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Our unrivalled expertise in talent acquisition, combined with both agency and in-house recruitment experience, means we know what our partners require.

This insider knowledge also ensures we only ever deliver a rewarding and worthwhile service. Which is designed to add value at every stage.

We’re not about hitting targets; we’re about building relationships. We pride ourselves on being approachable, honest and connecting like-minded people and organisations across the Life Science and Healthcare industry.

Lissa Blackmore

Director & Founder

With over 17 years' experience collaborating with high profile clients and candidates, Lissa embodies everything we stand for at Kaizen.

Having previously impressed as Internal Talent Acquisition at Quintiles and Johnson & Johnson, Lissa brought her keen eye for talent, and rare ability for relationship building together. The result – Kaizen, a dynamic and progressive Life Science and Healthcare recruitment agency.

Constructively challenging the status quo, she prides herself on attracting and developing talent who can alleviate specific business challenges, thereby providing effective long-term solutions.

Together with her team, the agency now has over 39 years' sector-wide recruitment experience, on top of 16 years' industry knowledge.

Jessica Patel

Associate Director

I started off my career in healthcare recruitment in 2015, where I joined a leading Pharmaceutical company and worked my way up to a senior position managing recruitment for the R&D business unit. I also have vast amount of experience in Commercial, Medical Devices and Clinical recruitment. I have worked with several large healthcare companies including Johnson & Johnson, MSD, Allergan and GE Healthcare leading recruitment and placing a number of Senior and Executive level candidates. 

I most recently managed the Talent Acquisition function for a medium size specialist CRO recruiting and building teams across Europe and the US. I am passionate about working for a business that’s values are so aligned to mine … this is why I am really looking forward to being part of the Kaizen Life Sciences team.

Amanda Crawford

Admin and Resource Executive

I have over 17 years of admin/PA/customer service experience. Ranging from PA to COO of an oil related company to more recently 4 years experience in retail customer service at Department Store. I feel I excelled at providing a premium customer shopping experience in my last role.

Organising large company events (for around 400 employees) used to be one of my main roles and biggest achievements which I loved as I enjoy organising and problem solving. All of this stood me in good stead for being a stay-at-home-mum for several years, which has transpired to be my most challenging role to date!
I aim to use my “can-do” attitude positively for Kaizen Life Sciences and hope that my fondness for meeting new people shines through when chatting to prospective candidates and clients.

Fit body: fit mind is one of my mantras. How lucky am I that our offices are based in a gym. I think it's so important to exercise.

Our Clients

Who we work with speaks volumes. From small start-ups to global blue chip corporations, we always strive to be the recruitment partner of choice, regardless of the project or size of the organisation.

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“I have always enjoyed working with Lissa and Kaizen. She has supported Boston Scientific on a number of occasions and I have found with her background in the healthcare industry and having been in an internal recruitment role, this has given her the insight into the types of people we would look for within our organisation and her approach to working with us as a client is a true partnership. Lissa has been able to support us on very challenging positions where other suppliers have not been able to which has been a great support to us.”

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“Clair is simply the best recruiter I've worked with in the health sector. She listens to your needs, translates those into targeted searches and leverages her enviable network to ensure the right candidates make it through.”

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“I have worked with Lissa for a long time now, the service I have received  has been amazing.  Lissa takes the time to truly partner with us to understand our requirements and present solutions, we see Lissa as an extended part of our team. She is very good at getting me candidates and working with me in the recruitment process from start to finish. Kaizen is always someone I go to with all my recruitment needs as I know they will provide the best talent in the market.”

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“We've had a lot of change in our department over the last twelve months. As such, we've been fortunate to have Clair as our recruitment partner. On every occasion, Clair has taken our requirements on board even when we overlaid these with technical and financial specifications specific to our industry and profession. It was great to have Clair's commitment right from when a position became vacant to when the successful incumbent onboard. I fully recommend Clair as recruitment partner.”

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“Lissa partnered with me in order to deliver the UK & Ireland recruitment needs at Allergan. During the time she worked with me, she was an absolute professional ensuring that the candidate experience was second to none, establishing Allergan as a great place to work with those candidates. She worked with my managers to ensure she was delivering the right candidates for the role, and was a great source for pipelining where we identified future gaps in our workforce. It was a real pleasure working with her and I would not hesitate to engage with her in the future.”

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“Clair is an excellent recruiter who takes time to fully understand every brief given and only submits qualified candidates who match the criteria. I was particularly impressed with Clair when she placed two candidates into very niche roles. Most other agencies I have used struggled in these areas whereas Clair has excelled, so I would have no hesitation in recommending her.”

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