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Do you like doing business with a trustworthy partner with an understanding of the labor market, someone who listens to your needs and translates them into goals? Smelt is this strategic partner. All of our consultants are specialised within the healthcare industry. By putting our extensive networks at your disposition, we headhunt candidates for you who match your company culture and who rise to the challenges you have for them.

With more than 30 years of experience in international life sciences recruitment, we have become the partner of many multinationals and leading companies, establishing and expanding their businesses in Europe. We offer European expertise with local insight in all major countries in Europe.

Smelt Staffing Services is a top pharmaceutical and scientific recruitment service, including executive search, serving clients and candidates in Amsterdam, and across the country (The Netherlands). Our pharmaceutical & life sciences – engineer recruiters specialize in placing qualified candidates into rewarding career opportunities with top employers.

Smelt provides this industry with Contract, Contract-to-Hire, Direct Hire and RPO staffing services through:

  • Direct Hire/headhunting
  • Secondment/contracting
  • Interim/Freelance
  • Healthcare Traineeship
  • Academy (Training & Development)
  • Onboarding
  • Payroll
  • HR helpdesk


An overview of our services:

  • Headhunting Services

With our 30 years’ of recruitment experience in Life Sciences & Health Smelt understands your business and therefore your resources needs. Our team of consultants & recruiters is a mixture of management experience in Life Sciences as well as recruitment industry experts. We invest dedicated to our extensive network, to respond quickly to your business requirements.

  • Interim Management

Are you looking for an Interim Professional specialised in Life Sciences that is able to start immediately? Within 48 hours we present the right candidate for your company. The Life Sciences Interim Platform powered by Smelt contains more than 250 Interim Professionals, interested in a new assignment. The platform offers the opportunity to select Interim Professionals on the basis of therapeutic areas, specific project experience, network or hourly rate.

  • Contracting

If your organisation requires more flexibility, Smelt offers the possibility of contracting. Smelt recruits talent for your organisation on a flexible basis. Contracting can be a possible solution for specific projects or when your organisation does not have a Dutch entity yet. After expiration, the contract can easily be extended or a contractor can be offered a fixed contract with your organisation. In which case a pre-determined fee will be invoiced by Smelt.

Contracting offers your company maximum flexibility, since the initial employer responsibility lies with Smelt. Smelt takes care of health and sickness issues, non-availability, pensions and other concerns like company car and mobile phones.

  • Talent Sourcing

The mission of Smelt Talent Sourcing is to help organisations find the best talents in the market. A tailor made solution that fits your budget. An Interim recruiter from Smelt will join your team and works exclusively for your organisation, on an agreed upon hourly rate. Recruiting hours can easily be scaled up or down. A perfect opportunity to help you realise your recruitment goals (on an hourly basis).

  • Healthcare traineeship

Smelt offers recent graduates with an interesting background in the Life Sciences & Health industry a ready to go traineeship. We offer the opportunity to add value to your organisation quickly. Smelt takes care of the training and development programme of the trainees and can unburden you this way. A new opportunity for your organisation to strengthen your team by attracting highly motivated future talent.

  • Smelt Academy

The Smelt Academy is the largest training agency active in Life Sciences. We offer tailor made programmes as well as (basic) courses aimed at bigger audiences. Our state of the art programmes are either live or online and meet all (current) standards. The programmes are developed in co-creation with specialists from the field and with our clients and will help your further develop the talents of your employees.

  •  HR service desk

This particular service is set up for companies that have just entered the Dutch market in the Life Sciences & Health sector and have not yet set up their own Human Resources department. Our service can also assist foreign companies that do not have HR services department in the Netherlands. Smelt can take these tasks off your hands.

  • Payrolling

The option of payrolling can be used when your company finds the perfect candidate for a position, but has no headcount (yet). Smelt offers your candidate a labour contract and invoices an agreed fee on a monthly basis. We ensure the proper application of employment law and regulations. Your new employee will receive all the terms of employment that your own employees benefit from.