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?

Read the rest of this article here

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.

Read the rest of this article here

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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Benefits of becoming a contractor

Many people choose to work as a contractor as opposed to working on a permanent basis, but why did they decide to leave their permanent role and what made them make the leap? Here are a few reasons why many people consider contracting as a great option:

1. Financial reward

It is widely acknowledged that contracting pays more than the permanent market, particularly for premium skills that are high in demand. This makes it an extremely attractive option.

2. Job satisfaction

Contracting provides complete freedom to choose where to work and what area to work in. If you’re unhappy with what you’re doing or the direction you’re moving in, just simply finish your contract, update your CV and find a new challenge.  You are in complete control.

3. Flexible working

Contracting does provide the option to take long holidays between contracts enabling you to travel for longer periods or take career breaks. But make sure you save enough money each month to account for the period of time that you may not be working.

4. Location

As a career contractor you have the option to work wherever you want, if you wanted to work for 6 months in Switzerland at a global pharmaceutical organisation then this could be a reality.

5. Training/career progression

Unfortunately, some companies are restricted on how much training and development they can offer their employees. Without training and career progression, job satisfaction and morale can plummet. However, if you become a contractor you choose where to work and what to work on. You can up skill yourself by attending training courses and buy any training material you choose.

6. Experience

If you are relatively new to the science industries then contracting on a temporary basis in the science market gives you the opportunity to gain experience in different environments using a diverse range of skills and techniques. Contractors tend to gain a really good insight into different company cultures, processes, operations and structures.

At a more senior level, you can enter a new organisation as the ‘industry expert’, which is not only a nice position to be in, it also adds to your credibility as an industry professional, widens your experience further and helps increase your daily rate.

A wealth of experience from a spectrum of environments can make you very attractive to potential employers.

7. Contracting options

As a contractor you can decide how you want to work, you have the option to work for an umbrella company which can provide some flexibility and reduce some of your administrative duties for a cost.

You also have the option to work as a limited company where you are responsible for your own employment responsibilities and this option can give you more flexibility to manage your own finance, contractual and tax affairs. Find out more about your contracting options here


If you are thinking about becoming a contractor, here at CK, not only are we committed to helping you find the right contract scientific job quickly and easily, but we support you personally throughout your assignment too.

Find out more about contracting with CK here

Written by Tenni Cole-Etti, find out more about Tenni here



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Analysts are in demand!

Once again CK has been inundated with requests from clients across the UK for motivated, analytical professionals who are looking for entry-level, mid-level and senior positions.

Watch our video below to find out what kind of skills we are seeking:

With roles that range from Analytical Chemists, Project Managers, Stability Coordinators, Junior Analysts, Senior Analysts, LCMS Specialists as well as QC , we currently have something for everyone.

So if you are currently looking for a new position, or are considering moving on from your role click here to view our positions



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Science job of the week: EU Business Development Manager

This week our science job of the week is an exciting new role for a EU Business Development Manager (BDM) to join a global contract development and manufacturing organisation based in Amargh, Northern Ireland on an permanent basis.  This role also offers:

  • The opportunity to work for an established contract development and manufacturing organisation that provides an extensive range of integrated services to over 600 companies globally within the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.
  • A home based working environment, a competitive salary in excess of £40k and excellent benefits (20% bonus, pension, healthcare, laptop, phone and more).
  • Responsibilities that include sales and market development of diagnostics partnership business to a sector of the EU pharma & biotech market.

Apply for this job 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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