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SMELT was founded in 1989 as the first recruitment and selection agency in the Netherlands dedicated to recruitment in the healthcare and life sciences industry.

Our customer-centric approach with associated discussions results in in-depth knowledge of the life sciences and related skills and competencies essential to be successful in the future.

We support clients in different roles, from Senior Management to Board level in a variety of job families.

Do you like doing business with a trustworthy partner who understands 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 recruitment in 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

What we stand for

To improve access & impact

To healthcare professionas
To patients
To market
To professionals

Matching talent with ambition

Our personal approach tailored to the client’s strategic goals and culture, based on in-depth knowledge of the life sciences companies and their markets, forms the basis of successful matches.


Our commitment to identifying the talent for your challenge is the signature of our way of working. We feel part of the life sciences industry and are proud to contribute daily to quality, perspective and access for patients.

Our vision

We will achieve our mission by partnering with our clients and integrating innovations in our services.


  • Adapt to changing client’s needs
  • Translate market changes into team knowledge & capacities
  • Recruit, manage and retain client workforce using our outstanding knowledge.