Medical Device Recruiting Firm Adds Ability to Place Contractors

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The addition of contract staffing services is in direct response to requests from Apple & Associates’ clients. The west coast branch places its contractors nationwide through the back-office services of Top Echelon Contracting, Inc.

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We are getting more requests for contractors. It is a good opportunity for clients to try a candidate before they hire them.

While maintaining its focus on contingency search, the west coast branch of Apple & Associates can also now place contractors to meet their clients’ staffing needs.

The San Diego office of the Chapin, S.C.-based executive search firm places a wide range of positions nationwide within the medical device, pharmaceutical, and consumer products industry. Their placements range from operations, engineering, and manufacturing to sales and recruiting services. The firm prides itself on taking the time to learn each company's culture, vision, and goals. Increasingly, the firm is finding that meeting those goals sometimes requires them to provide contractors, said Debbie Winkelbauer, the firm’s Vice President of West Coast Operations.

“We are getting more requests for contractors,” Winkelbauer said. “It is a good opportunity for clients to try a candidate before they hire them. We also get requests for contractors for short-term projects, like when a company is releasing a new product and only needs additional help for a short period of time.”

It also is an increasingly attractive option for candidates who struggle to find work close to home. Contracting allows them to bridge the gap as they continue to search for a direct hire position in their desired location.

“It opens them up to new possibilities,” Winkelbauer said. “They can work a job for a short period of time and don’t have to move permanently.”

Apple & Associates is able to place contractors quickly and easily with the help of Top Echelon Contracting’s (TEC) back-office services. As the legal employer for the firm’s contractors, TEC handles all of the legal, financial, and administrative tasks associated with the contract placements, including legal contracts with the candidate and client company, employee paperwork, timesheet collection and tracking, payroll processing and funding, tax withholdings, Workers’ Compensation, Unemployment, background checks, and more. In addition, TEC offers Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant healthcare insurance to the contractors and handles all of the ACA compliance issues.

Clients and candidates who utilize Apple & Associates’ services also benefit from the 20-plus years of experience the firm possesses, which includes Winkelbauer’s previous experience working directly for a pharmaceutical company. The firm has a comprehensive candidate screening process in which they analyze each candidate’s personality, values, work ethic, and enthusiasm for challenge with the goal of presenting candidates who will make a seamless transition into an operation. Their membership in the Top Echelon Network gives them access to thousands of active and passive candidates beyond their own database, allowing for quick and accurate placements.

“I feel like I really know my clients and candidates and have a good feeling for job descriptions,” Winkelbauer said. “We don’t send our clients a lot of resumes, but when we do, they are right on target.”

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