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Experience LHi

Who better to explain what life is really like at LHi, than our own people?

Ben, Petra and Michael share their own experiences of working within the Group. 

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    My manager really believes in me. I was given the opportunity to gain responsibility very soon...

    Petra ognjenovic – head of life sciences, scipro switzerland

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    I joined Lawrence Harvey in 2012 as a graduate to take a seat within the IT Contracts team. In a short period of time I was being recognised for my hard work and determination, winning Rookie of the Year 2012, and Best Newcomer at the Recruitment International Awards!

    Ben Richardson - Manager, scipro santa monica

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    I was one of the first employees in our office in Clapham. On my first day, I remember getting my recruitment training from Tom sitting outside with wind blowing the paper everywhere as there was no room in the office! We’ve come on quite a bit from those days!

    Michael Georgiou – head of technology, Lawrence Harvey USA

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MY LHi BY PETRA OGNJENOVIC

What were you doing before working here?

I had finished two Masters Degrees in Human Resource Education & Management and Philosophy with Psychology & Economics at the LMU in Munich. I was working at Siemens AG as a student and was involved in the Strategic Human Risk Management / Succession Planning for Siemens Financial Services. As my father is a tour operator specialized in Croatia, I also used to work in our family business where I learnt key entrepreneurial skills.

Why LHi?

LHi approached me and gained my immediate interest as I felt it was an exciting company full of interesting personalities. It sounded like a fantastic opportunity to broaden my experience and try something new. 

Favorite holiday destination?

For sure Island hopping in Croatia by boat, but also Dubai.

What makes working here different?

My manager Christian Kalous really believes in me. I was given the opportunity to gain responsibility very soon and have been supported and trusted to build up our Life Science Market in Switzerland from scratch. We have a great CEO, global offices with great colleagues, we work hard and play hard and enjoy outstanding incentive trips: e.g. Barcelona, Lisbon, Bahamas ...!

Which office will you make use of your LHi passport to visit when you hit the milestone?

100% the NY office. Michael Georgiou is the Head of LHi in NY and inspired me from the second I met him! So I would love to visit him now that he is out in the states. 

What’s been your biggest achievement at LHi?

Growing the Swiss market from scratch whilst working at the same time with our best and highly experienced recruiters worldwide. After just 2 years in the business I made it to the Platinum fleet. This makes me very proud of myself. 

What has a career in recruitment given you in terms of life goals?

I now have a goal to live in Switzerland. I was born in the Netherlands (Rotterdam), I am a Croatian citizen and I grew up in Germany (Munich). I have found my culture in Switzerland even I thought I would like to move to the US originally. Now I am sure I want to live in Switzerland forever! I want to recruit the best people in the industry and open up office by office to be close to our clients and add value to them.

Tell us one thing you remember about your first day in the business?

My first day was in our HQ in London and I had the opportunity to listen to the advice of our top biller Michael Georgiou. I have never met such a young and talented person before in my career. I listened very carefully to every single word he said and tried to adapt his advice in the very first day.

If you were writing your autobiography what would you call it?

“I LOVE MY JOB” - I really do!

MY LHi BY BEN RICHARDSON

I joined Lawrence Harvey as an Associate Consultant in 2012 to take a seat within the IT Contracts team specialising in placing SAP professionals across UK & Europe. I had previously worked as an Estate Agent, so had some experience in sales, but really it was my drive and ambition, which was evident from the start, and through my hard work and determination to the organisation, that I was recognised both internally as Rookie of the Year 2012 and within the wider recruitment industry as Best Newcomer at The Recruitment International Awards. 


This is me working at our London office in 2012 when I started my career as a graduate. A lot has changed since then!


Career progression was an important aspect of my professional life, and working at LHi definitely enabled me to do this. As I reached Senior Consultant, I was relocated from London to New York to set up our first US based office and take on the new challenge of working in the Life Sciences space. Now I find myself as the leader of the West Coast Life Sciences brand, SciPro. Within this brand I have built a robust business with strong client relationships, a candidate network and now I'm looking for more driven & ambitious people to help me build the SciPro brand and become the market leading Pharmaceutical & Biotech staffing partner in the States.


Here I am with New York Director Mike Bott, LHi Group CEO & Founder Tom Glanfield & Piper Maddox Director Alex Cohen,
picking up my Rolex for being a top performer!


This team is one of the fastest growing across the whole group, and with an enthusiastic and energetic team lead by myself, it will be sure to continue on it’s upward trajectory!

Join me on this journey to be the best! We will even offer you equity in the business! Check out our latest vacancies around the world and apply today.

MY LHi BY MICHAEL GEORGIOU

What were you doing before working here?

I was studying Economics at University at Exeter. I joined here fresh out of Uni!

What market do you cover?

I am the Manager of our Data & Analytics practice in the U.S.

Best thing about your market?

The technology is really interesting and very current

Why LHi?

The culture, the people and the growth opportunity are unique to LHi.

If you weren’t in recruitment, what would you be doing?

Another Sales Job, probably for something in Finance

Favorite holiday destination?

Croatia. I was lucky enough to go there on one of our incentive trips and it was amazing.

What makes working here different?

You really feel part of something.

Which office will you make use of your LHi passport to visit when you hit the milestone?

San Francisco

What’s been your biggest achievement at LHi?

I am the youngest person to hit MC Club for billing over £1m. Now I’m in New York and fully established, I’m gunning for Top Biller 2016! Watch this space…

What has a career in recruitment given you in terms of life goals?

I was able to buy a house in London at 25 which was one of my life goals. Recruitment has given me financial stability that I don’t think I could have got from anywhere else as quickly.  I’ve also been to some of the top vacation destinations and, another life goal achieved when I was given the opportunity to move to New York. For me, choosing recruitment has made a lot of my dreams come true.

Tell us one thing you remember about your first day in the business?

I was one of the first employees in our office in Clapham. On my first day, I remember getting my recruitment training from Tom sitting outside with wind blowing the paper everywhere as there was no room in the office! We’ve come on quite a bit from those days!

If you were writing your autobiography what would you call it?

“Work to live not Live to work”

If LHi were an animal, what animal would we be and why?

Wolf (but not in a ‘Wolf of Walls Street’ way!) We like to think of all our people in the business as a wolf pack. All our brands stick together, we know we are stronger as a team.

If you could take one other person from LHi to a desert island with you who would it be and why? 

Janna Connolly (Head of US Operations) she would set us up with everything we need, there would be wifi, a live stream to the New York Office, a wireless computer, a fishing boat so we could eat… she would sort it.