We provide global specialist recruitment to the life sciences sector. Our expert teams have the technical understanding and market insight to supply the right talent to drive your business growth. Our success is based on our network of candidates with the brightest minds and best experience in each of our verticals; quality, regulatory affairs, engineering, technical operations, clinical development, data, medical affairs & information, and pharmacovigilance.
We are trusted by clients and candidates within the industry. This trust comes from our commitment to service quality, our transparent processes and our diligent and professional approach to delivering results for both sides. By building and nurturing a superior network, we ensure that we connect highly skilled professionals and hiring managers to fulfil precise needs.
Our specialists teams are focused on verticals across the UK and USA, they are:
We work with businesses worldwide to provide a full-service talent solution including:
Our mission & values
Meet the team
Meet our team of experts. With hiring specialists in the USA and Europe, our teams pride themselves on their professionalism, sector knowledge and consistently high service quality.
Customer Service Charter
We are committed to service excellent and ensure you'll receive open, honest, transparent and regular communication throughout the recruitment process
Catalyst is part of JCW Group
JCW Group is made of up six niche brands that work together to provide a full-service talent solution to businesses within financial services, technology and life sciences across Europe and the USA.
Each brand delivers excellence in recruitment or consultancy services to its dedicated sector, whilst the cross-group structure allows us to ensure we have the resources to deliver across large projects. Whether you need a single employee, a whole project team or an outsourced recruitment solution, we have the experience and expertise to deliver.
JCW Group history
JCW life begins from a living room in London2007
Just 3 years after graduating, Jamie Woods founded JCW as a specialist governance recruitment business and life started from Jamie’s living room in London in April 2007.
First office and first hires2008
After a year as a 1-man business, JCW made its first hires in 2008 and subsequently moved into its first office in Clerkenwell (via a brief stint sharing an office opposite Harrods). 6 months later, with 4 staff in total after the opening of the first office, Lehman Brothers went bust and The Great Financial Crisis began.
Economic decline, business growth2009
Despite economies continuing to decline, JCW continued to grow throughout 2009 with headcount and revenues increasing with demand for Risk, Regulatory and Audit professionals remaining strong.
Headcount hits 102010
A key milestone of 10 employees was hit in early 2010 as the business came out of recession with a strong platform for growth.
Team hits twenty2011
JCW doubles headcount in the space of 12 months with the team becoming 20 people strong in 2011.
Now 30 people, the business receives its first accolades with the ‘Young Gun’ and Fast Growth Biz Award. 2012 also saw the first international office with the launch of an office in New York and a second brand, Catalyst Life Sciences, launched to provide recruitment across life sciences globally.
JCW Group hits 50 people2015
With two office (London and New York) and two brand (JCW and Catalyst Life Sciences) JCW Group continues to grow and hits 50 people in 2015.
Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For 4th Place2017
JCW Group enters the Sunday Times Best Companies list for the first time and ranks as the 4th best company to work for in the UK. The business also receives 3* Best Companies accreditation for ‘extraordinary’ levels of workplace engagement.
More locations (LA & Frankfurt) added2018
Growth continues at pace with the launch of a new JCW office in Frankfurt, Germany. Cybernetic Search (Los Angeles) and Outscout (Austin, Texas) become the latest businesses within the JCW Group focusing on tech and executive search respectively. 2018 also saw JCW named in the Inc. 5000 for the first time – a list of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the USA.
JCW becomes 100 people2019
JCW Group reaches 100 people across 5 offices. The business is also recognised by Inc. 5000 for the second year in a row - a list of the fastest growing firms in the USA.
Named fastest growing hiring firm in USA2020
A year of achievements with the business receiving Investors in People Gold accreditation, featuring once again in the Inc 5,000 and being named as the #1 fastest growing staffing firm in the USA by Staffing Industry Analysts. 2020 also saw the launch of two new brands within the JCW Group – Xander, a Training and Deployment Consultancy, and Guideline, a Regulatory Consulting and Staff Augmentation business.
50% year on year growth
Diversity & CSR
We strongly oppose all forms of discrimination and we proactively provide solutions to help businesses hire a diverse workforce.
Careers at JCW Group
Working for JCW Group means you’ll be part of an award-winning business that averages 50% year-on-year growth. That means we’re able to provide you with more opportunities across our six brands in seven global locations. From day one you’ll have transparent career progression targets and the support of industry-leading training and mentoring to help you achieve your earning and career potential.