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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.

Lynley Watson (BSc (Hons) Microbiology, PhD Cell Biology)

Managing Director and founder of the company in 1987. Fifteen years experience in research & development. Thirty plus years expertise in recruitment and general management.

Linda Ford 

Linda Ford joined the STR Team in late 2014 as Senior Consultant/Relationship Manager. Linda brings with her a wealth 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 (B.Vet.Sc.PhD)

Pavan has over 17 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 Engineering, Biotech, Supply Chain and Primary Industry Sectors. Her valuable experience lends itself well to supporting and assisting the STR team, clients and candidates in recruiting across challenging areas.

Jonelle Koia (BSc Microbiology)

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 will be working across the manufacturing, laboratory and quality portfolios.

Yannie Chen (BSc Food Science & Nutrition)

Yannie has had valuable experience in nutraceuticals, food technology and clinical research.  She offers valuable input into the key nutraceutical, food and beverage production sectors.  Yannie shares her diverse background and skills to support the STR team in filling specialist roles.

Viv Slade

Temping Services. 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 (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

Food Engineer (Ref 18/1804/JK)

  • Process Technologist position
  • NZ owned food company
  • Entry level position in a challenging role


Entry level Food Engineer required for a varied process technologist role.

Area: Auckland-Central

Job Category: Food & Beverage

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