Job of the week: QC Technician

CK Group is currently recruiting for a QC Technician to join a medical device company in Blackpool who offer the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of orthopaedic and neuro products for joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neuro, craniomaxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials.

They are part of a family of companies, owned by one of the largest global pharmaceutical companies in the world. The 6-month contract may offer an extension at the end, but the experience gained during the contract will inevitably aid your career in the future.

The successful candidate will ensure that all routine testing is performed in a timely manner, adhere to GMP & GLP, carry out the chemical and physical testing of finished products to ensure that the quality of CMW products are maintained, conduct in-process production inspection tasks, assist with raw material inspection. Also, the ideal candidate will complete and maintain the appropriate documentation relating to the testing activities and carry out validation of new equipment or test methods.

Find out more about this job here

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CK attend Aston University – Careers Uncovered Event

As a recruitment consultant that focuses on junior to mid-level staff, I find myself spending a lot of time talking with graduates. Helping graduates find their first steps into the world of employment, and secure their first industrial position is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my role.

It was therefore very exciting to be able to visit Aston University in Birmingham last week to meet biological students that were looking to build a career within the life sciences field. The students comprised a good mixture of biomedical Science and biology at all levels from Undergraduate to PhD.

My colleague Natasha Young, and I had the opportunity to present alongside a number of science and technical recruiters, as part of an event run by the Aston University careers department. The event aimed to give graduates a very realistic picture of job hunting within the science fields, and the steps that students needed to take to ensure success when looking for that all important first industrial role. It also gave students the opportunity to learn about some of the biggest players within science and technical recruitment.

During our presentation, Natasha and I spoke about a number of different issues. We focused on the science job market, including average starting salaries for graduates, geographical distribution of work, and the major growth areas within the life science industries. We aimed to give the students very realistic salary expectations and reminded them that a first role in industry is an investment in yourself.

The science job market is very competitive, with the number of students starting a STEM degree showing a consistent increase year on year. Our presentation gave the students some tips on how to differentiate themselves in a crowded job market. The key thing we impressed upon those in the talk was the need for flexibility when seeking their first role. This includes flexibility on things such as location, type of work, industry and of course salary.

We realise though that personal circumstance may mean that many can’t offer this level of flexibility, and so we made clear the importance of having a good CV when seeking employment within industry. This then followed with advice on how to make your CV more attractive to recruiters. Good CVs are clear, concise, have a consistent structure and also outline key analytical skillsets learned during studies.

After our talk, there was an opportunity to network with the students and answer more direct questions about searching for work within the science industries. I was incredibly impressed by the levels of determination displayed by the students, and the quality of questions asked.

We are always keen to speak with graduates that are unsure of their first steps into the science industries. We encourage students to give us a call, and one of our consultants will be happy to guide their first steps into industry. We are also keen to work closely with universities to assist students into graduate employment.

The event was enjoyed thoroughly by myself, Natasha, and all the different agencies in attendance, and we would like to say thank you to Aston University for having us.

If you are a graduate or are still studying and would like career advice, take a look at our Career Zone here.

Or if you would prefer to discuss your career options please contact Peter here.

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Job of the week: Adhesives Development Chemist

This week we are looking for an Adhesives Development Chemist to join a manufacturer of adhesives and sealants based in Worcestershire, on a full time, permanent basis. This has been chosen as it is a:

  • Great opportunity to join a tight-knit company who are expanding and gain a broad range of responsibilities
  • Happy to consider applicants looking to start their career in industry, or alternatively those who have an experienced track record in adhesives development
  • An exciting range of benefits including holidays increasing with length of service, pension scheme and bonus scheme, with an early finish on a Friday.
  • Offering a very competitive salary

Find out more about this job here.

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CK announces the expansion of the Key Accounts Team

The CK Group are delighted to announce the expansion of their Key Account Team. The team will now support contract and temporary recruitment programs with a number of global pharmaceutical organisations.

This team will provide an improved client and candidate experience in the recruitment process by focussing on a number of key clients who have requirements within the life sciences sector.

The team have 68 years combined recruitment experience with the CK Group working in the pharmaceutical and science industries ranging from the science, clinical IT and engineering areas.

They will provide account management, recruitment, contractor support and management, compliance and reporting services to our client candidates, thereby ensuring that the experience of working with the CK Group is as efficient, smooth and professional as possible.

The team consists of:
Julie Marshall, Account Manager,, 01438 842978
Hannah Oakley, Account Manager,, 01246 457711
Joanne Newbould, Account Manager,, 01246 457704
Heather Deagle, Senior Account Executive,, 0191 3706482
Kate Edwards, Account Executive,, 0191 370 6487
Lucy Stendall, Account Executive,, 01246 457725
Jenni Woolley, Account Executive,, 01438 768 710

If you are interested in working with a global pharmaceutical organisation or would like to speak to a member of the team do not hesitate to contact them.

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Join one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We are recruiting exclusively for 1 QA and 4 QC professionals to join a biotechnology manufacturer who is globally one of the leading suppliers of biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical medicines.

The company:

This household name is one of the world’s top manufacturers of biosimilar and biopharmaceutical products used in the treatment of a wide range of human healthcare conditions from cancer to arthritis. This company are a strong believer in helping patients by developing new treatments and taking them to market via their global network of specialist aseptic manufacturing, packaging and distribution sites.

The location:

The client site is located in a state of the art manufacturing facility based in Dun Laoghaire. Brightly painted houses, palm trees and townland parks greet visitors to Dun Laoghaire, an elegant port town just 13km from Dublin’s city centre.

It’s a vibrant cultural hub which is best known for its maritime history and locally caught seafood. The site is easily commutable from Kildare or Wicklow by car and there is a good public transport network if you would prefer to live within Dublin itself.

The jobs (click the links):

4 x Senior QC Associate – €30-35 per hour
1x Change Control Specialist – €30-36 per hour

If you would like any more information about these roles, contact Julie here

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Join the CK recruitment team

We are looking for two outgoing, confident and ambitious Recruitment Consultants to be based at our head office in Chesterfield. Take a look at the roles here: (click the links to read the job description)

Graduate Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment Consultant

These are opportunities to join an expanding scientific division where you will be working with some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and life science organisations.

If you want to work within a great team, in which opportunities are offered, skills are stretched, innovation is welcomed, and excellence is rewarded, you should consider a career with CK Group. We might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Russell Oakley, Clinical Research Recruitment Manager, has been working for CK for 13 years and has said about working for us; ‘I can honestly say it’s a great place to work. Aside from the fact that the recruiters are experts within their fields, the teams are highly dedicated, friendly and enthusiastic all of which comes across to fellow employees and candidates alike. I can honestly say without such a team I don’t think I would still be working here 13 years on!’

Find out more about working with us in our latest video:

If you would to know anything more please get in touch either by email on or tel. 01246 457700.

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Tackling a shortage of international talent in life sciences

British based drug companies have been struggling to attract talent from overseas since the Brexit vote according to an article in the Telegraph.

Research has shown that the proportion of applicants from outside the UK for senior roles at pharmaceutical firms has fallen from around 40% to 15% in the year and a half since the referendum.

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca said on this subject, while it was “in part reassured” by the Government’s commitment to the sector since the referendum, it remained concerned. They went on to say “continuing uncertainty around Brexit is impacting recruitment for skilled roles and we anticipate that some international applicants may go elsewhere until they know more about their future employment and security for their families in the UK.”

This article echoes the thoughts that were stated last year in the Independent by Ivan Jimanez, the head of Bizkaia Talent, an organisation that aims to keep skilled people in the Basque Country.

Nearly 50% of Basque graduates have science, technology and engineering qualifications which are critical to the UK economy. The UK has relied on attracting overseas talent for a long time and it’s been widely accepted that not enough British students have been studying these subjects to keep up with the demand. Because of the economic situation in Spain, the UK became a more favoured destination for Basques. Jimanez states that following the Brexit vote, this flow is beginning to reverse.

Interestingly we at CK Science are tackling this issue by casting the net far and wide to attract talent for our customers including setting up a new office in Switzerland to meet the growing demand for talent here. We are also members of the International Network of Recruitment Agencies in Life Sciences (Inrals), where we have the ability to access talent and help our customers recruit in up to 56 countries.

If your talent attraction strategy needs an additional measure to help you secure talent for the UK from overseas, please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

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Job of the week: Electrochemical Engineer

Our chosen job of the week is an Electrochemical Engineer role with a multinational manufacturer of speciality chemicals, this role offers:

  • An exclusive opportunity to join a household name who are investing in a brand new division, and creating a position that offers an ambitious scientist the opportunity to develop within a new division whilst working on an exciting range of new product development projects.
  • A permanent role and offering a salary of up to £30000
  • Based at their site in Billingham

Responsibilities and qualifications:

  • Electrochemical testing of battery materials, as part of the Nickel-based cathode technology team, supporting with application testing to support new product development.
  • Support with the generation of electrochemical performance reports, extracting key insights to enable product release sign-off.
  • Qualified to PhD level, or possess equivalent experience, in Electrochemistry or a related discipline.
  • Experience of processing Nickel battery materials into electrodes would be beneficial for the position.

Find out more about this job here

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Meet Sarah Farrow

This week we caught up with Sarah Farrow. Sarah is a Senior Consultant II and has been with the company since the start of 2013.

We asked Sarah a few questions to get to know more about her and her role here at CK:

What was your background before joining CK?
“I did a degree in Biotechnology, with an industrial placement in formulations for Fairy Activeburst at P&G. I then went on to become a Science Training Coordinator for 2 years, teaching biology, chemistry and physics as well as organising work experience placements for students before I moved into recruitment. I then worked for another recruitment company for science industry based roles before moving to CK in 2013”.

What area of the business do you work in now?
“I am based in the Durham office and work on permanent roles in both science and engineering, covering the North East of England and Scotland”.

What industries do you cover?
“I used to work across all the science industries but now I focus mainly on the dirty end of science such as the chemical, waste, materials, and oil and gas sectors whilst still retaining some key clients in pharmaceutical and life sciences”.

What types of candidates do you recruit for?
Analytical Chemists, R&D Chemists (formulations, synthetic, polymer etc), Process Engineers, Technical Managers, Materials Scientists… I’ll look at anything though, and have historically worked supply chain/logistics/manufacturing.”

What is your proudest accomplishment since working at CK?
“My candidates seem to be sending me presents at the moment, which is awesome. It’s always nice getting a candidate their perfect job after building a relationship with them over a long time”

Describe your best ever client visit?
“I went to a brewery. They make beer!

Thank you, Sarah, for taking the time to tell us about what you do.

Find out more about Sarah here

Contact Sarah here

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Skype interview tips – video

Skype interviews are becoming very popular and we have seen a significant increase in Skype interview requests here at CK Science.  There are many advantages of being part of a Skype interview, however, there are also some common mistakes which many people make when taking part in one.

In this video Peter Smith, a Recruitment Consultant at CK Science highlights how to avoid pitfalls in a Skype interview. Watch his video below:

Take a look at our article ‘Avoid Skype interview pitfalls’ here

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Attention all science and clinical graduates

The pharmaceutical account management team at CK are keen to speak to graduates who have qualifications in scientific or clinical subjects.

Watch our video to find out more:

So if you would like to gain experience working for a global organisation that researches, develops and manufactures a wide range of ground-breaking medicines across the pharmaceutical, vaccines and consumer healthcare business, please click here to contact Heather

Or contact here on:

T: 0191 3706482

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What is a Technical Expert?

We are currently recruiting for a range of Technical Expert positions. These roles are with a leading testing laboratory who are UKAS accredited at their site in Greater Manchester. So what does a Technical Expert do, and what skills are required?

Firstly, a Technical Expert is a leader in their field of analysis. These people will have built up a strong skill set in their chosen field throughout their career in industry, and will most likely have an established academic background to support their industry knowledge. Most Technical Experts will be at least degree qualified and may have studied to Masters and/ or PhD level.

Secondly, a Technical Expert will hold a senior position within a company and may be responsible for assisting with training and/ or leading junior staff members. They are accountable for providing specialist expertise in the development and validation of test methods as well as designing work programmes. This could be in collaboration with the Business Development team or direct with customers, to ensure their requirements are met. Technical Experts will then translate the newly designed workloads into the lab and will assist with problem solving.

The main aim of the Technical Expert will be to provide full analytical testing support for the products and/ or compounds in accordance with any required regulations (for example, cGMP, cGLP and cGCP) and may also have strict timelines and deadlines in which to successfully meet client milestones. As well as performing a variety of complex sample preparations, the Technical Expert will also perform said analysis procedures to quantitatively measure the products/ compounds in a variety of formulations. This could be for stability testing and other studies for analytical testing support. The ability to plan, schedule and carry out work for successful project completion is also required.

Typically, a successful Technical Expert will hold a number of skills and experiences relevant to their specialised analytical techniques and will be proficient in developing methods and validating the same. The positions that we are currently recruiting for have the following requirements:

  • Proven experience of devising work programmes and analytical strategies (as opposed to just implementing them)
  • Strong method development and validation experience
  • Comprehensive experience of working in a GxP regulatory laboratory
  • Degree qualified or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline
  • Considerable and demonstrable proven experience in the practical and theoretical aspects of specialised analytical technique
  • Proven experience in the supervision and coordination of analytical projects performed by junior staff in a regulatory environment
  • Good practical laboratory and problem solving skills
  • Strong communication skills, written & oral and strong attention to detail

For more information about these roles, please contact us on 01246 457700.

We are looking for Technical Experts with experience in the following techniques:

  • Gas Chromatography
  • Biological Chromatography (HPLC, UPLC, MALLS)
  • Protein Chemistry – CE, CD, Western Blot
  • Quantitative LCMS
  • Chromatography (IC, HPLC, UPLC)
  • Assay Validation Specialist – chromatography

Alternatively, please follow the links below to review our current Technical Expert vacancies:

If these aren’t quite what you are looking for you can search our jobs HERE



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Job of the week: Senior Research Scientist

This week we have an excellent Senior Research Scientist/Principal Scientist role specialising in colloid science to be based at the client’s site in County Durham. We have chosen this role as it is:

  • An excellent opportunity to join a leading UK-based technology innovation centre that is a process arm of the High-Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • With state-of-the-art facilities, the organisation collaborates with SMEs, large companies and universities to help them overcome their innovation challenges
  • An opportunity to be responsible for technical delivery of projects, from set up to executing scientific experiments and reporting results
  • This is an exciting time to join a company that is experiencing a strong level of growth and development with a number projects in the pipeline
  • The company offers a very competitive salary and benefits package

Find out more about this job here

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Is 2017 the year to change your scientific job?

With 2017 bring quite a turbulent year between the:

  • Unknown impact of Brexit
  • Changes in the Government
  • Uncertainty around the commitment to climate change
  • Developments in the  US

It is easy to imagine that it would be advisable to stay in your current role and wait to see what occurs. As a recruitment company, it is our responsibility to monitor and track up turns and down turns in recruitment so we can spot trends and advise our candidates and clients of their best course of action.

So what is the current situation? Click here to read our article in full

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Questions you should ask at interview

Well done you have nearly finished your job interview and it’s going really well but then the interviewer asks the dreaded question ” do you have any questions”.  This is often the point in your interview where your mind goes completely blank.  You have put so much work into preparing for the other interview sections that you are not prepared for this last question.

Asking good, intelligent questions will show the interviewer that you are really interested in the job and you have done your research.

The questions you ask and how you ask them can really differentiate you from your competition. Not only this but by asking questions and interacting with the employer you will begin to build a rapport with one and other, which can only serve to strengthen your chances of landing that perfect job.

Here are some great questions that you should ask at your job interview:

Questions that demonstrate your interest in this job

  • What are you hoping to improve about the role?
  • How will success be measured?
  • How is the role perceived within the company?
  • What are the most challenging aspects of the role?
  • Is there any opportunity for progression within the role?
  • Who will I be reporting to?
  • How long is the probationary period for this position?
  • How quickly are you looking for someone to take on this pharmaceutical job?
  • What is the background of the previous incumbent of the role?
  • What is a typical day like for someone in this position?

Questions that demonstrate your interest in the company

  • What is the work environment/culture like?
  • What are the company’s competitors?
  • How is the company structured?
  • What training and development is given to employees?

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This article is part of our drug discovery and development spotlight which aims to support candidates and employers through infographics and a series of advisory articles. To find out more click here

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CK to host NEPIC Cluster Connect

We are delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring the NEPIC Cluster Connect event in July.

The NEPIC breakfast meeting is a monthly tradition, held on the first Thursday of each month between 8am-10am, enabling NEPIC members to meet each other, share business information and create opportunities in an informal atmosphere. The theme in July is “The future will be shaped by human ingenuity in science and technology”. 

We have chosen this theme as businesses of the future need talented people who embody this ingenuity and access to their talent is vital.  We are committed to providing a 360 recruitment service, which includes consistently researching the industry so we can guide our customers through emerging recruitment trends. On July 6th we will be walking our listeners through the results of our recent research into emerging engineering recruitment trends.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:


08:00  Tea / coffee / breakfast
08.30  CK Group: Emerging Engineering Recruitment Trends – changes from 2013 to 2017
08:50  NEPIC updates
09.00  New member introductions
Followed by networking
10:00  Event close

If you would like to attend the event and are a NEPIC member register here

The address for this event is: NEPIC Sunderland | RTC North, Colima Avenue
Sunderland, SR5 3XB United Kingdom

Take a look at our recent engineering research results here

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How to be a good Manager

No matter what industry you work in, be that a science industry or otherwise, how you manage your staff is an essential part of helping your team be contented, happy and successful. Below are a few tips to help you improve your management style:


Communication is key to being a successful manager, no matter which industry you work in. It is essential that each member of your team is fully aware of what is expected of them. Make sure you communicate in a clear and concise manner and answer any questions asked.


You might be hearing what your employees have to say, but are you really listening to them? To get the most out of your employees you need to completely understand their needs and expectations.

Stay positive

Focusing on the negatives without recognising positive achievements is a big no no. By staying positive, your employees will be more motivated and your team is more likely to succeed.

Avoid favouritism

Once it has been recognised that a manager has obvious favourites, he or she will instantly lose credibility and respect within the team.

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This article is part of our drug discovery and development spotlight which aims to support candidates and employers through infographics and a series of advisory articles. To find out more click here


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Interview preparation tips for employers

As an employer preparing yourself and your surroundings before an interview is as vital as the preparation work you expect from the candidate. Why you ask? Well, if you have control of your environment, have decided on the interview format, have reviewed the interviewee’s CV’s and have planned your questions around them, then you are more likely to get the information you need and thereby speed up your decision making.

These are just some of the ways you can improve your interviewing success and speed up your recruitment process. If you would like to read more interview tips click here

This article is makes up our drug discovery and development spotlight which aims to support candidates and employers through infographics and a series of advisory articles.

To find out more click here


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We are recruiting for Analysts

CK Science’s Tenni Cole-Etti is currently recruiting for multiple Analysts to join a global organisation who are responsible for testing, inspecting and certifying products from a range of industries, including healthcare, food, chemical, gas & oil and many more.  The company has a network of state-of-the-art, highly regulated laboratory facilities in Cambridgeshire and Manchester and has laboratories in over 100 countries.

We are currently recruiting for multiple Analysts roles to join this organisation in their Cambridgeshire and Manchester labs, across all levels of responsibility – from Junior to Senior and even Team Leader level. All of the job vacancies are offered on a permanent basis, with an attractive package and the opportunity to progress within the business.

Watch our video below to find out more:


The organisation offers a superb benefits package, which ranges from:

  • Pension eligibility after 3 months
  • Subsidised gym in village
  • Online reward scheme offering discounts at various stores etc
  • Flexible working
  • Plenty of social activities
  • Yearly salary rise, although promotions and salary increase are regular throughout the working year
  • Working for a financially safe business which is growing year on year (we have exceeded targets in 2016)
  • 25 days holiday + Bank Holidays (Xmas shut down)
  • Tax-free childcare vouchers

To find out more or apply click here

You can email your CV directly to

Or you can call Tenni on 01438 723500 or Victoria on 01246 457700 to discuss the jobs in more detail.


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How do you recruit and retain staff?

How you recruit and retain staff successfully is a modern day enigma.  With candidates in short supply, wages being driven up and your skilled staff suddenly looking like they may take advantage of the situation to improve their own circumstances, its a constant struggle to keep your teams at full capacity. But what do you do? What is the best approach?

One of our CK consultant’s has written an article on the subject which provides an overview on the pharmaceutical industry, an analysis of the changes that have occurred over the last few years, how recruitment has adapted to reflect these changes and most importantly, how to retain the quality staff you have working for you.

To read this article in full click here

This article is our latest release from our drug discovery and development spotlight which aims to highlight everything the sector has to offer, from highlighting the variety of careers available to help attract new candidates, to an infographic on how to improve your recruitment processes, not to mention a series of articles aimed at supporting employers in the sector.  Take a look here


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