Founded in 2001, A La Carte Search and Selection works purely for the Life Sciences Search and recruitment industry and is the only consultancy of its type to do so. They offer management consultancy services as well as headhunting search consultants for Life Sciences search firms and consultancies. They are also working on supplying internal resourcing staff for the Life Sciences companies themselves.
As of October 2009 A La Carte launched its Talent Pool for freelance Life Sciences Researchers. They have already had expressions of interest from 16 freelance Life Sciences Researchers and from 5 Life Sciences search firms and the unsurprisingly the numbers are growing all the time.
The idea came from one of their clients who occasionally uses freelance Life Sciences Researchers but the one or two that they regularly use are often not available when they have suddenly won that additional piece of business which makes the need urgent. A wider choice on the menu (A La Carte!) would mean that there would always be somebody with the right level and type of experience immediately available, thus adding value to their offering to their Life Sciences clients.
Tim Connolly, Managing Director of A La Carte Search and Selection commented, Some of our clients may then wish to offer this as part of their service to their clients, guaranteeing a quicker turnaround time which can be very appealing. Freelance Researchers tend to work on one or two projects at a time rather than several so theyre able to focus on the job in hand and get it done much quicker.
He added, As you would expect, the freelancers in our Talent Pool have different levels of experience so there can be substantial cost savings attached to offering the right piece of work to the right level of Researcher. Depending on the assignment or piece of work in question, they may be able to use a less expensive, less senior Researcher from our pool for some of the more straight forward jobs such as putting together a long list of target companies, for example.
The service is international, initially working for UK based clients who have offices overseas and then rolling out the talent pool on a truly global basis.