Increasing the momentum

March 7, 2021

The new year has signified new beginnings at specialist recruitment and outsourced talent services partner Jackson Hogg, with the firm having launched a life science division to strengthen its proposition to clients. Providing support for companies keen to expand their workforces nationally, the move has added further momentum to the Newcastle-based company following a strong end to 2020. Steven Hugill finds out more.

Momentum is critical in business.

To stand still means ceding market advantage and the successful operators – the ones that really thrive – do so because they live not complacently in the present day but amid the promise of tomorrow, arching and flexing services to meet future demands.

Take Jackson Hogg, for example.

The Newcastle-based recruitment and outsourced talent services business works internationally
across the science, technology, engineering and manufacturing (STEM) sectors, and has an ever-increasing – and enviable – standing in the pharmaceutical, life science and construction sectors.

Delivering value-driven talent services across all disciplines, from professional entry-level through
to board appointments, its successes represent exceptional progress for a business that was formed less than ten years ago.

For some firms, such achievements would mark the reaching of an end goal.

For Jackson Hogg, however, they merely signify the beginning of much wider ambitions.

Nowhere are its aspirations more emphasised that in its decision to launch a new life science division.

The firm is already adept at fulfilling companies’ exacting talent staffing needs across the industry, with partnerships that stretch from its native North East, to the North West, the fabled ‘Golden Triangle’ of Oxford, Cambridge and London, and Scotland testament to its abilities.

But its perpetual desire to achieve more, to provide even greater talent-driven services that tailor support to meet clients’ individual specifications, has seen Kimberley Warren assume the role of head of life science.

The former Newcastle University biotechnology graduate joined the firm at the start of the year and is flanked by consultant Kristi Porter [pictured opposite with Kimberley Warren].

Their appointments have been complemented by existing team member Hannah Weeks’  move into the role of internal talent acquisition specialist, which the firm says will further support its growth plans.

The premise is a simple yet far-reaching one: operate as a conduit between individuals and employers, using the company’s raft of partnerships with global research and development organisations, to unite businesses across the sub-sectors of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals and biotechnology with the right talent to meet their strategic goals.

“This is a really exciting time for us,” says Richard Hogg, who set up the recruitment firm in 2012.

“We’ve always been a company that has focused on the STEM industries, so to strengthen our science pillar has been important to us.

“We are seeing an uplift in the number of companies developing pharmaceuticals and working across medical technology and biologics, and we want to partner with these businesses and support their recruitment needs.

“We are working with clients across the country and those closer to home too, which include Alnwick-based contract developer and manufacturer Arcinova – which has just been acquired by Quotient Sciences – and Sedgefield’s Kromek Group, which is now adapting its air monitoring technology to detect COVID-19.

“We want to enable these companies – and many more too – to grow in the market by helping them understand and meet their recruitment challenges, and our aim is to grow nationally and internationally.”

Anthony Broadhead, chief operations officer, continues: “We are busy right across the board, but are really seeing an increase in demand across the science sector and picking up some real momentum with clients.

“With that in mind, our new life science division shows we are really serious about what we are doing. “By investing in Kimberley, Kristi and Hannah, we are doing things even better and providing clients with further gains, while ensuring we can cope with demands on our colleagues internally.”

The impetus to which Anthony refers, says Richard, will be helped by Jackson Hogg’s Talent Partnerships.

A leading element within Jackson Hogg’s support framework, the firm’s Talent Partnerships provide Talent Partners that act as on-site internal recruitment managers and lead the employment process for clients of all sizes.

Within the framework, dedicated members of Jackson Hogg’s team are accountable to chief executives, managing directors and key decision- makers, and liaise with specialist sector teams on candidates to ensure only those people meeting clients’ requirements are chosen for interview.

These connections, say Richard and Anthony, bind the company much more closely with clients and therefore deliver a number of benefits for the latter. “Talent Partnerships are a flagship service for the business and clients really recognise their value,” says Richard, who counts more than 30 colleagues in his team.

“Not only do our Talent Partnerships help reduce the time it takes to recruit, but they also increase the quality of candidates while reducing the cost of the process.

“It is a powerful model and one that really works.”

Anthony adds: “Our Talent Partnerships work fantastically for companies that are serious about hitting their headcount plans; our model and our supply chain are very attractive for clients.”

For such relationships to continue growing, though, Jackson Hogg itself must continue its own expansion. To that end, the business is focused on strengthening its team and building on a recent internal Net Promoter

Score, which saw 96 per cent of employees rate the firm as a great place to work.

Richard adds: “Our continued focus is on bringing talent into the business that will help us grow but will help our clients grow too.

“We want people to work for us who love people, who love business and love STEM-driven industries, and who really get excited about the work we do.”