honest market comparisons?

Skills Alliance can conduct full technical, behavioural, competency and cultural interviews for you before submitting any profile.

We apply our rigorous methodology to your internal employees and provide you with all the data you require.

Whether you use this data to decide how to direct your external recruitment or to support internal decision making, our expertise will help by providing you with an accurate, unbiased and data-focused analysis.

example of a Technical
AND Behavioural Assessment
Leading Global Biotech company


Due to resignation, an unexpected hire was required at Senior Director level. Neither of the two direct reports to this role were earmarked in succession planning for the position hence the client requested a full assessment of both of the existing employees alongside two sourced external applicants.

Our solutions:
  1. To perform independent and impartial assessment of both internal employees, through the same interview process as the external applicants sourced by Skills Alliance.
  2. To provide a hiring recommendation based on candidate analysis, including bespoke competency assessment and character profiling, in addition to traditional interviewing techniques.
  3. To produce individual reports incorporating in-depth analysis to support the client in reaching their final decision. Also to provide tailored and constructive feedback to use for the learning and development of employees.

Full, unbiased assessment of all internal and external applicants completed at client-site. The resulting candidate reports were used by the Senior Leadership Team to make a rapid, informed and reasoned decision on the senior appointment, ultimately choosing one of the internal applicants.