Vifor Pharma was awarded gold in the 2019/2020 BEST RECRUITER awards

Vifor Pharma was awarded gold in the 2019/2020 BEST RECRUITER awards within the Pharmaceutical category for Switzerland. Receiving the gold award (industry winner) is a confirmation of the hard work our Talent Acquisition team have put into ensuring that all candidates are treated with respect and directly experience our values – Entrepreneurship, Respect and Teamwork – during the recruitment process.


BEST RECRUITERS is an overall evaluation of the quality of recruitment focusing on several areas of a candidate’s recruitment experience.

Each participating company is analysed on the basis of a comprehensive catalogue of 243 criteria, which are divided into four pillars. The analysis of the criteria from the first three pillars is carried out by a team of scientific surveyors. The fourth pillar – applicant feedback – additionally records the individual and personal experience of applicants in a questionnaire.

The category included companies such as Novartis, Amgen, Lonza, CSL Behring, with Silver being awarded to Ivoclar Vivadent AG and Bronze to F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG.

How has the Talent Acquisition team developed to achieve this award?

Due to an increasingly competitive market driven by globalisation and digitalisation, our Talent Acquisition team has had to develop both their scope and responsibilities. As a result, what was previously an administrative and reactive role, has become a critical function aligned to the business priorities that proactively attracts and engages in bringing in the best talent, to increase the performance and success of the organisation.

As the first touch point for candidates, recruiters have also become ambassadors for Vifor Pharma, able to take full advantage of the speed and agility that a digital process can provide, while continuing to keep the human touch and our patient centric focus as the centre point of the candidate experience.

“A good recruiter has a high level of service, coupled with speed, reliability and a pinch of curiosity. This award emphasises our deep commitment to finding great candidates who can support us in bringing our innovative medicines to patients. For us, it is both a motivation and an ambition to maintain our best-in-class recruitment status into the future. And who knows, maybe a few more BEST RECRUITER awards are in our future too” said Michael Puri, Chief HR Officer.

Congratulations to our Global Talent Acquisition team for winning the 2019/2020 BEST RECRUITER award for Pharma/Biotech/MedTech industry in Switzerland!