SSL International Sold to Reckitt Benckiser

NewsAs reported on the BBC News website, SSL International, makers of Durex condoms and Scholl footcare, is to be sold to Reckitt Benckiser, the company behind such brands as Cillit Bang and Finish dishwasher tablets. The deal values SSL at £2.54bn.

The purchase of SSL will widen Reckitt’s health care division and is expected to boost business in China and Japan.

SSL employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide. It has headquarters in London along with manufacturing sites in Manchester, County Durham and Cornwall. SSL is a global company with operations in over 30 countries including China. India and Thailand as well as the UK.

The Slough-based Reckitt Benckiser employs approximately 25,000 people globally.

Both Reckitt and SSL have already warned that the takeover could lead to job cuts.

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Scientific Recruitment Consultant – Stevenage, UK

CK Science is currently looking for a Scientific Recruitment Consultant to join our successful team based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK.

CK Science is one of the UK’s leading Scientific and Engineering recruitment companies. We recruit temporary and permanent staff in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Chemical, Medical Devices, Cosmetics, Waste, Food and Environmental industries.

This Scientific Recruitment Consultant role is a sales orientated position and will involve extensive people contact. As such, you will be an outgoing individual with excellent communication skills who is hungry for success.

The ideal candidate for this Scientific Recruitment Consultant job will hold a degree in a scientific or technical discipline and/or will have a background in technical recruitment. You will be able to demonstrate a real interest in business development and will enjoy working within a team environment. You must enjoy communicating with people on a business and technical level and previous sales experience would be an advantage.

We will provide an excellent in-house training programme, tailored to your professional development that offers real prospects for quick advancement and includes external training with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

This Scientific Recruitment Consultant role comes with a first class benefits package including a strong basic plus commission.

 

Apply now

If you are interested in this Scientific Recruitment Consultant role can you please forward your CV to Kirsten at ksmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20123 in all correspondence.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been short listed for the next stage of the recruitment campaign.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Scientific Recruitment Consultant job online now.

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Senior Consultant – (Medical Device) – Cambridge, UK

Our client, a leading Medical Device Consultancy, are currently looking for a Senior Consultant from an Engineering background to join their state-of-the-art facilities based in Cambridge, UK.

Joining as a Senior Consultant, you will be involved in project management of technology development projects for clients within the Medical Device, Healthcare and Consumer industries.

Working as a Consultant, you will also be required to work within the commercial function of the business including identifying new markets and clients within industry, working closely with new and existing clients to develop a technical understanding of their needs as well as providing technical support to the business development team internally.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a market leader in New Technology Development, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package.

To be considered for this Senior Consultant role, you will have a degree, MSc or PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Medical Engineering, Electronics or Physics (or equivalent) and proven practical project management experience gained within the Medical Device or a related industry. Experience gained within a medical device or related consultancy organisation would be advantageous, but it is not essential.

 

Apply now

For more information, or to apply for this Senior Consultant position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20121 in all correspondence.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Senior Consultant job online now.

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Nominate CK Science in the NORA’s 2010!

NominateStatBB125As we hope you know, over the last few months, the CK Science website has had a face-lift. With a new fresh design, and frequently updated content, we really hope that you have found the site to be a useful aid to your job search. 

Here at CK Science, we are extremely proud of our online presence. So much so that we would really appreciate it if you could spare a minute of your time to nominate our website in the National Online Recruitment Awards.

To nominate CK Science’s website in the National Online Recruitment Awards, please complete the registration form.

Thank you for your time!

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Synthetic Organic Chemist – Herts, UK

CK Science is currently searching for Synthetic Organic Chemists to join a global pharma company based in Hertfordshire, UK.

The successful candidates will be experienced in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and will have an understanding of drug development. Any experience in Medicinal Chemistry, DMPK, SAR or CNS drug discovery would be a distinct advantage.

As a Synthetic Organic Chemist you will also hold the following qualifications and experience:

  • You will hold a minimum of a degree in Chemistry/Synthetic Organic Chemistry (or equivalent) and will have practical ability in Organic Chemistry and a contemporary knowledge of Synthetic Organic Chemistry.
  • You be experienced in the delivery of small molecules and will be able to undertake independent planning, troubleshooting and successful execution of efficient synthetic routes to novel compounds.
  • You will have the ability to solve complex synthetic problems and to conduct multistep synthesis.
  • It is essential that you are highly motivated and have the ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • You will also have an understanding of the importance to deliver the end product/final compound.

 

Apply now

For more information, or to apply for this Synthetic Organic Chemist job, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20084 in all correspondence.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Synthetic Organic Chemist job online now.

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Shift Analytical Chemist (Metals) – Yorkshire, UK

A Shift Analytical Chemist is required to join a metals and materials analysis company based in Yorkshire, UK.

As a Shift Analytical Chemist your main role will include testing and analysing inorganic samples as. This will involve drying, milling, drilling and grinding of the samples. As a Shift Analytical Chemist will be performing acid and alkaline dissolutions, glass bead preparations and preparations of standards amongst other duties.

For this role the Shift Analytical Chemist selected will have the following attributes:

  • Chemistry degree (or equivalent) preferably with an emphasis in inorganic or analytical chemistry.
  • Experience of metals and materials analysis and use of ICP-OES, XRF and wet chemistry techniques.
  • Experience of working in an inorganic testing lab, preferably testing metals and refractory materials.
  • IT literate.
  • Able to work on own initiative and work well under pressure.
  • A flexible approach to work.
  • Use of chemistry control charts.

Please note that this Shift Analytical Chemist position will involve shifts (including night shifts) and the pattern is as follows: 7am-2pm, 2pm-9pm, 9pm-7am. These shifts rotate on a weekly basis.

Apply now

For more information, or to apply for this Shift Analytical Chemist job, please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Shift Analytical Chemist job online now.

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Quality Assurance Officers (Pharmaceutical Product Release) – County Durham, UK

Our client, a major pharmaceutical company located in County Durham, has a number of long term temporary vacancies for Quality Assurance Officers with relevant experience in product release and cGMP compliance.  Some but not all of these Quality Assurance Officer positions may involve shift working, for which there is a generous shift allowance.

As a Quality Assurance Officer you will have the following responsibilities:

  • You will ensure that all products released for sale or further processing comply with cGMP standards, product quality specifications and regulatory requirements.
  • You will also generate and review product related technical documents, and collate and interpret data such as analytical results/trends and regulatory, validation and engineering information.
  • To lead and direct investigative work into products failing to meet requisite standards (and regulatory issues).
  • You will also lead investigative work and develop and agree corrective actions.

Our client is looking for individuals with a strong background in Quality Assurance, good knowledge of cGMP and regulatory requirements and the ability to manage multiple activities concurrently within high volume, complex areas.  Excellent communications skills are also required, together with demonstrable leadership and decision-making abilities.

 

Apply now

For more information, or to apply for these Quality Assurance Officer roles, please contact Graeme at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email gpallas@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20139 in all correspondence.

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Say Hello to the New CK Einstein!

CK EinsteinSay hello to the new CK Science mascot, CK Einstein!

As you can see from the photo, he has recently been jetting off on his travels – most recently taking in the sights of Egypt!

If you are looking for a new job in the scientific industry and have been attending various careers fairs across the country you may well have picked up your own CK Einstein from the CK Science stand.

So, have you got room for a small one in your suitcase this Summer? Why not bring your CK Einstein along on your holidays! Simply take a snapshot of him on his adventures, send it to us via email and you could be in with a chance of winning a great prize.

We will be updating the CK Science website with your photo’s of your CK Einstein regularly – so please keep them coming! He will be the most well-travelled Einstein in the land!

Whizz your photo’s off to us to cgutsell@ckclinical.co.uk.

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Wessex Foods of Suffolk Hit by Fire Crisis

As reported by the BBC News website, the food manufacturing company, Wessex Foods based in Lowestoft, Suffolk, has been badly damaged by a fire which started on Sunday morning.

Wessex Food process mince and burgers at their site in Lowestoft and employ 150 staff.

The flames were tackled by one hundred firefighters and two air support units. After working throughout the night it has now been reported that crews have managed to extinguish flames underneath the rubble of the building.

Kevin Burden, of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said the design of the building had given crews some difficulty.

“The building is designed to keep food stuffs cool so there’s a large number of rooms each of which is well insulated and this means the area burns readily.

“They then collapse leaving the fire to burn underneath the rubble of the building structure.”

Visit the BBC News website to view footage of fire fighters tackling the blaze at the food manufacturing company based in Suffolk.

Looking for a job in the food industry? Click here to search our current food science jobs now.

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Synthetic Organic Chemist – UK

We are currently searching for Synthetic Organic Chemists to join a global pharma company based in Hertfordshire, UK.

As a Synthetic Organic Chemist, you will be experienced in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and will have an understanding of drug development. Any experience in Medicinal Chemistry, DMPK, SAR or CNS drug discovery would also be a distinct advantage for this Synthetic Organic Chemist job.

The ideal candidate for this Synthetic Organic Chemist job will also be experienced in the delivery of small molecules and will be able to undertake independent planning, troubleshooting and successful execution of efficient synthetic routes to novel compounds.

You will hold a minimum of a degree in Chemistry/Synthetic Organic Chemistry (or equivalent) and will have practical ability in Organic Chemistry and a contemporary knowledge of Synthetic Organic Chemistry. You will have the ability to solve complex synthetic problems and to conduct multistep synthesis. It is essential that you are highly motivated and have the ability to adapt to changing priorities. You will also have an understanding of the importance to deliver the end product/final compound.

Apply now

For more information, or to apply for this Synthetic Organic Chemist job, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20084 in all correspondence.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Synthetic Organic Chemist job online now.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to register your CV with CK Science now.

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Molecular Biologist (Biotechnology) – Cambridge, UK

A Molecular Biologist is required to join the Technology Group of a Research organisation based in Cambridge, UK.

The ideal candidate for this Molecular Biologist job will be educated to PhD, or equivalent in Molecular Biology, Immunology or a similar scientific discipline. You will be involved in the management of transgenic mouse lines, with experience of cell assays, cell/tissue culture, and ideally FACs analysis would be an advantage. You will use your Molecular Biologist to support a number of core projects.

 

Apply now

For more information or to apply for this Molecular Biologist job, please contact Julie Marshall at CK Science on  01438 723500 or email your CV to jmarshall@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20102 in all correspondence.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Molecular Biologist job online now.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to register your CV with CK Science now.

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Senior Consultant – Cambridge, UK

A Senior Consultant from an Engineering background is required to join a leading Medical Device Consultancy based in Cambridge, UK.

Joining as a Senior Consultant, you will be involved in project management of technology development projects for clients within the Medical Device, Healthcare and Consumer industries.

As a Senior Consultant, you will also be required to work within the commercial function of the business including identifying new markets and clients within industry, working closely with new and existing clients to develop a technical understanding of their needs as well as providing technical support to the business development team internally

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a market leader in New Technology Development, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package.

To be considered for this Senior Consultant role, you will have a degree, MSc or PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Medical Engineering, Electronics or Physics (or equivalent) and proven practical project management experience gained within the Medical Device or a related industry. Experience gained within a medical device or related  consultancy organisation would be advantageous for this Senior Consultant role, but it is not essential.

 

Apply now

For more information, or to apply for this Senior Consultant job, please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20121 in all correspondence.                         

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FDA to Decide the Future of GSK Drug Avandia

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Food and Drug Administration will convene on Tuesday to discuss the future of the diabetes drug Avandia.

The battle could spark a change in the way the FDA responds to drug safety concerns and the pharmaceutical industry is concerned it may lead to a delay in drug approvals.

Studies have shown that Avandia, which is made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), has been linked to increased risk of heart attack.

The FDA’s own scientists have concerns about the FDA’s drug division – some believe scientists believe the agency demand too much evidence of a drugs dangers before approving it.

Read more on the Wall Street Journal website.

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Abbott Labs VP joins French pharma company

lab teamThe Executive Vice President of Abbott Laboratories, Olivier Bohuon, is leaving the company to join the French pharma company, Pierre Fabre Group.

The former president, Richard Gonazlez will step in, leading Abbott’s pharmaceutical division on an interim basis.

Abbott’s pharmaceutical division is responsible for the majority of the companies revenue which is mostly due to their rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s Disease injection, Humira. The pharmaceutical division generated $4.1 billion in sales for the first quarter of 2010

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Gilead Sciences to Cut Biotechnology Jobs

joblossesThe biopharmaceutical company, Gilead Sciences, has taken the decision to close its research and development operations in Durham, North Carolina. The closure will lead to biotechnology job cuts.

The company plans to close its Durham operations by the end of the year. They plan to consolidate its research and development work on treatments for hepatitis B and C to its headquarters in Foster City, California.

The biopharmaceutical company employs around 4,000 people around the world and it’s annual revenues surpassed $7 billion. Their primary areas of research include HIV/AIDS, liver disease and serious cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.

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Seven Per Cent Fall in Graduate Job Vacancies

Pharmaceutical Jobs, Pharmaceutical Recruitment, UKAs reported by Reuters UK, following the recession, students graduating from university this Summer face one of the toughest graduate job markets in decades.

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) reports that it is expected that for each graduate job vacancy, 70 individual candidates will apply, compared to 49 in 2009 and 31 in 2008.

In addition to this the number of graduate job vacancies available is set to fall by 7 per cent.

The AGR reports that competition for jobs is getting tougher  – with  78 per cent of employers demanding a minimum 2:1 qualification to even be considered.

The AGR Chief Executive stated, “Recruiters are under intense pressure this year dealing with a huge number of applications from graduates for a diminishing pool of jobs.”

In response, the National Union of Students (NUS) have called for increased investment in jobs for graduates, stating, “Graduates will be the engines of our economic recovery and the government must invest in creating the jobs and training opportunities so that this exceptional pool of talent does not stagnate.”

Official statistics indicated that one in ten students who graduated in the summer of 2009 have failed to secure a job.

 

 

 

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Pharmaceutical Project Manager – Swindon, Wiltshire

We are looking for a Pharmaceutical Project Manager to act as a liaison between clients and internal Pharmaceutical Development to ensure that all needs are met concerning both project budgets and timelines.

As a Pharmaceutical Project Manager, you will be expected to be to the internal organisation, as well as to the client, to monitor and maintain the project budget and timelines. You will manage typically up to 5 medium projects with regular monitoring from Senior Project Managers, ensuring all assigned projects are delivered on time and to budget.

Further responsibilities of this Pharmaceutical Project Manager job will include:

  • Generating, updating and facilitating agreement to project plans, including the accuracy of revenue forecasting, data transfer to the Sales Order Register (SOR).
  • The timely invoicing to clients on completion of project milestones.
  • Resolving project issues and resource constraints within the team and facilitate positive team member interactions and manage conflict with minimal assistance.

Client Management is a key aspect of this Pharmaceutical Project Manager role and managing client satisfaction and expectations efficiently with minimal coaching from Senior Project Manager is expected as is maintaining good working relationship with clients.

The ideal candidate for this Pharmaceutical Project Managaer job will be educated in Chemistry/ Pharmacy/ Biological Sciences or equivalent and it is essential that you have industrial experience gained in Pharmaceutical Development, Clinical trials Manufacture, Commercial Manufacture, Project Management, Financial awareness and Client contact.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Pharmaceutical Project Manager job, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Pharmaceutical Project Manager job online now.

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Waste Chemist – Scotland

A Waste Chemist is required by a waste management company based in Scotland to co-ordinate hazardous waste on site.

As a Waste Chemist, you will be responsible for the following:

  • On-site testing
  • Co-ordination of incoming tanker loads
  • Organising logistics and movement of hazardous waste
  • Ensuring H&S procedures are adhered to on site at all times

To be considered for this Waste Chemist job, you will be qualified to a minimum HND in chemistry or related subject or possess equivalent industrial experience. As this Waste Chemist role will be physically demanding, you will be physically fit and happy to work outside in all weathers.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a niche area of chemistry in the fast growing environmental and hazardous waste industry. Entitlement to work in the UK is essential.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Waste Chemist job please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.

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Developing a New Drug Testing Platform – UK

Pills, syringe and thermometer.As reported by The Engineer, scientists in the UK are in the process of developing a new drug testing platform which promises to bring long-term benefits to the pharmaceutical industry.

The platform uses artificial bilayer lipid membranes to evaluate the effectiveness of drugs on ion channels. It is being developed by a team from Southampton University and Birkbeck College, University of London. It is hoped the new platform with provide a more efficient way of testing potential new drugs. The platform is being developed in the new Mountbatten Building at Southampton University.

According to Dr Maurits de Planque of Southampton University, ion channels play a pivotal role in a wide variety of physiological processes and diseases and are consequently of considerable interest to the pharmaceutical industry. It is for this reason that the Southampton group has teamed up with the Birkbeck group, led by Prof Bonnie Ann Wallace, who are experts in ion channel structure and function.

‘By putting the ion channel into an artificial membrane, we only have one type of channel, no living cells and a relatively inexpensive method for testing for several of these types of channels at once,’ said de Planque.

This project is expected to take just over three years to complete and it is hoped it will bring benefits to both the public and private sector industries, as well as spur on new research for the treatment of diseases such as chronic pain, epilepsy and certain types of heart disease.

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CK Team Building Day – Coghlans Cookery School

The CK Team donned their aprons earlier this month for the annual team building day.

A great day was had by all at Coghlans Cookery School in Chesterfield – where we cooked a gourmet 3 course lunch and canapés!

Lunch menu:

–          Spinach and ricotta ravioli with pesto

–          Chicken stuffed with wild mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes wrapped in parma ham

–          Focaccia bread

–          Tiramisu

–          Panna cotta

Canapes:

–          Chicken with peppers, garlic and olive oil

–          Confit of duck with mango chutney

–          Melon with mango salsa

Team spirit was high with each team dressing in their chosen team costumes – we had everything from chefs hats to bandanas and moustaches.

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