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Our Team

The recruitment process is only as good as the link between candidate and client. Every member of the Scientific and Technical Recruitment team has had hands-on experience working in technical and scientific industries. We know our clients’ businesses and their business needs. We have also been job candidates ourselves, and understand the types of roles most suited to people looking for positions in these exacting fields.


Gareth Robertson – Managing Director (Cert. Social Science, B.Com.)

Gareth joined STR on the back of a career which spanned Australasia, the United States and Europe with a major global manufacturer of FMCG, Nutritional supplements & Healthcare products. During this time, Gareth led its Regional Innovation Strategy and Development from New York and sat on the NZ Management team in Auckland, amid various other senior roles. Prior to this, Gareth worked in multiple positions within various Food manufacturers. Gareth offers a unique understanding of the industries we serve, a love of people and a genuine ambition to enable our partners to thrive.


Linda Ford – Relationship Manager

Healthcare, Engineering, Operations, Medical

Linda joined the STR Team in 2014 as Senior Consultant/Relationship Manager. Linda brings with her 16 years of focused recruitment experience across all areas of sales including Account Management, Business Development, Key Account Management and all other specialist technical and non-technical positions.


Pavan Benepal Senior Consultant  (B.Vet.Sc.PhD)

Veterinary, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Operations/Management

Pavan has over 18 years’ professional experience in Veterinary/Animal Sciences, Agriculture, Pharma, Lab and Medical Diagnostics. She specializes in recruiting highly technical and Senior Level Management & Operations positions across  Biotech, Primary Industry, Supply Chain and Engineering Sectors. Her valuable experience lends itself well to supporting and assisting the STR team, clients and candidates in recruiting across challenging areas.


Jonelle Koia – Consultant (BSc Microbiology)  

Manufacturing, Quality, Laboratory 

Jonelle has a strong background in the production sector specialising in GMP environments and contract research. She has worked for global organisations in both NZ and the UK. She works across the manufacturing, laboratory and quality portfolios.


Viv Slade  – Temping Consultant

Viv leads STR’s Temping division. With over twenty years’ experience in advertising, assisting both key clients and the general public, gaining office/administrative experience, Viv now brings her skills and experience to recruiting and managing temping staff in all facets of industry.


Donna Watson – Accounts Administrator (Dip – App Sci)  

Donna has extensive experience in Quality Control and Quality Assurance within industry and laboratory.  Donna is also skilled and experienced across recruitment consultancy support, finance, administration and accounts.  She adds immense value and knowledge to the STR team around the full recruitment process.  Donna is pivotal in the successful running of our business.


Current Job Listings

Portfolio Manager – Diagnostics (Ref 06/1907/PB)

  • Well established company respected internationally
  • Diagnostic/Life Sciences product applications, expanding portfolio
  • Multi-functional role managing the Asia Pacific region

Exceptional opportunity for a seasoned Sales & Marketing Professional with experience in diagnostics/biochemistry/life sciences

Area: Wellington

Job Category: Sales

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