Stephen Provost, CPC

Senior Partner and Co-Founder

Stephen Provost, CPC

Recognizing an unmet need in Life Sciences, Stephen Provost co-founded Prestige Scientific with Mike Barros in 2001.  Since Prestige Scientific’s inception, Stephen has led the firm to complete over 450 executive searches for Life Science clients nationwide from senior management to C-level. Those clients have included venture funded biotechnology firms to public large pharmaceutical companies .   He takes pride in helping clients achieve their milestones and works tirelessly until their goals are met.

Previous Experience

At age 25, Stephen Provost was hired to start the Boston office of a privately held national search firm. Stephen became one of the top Search Consultants in the country and was hand selected by the CEO to assume management oversight within his first year. After his quick rise to management, Stephen led his office to become the second most profitable division of the company before its acquisition by a private equity firm.

Additional Professional Activities

Stephen is passionate about continued education and building his knowledge base of the recruiting profession. He is not only a member, but a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC), through the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) and is a regular attendee at training seminars for executive search best practices. He is the current President of the Massachusetts Association of Personnel Services (MAPS), a 100 year old trade association representing the Search Industry in Massachusetts.

Stephen resides in Uxbridge, MA with his wife and four children. Outside of conducting executive search, you’ll find him spending time with his family, training for his next triathlon, or being encouraged by his wife to parachute from another plane.


See what people are saying about Steve:

“I was recruited by Stephen in 2005, and successfully placed in my current position. Mr. Provost’s industry knowledge and experience were invaluable. He facilitated each step of the hiring process from recruitment to the final offer. It was a pleasure to work with him.”

— Alan, Head Quality

“I was completely satisfied with the representation I received from Steve Provost at Prestige when I was applying, interviewing and eventually negotiating a package with (my current employer). Steve provided information regarding the position and company that enabled me to highlight my skill set in a manner that would set me apart from other candidates.He kept me well informed of where the process was at. And once an offer was extended, he negotiated with them to not only increase the base pay, but also negotiated a higher grade position than was originally offered. That upgraded job level put me into a position to be ‘invited to apply’ for a promotion within 5 months of my hire date. Steve was open and honest and was a pleasure to work with. I would certainly use his services again if I start another job search.” — Sue, Director Biometrics 

“The initial telephone contact was professional, Prestige Scientific explained the position, the attributes sought and the opportunity. I had not previously considered working within the CRO industry (my prior background was in pharma and biotech) but I was sufficiently impressed with the initial call to continue the conversations. Prestige Scientific kept me fully informed of the selection process for a telephone screen by (the client’s) senior executives. I was impressed by the preparation shown, which included a call to me both before and after I talked to the (client’s) interviewer.

Similarly, Prestige Scientific showed good forward thinking and preparedness in setting up 2 rounds of in-person interviews. This included an in-person (preparation) meeting at Starbucks with Prestige Scientific! I knew in advance who I was going to meet and what to expect. At the job offer stage, Prestige Scientific provided accurate exchange of information between me and (the client’s) and I felt that each of the parties’ expectations on the compensation package were clearly understood. This facilitated moving quickly from the job offer stage to acceptance by me. Following my starting work, I was impressed that Prestige Scientific followed up with me on at least a couple of occasions to see how I was settling into my new role. Overall, I have to say that I was very impressed by Prestige Scientific.” — Ronald, Vice President/ General Manager

“Thank you for all that you did to find a position that fit my background/experience level. I appreciated that you did not constantly contact me with a myriad of research positions that were not appropriate.” —  Melissa, Director Biostatistics

“Over the last five years, Steve has been an excellent resource for my career advancement. Through his contacts and professionalism, Steve assisted me in obtaining by first director’s position. He is a great advocate to have on your side when looking to advance to the next level in your career. I truly appreciate his efforts on my behalf.” —  Director Regulatory Submissions (Medical Writing)