QA/QC Technical Manager Job (Dairy) – South Coast

CK Science are currently searching for a QA/QC Technical Manager to join a new state of the art dairy processing facility on the South Coast.

The company are currently looking to double their output capacity and branch into Europe and as such they require a Technical Manager with the ability to change the company culture and drive them forwards.

As QA/QC Technical Manager you will oversee the QA and QC divisions as well as being heavily involved with product production, customer liasion and tackling commercial needs.

The ideal candidate for this QA/QC Technical Manager position  will have the technical expertise to take on this senior role and will have knowledge and experience of the dairy industry and microbiology (aseptic).

 

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For more information, or to apply for this QA/QC Technical Manager role, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20861 in all correspondence.

 

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Roche to Cut 4800 Pharma Jobs

joblossesIt has been announced that the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche, plans to cut 6 per cent of their global workforce over the next 2 years.  The pharmaceutical job cuts come in an effort by the pharma company to make annual costs savings totalling 2.4 billion Swiss Francs.

Speaking of the cost cutting initiative, CEO Severin Schwan stated it was designed to “to reinforce Roche’s long-term innovation capability in the face of increased price pressures and a more challenging market environment.”

The majority of the job cuts will hit the company’s pharmaceutical division and will ultimately lead to restructuring costs of approximately 2.7 billion. In addition, the sales and marketing workforce will be slashed by a total of 2650 positions, whilst several manufacturing sites in the US and Germany will be reorganised.

The development of preclinical research programmes will also be discontinued including that of cancer. However, the company will remain in its current therapeutic areas.

 

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Process Improvement Scientist Job – Merseyside, UK

Our client, one of the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical companies are looking for a Process Improvement Scientist to join their team based in Merseyside.

As Process Improvement Scientist, you will be overseeing the technical performance and compliance of the production processes. This role will be key in identifying and resolving process performance with a clear and focused improvement remit.  Please note, this role is initially a 6 month contract position.

Key Responsibilities:

• Working with our operations Process Flow Teams to continuously improve process execution

• Ensuring changes comply with cGMP and environmental, health and safety regulations

• Overseeing the processes, identifying and eliminating causes of increased variability using a sound data driven methodology

• Investigating trends and ensuring correct countermeasures are implemented for any deviations resulting from the process performance

Required Experience:

• In depth knowledge and experience of manufacturing process operations and or engineering aspects gained by within a bulk pharmaceutical or food processing environment.

• Sound understanding of broader API processes with an emphasis on interactions with peers across the other product support groups.

• Experience in data management and statistical analysis of process information to identify continuous improvement and improve reliability and capability.

• Demonstrated ability in problem solving within a multidisciplinary environment to meet agreed timelines.

• Ability to interact with process technicians, engineering, analytical support and other operations support personnel.

• Ability to communicate effectively and build relationships at all levels in the organisation.

• Ability to operate in a cGMP environment and produce documentation to cGMP standards

Essential Skills:

• Degree in scientific or engineering discipline and experience gained within a bulk API manufacturing environment

• Demonstrated troubleshooting skills

• Interpersonal and influencing skills

• Proven ability to understand and analyse process data

Desirable Skills:

• Hands on experience in a Process Engineering would be a distinct advantage (but not essential), a keen interest in scientific or engineering development and six sigma experience would be beneficial.  You must be available at short notice to commence employment as the role is a CONTRACT role and the need is immediate.

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For more information or to apply for this Process Improvement Scientist position, please contact Russell Oakley at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email roakley@ckscience.co.uk. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.  Please quote ref: SH20856 on application.

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Fermentation Scientist Job – Merseyside, UK

Our client, a research-based pharmaceutical company based in Merseyside is currently looking for a Fermentation Scientist to join their Fermentation Science & Technology Group. This position is a 6 month contract role.

Key Responsibilities:

The successful candidate for this Fermentation Scientist position will provide technical support to Fermentation Operations with the objective of maintaining and improving product quality, yield and throughput in line with business plan and quality commitments.

Key aspects of this Fermentation Scientist role include:

• Analyse production data to monitorand improve process performance. Use of data to make sound decisions.

• Ability to problem solve and trouble shoot manufacturing issues. Investigate and complete deviations.

• Identify and implement process improvement initiatives. Generate and complete change control documentation.

• Work closely with the Fermenter Team and other manufacturing and support functions to resolve day-to-day issues and drive continuous improvement.

• Review and amend relevant documentation, including batch production records, process flow documents, standard operating procedures, bill of materials, etc.

• Write technical reports to capture key learning.

Required Experience:

Candidates for this Fermentation Scientist role should be educated to degree or post graduate degree level (MScor PhD) in a relevant Scientific or Engineering discipline. Experience of fermentation process operations and cGMP requirements would be advantageous.  You must be available for work at short notice as this is a CONTRACT position and the requirement is immediate.

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For more information, or to apply for this Fermentation Scientist position, please contact Russell Oakley at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email roakley@ckscience.co.uk. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.  Please quote ref: SH20854 on application.

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Axion Polymers Wins Sustainable Technology Award

iStock_000006963239Medium1-150x150As reported by the Environmental Expert, Axion Polymers, the plastics recycling specialist, has won a Sustainable Technology award for its® PS13 – the UK’s first polymer to gain a carbon footprint.

The award was given in the 2010 IChemE Awards and the Sustainable Technology category recognises those projects or processes that demonstrate high innovation in waste reduction, recycling, reuse or the lengthening of product lifecycles.

The IChemE Awards are organised by the Institute of Chemical Engineers and are highly regarded throughout the international chemical, process and biochemical engineering community.

Upon accepting the award, Axion Director, Keith Freegard stated, “We’re thoroughly delighted to win this prestigious award, especially as the IChemE awards celebrate and reward chemical engineering innovation and excellence. As professional chemical engineers, to have our skills recognised by our own industry sector is a particular honour.”

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Petrofac Wins Maersk Oil Contract

iStock_000006963239Medium[1]As reported to the Energy Business Review, following a competitive tender, the UK-based oil and gas service provider, Petrofac, won a contract worth £40m for the provision of engineering services to the UK Continental Shelf assets of Maersk Oil North Sea (Maersk Oil).

The company will be providing engineering services to Maersk Oil’s Gryphon, Janice, and Global Producer III assets, including concept, front end engineering, detail design, workpack development, procurement and document control.

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How to Take Control in Your Interview

meetingUnfortunately, not all interviewers are trained interview techniques. Many can be unprepared and inexperienced. Some will not ask you the right questions and manage the interview effectively to help you give the best impression.

Here are some tips to help you take control of the interview and put yourself in the best possible light:

  • Guide the interview – Perhaps offer to talk the interviewer through your CV – referring back to the job description to highlight your expertise.
  • Interview you Interviewer – If you feel the interview is floundering, don’t wait until the end of the interview to start asking your questions.
  • Be prepared – Always bring a couple of copies of your CV with you to the interview, just in case the interviewer forgets.
  • Keep calm – If you asked some unexpected questions not matter how unsuitable they might be, simply ask for some thinking time and will stop you from blurting out anything inappropriate.
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Join the CK Science Linkedin Group Today!

Join CK Science on LinkedIn today!If you’re not already on Linkedin, as a job-seeker you’re missing a trick. Having a presence on Linkedin is essentially your chance to showcase your strengths, thus encouraging not only the right people, but also the right opportunities to come to you. The best way to do this is to create a great profile.  Here are some tips to tips help you create a profile that will stand out from the crowd.

Once you have created your profile, why not become part of the CK Science community by joining our Linkedin Group. By joining our group you will have instant access to our latest job opportunities, industry news and careers advice. Not only this, but you will be able to keep in contact and chat with other job-seekers in your position!

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Process Development Technologist Job – Oxfordshire

CK Science are currently searching for a Process Development Technologist to join a global Medical Device company based in Oxfordshire, UK.

 

Responsibilities:

As a Process Development Technologist, your key responsibilities will include providing technical support to the NPI (New Product Introduction) for the diabetes strip-manufacturing unit and supporting the unit to maintain production output and yields. Ensuring the analysis and interpretation of measurements in process and release test data, identify potential areas of inefficiency to drive continuous process, product, cost and quality improvements in the manufacturing unit. You will also ensure all work carried out in compliance with the correct processes and procedures and take ownership of assigned ER’s CAPA’s and VMP activities.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

For this Process Development Technologist role you will a degree in a scientific discipline (or equivalent) with previous experience in a similar discipline. Previous knowledge of relevant processes, test methods, analytical techniques, experimental design, data analysis and statistical process control would be advantageous. You will have a good understanding of cGMP in Design Control and Validation. Understanding the principals behind Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement methodologies is essential and have excellent communication and IT skills.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Process Development Technologist position, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20816 in all correspondence.

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Senior Chemist Job – Bedfordshire, UK

Our client, a leading Chemical Coating Manufacturer, are currently looking for a Senior Chemist to join their Development & Manufacturing facilities based in Bedfordshire, UK.

Working as a Senior Chemist, you will be responsible for leading development projects from concept to launch surrounding their thin film coatings for optical applications. Your duties will include formulation and development of coatings; commissioning and operating sputterdeposition & vacuum coating systems; day-to-day management of a small team of chemists and working closely with other internal departments including organic coatings chemists and production engineers.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leading Chemical Coating Manufacturer, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package.

To be considered for this Senior Chemist role, you will have a Degree / PhD in a relevant Chemistry discipline (or equivalent), proven practical coating development experience for optical or related applications including knowledge of sputter deposition and/or vacuum coating systems and demonstrated project management / project leading experience.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Senior Chemist position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20798 in all correspondence.

 

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Some of our Top Science Jobs…

Analytical Chemist Job – Home Counties, UK 

  • Ref: 20793

Our client, an innovative and growing Neutraceutical organisation, are currently looking for a Senior Analytical Chemist to join their Manufacturing site based in the Home Counties area. Your responsibilities will include the selection of equipment during design of the laboratory; method development of analytical tests; working closely with third party test groups during transition and in turn performing routine analysis of the organisation’s functional food products using analytical techniques such as HPLC.

 

 Microbiology Analyst Job – Northamptonshire, UK 

  • Ref: 20794

Our client, a leading Food Manufacturer specialising in fresh food ranges, are currently looking for a Microbiology Analyst to join their QC Team based in Northamptonshire.

You will be responsible for performing routine microbiological analysis on a range of samples throughout the product lifecycle including production intermediates and finished products. Your duties will involve primarily working in a laboratory environment, although sample collection will be carried out within a busy production facility.

 

Laboratory Manager Job (Microbiology) – London, UK

  • Ref: 20785

Our client, a growing UKAS accredited Analytical Testing Laboratory, are currently looking for a Laboratory Manager to be responsible for running their Microbiology Laboratory based at their site in London.

You will be responsible for management of a team of Microbiologists and Technicians involved in the analysis of various water samples including day-to-day people management; ensuring sample turnaround; maintaining quality standards in the laboratory (UKAS, ISO) as well as liaising with customers throughout the process.

 

Development Technologist Job(Cosmetic, Personal Care) – Somerset, UK

  • Ref: 20751

Our client, a leading Cosmetic & Personal Care organisation, are currently looking for a Development Technologist to join their industry leading facilities based in the South West of England.

Working as a Development Technologist, you will be involved in the formulation and development of a range of cosmetic & personal care products; investigation and analysis of new raw materials and formulae as well as offering technical support/development updates to both internal teams (technicians, manufacturing) and customers.

 

Organic Chemist Job – Kent, UK

  • Ref: 20700

Our client, a leading Specialist Chemical Manufacturer, are currently looking for an Organic Chemist to join their Development & Manufacturing facilities based in Kent.

Working as an Organic Chemist, you will be involved in working as part of a research team responsible for providing organic chemistry technical direction during chemical development projects for applications in the Food & Beverages industry. As well as performing development based duties, you will also be involved in analytical testing of their chemicals using techniques such as HPLC throughout the research and manufacturing phases in order to understand the chemical reactions.

 

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CKA Merger Bash Photos 2010

The CK Clinical and CK Science teams celebrated the recent merger in style at Coombe Abbey over the weekend. Check out our photo’s here:

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14 Signs Your Scientific Job Interview Went Well

iStock_000003154367Medium-200x3001.       Your interview lasted longer than scheduled.

2.       You are shown around the building.

3.       You are introduced to other team members.

4.       The interviewer asks you about your availability.

5.       The interviewer asks you about your salary expectations.

6.       The interviewer asks you to return for another round of interviews.

7.       The interviewer takes time to answer your questions in full.

8.       You are given a clear timeline of when a decision will be made.

9.       The interviewer spends time trying to sell the advantages and the position to you.

10.   You hear from your references that the interviewer has contacted them

11.   The interviewer demonstrates positive body language – e.g. smiling, good eye contact and nodding.

12.   The interviewer gives you clues about their professional and personal lives.

13.   Your interview covers topics beyond the science job description.

14.   The interviewer reveals their frustration with the previous job holder.

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Alliance Boots Plan to Break into China

Alliance Boots Plan to Break into ChinaAs reported by the Telegraph, Alliance Boots, the pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, is planning a major push into China in an attempt to tap into the country’s growing demand for modern medicine.

It has been reported that the company is currently considering acquiring a number of pharmaceutical companies and Chinese retail chains in a bid to tap into the Chinese marketplace.

Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman at Boots Alliance, who is committed to finding and developing opportunities in new markets, will be travelling to Beijing and Shanghai to attend a number of meetings with potential targets, taking the company one step closer to breaking into the Chinese market.

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Microbiologist Job (Oil & Gas, Analytical)-Scotland

Our client provides analytical services to the chemical and oil & gas industry. They require a Microbiologist to join their busy laboratory in Scotland.

As Microbiologist, you will be responsible for test and analysis of oil and water under UKAS standards and also the collection of samples from a range of sites.

The ideal candidate for this Microbiologist position will be qualified to minimum HNC/HND level in microbiology or possess equivalent industrial experience and hold a current driving licence as you will need to be able to visit sites at short notice. Previous experience of analysing oil or water samples would also be useful.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Microbiologist position, please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20802 in all correspondence.

 

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CK Science and CK Clinical…The Perfect Merger

CK Science and CK Clinical…The Perfect MergerWe are proud to announce that as of 1st November 2010, the two specialist recruitment consultancies, CK Science and CK Clinical will be merging and will now be known as the CK Group.

We hope you will agree that this is great news for both clients and candidates alike. As the newly formed CK Group, we aim to deliver a world class recruitment service in a socially responsible and fun way. At the core of this will be our main company values of honesty, integrity and transparency.

Here at CK, we are extremely proud to have such a rich pool of internal talent that will continue to provide you with an even more polished specialist recruitment service. In fact, one of the key reasons for the merger was to make the best use of the skills of our senior management team and to offer further training to staff. As a result, we will be continuously building on our existing strengths whilst helping to develop areas in which we as a company can improve, thus ultimately provide you with the best recruitment service possible.

Speaking of the merger of CK Clinical and CK Science, newly appointed Managing Director, Jonathan Hart-Smith stated,

“The combination of CK Science and CK Clinical as the CK Associates Group is extremely good news for our customers and the candidates we help.

“This merger creates a powerful leader in the niche recruitment industry sector, with greatly expanded areas of recruitment and a wider client and candidate base.  This means clients only have to come to one place and candidates have twice as many job opportunities available to them from one company.

“I am genuinely excited when I say that this is a great opportunity for our clients both old and new to receive a consistent quality service from the one company and the CK brand.”

Please note, that as a result of the merger, CK Science and CK Clinical will retain these trading names and the group will be known as the CK Group. The corporate entity will retain the CK Associates Ltd name.

About CK Science

CK Science was founded in 1991 by Ashley Kirk and Liam O’Connell and specialises in the recruitment of permanent and contract scientific and engineering staff for the chemical, environmental, pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields.

About CK Clinical

CK Clinical was founded in 2005 by Liam O’Connell, Ashley Kirk and Jonathan-Hartsmith. CK Clinical was founded to recruit any clinical discipline from Phase I to Phase IV and post marketed trials. The company has quickly grown to be one of the leading suppliers of clinical staff within the pharmaceutical sector.

Want to find out more? Contact Jonathan Hart-Smith, Managing Director, on 01438 743 047 or email jhartsmith@ckclinical.co.uk.

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Have Scientists Found a Cure for the Common Cold?

Have Scientists Found a Cure for the Common Cold?As reported by the BBC News, scientists at the Medical Research Council have found that antibodies can pass into cells and fight viruses from within, meaning the common cold could soon be a thing of the past.

This new discovery, by Dr Leo James transforms our previous understanding of our immunity to viral diseases such as the common cold. It ultimately shows that antibodies are able to enter cells, and once inside, can trigger a response. This response it led by a protein called TRIM21 which pulls the virus into a disposal system used by the cell to get rid of unwanted material.

Researchers believe this process happens rapidly – even before the viruses can harm the cell.

Dr James said: “Doctors have plenty of antibiotics to fight bacterial infections but few antiviral drugs.  Although these are early days, and we don’t yet know whether all viruses are cleared by this mechanism, we are excited that our discoveries may open multiple avenues for developing new antiviral drugs.”

Sir Greg Winter, deputy director of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, said: “This research is not only a leap in our understanding of how and where antibodies work, but more generally in our understanding of immunity and infection.”

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Microbiologist Job (Pharmaceutical) – Wiltshire, UK

CK Science are currently searching for a Pharmaceutical Microbiologist to join a global CMO based in Wiltshire.

Responsibilities:

As a Pharmaceutical Microbiologist, the main focus of your role will be to carrying out scientific and technical tasks within the Microbiology Quality Control Department.

Your responsibilities will also include performing routine laboratory procedures such as Endotoxin, bioburden and TVC testing. You will be required to develop and validate laboratory procedures within the department and comply with cGMP in all areas of the business.

Person Specification:

For this role you will need a degree in Microbiology or a related discipline (or equivalent), and previous experience in a Pharmaceutical Microbiology laboratory is essential.

Apply Now:

For more information, or to apply for this Pharmaceutical Microbiologist  role, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20782 in all correspondence.

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Laboratory Manager Job (Microbiology) – London, UK

A growing UKAS accredited Analytical Testing Laboratory, are currently looking for a Laboratory Manager to be responsible for running their Microbiology Laboratory based at their site in London.

 

This is an outstanding opportunity to join an Analytical Testing Laboratory which has continuing success providing chemical and microbiological analysis to a wide range of industries. In return they offer an attractive salary and benefits package.

 

Responsibilities:

Working as a Laboratory Manager, you will be responsible for management of a team of Microbiologists and Technicians involved in the analysis of various water samples including day-to-day people management; ensuring sample turnaround; maintaining quality standards in the laboratory (UKAS, ISO) as well as liasing with customers throughout the process.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

To be considered for this Laboratory Manager role, you will have a HND / Degree in Microbiology or a relevant discipline (or equivalent) and proven practical Laboratory Management / Supervisory experience within an Environmental and/or Water Microbiology environment.

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For more information, or to apply for this Laboratory Manager position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20785 in all correspondence.

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Mechanical Engineer Job (CAD Design) – Oxford, UK

Our client, a rapidly expanding Diagnostic Technology organisation, are currently looking for a Mechanical Engineer to join their Design and Testing division based at their site in Oxfordshire.

This is an entry level position for a Mechanical Engineer to join an innovative Diagnotic organisation at an exciting time of growth. In return they offer an attractive salary. It is initially a 3 month contract, with strong possibility of extension. Due to the length of the contract it is essential you live within a commutable distance of Oxford.

 

Responsibilities:

Working as a Mechanical Engineer, you will be involved in the design, measurement and testing of equipment. Your duties will include using CAD software in the design of equipment as well as performing mechanical testing of equipment.

Requirements:

You will hold a degree in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent). Experience of working with CAD within academia or industry would be advantageous, but it is not essential.

Apply Now

For more information, or to apply for this Mechanical Engineer position, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20784 in all correspondence.

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