A day in the life of the HR department at Scitech

Hi, my name is Eve Taylor, and I am a second-year Criminology student at the University of Bath. As someone eager to explore a career in HR after completing my degree, I was determined to gain a deeper understanding of this vital role. So, I reached out to Scitech, and I’m thrilled to share with you the experiences from my insight day.

Introduction to the day

I was warmly welcomed by Emma, HR Manager (pictured) and her colleagues Joanna and Vicky who made me feel comfortable and engaged from the very beginning. They were clearly passionate about their work and eager to give me insight into HR at Scitech.

The team individually ran me through different aspects that would typically be dealt with by the Human Resource Department. Emma provided me with an overview of the day-to-day experiences of HR within a small-medium company like Scitech. One of the fundamental roles I discovered from Joanna was HR’s responsibility to monitor, review, and support the staff whether it’s during the onboarding process for new employees or throughout their career at Scitech. The HR touchpoints outlined by the team gave me a greater understanding into the impact the department has on the company and the responsibilities held by an HR professional.

A glimpse into recruitment

One of the highlights of my day was a detailed explanation from Vicky who explained the recruitment process at Scitech. I was taken through the recruitment journey, from job advertising and headhunting to interviews and final employment decisions. I learned about the different tools that were used to help make the process more efficient and effective. This knowledge will undoubtedly be invaluable as I continue to explore a potential career in HR.

Dynamic nature of HR

My day in the department taught me that a Human Resources job is constantly changing, and how they must adapt to the evolving needs of both the company and the world at large. They are responsible for creating an inclusive and diverse company that allows for a positive effect on employee well-being.

The HR department strive to make the company the best it can be through improving policies that can allow employees to feel safer and more supported. Emma spent time explaining to me that they did this through their ‘Equality, Diversity, and Inclusive Strategy’. She highlighted the importance of setting achievable and measurable goals within specified time frames. This strategy serves as a driving force for the company, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

I was given the opportunity to sit in on a webinar that focused on the steps that could be taken to support Neurodivergent people within the workforce creating a better work environment for everyone. It was interesting to hear the discussions between Emma, Joanna, and Vicky on what they could improve and where the company is already succeeding.

In conclusion, my day at Scitech was both valuable and enjoyable. It provided me with great insights into the world of HR professionals as well as reaffirming my desire to pursue a career in HR. Thank you to the Scitech team for inviting me to their office and generously sharing their knowledge. As I continue my academic journey, I will carry these lessons with me, eager to explore and grow.

Scitech hosts Seminar and Industry Networking Evening

To mark the official launch of our new Manchester office, we proudly hosted a Seminar and Industry Networking Evening on Thursday, September 14, 2023. This event took place at our Manchester office – a hub in the North where we continue to provide consultancy, design, engineering, construction and validation services to pharmaceutical, life sciences and advanced technology companies.

The event featured an engaging programme that included enlightening talks by industry leaders and Scitech experts, each bringing their unique insights to the stage:

● Tony Hitchcock, a Bioprocess Consultant, presented on “Engineering Solutions for Tomorrow’s Medicines.” His expertise lies in developing innovative bioprocesses that are instrumental in the production of advanced pharmaceuticals.

● John Spenn, a Validation Consultant, delved into “Quality Culture and its Impact on Business.” With his extensive experience, he explored the crucial role of quality assurance in ensuring business success.

Marlous van der Hooft, our new Managing Director and General Manager of Scitech GmbH, discussed “Annex I Implementation in Radiopharma.” Her talk shed light on the regulatory landscape and its implications for the radiopharmaceutical industry.

In addition to the three main speakers, Lauren Wilkinson, Scitech Design and Engineering Manager, and Nadira Adjali, Scitech Principal Building Services Engineer, shared their insights and expertise, providing a well-rounded perspective on the evening’s discussions.

Networking opportunities abound

The Seminar and Industry Networking Evening was not only a platform for learning from thought leaders but also a valuable opportunity for attendees to connect, collaborate, and forge new partnerships with colleagues from across the sector.

Dave Grant, Managing Director of Scitech Ltd, said: “We are delighted that so many colleagues, clients, and partners could join us to celebrate the latest milestone in Scitech’s journey. Our expansion into the north of the country through the Manchester office positions us as a pivotal centre for delivering innovative solutions across various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, life sciences, high-value manufacturing, research, emerging technologies, and other highly regulated fields. This strategic move perfectly aligns with our ongoing dedication to providing top-tier services and support to our clients while addressing the growing demand for specialised expertise in the region.”

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Scitech Engineering Ltd. establishes Scitech GmbH in Germany

We are delighted to announce the establishment of a new subsidiary business, Scitech GmbH, in Germany. This strategic move is part of Scitech’s growth and succession strategy, aimed at expanding our service offering and capitalising on new opportunities.

An integral part of the Scitech family, Scitech GmbH will provide quality and regulatory consulting, qualification and validation services, design and engineering, and other consultancy support within the traditional pharmaceutical environment, primarily in German-speaking Europe. Additionally, Scitech GmbH will operate as a global centre of excellence in radiopharmaceuticals, supplementing and drawing on the extensive proficiency of subject matter experts from across the Scitech group.

By consolidating and developing Scitech’s global radiopharmaceutical proposition, we will enhance our strong reputation and capabilities in the sector. Scitech GmbH will leverage Scitech’s portfolio, relationships and ongoing projects, particularly in North America and Europe, to create a compelling global radiopharmaceutical proposition.

“Our expansion into Germany with the establishment of Scitech GmbH marks a significant milestone in our growth strategy,” said Dave Grant, Scitech Engineering Ltd. Managing Director. “We are delighted to strengthen our presence in Europe and seize the growing opportunities globally in the radiopharmaceutical sector. This move aligns with our vision to provide exceptional technical, quality and regulatory consulting services while further solidifying our position as a global leader.”

The office of Scitech GmbH will be located in Braunschweig (Brunswick), Lower Saxony, Germany. The subsidiary’s service offering will complement the existing delivery capabilities of Scitech’s UK and Antwerp offices. Antwerp, in particular, will continue to play a vital role in engineering, quality, and regulatory consulting across Europe, while the UK offices will remain integral to Scitech’s global radiopharmaceutical project delivery.

Marlous van der Hooft, has been appointed as Managing Director and General Manager of Scitech GmbH and will spearhead the expansion within Germany and Europe’s German-speaking markets.

With a background in pharmaceutical microbiology, Marlous’s proficiency spans a wide spectrum – from lean manufacturing and process enhancement to quality control, QC method development, validation and compliance, supply chain management, regulatory strategy, and medicines licensing.

Marlous has been responsible for the project management (from design up until full operation) for 13 radiopharmaceutical manufacturing sites, led new product launches, implemented new quality systems, and led manufacturing plants. She works with her customers to deliver the best-fitting solution in order to ensure compliance, safety, and efficiency in their processes. With her skills and knowledge in GxP, ISO13485, validation and operations and quality control, it is her passion to safely and compliantly deliver at the right time against the right cost.

Marlous said: “I am delighted to lead Scitech’s expansion into Germany, a vibrant hub of scientific innovation and collaboration. This new role presents an extraordinary opportunity for Scitech to further solidify its presence on the global stage, contributing to groundbreaking advancements in radiopharmaceutical manufacturing. Together, we will unlock new possibilities, forge impactful partnerships and continue to drive excellence in delivering cutting-edge solutions to benefit patients and the healthcare community.”