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Focus On: Lead Candidate

Focus On: Lead Candidate


Launched in late summer 2021, Lead Candidate was co-founded by the coming together of three minds from within the outsourcing space to support companies in the Pharma Outsourcing space achieve their talent acquisition goals. PharmiWeb spoke to Lead Candidate to find out more about their launch, services, future growth and current opportunities.
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Introducing Lead Candidate’s Founders

Launched in late summer 2021, Lead Candidate was co-founded by the coming together of three minds from within the outsourcing space. Fiona Cruickshank and Raman Sehgal are the people behind ramarketing – an award-winning PR and marketing agency for the life science sector. These two entrepreneurs have spent their entire careers growing companies in the pharma and bio supply chain. Andrew Mears adds to Fiona and Raman’s expertise, bringing over 20 years of Talent Acquisition experience to Lead Candidate, alongside an understanding of what it takes to deliver something special to the people and businesses within the sector.

How the Company Was Born

After recognising the frustration of not having the right partner and solutions to solve talent needs, Lead Candidate sought to create the solution that companies in the industry needed. Using client feedback to shape the service offering, the company is focused on delivering a different approach to hiring and being hired in the outsourcing space.

You can hear Raman announce the arrival of Lead Candidate via the Molecule to Market podcast here.

Services and Expertise

Lead Candidate is partnered with its sister company ramarketing to provide a full service offering to the growing global drug development, manufacturing, and contract services sector. They are committed to delivering recruitment as a service (RaaS) using exceptional customer service, advice, and consultancy to establish long-term partnerships that fuel growth.

Lead candidate supports growing companies across the globe via their headquarters in Newcastle, UK. They are focused on delivering exceptional customer service and use a ‘4-step Discovery Programme’ to diagnose, define, deliver, and develop strategies perfectly aligned to business objectives.

Working only in outsourcing, the company specialises in supporting CROs, CDMOs, and CPOs by helping them to achieve their talent acquisition and career development goals. The three founders have first-hand experience and understand the intricacies and frustrations that accompany attracting talent within the life sciences, and are using this experience to find the right solutions for companies in the outsourcing space.

Lead Candidate is passionate about the talent agenda and improving equality, diversity, and inclusivity in life sciences.

Future Growth & Innovation

Although a newly founded company, Lead Candidate is fast-growing. They have already appointed Tom Kirkpatrick as Lead Talent Champion and plan to recruit additional Talent Champions to support Tom and further expand the team’s service offering.

The company recently launched its latest service offering LC³ an innovative platform designed to remove the “guess work” from hiring by replacing it with informed, objective decisions underpinned by more than 50 years of validated research and science.

The  LC³ assessments remove conscious and unconscious bias to ensure total objectivity, enhancing the hiring experience for everyone - whether you’re doing the hiring or looking to be hired, LC³ will help you make the right decision for you.

In addition to LC³ Lead Candidate is inviting hiring managers to use their Bad Hire Calculator™, a smart bit of software that demonstrates the true cost of making the wrong hiring decisions. Upon trying out the Bad Hire Calculator™ users are invited to book a discovery call with Andrew or Tom to learn how Lead Candidate can reduce commercial downtime and deliver new hire retention of up to 96%. Simply hit the ‘Book a call’ button on the website or send a message to to learn more. 

Join the Lead Candidate Community

The company is growing a community of thought leaders, sector professionals, and service providers to drive forward the talent agenda and to contribute valuable insights to inform sector developments.

Follow Lead Candidate on LinkedIn to keep up with their latest news and developments and click to subscribe to emails via the company website.

Current Opportunities

Lead Candidate is currently recruiting for a number of roles in the USA and Europe:

Director of Marketing

Business Development Director

QC Microbiologist

Senior Business Development Manager

QC Chemist

QC Microbiology Manager

VP Business Development – Europe

Take a look at all the current roles via the careers page here

Partnering With Lead Candidate

Find out more about the launch of Lead Candidate and how you can partner with the company here:

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