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We respond flexibly to cross-border talent needs of companies with a multinational presence venturing into new Asian markets. Our industry knowledge and market expertise have enabled many successful placements for roles critical to expanding regional operations.

Success Stories

1. Life Sciences
2. Turbomachinery
3. R.P.O.

Success Story – Life Sciences

A leading US-based biotechnology company invested US$40 million in Singapore for a new biocatalyst research facility to develop sustainable technologies for the pharmaceutical industry. The new facility – their second international location and the first in Asia – was expected to house up to 80 R&D professionals.


The company had less than 10 weeks to secure the first batch of core hires: 20 biocatalyst engineering professionals. With the region’s festive season looming, many professionals were expected to be on vacation and out of reach, threatening to delay workforce expansion plans. Missing the hiring target not only meant operational delays, but carried severe financial implications through project penalties. Adding to the challenge, the positions that needed to be filled had a niche skills set – necessitating cross-border talent sourcing.


Critical to their search for the right partner were proven sector experience and talent intelligence to boost the HR team’s capabilities. After a careful and stringent evaluation process of five vendors, the company’s HR management turned to ScienTec Search’s sector-specific expertise in mission-critical specialist searches and end-to-end project hiring within agreed critical-path timeline.

ScienTec Search’s resourcing leads met with over 30 hiring managers and human resource management in the United States to understand the company’s business culture and strategic imperatives. Through comprehensive requirements gathering sessions, desired talent profiles for targeting were identified from Australia, India, China and Singapore. Clear lines of communication and real-time updates with more than 30 US-based stakeholders were crucial as the hiring team worked across time zones.

ScienTec Search developed bespoke candidate attraction tool kits – including the biotechnology company’s unique competitive edge, as well as career growth opportunities – building the client’s reputation as an employer of choice. A ScienTec Onsite Recruitment Project Management team handled cross- border recruitment logistics, accommodation and reimbursement processes.


After numerous interviews, 35 shortlisted niche talents from different parts of the world were flown to Singapore for scientific presentation and screening with 20 client stakeholders. The dedicated ScienTec Search resourcing team delivered qualified candidates, and all targeted hires were onboard to kick-start the R&D centre on time, ensuring that the biotechnology company avoided operational delays and financial penalties.

Roles Placed

  • Head of R&D
  • Project Manager
  • Chem Team Lead
  • MBio Team Lead
  • BioProcessing Team Lead
  • Staff Scientists
  • Research Scientists
  • Media Lab Specialists
  • Research Associates
  • Research Assistants
  • Biostatisticians

"Singapore was a top-drawer destination for us to set up our R&D laboratory here in Asia so we can be closer to our large and growing base of customers in Asia. We chose to partner with ScienTec Search because of the impressive list of international life sciences customer references, their understanding of our industry and the extensive experience in sourcing and recruiting regional life sciences positions at different levels. I have been very impressed with ScienTec Search's ability to shortlist the large number of highly qualified candidates within such a short time, a critical success factor for our partnership with the Singapore government and our establishment here. We have definitely made the right choice in selecting ScienTec Search as our recruitment agency." - HR Director, USA

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