Working with you to succeed

Founded in 2017, HK Recruiting is a women-owned business dedicated to working with clients to identify and place the best and brightest talent – and with candidates to find the most complementary positions for their skills and interests. HK Recruiting’s scientific expertise and industry experience provide a unique synergy, allowing us to successfully recruit at all levels – from entry level to executive positions. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, we recruit nationwide for companies in the biotech, life science, medical device and pharmaceutical industries.

Helen Kurtz, Principal HK Recruiting

Helen Kurtz


Helen Kurtz has been an Executive Recruiter since 2011, working with companies nationwide—large and small—to identify and hire the best candidates to join their teams. Helen has a strong track record of placing candidates in positions that range from entry level to senior management in a variety of functions (sales, marketing, research and developement, and support). Prior to her career as an Executive Recruiter, Helen held Senior Technical Sales positions in the genomics space selling advanced genetic analysis instrumentation, reagents and consumables for companies, including MJ Research, Agilent, and Spectrum Chemicals. She has a scientific background with a Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago. Helen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

—Maya Angelou

She has phenomenal drive and follow-through, a natural passion for understanding people, and integrity in her resolve. This combination of insight, experience, and charisma enables Helen to identify the perfect match, while her attention to process and detail help efficiently shepherd them through the hiring process.

Kamni VijayDirector of Sales, Western US, Essen BioScience/Sartorius Company

Helen is the seasoned professional who can assimilate your needs and identify candidates that fit on all dimensions – knowledge, motivation and cultural fit.

Kamni VijayDirector of Sales, Western US, Essen BioScience/Sartorius Company

Helen has placed six really great sales people with me in the last few years. She does a really great job vetting candidates and delivering specifically what was requested, which was different for different roles.

Silke GraingerDirector of Sales, Western US, Essen BioScience/Sartorius Company