Four Exciting Preclinical Pharmacology Roles

We are recruiting for some exciting opportunities to join a growing pharmacology team in a pharmaceutical company with products marketed globally.

This organisation has a strong product pipeline and is a world-leader in its field of research. The positions will be office based in Cambridge.

Our client is looking for experienced Pharmacologists with experience in study design and project management as well as line management expertise

The roles are:

Key experience required is:

  • Educated to degree level or above in pharmacology or a relevant field with extensive experience in an industry or research-based pharmacology position.
  • Ability to provide strategic input and oversee non-clinical Pharmacology projects from conceptualisation and study design through to study report finalisation.
  • The ability to contribute to Preclinical submissions (e.g. IBs, INDs, OAs, PIPs, NDAs, MAAs etc.).
  • Established line management experience for the senior-level role.

 

Apply for the jobs here:

Senior Preclinical Pharmacology Manager

Pharmacology Project Manager

 

 

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COVID-19 Testing: Volunteers required to work in screening

A message on behalf of the HM Government:

To increase testing for COVID-19, the Government has significantly expanded its laboratory capacity and staffing.

What can you do?

The Government has already started testing samples as well as accelerating key workers’ return to work, but as the testing program ramps up further, they require additional experienced laboratory staff.

The Government is recruiting additional staff for new laboratories in Milton Keynes, Cheshire, and Glasgow.

They require individuals to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks and a start date from now over a period of several weeks.

Criteria:

  • Not essential but of interest are individuals who are comfortable working in a qPCR environment, and or those who can operate liquid handling machines, although more generalist laboratory support is also required.
  • This is an optional paid role. If you are currently employed full time and wish to help, they welcome your application. Happy to discuss secondment options with you, however, you will require permission from your current employer.
  • Where necessary, appropriate accommodation and reasonable expenses will also be covered.
  • You will need to be able to start right away and be flexible in your hours of work.

Sign up now!

You must be aged 18 years or over, with no symptoms of COVID-19. Nobody in your household must have symptoms. Full training and Personal Protective Equipment will be provided.

Unfortunately, you cannot be considered if you, or anyone in your household, are in a high-risk group (over 70, pregnant, with immune deficiencies or underlying medical conditions).

If you feel that you want to help out and fit the criteria, please fill in your details below. Representatives of the program (not CK Group) will then be in contact to provide you with further information and confirm your availability.

Apply online here or find out more

 

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Staff Retention – It’s not just about the money!

We all know that a good salary and benefits package are very helpful tools for staff attraction and retention. However, happiness and dedication in the workplace don’t always hinge on what clears into the bank account each month. With a talent shortage in the STEM sector, retaining key people is vital. Here are some top tips that aren’t just about money or benefits for you to think about with your staff retention:

  1. Find the right people in the first place – hiring the right people that are motivated and passionate about your organisations vision is vital. When you are recruiting, make sure you spend time probing what makes your potential recruit tick. A shared vision and value will give your people a sense of purpose and they will want to be part of what you are trying to achieve.
  2. Be empathic – As a modern employer, we are all aware that life is hectic and that there are work and external demands that put pressure on our people. Understanding this and giving that flexibility to get away for parents evening or to handle family emergencies makes a huge difference in your team’s lives and show them that you value them and their wellbeing.
  3. Adapt your leadership style – Diversity in the workplace has been shown to lead to innovation and productivity. So we often need to attract and retain different sorts of people and personalities. These different personalities will respond differently to different management and leadership styles. Remember that to get the best out of your people and to make them feel secure in their role, you may well need to adapt your leadership style for different people.
  4. Engage your team – Disengaged employees lack motivation and have been shown to not only be less productive but also on occasion be positively disruptive. If you have high achievers that fall into this category not only is this a lost opportunity but it can also quickly lead to them looking elsewhere or being poached b a competitor. To improve this engagement, make sure that you involve your people, you listen to them and their suggestions and that you are clear about your vision and company strategy.

I hope that these ideas are helpful to you.

If you would like to talk to us about your recruitment or retention strategy, please get in touch with us here at CK Group.

Author: Jonathan Hart-Smith

Jon Hart Smith - CEO

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Catch up on the IR35 Seminar in our video

We recently hosted an IR35 Information Event with two excellent speakers designed to help contractors and employers learn more about the extended IR35 legislation.

By popular demand, we filmed the event so that delegates could watch it back and those people who missed the event could watch it as well.

The event was very well attended and it was fantastic to have so many questions and interaction with between the delegates and speakers.

Our specialist speakers are experts in the tax and legal space, Lewina Farrell, the Head of Legal Services at REC (The Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and Chris Humphreys, Head of Tax at BHP, one of the largest accountancy firms in the UK.

 

Payroll alternatives post IR35

Do you engage contractors?
If you engage contractors through personal service companies (ltd co) and have undertaken your assessment as to whether or not they are inside or outside IR35 and found that they are “in”, you may well be looking for an alternative legally compliant way to engage these workers. This is where CK can help. We offer a scalable payroll solution for contractors from a single person through to teams into the hundreds. We have a track record of compliance and a high level of customer service. We can engage these workers on your behalf and offer them a PAYE contract and a simplified single monthly invoice for the service. Speak to CK about how we can transfer your workers and save you money in the process.

Are you a contractor that will be impacted by IR35?
If you are a contractor seeking a platform to be able to deliver your flexible services to your client, CK Group are able to offer you a payroll solution with weekly or monthly payroll, expenses processing, access to a private health scheme and pension facilities. Unlike umbrella companies, CK Group will not charge you for this service.

 

If you would like more information then please contact Liam O’Connell here

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Job of the Week: Formulation Scientist

An excellent opportunity for a Formulation Scientist to join a leading healthcare organisation on a permanent basis in Hull.

  • This is a great opportunity for a formulation Scientist to progress their career within a truly global organisation. Having come from a strong Formulation industry background, you will be working with experts from other teams, you’ll take customer insights and lead your team to create products that bring benefits to millions of people globally.
  • On offer is a very competitive salary with excellent benefits plus relocation assistance.
  • The successful candidate must have commercial industry experience and strong knowledge in GMP pharmaceutical/ FMCG or cosmetics regulated environment, solid and liquid dosage formulation experience and project lead-customer and client interactions
  • Located in Hull (voted the UK’s City of Culture in 2017)

Find out more about this role here

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Changes to IR35 legislation and its impact on employers

In October 2018 the government confirmed that it will be extending the off-payroll rules to the private sector.

As of 6 April 2020, clients in the private sector will be responsible for assessing the IR35 Status of their contractors. For those deemed to be working inside IR35, the client will need to ensure they deduct all tax and National Insurance contributions due. The draft legislation was published on the 11th of July 2019.

Read more about who the IR35 legislation affects

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The benefits of working and living in The Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is often overlooked as a potential location to seek employment, especially for those seeking employment within the UK. However, this EU country offers a number of excellent work opportunities and an active lifestyle, in addition to being located just a short ferry or plane ride from the UK. Here are just 10 of the many reasons to relocate Ireland and boost your career.

  1. Demonstrating your ability and willingness to work outside of your own country is encouraging for future employers. Travelling is often a necessary component of modern work and employers often seek staff that are able to demonstrate employment in a variety of locations.
  2.  Ireland is a democratic country situated within the EU. It is often associated with high cost of living; however, with the global economic downturn this cost of living has decreased somewhat.
  3.  Public healthcare in Ireland is funded by general taxes and can therefore be obtained without additional charges. For those who wish to avoid any waiting times private healthcare is also available.
  4.  The education system in Ireland is highly regarded worldwide and there are plenty of options for furthering your education or professional development at all levels.
  5.  Ireland is a friendly place, where speaking to a stranger is not a rare and unwanted occurrence. Irish people are polite, helpful and open to conversation. It has previously been suggested to be the friendliest country in the world by Lonely Planet.
  6.  Ireland is often misrepresented as an unsafe country in the media, whilst in actual fact it is one of the safest countries to live and work in, having been ranked as 12th in the 2016 Global Peace Index.
  7.  Ireland is a highly multicultural country with foreign nationals contributing to the countries economy and varied culture. In 2014 the percentage of non-Irish citizens living and working in Ireland was approximately 10%.
  8.  Ireland has a unique and traditional culture to be discovered and enjoyed. It wouldn’t be a trip to Ireland without listening to Irish folk music in a traditional pub while drinking a Guinness!
  9. Landscapes, landscapes, landscapes. Ireland is renowned for its stunning scenery with many breath-taking attractions to visit. These include the The Giants Causeway, Castles (visit Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone!), The Ring of Kerry, etc. You can hike, surf, climb, walk, cycle or just relax and take in all the stunning views this country has to offer.
  10.  Travelling to Europe is easy. Ireland has an excellent transport system including a number of airports that offer cheap and easy travel to a range of locations within Europe. Travel connections to Ireland from the UK are also readily available.

For more information about working in Ireland call 01246 457700

If you are interested in working in Ireland click here to search our current vacancies

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How to start a career in chemistry – New Scientist

As part of our careers advice series with New Scientist Jobs, Victoria Walker who is a specialist in recruitment in the chemical industry has given us her top tips of how to get started in a career in chemistry and to where this could potentially take you. Take a look here:

 

First you might ask, why would I want a career in chemistry? The answer is because it provides so many diverse opportunities! Having a career within chemistry is not just limited to working in a lab (although there are many exciting lab-based jobs!). For example you could move into a field service role which would provide travel opportunities; you could get involved with plant based operations including scale up and process chemistry; and you could eventually use your career and knowledge in chemistry to educate, inspire and motivate a new generation.

So if you have a desire to work with polymers, coatings, fragrances, colours and more – follow these tips:

 

GCSEs or equivalent level qualifications:

Most employers look for at least A-C grade (9-4 in new GCSE grading system) in Science and Maths as a minimum. Good maths skills are very important in landing your career in chemistry as it is necessary both to use these skills on a daily basis (such as measuring out chemicals and calculating proportionate yields) as well as having a sound understanding of maths on which to base the chemistry knowledge.

 

Further study:

As people are now required to stay in full-time education until the age of 18 in the UK, options include 6th form or college, or alternatively starting an apprenticeship or trainee-ship.

If you opt to stay within traditional education, a chemistry A Level is the obvious choice. Supporting subjects include maths or physics. Should you wish to start an apprenticeship, try to find an opportunity with a chemical manufacturing company, or one with a company that may provide you with transferable skills.

Depending on the level of knowledge you are looking for and whether you intend to specialise, you may wish to embark on a University career in chemistry, and then perhaps a Masters or PhD. Please note these qualifications are not essential to obtain a career in chemistry; some employers do prefer a chemistry degree however a Masters and/ or PhD education is only for certain niche areas.

 

Work experience:

Aside from having a knowledge and understanding of chemistry, work experience is going to be one of the main drivers in securing your career in your chosen field. We would highly recommend that you take any opportunity to immerse yourself in the industry, whether it’s only shadowing someone for a few days, voluntary lab experience, or paid temporary work/ a year in industry during university. While employers value a good chemistry education, more and more they are turning to experience as being the main tick in the box. Having gained voluntary experience also indicates that you are taking your career in chemistry seriously.

Chemistry

Flexibility:

Ultimately, after you have achieved the above, be flexible. There are so many opportunities out there. You may have your heart set on becoming a New Product Development Chemist within water-based adhesives for the packaging industry, however please refer to our previous point – experience is everything. Appreciating that you may need to gain experience in a few other areas before being able to pursue your dream job will firstly take the pressure off, but secondly may mean that you find many other areas within chemistry that you weren’t aware of before.

 

If you would like more careers advice get in touch with Victoria Walker here or take a look at our careers zone here.

 

Prefer video? Watch Victoria talk about this subject here.

Author: Victoria Walker

 

 

Posted in Industry News, News, Research and knowledge

Recruiting in a candidate-driven market

The recruitment market has dramatically changed over the last few years, due to a range of factors from the economic recession to Brexit.

During the recession we saw a surplus of candidates on the market, due to redundancies and candidates job searching because they felt at risk. Following the recession, unemployment rocketed to around 8.5% in the UK.  Companies who were recruiting found themselves spoilt for choice and as a result were often able to offer lower salaries and less preferential benefits, while still securing the best talent.

However, the tables have since turned. As the economy recovered, the labour market stabilized, but recently, especially since the Brexit referendum, we have noticed a massive shift towards a candidate-driven market.

In the current climate fewer candidates are looking to change jobs as they are still unsure about the future and are less likely to make rash decisions such as quitting a job.   Moreover, international candidates are less likely to consider roles in the UK, further diminishing the candidate pool.  As a result, the current unemployment rate is at 4.1% in the UK, the lowest it has been in 40 years, and skilled candidates are at a premium.

Consequently, those few candidates looking for new opportunities are finding work more easily. The best ones are attending multiple interviews and can pick and choose between employers. They can afford to wait for the right job to come along with the right salary and the right match to their selection criteria.

This is a great time for highly skilled job hunters who are in such demand, but it’s not good news for employers, who can be left struggling to recruit the right people and retain their current staff.  Companies can no longer expect interviewees to be available for long. To avoid disappointment, they need to make decisions quickly and follow up with an offer of employment as soon as possible once they have found the right candidate, or they risk losing out.

Companies seeking new employees are having to work harder than ever to entice people to work for them. Hiring managers and recruiters are raising their game by offering the best pay and benefits packages they can. They are also making sure the candidate recruitment experience is smooth and efficient so they can get an edge on the competition, as candidates are more likely to favour a company that is efficient, organised and makes them feel wanted.

Companies are also threatened by the whole array of tempting job opportunities now on offer by other companies who are happy to go the extra mile to entice new employees.  If they are not providing their current staff with a good enough salary and benefits package, they risk losing them to a more attractive option elsewhere.

All in all, a candidate-driven market means tougher times for companies trying to recruit, and for those trying to retain their staff. Finding the right candidate for a job is no longer a given, and companies recruiting are having to adjust their recruitment strategies accordingly.

For more advice on recruiting in a candidate driven market, check out our top tips for attracting candidates to your business.

For more information on how CK Group can help you find the right candidates get in touch today.

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KellyOCG honour CK with Supplier Excellence Award

We are proud to announce that the CK Group has been awarded the 2017 Supplier Excellence Award by KellyOCG.

KellyOCG, the outsourcing and consulting group of Kelly Services, presented the recipients of its Sixth Annual Supplier Excellence Awards at a ceremony in London last week

These awards are given to the top-performing national and global suppliers that provide superior workforce solutions to KellyOCG. This year, 31 companies were recognised were out of thousands of suppliers globally.

Operations Director Liam O’Connell and Key Account Manager Hannah Oakley attended the ceremony and were very pleased to receive the award.

Liam said “We are delighted to have received an award from KellyOCG for Supplier Excellence at their recent London Summit and feel that this is reward for the effort and skills of the CK Account Management team is supporting the Kelly programs throughout Europe.

The CK Group have worked on KellyOCG life science programs since 2009 and have built a strong and professional relationship with them to ensure that both clients and candidates receive the best possible recruitment experience. We look forward to further developing this working relationship for the mutual benefit of all parties over the forthcoming year”.

Find out more about CK here

 

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The best job perks to attract candidates

Studies have proven that in all industries, including STEM industries, salary and career opportunities are the two biggest incentives for candidates when it comes to choosing a place to work. However, according to a recent survey by Glassdoor, over a third of people admit to choosing a company over another based on the extra perks. Increasingly, the desires of candidates are shifting and they tend to be more interested in a good work-life balance rather than a big pay package.

Besides, job perks don’t only attract new talent – they also help with staff retention. According to Capita’s latest employee insight report, nearly 70% of staff are more likely to stay with a company if they feel they are offered good benefits.

Perks teamed up with salary increases are the best combination to keep your workforce satisfied and motivated, creating a nicer working environment and boosting productivity overall.

In this article we investigate the UK’s favourite perks.

 

Flexible working hours

Rather than the traditional nine to five, companies are increasingly offering Flextime – allowing employees to work when suits them best.

Some employees will like a lie in and come to work later. Others, notably parents, may prefer to come in earlier and leave when school finishes, to spend time with their children.

Offering employees this flexibility means they work their 37.5 hours when they feel most motivated and will help them attain a better work-life balance.

 

Remote working

Interestingly, 30% of people would rather have the option to work from home rather than get a pay rise.

Many roles don’t require employees to be in the office every day. Giving staff the option to work from home from time-to-time helps them save money and time by avoiding their daily commute.

This perk is especially useful for those employees who live further away or have families.

 

Childcare help and additional parental leave

High childcare costs often put new parents off returning to work or persuade them to work part-time. A good way to attract and retain new parent employees is to offer onsite childcare like a nursery or to help out with childcare costs.

Being a parent is stressful enough – if companies can help relieve some of that stress then these employees can be more relaxed at work and consequently be more productive.

Another attractive perk for soon-to-be parents is extended parent leave. Again, this won’t cost a company much but will keep these employees satisfied and encourage them to return after their parental leave.

 

Office outings

Office outings are a great way to boost office morale and help with team building.

They can create a community feel in the office and build staff confidence.

Office outings are especially useful for newcomers to get to know their peers. When applying for a company, the prospect of feeling welcomed into the company community straightaway can be appealing.

 

Extra holiday time

Holiday time is precious – and the more a company offers, the more attractive it becomes.

Furthermore, holiday time allows staff to rest and rejuvenate, keeping them happy and relaxed.

Some companies have gone as far as allowing employees to take unlimited paid leave – leaving them the choice to have time off whenever they wish and avoid feeling burnt out.

 

Other favourite perks worth considering

There are many other popular company benefits that can attract candidates and satisfy current staff – some others include:

  • Entertainment for the office (pool table, drinks on Fridays, office pets…)
  • Free food
  • Retirement plan
  • Performance benefits
  • Health and life insurance
  • Gym memberships

So, if you are looking to recruit or are struggling with employee retention, it may be worth reconsidering your company benefits.

Many of these don’t necessarily cost much – but will have massive returns on investment in terms of employee satisfaction, overall productivity as well as more candidates applying for your company.

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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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CV writing tips for pharmaceutical jobs

When applying for a new position your CV has to work hard on your behalf so making sure you pitch and present it correctly is vital. It is fighting for the attention of a Recruitment Consultant or HR Manager whilst competing with 100’s of other applications.

Your CV should sing your successes, showcase your strengths and demonstrate that you are the very best person for the job. This article has a step by step guide on how you can improve your CV to make sure it stands out from the rest. Click here to read the article in full

As part of our spotlight in the drug discovery and development sector we have created a series of advice articles to help you start, and develop your career.

Click here to view our other advice articles

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Have you considered a career in PV or Drug Safety?

Did you know its an option for you if you have a Life Science, Medical or Pharmacy degree? Well it is. In fact, careers in the clinical sector are easier to attain than most people with a traditional scientific qualification realised.

As part of our spotlight on the drug discovery and development sector we are looking at the range of careers available to those looking to build a career in the industry.

Working in Pharmacovigilance (PV) / Drug Safety focuses on the detection, evaluation, knowing and prevention of adverse effects (AE) of drugs.  You will also have a role in assessing the risk/benefit of products to ensure that they are safe to use. As such this is an important role in the drug lifecycle.

If you are interested in finding out more click here

 

Or click here to look at other careers available in drug discovery and development.

 

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Are you considering a career in drug discovery and development?

CK recently launched a spotlight on the drug discovery and development sector to provide support and advice to people looking to build a career in the industry. The drug discovery and development industry offer a unique career opportunity in that you will be contributing towards medical care across the world.

As part of our spotlight we have conducted extensive research with professionals in this area, employers and qualified recruitment consultants to gather a greater understanding into how young professionals can move into the industry.

Our research, in conjunction with data from the Bridging the skills gap in the biopharmaceutical industry report issued by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, indicated that there are severe skills shortages and areas where qualified people are in high demand so there has never been a better time to consider a career in this area.

A full breakdown of our results has been compiled into an infographic which aims to provide top tips on how you can best build a career in drug discovery and development.

Click here and zoom in to view our infographic

 

Or click here to visit our spotlight page

 

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What are the top pharmaceutical jobs?

The pharmaceutical industry is massive. Ill-health and disease steals tens of millions of lives every year, so a lot of money is invested in the search for new drugs. Many people enter the pharmaceutical industry because they want to make a difference, but it is useful to remember that many pharmaceutical jobs are also very well paid.

The sector is predicted to continue growing over the next five years. The continued development of strategic new drugs and therapeutic vaccines presents great opportunities for scientists and sales reps alike, so if you are considering a career in the pharmaceutical industry, the future looks bright.

Here is a list of the five top pharmaceutical jobs.

1. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist

Senior research scientists are at the top of their game. They are responsible for managing research projects, making applications for research funding, reporting back on research findings, and keeping a close eye on new technologies. A familiarity with software development and IT is also desirable in the high-tech world of today. To reach this level within a pharmaceutical company, you need to have a broad skillset, which includes project management experience as well as plenty of time served in clinical research.

2. Research Scientists

Research scientists work in the laboratory or out in the field. To qualify for a position as a research scientist, you will need to have experience of laboratory procedures, including setting up and monitoring experiments. Research scientists typically write the proposals for research funding, so excellent writing skills are required, as well as the ability to present findings clearly and concisely.

3. Field Sales Reps

Field sales reps may not have experience of working in a laboratory setting, but they do need to have a thorough understanding of the products they sell. Sales reps are responsible for selling a pharmaceutical company’s products to new and existing customers. Excellent social skills are essential. If you are good at your job, your earnings potential will be very high.

4. Pharmaceutical Financial Analyst

The pharmaceuticals industry is first and foremost a business. Pharmaceutical companies are in the game to make money – serious money – so financial analysts are employed to make sure the business is stable and profitable. Your job is to advise management on which investments are likely to be the most profitable, as well as the areas where cost savings can be made. Pharmaceutical financial analysts will normally have a background in finance rather than pharmaceuticals.

5. Pharmacist

A career as a pharmacist is generally seen as less attractive than medicine, but if you want to be at the cutting edge of pharmaceutical technology whilst retaining a degree of patient interaction, this is the career for you. To get your foot in the door, look for summer internships or placements, as these will give the experience required once you have graduated from university.

Jobs in the pharmaceuticals industry are highly sought after and competition is fierce. You will need the right qualifications and an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline is essential for research-based careers.

 

For advice on how to plan your pharmaceutical job search click here

 

 

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Careers advisor from the RSC answers your questions

As part of our “How to build a career in the chemical industry” webinar we have had some follow up questions from the audience and also pre submitted questions that we did not have enough time to answer on the day. In order to answer these questions, we will publish written answers to these questions from the different panel members over the next couple of weeks.

Charlotte Ashley-Roberts a Careers Consultant at the Royal Society of Chemistry has provided us with very informative answers to your questions:

I‘m a graduate of Industrial Chemistry. I started my career in the lubricant industry and I have over 4 years experience in this field. I need to further my education to boost my career and I can’t seem to find any post graduate course in my field. What advice do you have for me?

I would say that further education is unlikely to help in most cases. If the roles you are applying for specifically ask for a qualification you don’t have then it might be worth pursuing but this isn’t normally the case. I would advise that you have your application checked by an experienced professional as it is more likely you aren’t selling your skills well enough. If you do decide to go for a postgraduate course then it doesn’t always matter if it’s not in the ‘right’ field – choose one which interests you.

I work in Nigeria and my family is in UK. I had my PhD in the UK. I have been looking for job in the UK both as a lecturer/research assistant or postdoc and in the industry as an Analytical/Environmental chemist but have not been able to get one mainly because I don’t have UK working experience. Please what can I do to be considered for a job in the UK. I do not have visa problem and I will be grateful for any advise.

I would speak to your network already based in the UK in academia as they will be best placed to answer your question. I would also look at www.vitae.ac.uk which gives information on how to apply (and what to include) for academic applications. There are 4 main things they will look for: teaching experience, independent research, publications and revenue generation. It may be that interviewing you when you are abroad is tricky? Finally, I would say that it is an extremely competitive environment so it may just be a matter of time.

How can we ensure that employers are not losing valuable skilled potential employees trying to return to a more-flexible employment situation after extended parental leave?

Wow, that’s a big question, one I don’t have a solution for I am afraid. I am not sure we can, it will come down to the employer and their strategy, flexibility and willingness to employ parents. Many employers allow flexible working and there are laws in place to support parents at work. I think we need to ensure they see that parents bring value to the workplace and we (as parents) have some responsibility to demonstrate our skills to the employer too.

What maximum age is considered for a job in a chemical industry?

There is no maximum age, age discrimination is illegal in the UK and you are allowed to work until you don’t want to. We don’t see any problems at any age (in my experience).

If you would like to watch the webinar click here

If you are looking for a scientific job, search our latest job here

 

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CK awarded top supplier award

CK Group, the leading independent staffing and recruitment company is proud announce we have received the Gold Award for service excellence from Agile-1.  Directors Liam O’Connell and Lorna Crombie of CK Group accepted the award during Agile-1’s 2015 UK Supplier Excellence Summit, held on Thursday, 1 October at The Grange St. Paul’s Hotel in London, England.

CK is currently working with Agile-1 on two major pharmaceutical projects, providing scientific, technical and clinical staff via the company’s brands CK Science, CK IT and CK Clinical. 

Operations Director Liam O’Connell said, “We are of course delighted to accept this award on behalf of all the CK staff and contractors concerned and would like to thank every single one of them for their valued contribution.”

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Student wins award for Industrial Placement

On Thursday 13th August CK Science were honoured to award Vithusa Varnakulasingam from University of Sunderland for being the best performing student at her Industrial Placement in 2014.  As sponsors of the award, we were pleased to be able to present and award Vithusa’s achievements with a certificate and cheque.

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Vithusa worked as an Analytical Chemist for Covance in Harrogate for 13 months, extended due to the value she added to the department, Vithusa excelled due to her love of lab work.

Praising her course, she said “The course at University of Sunderland has been perfect for me as it has given me broad science training, and the volume of lab work available gave me skills and knowledge which I was able to apply during my placement. This alongside the support given by the faculty, and the interview and cv training supplied by Barney at CK Science, has given all of us on the course the very best head start to either find our first job, or continue academically.”

Vithusa has a bright future ahead having graduated with a 1st Class degree and further awards for best student over the entire course programme / best final year analysis; she plans to do an MSc or PhD in either drug chemistry or biopharmaceutical formulations.

CK Science have been supporters of University of Sunderland  for many years, having recognised their ability to teach young people industry relevant skills and provide the UK recruitment market with employable graduates. Their commitment to the Industrial Placement Programme ensures they maintain strong links with industry, giving them insight to future skills requirements. This dedication supports the university’s overall aim to be an innovative, accessible and inspirational university to students across the world.

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CK Science consultant runner up at industry awards

CK Science Senior Consultant, Graeme Pallas was announced as runner up for the Temporary Consultant of the Year award at the IRP Awards – The Institute of Recruitment Professionals.

These prestigious awards celebrate excellence in recruitment by honouring the achievements of individual recruiters and recruitment organisations across all disciplines.

The ceremony took place last night at the iconic Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London and the event was hosted by renowned broadcaster, writer and priest – Reverend Richard Coles..

Graeme joined CK in 2010, and is based at our Durham office, where he specialises in temporary scientific and engineering recruitment for the North East and Scotland.

Having previously been a policeman, Graeme displays a calm, professional, efficient approach to recruitment which has positively impacted recruitment numbers for the North East. He has won numerous awards within CK Science for his performance and has consistently overachieved in terms of targets and KPIs, all of which has contributed to him becoming CK Science’s top temp recruiter in just four years.

Graeme Pallas is an innovative, professional, personable and self effacing recruiter who works in a very organised manner, managing and growing an extremely robust division. Graeme always goes above and beyond for his clients and candidates a like. We are incredibly pleased that Graeme’s hard work and dedication has been recognised. Liam O’Connell, Operations Director.

We are thrilled that Graeme’s achievements and hard work have been recognised at the renowned IRP Awards and we would also like to congratulate the winner of the award.

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