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Case Study: Provision of business-critical technical skills during peak demand to meet clinical trial deadlines

Industry case study: Frontier Science (Scotland) Ltd (Life Sciences)

Recruitment of SAS® certified data science skills to provide critical support and “just-in-time” expertise to support the analysis of high-profile clinical trials.

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The customer specialises in the management, analysis and reporting of data arising from vital, international clinical trials.

Business issue

Analysis is time-critical with strict deadlines, and preparation is key to ensure timely analysis and reporting to the sponsor.  With unexpected peaks in demand and workload, the customer sought an innovative approach to training and recruitment that allowed a cost- effective solution.


The customer sought a rapid and innovative (but cost-effective) way for training and recruitment. They needed to maximise output during a time of high demand and tight deadlines without having to employ additional permanent members of staff. Providing placements to Amadeus graduates supports the organisations charitable objectives around education and training and provides the graduates an opportunity to put their SAS skills into practice. 

Amadeus solution delivered

Amadeus recently provided fully-trained graduates for a nine-month placement based at the customer’s office in Scotland.


The graduates quickly completed a tailored organisational and project induction training course prior to beginning work on a customer project which was at peak of activity. Throughout their nine-month placement, the graduates were treated as any other internal employee, attending meetings, staff training and departmental activity. They fully integrated with their co-workers and became an invaluable source of critical resources for the everyday activities of the team.

 “We have really benefitted from using the Amadeus Graduate Programme because it provided excellent graduates with the necessary SAS skills, and led to seamless recruitment of three permanent staff members” – Frontier Science (Scotland) Ltd 

The customer has hosted five placements to date, and following successful completion, the customer offered three of the graduates a permanent role. This was a fantastic solution for both graduates and customer, who could be confident in the skills and expertise of their new employees from day one on the job. 

Thanks to the Graduate Placement Programme, Amadeus’ customer enjoys a risk-free, cost-effective recruitment solution providing certified analytics skills  

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