Scientific Recruitment Specialist

  • Role: solely focussing on permanent and temporary recruitment into “chemical synthesis”-driven companies across the whole of the UK.
  • Favourite Film: Superbad; it makes me giggle like I’m 12 again.
  • Favourite Fictional Character: The Rock – I’m doubting myself here… he’s not real as such is he?!
  • Dream Job as a Kid: being Ayrton Senna, James Bond and Ryan Giggs in some kind of superhero combination.
  • Hobbies and Interests: I regularly involve myself in things that get me outdoors and/or sweaty! Away from work I’ll be: boxing, playing football and squash, rock climbing/bouldering and mountain biking. I am pleased to discover that Science Solutions has a good lunchtime healthy eating and gym culture.

Professional Experience

A career in science came quite naturally to me as I love problem-solving and the thrill of understanding “things” to greater and greater depth.

During my undergraduate degree in the Colour and Polymer Chemistry Department at the University of Leeds, I undertook a placement year in the speciality chemicals sector working on catalogue synthesis and flavours and fragrance compounds at Endeavour Speciality Chemicals (now part of Robinson Brothers). In the following year I decided to pursue a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Manchester in what I see as the toughest area of research: natural product synthesis. During these four years and a post-doctoral placement, I presented my work in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences as far away as São Paulo, Brazil. By this point, I was itching for a brand new challenge and the opportunity to take my existing skills into a whole new arena.

Working my way through a household recruitment brand to Executive Consultant, operating in the broadly defined Scientific sector of the North Eastern region of England, Andrew and Dan offered me the chance to focus solely on the UK-wide speciality chemicals sector. Given my background I think this is where my strengths lie and I will be really pleased to speak to you as either a candidate or client.

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