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Quick Staffing of R&D Center of Excellence

After Launching Critical R&D Center Two Months Early, Hudson’s Pharma Tech Project Expands to the U.S. Midwest and Europe 

Catalent is a major drug development and supply partner for consumer health products. Catalent had consolidated its Northeast and Southeast facilities into one new product-specific center of excellence. This created a need for 45 critical positions such as process engineers, formulation scientists, analytical scientists and quality control positions to be filled within 8 months in an understaffed region of the country. Hudson completed the project two months ahead of schedule and is now managing all positions in that region.

The client then expanded the project to a Midwest region where Hudson is hiring over 30 key positions. Today Hudson is focused on partnering with sites in Europe to help deliver key positions globally.


Hudson leveraged a virtual recruiting team with pharmaceutical hiring experience. These types of specialized roles are hard-to-fill and require experience with tight deadlines and high-pressure situations. The Hudson team, consisting of an account manager, three recruiters and a coordinator, was able to fill 100+ roles in 2015 across the US. Our virtual team was able to recruit seamlessly between sites.


  • Hudson completed all hiring two months ahead of schedule and was brought on for an expansion project in another region to hire more than a dozen hard-to-fill roles.
  • Submit-to-interview ratio was 4:1. Interview-to-hire ratio was 3:1.
  • In our Southeastern region, Hudson reduced agency utilization to zero.
  • Hudson’s team contacted 2,200 candidates and conducted 300+ phone screenings to fill the initial 45 roles. Hiring managers conducted 135 face-to-face interviews to make final selection on 40 candidates. 
  • Time-to-slate was reduced to 7 days from 30+ days. 
  • Time-to-fill for hard-to-fill roles was reduced to 57 days from 68+ days. 

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