What’s the Future for Pharma?

Liam O’Connell, Operations Director at the CK Group attended the ‘What’s the Future for Pharma’ conference on 10th June run by the Yorkshire Chemical Focus (YCF).

This excellent event explored a number of exciting topics from global and European pharmaceutical and economic strategies through to novel areas of research ranging from regenerative medicines and naturally- derived medicines through to the patent cliff.

Speakers came from such notable organisations as Astra Zeneca, HGF, CrystecPharma and the University of Liverpool and it was hosted by YCF (www.ycf.org.uk). They also have a number of exciting events occurring in the near future including a conference on What’s The Future For Waste.

The CK Group are also delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring the YCFs 10th anniversary on  the 16th September.

If you would like any further information on any of these events get in touch with Liam O’Connell


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How to begin and develop a career in Technical Sales

As part of our biotechnology campaign Sarah Farrow a Scientific Recruiter who specialises in the biotechnology field speaks about how to begin and develop a career in Technical Sales.

Technical Sales jobs in the biotechnology industry can be fantastic as it gets you out of the office, enables you to utilise your technical expertise, and has some of the best earning potential in the industry.

Sarah in this video speaks about why technical sales is a great job, where most of the biotech companies are located and what employers are looking for in a potential employee. She also speaks about what is involved in Technical Sales role.


Watch this video here


Find out more about our campaign and other featured sectors here




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Advice on careers in Industrial Fermentation

As part of our biotechnology campaign we are reviewing a selection of careers that are available to you if you are considering a career in the biotech industry. Today we are looking at careers in Industrial Fermentation.

Within the life science sector the use of industrial fermentation processes is on the increase as more and more CRO’s (contract research organisations) or CMO (contract manufacturing organisations) use it to develop and manufacture recombinant proteins.

With a career in Fermentation you will have the option of working across the globe as many companies as the processes are used everywhere; however in the UK most hubs are located in:

  • Central Belt of Scotland
  • Teesside in North East England
  • Liverpool in North West England
  • Cambridge and Slough in South East England

Click here to watch the Fermentation video for more information

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CK’s biotech campaign – a career in Medical Devices

As part of our biotechnology campaign we are reviewing a selection of careers that are available to you if you are considering a career in the biotech industry. Today we are looking at Medical Devices.

Medical Devices covers a wide range of product groups, including disposable items such as face masks and syringes, through to surgical implements and instrument monitoring. Covering all the life science industries, medical devices is a diverse industry to work within and demand for qualified, motivated people is on the increase.

For more information on a career in Medical Devices click here to watch our video

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Advice tips for graduates on how to develop a career in Molecular and Cell Biology

The molecular and cell biology sectors of the biotechnology industry are rapidly growing in size and demand, as such employers are looking for graduates with an interest in these areas.

As part of our biotechnology campaign,  Naynesh Mistry, an experienced recruiter in the biotechnology industry has made a short video where he gives advice on what career opportunities are available to graduates, where most companies in this sector are located and what skill sets employers are looking for.

He also speaks about why the molecular and cell biology fields are fantastic sectors to work in.

Watch the video here


To find out more about this campaign or other sectors of the biotechnology industry click here

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Careers in Protein, Peptides and Antibodies

As part of our biotechnology campaign this month we are doing a feature on some of the positions we are seeing a high demand for. Working with proteins, peptides and antibodies is one of those were companies are looking to employ talented individuals. With variety of roles open to you including Fermentation Scientist (click here to watch our Fermentation video), Synthetic Chemist, or work in areas like protein purification, quality control or assay development.

Manufacturers of proteins, peptides and antibodies can be found across the country, but industry hubs in the UK are in:

  • Cambridge
  • Slough
  • Central Belt of Scotland
  • Teesside in North East England
  • West Midlands
  • North West – Liverpool/Manchester

Click here to watch our video on this sector and how you can secure yourself a position

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Environmental sector confirms optimistic outlook

This month The Ends Report, providers of market intelligence for environmental professionals, have released a Environmental Careers 2014 supplement to review the current market, careers opportunities and a look at the future of the industry.

The environmental sector is now experience an uplift in staffing requirements with permanent placements rising at a rate not seen since 2010, statistics backed by the REC’s Tom Hadley, Director of Policy and Professional Services, says demand has definitely returned. “Before this was true of engineering and technology but now demand is spreading across the whole market.”

CK Science’s Operations Director Liam O’Connell also contributed, agreeing that CK Science figures reflected an uplift in new positions across the board. He also took the opportunity to highlight the upcoming challenges that we now face with a shortage of UK graduates to fill high demand roles.

To read the article in full click here

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How to build a career in the stem cell sector

Have you ever considered a career in the stem cell sector of the biotechnology industry? Stem cell is a truly exciting area where many companies are receiving funding and are investing in.

As part of our Biotechnology campaign, Jason Johal speaks in this video about why the stem cell sector is a brilliant area to work in. He also gives you tips and advice on how to build a career in the stem cell sector, where the majority of businesses are located and the types of skills employers are looking for.


Watch Jason’s short video here


To find out more about this campaign or other sectors of the biotechnology industry click here


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CK Science launch biotech campaign

This month CK Science is focussing on careers in the Biotechnology sector by launching a mini, video-led campaign aimed at graduates and recent entrants into the industry. Our aim is to give a better understanding of the careers available in the industry, and the skills most employers need.

The growth of biotechnology in the UK has been phenomenal and in recent years we have noticed a dramatic uplift in the demand for biotech professionals. This is largely due to a large number of biotech businesses emerging to explore new and innovative therapies. As a recruitment consultancy specialising in the scientific industry we are uniquely positioned to identify employment trends and skills shortages so feel we can share our expertise and knowledge with those that need it most.

Click here to visit our biotech campaign site

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KPMG/REC Latest Report on Jobs

The latest KPMG/REC Report on Jobs has been released and it makes very positive reading for the science sectors. The pace of growth of permanent vacancies has continued to grow, with the increase nearly back to February’s record figures. While the rise in temporary vacancies in the science field continues to increase, it is slower than on the permanent side which is a reflection of the growing confidence of employers to invest in staff long term.

The report reflects what we are seeing in the day to day job market with a decline in candidate availability and the fastest growth in permanent salaries since July 2007. As a result we are starting to see permanent salaries for scientists starting to rise at above inflation rates for the first time in over 5 years. This is what we have needed in the industry to help attract new graduates to whilst retaining the highly skilled specialists in the sector.

Science and engineering are among the fastest growing sectors in the economy, which is great news for our industry.

If you would like more information on this report or the current labour market contact Liam O’Connell at loconnell@ckagroup.co.uk

Or click here to search our jobs



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CK Science promote Alex Tosney

CK Science is thrilled to announce that Alex Tosney has been promoted to the position of Recruitment Consultant.

Having joined the company in 2013 as a Resourcer, Alex was quickly promoted to Trainee Recruiter having shown skill and promise. Having spent 8 months learning the ropes, he has now been promoted to Recruitment Consultant.

Specialising in temporary recruitment across the whole scientific sector, Alex covers Midlands, Humberside, Yorkshire, the North West, Wales and Ireland.

Contact Alex if you are searching for a temporary contract/contractor



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CK Science Resourcer promoted

CK Science are pleased to announce they have promoted their Stevenage based Resourcer, Emily Major, to a Trainee Recruiter.

Emily, who joined CK Science in January 2014, quickly displayed a flair for recruitment after she made 8 placements in her first month. Her excellent telephone manner has meant she has been able to create strong relationships with candidates and with her bubbly personality she has quickly become one of the team at CK Science.

Click here to contact Emily


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Jobs of the Week: 06/05/2014

Here are our latest job in this week 06/05/2014:



Head of Immune Status – W Mids

Raw Material Supply Manager – W Mids

Head of Clinical R&D – W Mids

German Speaking Resourcer – East Midlands

French Speaking Resourcer – West Midlands



Operations Chemist Lab & Office – Leeds

Haematologist – Leeds

QC Analyst – Yorkshire



Technical Manager, Lancashire



Clinical Account Manager – Surrey


North East:

QC Analyst in Middlesbrough

Quality Lab Technician – Gateshead

Process Technologist in Barnard Castle

Laboratory Technician in Middlesbrough

Monoclonal Antibody Scientist – Teesside



QC Analyst – North London

Bioassay Analyst – Hertfordshire

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Marlow Foods creates new jobs

The BBC have reported that North East food manufacturer, Marlow Foods, will be creating 400 jobs following an investment of £30 million to build a third fermenter at their Billingham site.

The deal will create 100 jobs during construction, and a further 300 jobs to operate the facility, and will increase production by 50%.  The firm, which produces Quorn products, currently employs 600 people and exports globally.

CK Science have worked with Marlow Foods in the appointment of technical staff and we are delighted to wish them every success in their new venture.

Click here to search our food manufacturing roles

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CK Aspire exhibiting at OCT Europe

CK Groups functional outsourcing division, CK Aspire, will be attending the Outsourcing in Clinical Trials event in Brussels on 20-21st May.

The event brings together senior representatives to discuss the latest challenges within clinical outsourcing, such as vendor sourcing, selection and contracting, as well as communication, oversight and management. This high profile event is the perfect forum for discussion giving industry leaders the opportunity to share best practice, innovation and personal experiences.

CK Aspire will be exhibiting in the main hall and will be on hand to talk about some of the innovative case studies that have been delivered including Real World Evidence studies, Drug Safety, Biometrics, Medical Writing and Synthetic Chemistry outsourcing.

If you would like to attend, click here to register

 If you would like to arrange a meeting with one of our CK Aspire colleagues email Andy Watt on awatt@ckaspire.com or call on +44 (0) 1483 768 718


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LC-MS/MS Bioanalyst – Montreal, Canada

Jason at CK Science is recruiting for an LC-MS/MS Bioanalyst to join a global player in early stage clinical research and bioanalysis. Based at their bioanalytical facility in Montreal, Canada on a full time, permanent basis with all costs attached to visas covered by the company.

The main responsibilities for this position include developing multi-analyte bioanalytical assays for concentration determination in biological fluids employing LC-MS/MS (AB Sciex  QTRAP5500, TripleTOF5600, API5000, and API3000; UPLC/HPLC) technologies. You will also develop efficient extraction procedures such as PPT, LLE, SPE and on-line extraction.

Our client is looking for with:

  • Experience in bioanalytical method development
  • Extensive Mass Spec experience in particular LC-MS/MS.
  • Extensive Mass Spec method development experience including developing complicated methods

In return this company are offering an extremely generous package.

For more information or to apply for this position click here


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CK Group launches engineering division

The CK Group is delighted to announce the launch of our new division, CK Engineers, which is dedicated to the recruitment of highly skilled engineering professionals within the scientific industries. The CK Group is a leading recruitment organisation with over 23 years experience providing services to the pharmaceutical, chemical, life sciences, waste, food, aerospace and related industries. Our team of dedicated consultants aim to provide an excellent service to clients and candidates in the engineering sector.

The new division has been launched in response to increasing demand from clients and candidates for a recruitment offering with particular focus on engineering within the scientific industries. It will complement the existing recruitment divisions within the CK Group: CK Science, CK Clinical and CK IT.

Liam O Connell, Operations Director at the CK Group says of the new division, ‘Having dealt with scientists and engineers for over 23 years I have gained a real appreciation for their expertise and dedication to their chosen professions and as such I am delighted and very excited by the launch of CK Engineers. We have recognised that the demand for highly skilled engineers is continuing to increase within the scientific industry and as such aim to meet this demand by establishing a team of dedicated staff to focus solely on this sector”

The CK Group has an enviable reputation for customer service, professionalism and expertise and with a candidate database of over 70,000, CK Engineers has all the recipes to be extremely successful.

Click here to visit the CK Engineers website


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Cell Therapy Catapult acquire brand new custom built facilities

Cell Therapy Catapult has recently moved in to new state of the art facilities in the Tower Wing of Guy’s Hospital in London.

This brand new, custom built 1200m2 research environment comprises of fully equipped and modular laboratories. The laboratories are designed to mimic manufacturing suites to enable progress of cell therapies from the laboratory to commercial release via pilot process development.

The designers of the facilities have also created an innovative viewing area between the laboratories and office space to encourage interaction staff.

Cell Therapy Catapult has fully moved into their new facilities and will be leaving their interim premises in the next few months.


If you would like to work for an innovative organisation like Cell Therapy Catapult, please contact us here 

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Gap in the market for QA candidates – Video

CK Science have found that there is a significant gap in the market for people with experience in Quality Assurance.

Jason Johal a Manager of the CK Science Stevenage office speaks more about this skills gap in this short video:



If you would like more information please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk



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