Established in 2012 by Beshlie Donaldson, Donaldson Search works with businesses in the UK pharmaceutical industry to place senior managers, with a focus on the disciplines of manufacturing and engineering. Our passion, quite simply, is connecting great people with great people.

Beshlie is a specialist recruitment professional, and has worked within technical and operational industries since 2003. Her network spans construction, property, engineering, energy, utilities, facilities management and rail. Since starting Donaldson Search, Beshlie has developed an in-depth sector specialism in, and a genuine passion for, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, where her focus is on the recruitment of senior manufacturing and engineering talent.

Beshlie is motivated by working with ambitious businesses of all sizes who want the best people working for them – not their competitors! She likes to work with businesses and individuals with a high level of integrity and who are committed to constantly improving business performance and developing leadership talent.


“Beshlie remained personally involved in our searches throughout and quickly understood our brief and found high calibre candidates who were all “worthy candidates” for our vacancies”

Ian Thorne

“Beshlie is a very experienced executive headhunter. She dedicates time and attention to understanding your needs, specific career goals / interests and she works closely with you through the recruitment process.”

Uyi Uwagboe

“Beshlie is a breath of fresh air in the recruitment industry. She is polite but tenacious and brings a wealth of experience and enthusiam to the role. With a genuine and keen interest in people I would not hesitate in recommending her services.”

Heather Martin

“I have worked with Beshlie for a number of years now, and over those years she has managed to source me some excellent candidates. One role that stands out with me was the recruitment of a Head of Engineering. The business was convinced that they needed a particular type of person, however, Beshlie sourced some excellent candidates that changed that perception, and one was ultimately offered the role.”

Don Fairburn

“I had the privilege of being supported, as well as mentored, by Beshlie during a critical career transition. Her assistance and professionalism were remarkable!”

Magda Papadaki

“I have worked with Beshlie for 2 years. She shows a real understanding of our values and business strategy, and provides a first class responsive service.”

Tony Rogers



Donaldson Search recruits talent to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and cell therapies / regenerative medicine sectors, where specific skills are required around scale-up, manufacturing, pharmaceutical engineering, facilities, utilities, projects, validation, continuous improvement and process engineering.



We like to work with businesses whose integrity and commitment reflects our own.

We respect all our partners in business and we treat people as we want to be treated.

We take pride in our work and we are committed to being accomplished at what we do, which enables us to deliver great results.

We are inquisitive about human motivation.

We are tenacious, going the extra mile to produce great results.

We use tried and tested assessment tools and also listen to our intuition which gives our partners the benefit of our experience.

We have a pragmatic, realistic approach and we challenge our partners’ assumptions which fosters dynamic, open communication.




Donaldson Search works with businesses in the UK pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries to place senior manufacturing and engineering managers.

Our focus is on ensuring the best possible all-round fit for clients and candidates, so we look at dimensions such as cultural fit and motivational drivers, as well as skill sets and experience. This, combined with an intuitive approach honed through years in the business, allows us to hand select the very best candidates for your role.

We operate via a retained search model which we believe provides the scope for us to produce the best possible results for our clients, with the search fee split across briefing, shortlist and candidate start milestones.

In-depth interviews are conducted with all potential shortlist candidates, who are screened according to your brief and also assessed according to our own appraisal techniques.

We have enjoyed significant success with this approach, with 92% of candidates accepting employment offers as well as a high percentage of long-term placements and an excellent client retention rate of 79% (quoted figures are all since the business was started).

In the majority of cases we are able to promise a 6 week timescale from receipt of your brief to putting forward a shortlist – which we will always do face to face so that we can provide a thorough presentation of each candidate and answer any questions you may have.




Donaldson Search operates mainly within the UK pharmaceutical industry. We have excellent relationships with major employers in the sector and a good understanding of these businesses, from strategy through to culture. Just about everything you’d want to know, in fact, in order to make an informed decision about whether you might like to work there.

We place great emphasis on getting to know our candidates beyond what’s on your CV. We’d even go as far as to say we’re slightly obsessed with understanding human motivation and what makes people tick. If we think you might be suitable for a shortlist, we’ll always conduct an in-depth interview. This helps us to ensure that you’re right for the role but also, crucially, that the job and company is a suitable fit for your own aspirations and expectations.

So, whether you’re looking for a new role at the moment or simply want to register for possible future opportunities, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch using the form below.




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