Who we are

Skills Alliance Staffing is a global team of specialist recruitment professionals aligned to meet the unique hiring needs of the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical technology industries.

Our team believes in proactive partnership with our clients and candidates. We utilise our deep sector knowledge to help customers achieve their talent goals by securing key hires for both their direct and extended workforces.


What we do

We provide professional search and placement services for both permanent and temporary hires, specifically tailored to the needs of our industry. We have made it our mission to become a truly valued partner to our customers by focusing on unparalleled quality for life sciences recruitment. Each year, we deliver over 1000 permanent and temporary workers to industry – all carefully vetted and matched to our clients’ specific needs.

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How we do it

The competition for talent in the life sciences market is fierce – and we recognise that a successful hire can mean the difference between success and failure for our clients. That is why our team is divided into groups that focus in specific submarkets and geographies. Each group is constantly and proactively engaged with the candidate market, ensuring we are able to deliver with speed and accuracy when your recruitment needs arise.

management team

Harpreet Mander

Managing Director European Permanent

With over 9 years of recruitment experience, Harpreet started his recruitment career with Phaidon International. He began his career focusing on Medical Affairs and Clinical Development, going on to place several CMOs in the Biotech space. In 2018 he joined Skills Alliance and now leads our European Permanent teams having built the London division from scratch. Harpreet is focussed on growing our global staffing division, both in new and current locations.


Nicole Quirin

Associate Director Germany

Nicole started her career in recruitment at Sthree in 2010 and has been working in Life Science industry since then. Building strong Teams from scratch is one of her fortes, and since 2021, she has been responsible for building the german office in Frankfurt. Professionally, her focus lies with the placement of professionals/executives into permanent positions in the areas of Quality, Regulatory, Medical, Market Access, HR and Supply Chain.


Caroline April Sargeant

Senior Vice President Seattle

Caroline is a recruitment leader with fourteen years’ global Life Sciences experience. With a BSc in Psychology, she began her career specializing in European R&D recruitment solutions, specifically clinical operations, before joining Skills Alliance in 2015. She moved out to launch our Seattle office and is now driving the US business forwards with the vision of becoming a global leader in the life sciences sector. Caroline is passionate about helping SME biotechnology companies scale up rapidly and brings a wealth of people-centric solutions to her clients.


Mark Anderson

Director UK Permanent

Mark has worked at Skills Alliance since 2010. He oversees the UK Permanent Division, having previously managed the UK & European Clinical Operations Team for 5 years. Mark also recruits for senior clinical positions in the UK. The team places people from CTA to VP level in the UK and across the whole of Europe. He has over 10 years’ experience recruiting clinical professionals in the UK, Europe and the US.


Akbar Ali

Associate Director European Medical Devices

Akbar joined Skills Alliance in 2019 with 7 years proven Medical Device recruitment experience and has taken on a Team Lead role, focusing on the Medical Device Market and delivering searches across EMEA.


Rachael Parker

Vice-President New York

Rachael joined Skills Alliance in 2016 and possesses over 12 years’ of Life Science recruitment experience.  Having successfully managed multiple teams with a global footprint from London, Rachael is now located in New York where she leads an office of experienced recruiters and heads up our East Coast staffing business across both contract and permanent hires.


Jim Bellicoso

Team Leader Procurement & Supply Chain

Jim brings 9 years of recruitment experience in procurement and supply chain, with a track record delivering at all levels from senior buyer through to VP Supply Chain/Chief Procurement Officer.
Supporting SME and global blue-chip life science organisations for these needs on either a permanent or contract basis. Global network that comprehensively covers the European and US markets.


Mark Damian Crosbie

Team Leader Computational Sciences and Professional Services

Mark Damian joined Skills Alliance in 2020, having focused the previous eight years on leading cross-functional staffing teams in FMCG, Energy, and Life Sciences. He currently manages our Permanent Professional Services and Computational Sciences teams across Europe and the United States; predominately focusing on dedicating his time to providing people-centric solutions that help businesses of all sizes to unlock hidden potential.


Jasmine Stewart

Team Manager Manufacturing

Jasmine focuses her expertise within in the manufacturing space in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and CDMO industries across France and Benelux. Having a scientific background, she has a passion for the industry and has successfully completed placements in niche areas within the Quality, Regulatory Affairs, Supply Chain, Technical Operations and Site Head departments. She specialises in management level positions to VPs/COOs.


Mos Francis

Team Leader Medical Affairs & Clinical Developement

Mos entered the pharmaceutical industry in 2017 specialising in end to end R&D, Medical Affairs and Commercial staffing solutions across Europe and US, with a proven track record in supporting Biotechs, SMEs and established Pharmaceutical companies. Mos is highly passionate about the candidate and client journey in all his processes, bringing the best people centric approach to his partners.


Lewis Nutley

Team Manager Quality & Regulatory

Since joining in 2019 Lewis has supported quality and regulatory contract placements for global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. His team has specialists to support quality and regulatory at every stage of the drug product life cycle and his personal focus is assisting clinical stage biotech’s.

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