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Lonza - Case Study

Lonza – Recruitment Case Study:

​Roles recruited:
- High volume of Accounts Payable Clerks
- Some roles included European language speakers

The Business

Lonza is a global organisation with their main UK Shared Service Centre based in Manchester City Centre. They are a preferred global partner to the pharmaceutical, biotech and nutrition markets. They focus on enabling treatments that prevent illness and support healthier lifestyles. Optimising scientific innovation and manufacturing technology to enable their customers to serve their patients and consumers.

Background to Exercise

Through the pandemic, Lonza had a huge period of growth. As a result of this the Global Shared Service Centre experienced a period of growth, Therefore they needed to recruit multiple Accounts Payable Clerks with specific European Languages, previous Accounts Payable / Purchase Ledger experience and extensive SAP knowledge. Initially they were looking for candidates to join the team on an ongoing temporary basis. Lonza gave us the chance to fill a German and French speaking Accounts Payable role. As we filled that successfully we were put on the Lonza’s PSL and have been given the opportunity to work with other finance departments in the business.

Our Response

Initial briefing - key responsibilities were identified. Undertook a specific search on job boards, LinkedIn and within my Shared Service Network that I had grown through the last few years of working in recruitment. I then long listed candidates and interviewed candidates to make sure they met all the requirements to do the vacancy.

Short list - presented within 48 hours after the initial briefing. I presented 4 candidates that were highly experienced Accounts Payable Clerks that spoke the languages required and had extensive Shared Service Centre and SAP experience.

Offer and acceptance - following Lonza’s interview process, an offer was made to two candidates that had ticked all the boxes and met the requirements. Axon Moore supported the offers negotiations and maintained contact and engagement throughout the candidates notice period.


Lonza have since recruited multiple candidates via myself and Axon Moore and we continue to work with them today. We are now on their preferred supplier list and we continue to have a fantastic working relationship with them.

  • ​“Laura has helped me throughout my career to find a role personally and also helped me to recruit when I have a need within my team. From start to finish, Laura is a pleasure to work with, being very easy to communicate with, being readily available for any queries. She builds relationships excellently in a professional manner. I will definitely contact Axon Moore and specifically Laura again when the need arises.”

    Luke Rowarth, Head of Finance

    NRG Fleet Services

  • ​“I was recently placed in my current role by Axon Moore and found the team overwhelmingly simple and supportive. I was relocating from another country and didn't know the job market so it was really important I worked with a recruiter who knew it really well. Axon Moore's client portfolio was incredibly impressive and they used their experience to help me understand the market and how I would fit into it. The support I received throughout and after the recruitment process was second to none and I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

    Ross Mclellan, Junior Finance Business Partner

    Thornton & Ross

  • “We use Axon Moore exclusively for recruitment into our finance team due to the quality of candidates presented and the proactive way in which they manage the entire process and relationship. ​In the last year they have helped with some highly successful hires who have added great value to the team and wider business. I would strongly recommend Axon Moore for any financial recruitment needs.”

    Dave Potter, Financial Controller

    Calisen PLC

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