CKA Group claim top science prize

CKA Group is thrilled to have been awarded the Supplier Excellence Award for Science by Kelly Services for the second year in a row. As a winner for scientific recruitment services provided in 2012 and now again in 2013,  CKA Group’s position as a top global performer within the Kelly Services Supplier Network is secured

On winning the award, CK’s Managing Director Jonathan Hart-Smith said, “We have worked with Kelly Services since 2007 and are elated and honoured to have been selected as winners again.  We very much value the relationship we have and are committed to the continual improvement of our performance.”

We were awarded based on our cost, compliance and performance metrics in the following areas:

  1. Professionalism
  2. Responsiveness
  3. Quality
  4. Problem Resolution
  5. Partnership
  6. Innovation

The EMEA Supplier Excellence Award Ceremony takes place on Monday 31st March in Switzerland and representatives from CKA Group will be there to accept the accolade.

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Maintenance Shift Technician Job – North West

CK Science is recruiting for a Maintenance Shift Technician to join a leading plastics manufacturer in the North West.

The main purpose will be to ensure that all electrical equipment and machinery is installed and maintained to a safe operating condition so that it is available for maximum production utilisation.

To be considered for this role you will need a background in Electrical Engineering.


Find out more about this job here

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Careers advice from CK Science

Having been established over 20 years ago as a specialist recruiter for the science based industries, we are well positioned to provide candidates with career advice.

The long term relationships we have we both our clients and our contract workers, alongside our experienced and qualified recruiters mean we have become adept at understanding what hiring managers are looking for.

Using this information we have created a series of advice articles and videos to help you find the best jobs, with the best companies, with the best salary.

Visit our Career Zone

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A new Resourcer joins the CK Science Durham team

Recently Jade Mosley joined CK Science as a Scientific Resourcer.  Based in Durham Jade sources candidates for jobs across all the scientific industries in Scotland and the North East of the UK.

CK Science are delighted to welcome her to the team and she has already shown promise in her new role. Barney Smith the Manager of the Durham office said  “Jade has been an excellent addition to the Durham team….She has been invaluable in helping us to improve our service to both clients and candidates”.


Watch Jade’s meet the team video here


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Do you work in the waste industry?

Would you like to win an Amazon Kindle? If so, please click on the link below and complete our industry survey.

Click here to complete the survey


CK Science are aiming to gain a better understanding of the waste industry so to improve the quality of service we offer to our candidates and clients. Our aim is to find you the right job, with the right company, in the right location, and at the right salary but we need your help first.

In way of thanks for your help, we have an Amazon Kindle to be won through a prize draw.

Make sure you fill in the survey today.


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CK invest in growth

CK Science this month welcomes the first member of the new client relationship team, Andy Watt.

Andy Watt has joined CK as a Client Relationship Manager, he will be working closely with clients to help provide effective resourcing solutions to ensure that clients meet their business objectives.  He will also help clients implement alternative resourcing solutions such as Function Service Outsourcing (FSO) or Recruitment Processing Outsourcing (RPO).

Andy has extensive experience in the scientific recruitment industry having worked for as an in house Recruiter for  Roche and AstraZeneca for the past few years.


Watch Andy’s meet the team video here


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Attention waste industry professionals!

Do you work in the waste industry?

We are performing a review of the waste industry to make us better at our job. Improving our understanding of the waste industry will enable us to find you the best jobs, for the best companies, earning the best salary we can negotiate for you.  To do this though we need you to complete our survey.

Click here to fill in your answers

Once you have entered the survey you will be entered into a free prize draw to win an Amazon Kindle!

Don’t forget to complete the survey!


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CK Group semi finalists in 2013 Supplier Excellence Awards

CK Science are pleased to announce that CK Group, owners of the CK group of recruitment companies which includes CK Clinical and CK IT, have been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2013 Kelly’s Supplier Excellence Awards.

Nominations have been based on our cost, compliance and performance metrics in the following areas:

  1. Professionalism
  2. Responsiveness
  3. Quality
  4. Problem Resolution
  5. Partnership
  6. Innovation

Further evaluations will now be undertaken by the awards committee before finalists are notified. Having won last year for the 2012 awards, CK Science hopes to continue their success with Kellys and win the 2013 award.

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Thank you from Burkina Faso

A few weeks ago the CK Group raised financial aid for a school in Burkina Faso, Ecole Sainte Maire.  This week we received a letter from the school thanking CK for their donation and they also sent pictures of some of the children that CK Group has helped in providing an education for. Two of the children are called Alfred and Abi.

This primary school was established over 8 years ago by St Mary’s School in Derbyshire and CK Group has been dedicated in helping children at this school ever since.


Watch a short video about the school here


If you would like to help this charity please contact Liam O’Connell on lo’ or 0114 283 9956



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CK welcomes a new team member

CK Science are delighted to announce that Emily Major has joined CK Science as a Resourcer and is based in the Stevenage office.

In her new role she is responsible for sourcing candidates for permanent and temporary roles across all the science industries in the South of the UK.

Emily has recently graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc Honours degree 2.1 in Animal Science, and  we are confident that this interest and experience in the sciences will be an essential asset in her new role.

Emily’s manager had this to say about her:

Emily has been an instant success since joining CK Science and, having made her first placement during week one,  is already exceeding expectations. She is excellent dealing with candidates with a friendly and professional manner and she is learning extremely quickly.  Always eager to help everyone she deals with, organised, efficient and already an important member of the team. Manager at CK Science


Find out more about Emily and watch her new meet the team video here



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CK Science Resourcer gets promoted

CK Science are pleased to announce they have promoted Tenni Cole-Etti into the position of  Recruitment Consultant. Having joined the Stevenage team in April 2012 as a Resourcer, Tenni quickly exceeded expectations and even placed his first candidate within 3 months of starting.

Tenni has made a huge impact within his team, and the CK Group as a whole, with one Manager saying; ‘Tenni has brought an energy and enthusiasm to the team that is uplifting and infectious, and he exudes this to the candidates and clients that he deals with. ‘ 

Responsible for permanent recruitment in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food and life sciences industries based in the South East and South West, we see Tenni  continuing to grow and develop within this new role. Join us in congratulating him.

Click here to visit Tenni’s meet our team page



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CK Science helps school children in West Africa

CK Science has once again sent financial aid to a school in the poverty stricken country of Burkina Faso. With over 250 school age children attending, St Mary’s School in Titao provides an extremely rare commodity for the rural area – free education.

Established by St Mary’s School in Derbyshire over 8 years ago, CK Science has been dedicated to bridging the difference between government donations and the amount required to ensure that all school children receive a free meal each day.

Recently Sr Susan of St Mary’s in Chesterfield revisited the school to see how the teachers and children were getting on.

Click here to watch the video

If you would like to donate towards this worthy cause please contact Liam O’Connell on lo’ or 0114 283 9956

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CK consultants pass industry exams

The CK Group are delighted to announce that three of their consultants have successfully completed their Certificate in Recruitment Practice. The course run by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation aims to develop the skills of professional recruiters in  all aspects of the art of sourcing suitable candidates for clients.

Sarah Johnson, Alex Tosney and Jocelyn Blackham have all worked hard to gain this prized qualification. Alex who works as a recruiter in the science division of the CK Group, and is based at the head office in Chesterfield stated, “It was strange undertaking exams again but I feel the qualification is really worth while and it has certainly enhanced my skills”.

Group Operations Director Liam O Connell says “ We feel it is vital for our staff to continue to develop within the group and by undertaking formal qualifications, not only do our staff gain new skills but they also develop a sense of pride in their chosen career”. The CK Group are an ISO9001 accredited organisation, and are also Investors in People, demonstrating their commitment to training and staff development.

If you would be interested in a career in recruitment or working for the CK Group call our HR Officer on 0114 283 9956 or email her on

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CK Science support Cancer Research

The CK Science team attended the CK Group annual awards ceremony over the weekend, where they were awarded for both individual and team performances. Having had such a successful year in 2013 it was a great opportunity to celebrate with the Group, which also consists of CK IT and CK Clinical.

The staff of all 3 divisions of CK Group also took the opportunity to donate money the key charities supported by the company, which includes Cancer Research. Having raised an impressive £332, the figure has since been double as the company generously matched the figure

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RSC publish an article, CK’s award winning Recruiter

The Royal Society of Chemistry have published an article on CK’s award winning Recruitment Consultant Victoria Walker, in the Chemistry World magazine.

The writer speaks about how Victoria became a Recruiter shortly after achieving a first in a MChem in chemistry, and how she went on to win the ultimate industry award “Recruitment Consultant of the Year” at REC’s Institute of Recruitment Professional’s awards in December 2013.

You can read the full article in the January 2014 edition of Chemistry World on page 73.


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Project Manager Job – West Yorkshire

CK is recruiting for a Project Manager to join a leading facilities management company in their waste division based in West Yorkshire.

The main purpose of this role will be management of assigned projects to time, cost and performance.

The successful applicant for this job will be educated to engineering degree level or equivalent and have experience in a supervisory role of a professional team.


Read the full job description here

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CK to attend the REC Youth Employment Parliamentary Reception

As signatory to the REC Youth Employment Charter, Liam O’Connell founder and Director of CK Group has been invited to attend the 3rd REC Youth Employment Parliamentary Reception.

The reception will mark and celebrate the third anniversary and successes of the REC’s Youth Employment Taskforce.

The Youth Employment Charter is an initiative through which REC members pledge to help reduce youth unemployment, and showcases existing good practice within the industry to reach out to the next generation of worker

Signatories to the Youth Employment Charter play an active role in delivering recommendations of the Youth Employment Taskforce, for example by:

  • Developing links with local schools and colleges to raise awareness of the world of work
  • Working with local job-centres and Work Programme providers to provide opportunities and address specific barriers
  • Promoting apprenticeships and internships to client organisations

The special event will take place on the 8th of January 2014 at the House of Lords in London.


Find out more about the REC Youth Employment Charter here.



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CK Science Launch New Website with Candidate Focus

CK Science, the leading scientific recruitment consultancy, launched an interactive new website this year. The new site has two main goals, which includes:

  1. Enhancing the candidate experience by simplifying the search facility
  2. Providing a more personal service by increasing the candidate’s ability to communicate with their CK consultant.

The bold decision has been taken to place the candidate experience firmly at the centre of the website’s functionality, whether it’s for a proximity-based job search, or to identify the best CK Consultant to help according to location, discipline or employment preference.

The new site introduces technologies and functionalities that have not been used in scientific recruitment before, once again showing that CK Science is a leader in their field. The new tools include:

  • A candidate-only zone (CK+) which enables applicants to personalise their registration space, store and amend their CV and save job searches.
  • A corporate video which captures the personality of CK Science.
  • The facility to request a Skype call with a Consultant to get a more personalised service.
  • A one-stop shop for candidates needing advice on searching for a new job, getting the most from their CV or improving their interview technique.  All the career information and advice is now located in one place (Career Zone) for reference or to be browsed at leisure.

Jonathan Hart-Smith, Managing Director of CK Science, said, “Customer service is key to the CK Group so we are always looking at ways to improve the online experience.  Whether it’s simplifying the application process or modernising the look and feel of the site, we like to add value wherever we can.  I feel our new website captures that perfectly and additional services such as CK+ will ensure our customer relationships stay fresh and continue to go from strength to strength.”

Jonathan continues, ”However this has become more to us than just having a good shop front.  We are now looking at other ways to enhance our online offering to make our website the very best place to go for Science jobs and career advice.”

We are already seeing an increase in visitors since the new site has been launched and this will only increase in 2014 as the site grows and develops.

Take a look at the new website now, visit

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