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Compass Life Sciences was formed in 2018 by veteran recruitment professionals. Candid conversations with Investors and clients identified a demand for highly knowledgeable, experienced, quality-based recruitment solutions within the sector that offered a genuine, consultative service.

Spearheading the brand, David Jolley joined Compass Life Sciences with a background of over 12 years recruitment experience in the Pharma, Biotech, and CRO sectors, having worked for teams at AstraZeneca, Roche, and Eli Lilly in Talent Acquisition, using this industry experience to hire like-minded, talented recruitment professionals.

Our capabilities have grown in line with our team’s headcount; and we now serve a wide range of key specialisms including R&D, Clinical Research, Commercial Operations, Data & Biometrics, Regulatory Affairs and Medical Affairs. We have been consistently commended for offering the highest levels of knowledge-based recruitment solutions to both candidates and clients.

We believe that the future of recruitment is firmly rooted in ingrained partnerships, where a more proactive and strategic relationship is important. As Compass Life Sciences continues to move forward, we will endeavour to provide the highest quality, valued solutions in all our relationships.

Launched as a dedicated separate offering from our Compass Partners, we are proud to be part of a wider business who have won numerous industry awards including HealthInvestor’s Recruiter of the Year in 2017, 2019 and 2021, as well as LaingBuisson’s Recruitment Award in 2019.

We are industry certified professionals through active membership of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), with team members demonstrating Accredited, Certified Membership and Fellow status, to affirm our commitment to delivering the highest industry standards at all times.

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Our Mission is to provide a first-class quality driven consultative service which combines a market-leading knowledge of our industry, a robust proven process, and a passion for delivering the highest valued outcomes for our clients.


To be the Life Sciences recruitment company of choice that leads a well-educated and impassioned workforce in a global and complex sector space.


  • Delivery of Service
  • Flexibility & Adaptability
  • Professionalism & Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Professional Development
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit

Differentiated by quality and knowledge, Compass Life Sciences has been born out of the desire to raise the standards of Life Sciences recruitment in the UK and Global markets.

As a team, we are proud to be able to evidence experience working in the Pharmaceutical, Biotech and CRO / CDMO industries, ranging from University Placement Years, through to onsite Talent Acquisition employment, which has provided our fundamental understanding of the specialisms we recruit both for, and into.