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Hikma Pharmaceuticals Case Study

Article Background


Hikma Pharmaceuticals is a multinational pharmaceutical company based in London that manufactures branded and non-branded generic and in-licensed pharmaceutical products. It was founded in Amman, Jordan in 1978 by Samih Darwazah. They list it on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.


Due to a series of global acquisitions Hikma were initially looking to add a Tax Manager to their tax team of three people based in their London office. After some time however it became apparent that with the breadth of work it was necessary to recruit two people into the tax team rather than one. One at manager grade to deliver tax reporting and UK corporate tax compliance and one at advisor grade to cover a broader range of direct and indirect taxes.


After meeting with the Global Head of Tax to discuss and fully understand the roles, we decided to move forward on an exclusive basis in order to focus our energy on both positions and we wanted to ensure we were working as an extension of the business and selling the opportunities in the right way. This enabled us to identify the right candidates for both positions, drawing up a shortlist and screening each candidate before sending CV’s of those who would be best suited for each role.


After the best candidates were established for the roles managed the interview process with Hikma’s managers to ensure all candidates enjoyed the process. This included not only arranging diaries for both parties but also preparing both candidate and client before each stage of the interview process to guarantee things would go smoothly. Once the preferred candidates were identified, as we understood the expectations of both the candidates and the client, the offer process went as painlessly as the rest of the recruitment project with both candidates accepting seamlessly and still enjoying their roles to date. "The candidates you put forward for interview were at the correct experience level and had the right personalities required for the roles. You were very honest when assessing whether potential candidates were genuinely interested in the role, to avoid time wasting. This was hugely appreciated. In addition, you were very proactive, responsive and quick to follow up on points, whether that be post-interview or post-offer. I would certainly look to use you when looking to recruit in future, over and above other firms." - Hikma Pharmaceuticals "Jake conducts himself in a professional and approachable manner. I found Jake to be timely in responding to my queries. Jake was helpful to provide me with as much detail he had available about Hikma, the role and the team, whether that was an official job specification or his experience of dealing with Hikma. Overall Jake was a pleasure to work with" - Placed candidate at Hikma Pharmaceuticals