Job of the week: Qualified Person (QP)

This week we have an exciting and rare opportunity for a Qualified Person/QP to join a global and leading UK based pharmaceutical and consumer goods manufacturer.

  • This organisation that has over 100 years’ experience of manufacturing health and beauty products producing goods that are sold globally.
  • On offer is a competitive salary, an excellent and flexible benefits package which includes a company pension scheme, childcare vouchers, cycle to work schemes, flexitime, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays and more.
  • Moreover, this is an opportunity to work for a world renowned household brand and have their name on your CV.

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Job of the week: Assay Development Scientist

A brilliant opportunity for an Assay Development Scientist to join a global biopharmaceutical organisation who specialise in finding treatments for neurology and immunology diseases.

  • Responsibility for developing screening assays for discovery and characterisation of novel drug candidates
  • Comprehensive on the job training will be provided
  • Initial 6 month contract with high likelihood of being extended longer term
  • This role will be based at our client’s state of the art facility in Slough
  • Offering a competitive salary of up to £33,000
  • This role is ideal for a candidate who has recently completed, or is about to complete a higher degree, such as PhD
  • Experience over a range of techniques including mammalian cell culture, transfection and PCR, or biochemical assays such as ELISA, western blots and functional protein assays (enzyme function) would be useful

Find out more here.

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Job of the week:  Senior Research and Development Chemist

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Research and Development Chemist to join a leading chemicals manufacturing company based in Halifax. We have chosen this role as job of the week as:

  • This is an excellent opportunity to join a growing SME where you will work closely with the senior management team bringing ideas to fruition with creative and innovative solutions.
  • You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays and also a brilliant performance related bonus scheme.
  • This company invest in their staff, offering excellent training, development and would look for the successful candidate to progress to Laboratory Manager in the future.

Find out more about this job here.

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Job of the week: Product Steward

The job of the week is a Product Steward role to join an exceptional biopharmaceutical company specialising in the development and commercialisation of innovative gene-based medicines. We have chosen this role as it is:

  • A very exciting time to join this company who have just entered into a $842.5 million exclusive worldwide licence agreement for a treatment of parkinson’s disease. To enable all of this to happen they are currently in the midst of a huge recruitment drive with one of the key vacancies being that of a Product Steward
  • This company’s advanced development pipeline includes treatments for cancer, parkinson’s and retinopathy and their early stage development pipeline includes preclinical candidates for motor neuron disease, spinal muscular atrophy and AIDS.
  • The company values include ambition, recognition and innovation; enabling them to commit to solving unmet medical needs. If this sounds like the sort of environment that you would like to work in, then we would love to hear from you.
  • This role will be based at their site in Oxford and is offered on a full time permanent basis with a very competitive salary and benefits package.

Find out more about the job here


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Job of the week: Technical Manager

We have a brilliant opportunity for a Technical Manager to join a leading waxes and oil manufacturer based in the West Midlands, on a full time, permanent basis.

  • Fantastic chance for an established and experienced people manager to join this company’s SMT and to have strategic input
  • Benefits include a bonus of up to 15% and this role will involve some international travel
  • Best suited to a Technical Manager with a strong product development background within a scientific manufacturing environment

Find out more for this role here

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GMP Production Technicians – Reykjavik, Iceland

Experienced in GMP with industry expertise within a sterile manufacturing facility? Looking for a new and exciting challenge abroad?

We are recruiting for a brilliant opportunity for GMP Production Technicians to relocate to Reykjavik, Iceland.

  • The company is dedicated to becoming one of the leaders in the biosimilar monoclonal antibody market.
  • The company offers a generous salary package, relocation assistance and additional benefits.
  • The ideal candidate would be expected to have experience in a GMP have worked within a sterile manufacturing facility.
  • Other responsibilities will include aseptic filling and monitoring of the environmental and building monitoring systems.
  • Education: Minimum of a BSc in pharmacy, biotechnology, biochemistry, engineering or a related field, coupled with Industry experience in a sterile manufacturing facility
  • GMP/ GDP is also an essential requirement

Find out more and apply here.

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Job of the week: Qualified Person (QP)

CK Group is recruiting for a Qualified Person (QP) to join a global healthcare leader who provide innovative medicines, vaccines and therapies.

The role is based in Hertfordshire on a contract basis for 1 year initially.

The role offers £95- £100 per hour and involves:

  • Providing QP certification of batches of IMPs packaged for Clinical Trial use as required by directive 2001/20/EC.
  • Managing product recalls and stock recoveries.
  • Performing and reviewing complaints and deviation investigations, change controls and CAPA’s.

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Job of the week: Regulatory Toxicologist

Ths week we have an excellent opportunity for a toxicologist to join a FTSE 100 company within their regulatory toxicology department.

  • This organisation also have a network of global teams, with the clear opportunity for expansion and progression
  • Offering a very competitive salary for the right candidate
  • The company may consider offering some working from home in the role however a presence would need to be maintained at the Leicester office for the majority of the week
  • While experience with cosmetics regulations is preferred, it is not essential. The successful candidate will be working with cosmetic, consumer and formulation related regulations and risk assessments

Find out more about this job here

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Job of the week: Chemist

We are recruiting for a Chemist to join an international manufacturer of technical aerospace coatings and sealants at their development and manufacturing site located in County Durham.

  • This is a fantastic opportunity for a Chemist to join a global brand that works with some of the biggest names in aerospace.
  • Role will involve both quality control testing and formulation development of aerospace paint products.
  • This role offers the chance to receive top class industrial training along with great personal development and career progression options.
  • No previous experience necessary as full training will be provided.

Find out more here

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Job of the week: Molecular Biologist

This week we are recruiting for a Molecular Biologist to join a rapidly growing research and development company in Stirling.

  • This is a great opportunity to work with an innovative research and development company where you will be involved in transforming IVD testing and providing the next generation of healthcare.
  • The main focus of this role will be the responsibility of key components in the development of molecular assays.
  • This role will involve people management and development responsibilities within a project team
  • This is a 12-month contract position, ideal for a highly skilled Molecular Biologist to develop their skills further and be involved in the development of new products.

Find out more about this job here

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Job of the week: Method Development Analyst

This week we have a fantastic Method Development Analyst job with a leading chemical manufacturing company at their state of the art facilities in Teesside on a permanent basis.

  • This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced chemistry professional that is looking to progress their career in a company going through an exciting period of growth.
  • Our client is one of the leading contract manufacturers of high quality fine chemicals in the crop protection, pharmaceutical and speciality chemicals markets across Europe.
  • You will be responsible for providing in-house analytical development and validation services to the chemistry development and QC departments.
  • The starting salary for this position is £26,000 rising to £28,000 after the first year.
  • Full training will be provided.

Find out more about this job here

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100 years! Inspiring Women in Industry

This month is 100 years since some women in the UK won the right to vote. To tie in with this we have launched our new series exploring the lives and successes of Inspiring Women in Industry.

It is widely known that women within the STEM sector are vastly under-represented and we would like to encourage more women to consider a career in the scientific and technical sectors.

With this in mind we wanted to showcase the most influential women in history who have contributed to discoveries in science. Some of these women you may have heard of and some are unsung heroines.

The first woman in this series is Sameera Moussa:

Sameera Moussa – Nuclear Physicist, March 3, 1917 – August 5, 1952

You may never have heard her name before but you definitely should have. She was a contemporary of many famous scientists such as Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Watson & Crick.

Read about Sameera here


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Job of the week: API Product Support Chemist

James Horne is recruiting for an API Product Support Chemist on behalf of a speciality chemical manufacturing company at their site in Cramlington on a permanent basis.

  • This is an exciting opportunity to join a leading pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) for both APIs and finished dose forms
  • This is a global organisation with state-of-the-art facilities and approximately 1300 workers at five development and manufacturing sites in the UK, Germany and Italy, as well as an international office in Shanghai and the Head Office in north London, UK
  • Joining the company during a period of growth, you will be working on an exciting range of client centred projects, and have excellent opportunities for career development.
  • As part of the Pilot Team, you will be responsible for progressing and harvesting APIs as required and ensuring specifications are met following SOPs.
  • You will be expected to work well as part of a team and be results driven with a strong customer focus
  • To be considered for the position you should be qualified to degree level in Chemistry, have experience of full-scale processing chemical manufacture and pilot scale, cGMP requirements and an understanding of exothermic chemical reactions and how they are controlled

Find out more about this job here

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Job of the week: R&D Assay Scientist

We are currently recruiting for several experienced R&D Assay Scientists from a variety of backgrounds to join a company which provides laboratory automation solutions (lab-on-a-chip technology) comprising of hardware and software product components from their site in Oxfordshire. These jobs have been chosen as the job of the week as they are:

  • Excellent opportunities to join a dynamic, fast-growing company with big plans for the future
  • Offering a salary of between £27,000 per annum – £40,000 per annum with an excellent range of benefits
  • Looking for candidates from a range of backgrounds: Genomics, Proteomics, Formulations, Cell Biology and Statistics
  • Looking for creative thinkers who are good at problem-solving

Find out more about these jobs here

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Job of the week: Technical Manager

We have a fantastic job of the week to start the new year, a Technical Manager role based in Greater Manchester. We have chosen this job as it is:

  • An excellent opportunity to join a large chemical manufacturing company who specialise in creating laundry and household cleaning products for both the UK & international markets
  • This role would be ideal for someone who has a strong quality background, experience managing a laboratory and a good knowledge of QC, QA and general quality systems.
  • Experience working with laundry products would be advantageous but not essential.
  • The successful candidate will be educated in a science discipline, have great planning skills and be a strong decision maker
  • The company offer a brilliant salary and benefits package and the opportunity for progression.
  • This role is based in Greater Manchester on a full-time permanent basis.

Find out more here

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5 reasons why December is a good time to start looking for a new job

Rumour has it that December is a bad month to look for a new job. It may be true that December can be slow. Companies take a while to get back to you regarding interviews and offers, HR managers can be putting off tasks until the following year and many people are on holiday, making the entire process inefficient. However, despite all that, the last two weeks of December can be an exciting time to start looking.

Here are a few reasons why.


  1. You have more time

Despite the Christmas frenzy happening in the outside world, December, and especially the last two weeks, can be quiet times in the workplace. This makes it the ideal time to focus on thinking about what you want to do next, rather than wait until January when everything picks up and starts getting hectic all over again.


  1. Companies needing specific skill sets are always on the lookout

This is especially relevant for companies who need specific technical skills. If you are a near-match, they will be interested, whatever time of year it is.


  1. Get ahead of the game

The general belief is that January is a time for change, so start now and get ahead of the game? Everyone will be looking for new jobs in January, so our advice is to get ahead of game and be the first CV on the pile.

If you have found a job listing which matches your skill set, send us your applications now to beat the January competition.


  1. You will come across as determined

Following from point 3, if you start to look in December not only will you be in the lead compared to the January applicants, you will also impress recruiters and companies with your determination. It’s easy to take December slow, but if you are one of those who doesn’t lose motivation and stays proactive, that will shine through.


  1. Start looking now for 2018 opportunities

It can take a while to get motivated when launching yourself into finding a new job. From re-writing your CV to finding the good jobs and practising interviews, it takes time.

On average, finding a new job usually takes just over six weeks. If you start thinking about changing now, you could be starting the year afresh with interviews and be placed in a new job by February.


If all you want for Christmas is a new job don’t fall in the December trap, start your New Year resolution early.

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Job of the week: Shift Production Manager

The job of the week is a Shift Production Manager role with a manufacturer of adhesive materials, this job has been chosen as it is:

  • A fantastic opportunity to join a company with great expectations. This person will make a real difference in innovating and improving how processes are run.
  • Reporting directly to the Operations Director, this Shift Production Manager will lead from the front and be instrumental in ensuring efficiency.
  • While chemicals experience would be preferred, any Shift Management experience within production will be considered as long as innovation and strong leadership skills can be demonstrated.
  • Based at their site near Leicester, on a full time, permanent basis.

Find out more here


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Job of the week: Analytical Chemist

This week we have an exciting opportunity for 7 Senior Analytical Chemists. It has been chosen as the job of the week as it is:

  • An excellent opportunity to work for a global analytical testing company
  • An opportunity to expand experience in analytical testing support for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products to GMP
  • Roles will involve performing analysis procedures to measure pharmaceutical compounds and a variety of formulations for stability testing and other analytical support
  • All roles are permanent
  • Salary range: £23,000-£28,000

Find out more about this job here

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Is your recruitment process costing you time, money and good candidates?

The UK is currently experiencing its lowest unemployment rate since 1975, 4.3%, resulting in almost full employment. However, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sector is experiencing a significant skill and talent shortage which has created a candidate driven market.
As a result, the recruitment process can often be a frustrating one that can cost your company time, money and perhaps more importantly, good candidates and here is why:

Recruiting can be a time consuming and at times laborious process. Why?

  • Sifting through potentially hundreds of CVs and shortlisting potential candidates is a very time-consuming activity.
  • A large number of applications can run the risk of suitable candidates being overlooked.
  • This can potentially lead to Directors, Managers and Senior staff being diverted away from important projects and staff development.
  • Once candidates are shortlisted, arranging interviews and diaries can also lead to time-consuming communications.

A very common expression in business is ‘time is money’ and this can certainly be the case in recruiting due to:

  • Money spent advertising the role – is your advert cost-effective and attracting the calibre of candidates desired?
  • Time spent by senior staff in the initial stages of recruitment can lead to time spent away from important research, projects and staff development which can ultimately cost the company money.
  • Training and induction programmes can be costly.
  • It is therefore important to appoint the correct candidate in order to not repeat this process.

Good candidates:
Being in a candidate driven market has placed an ever growing importance of managing candidate expectations and feedback.  Clients can often be frustrated by losing out on talent, the main reason being:

  • Good candidates can often be juggling more than one interview at a time.
  • This can ultimately lead to multiple offers and occasionally counter-offers from existing employers.
  • It is therefore essential that there is a quick turnaround to secure that candidate.

Take a look at our top tips for recruiting candidates in this infographic here:

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How can we help with these issues? 

CK Science is one of the UK’s leading scientific, chemical, waste, biotechnology and pharmaceutical recruitment companies.  Working with companies ranging in size from SMEs to global leading industries, we offer specialist and experienced consultants who:

  • Obtain as much information as possible regarding the role being recruited for and the type of candidate who will be the ideal fit for the business.
  • Have access to an extensive candidate database and already existing candidate relationships.
  • Have access to CVs through job boards including Indeed, CV-Library and access to LinkedIn Premium.
  • Comprehensively vet their candidates to ensure that you only receive candidates suitable for the role.
  • Liaise with the candidate and client to arrange interviews.

All of these services are delivered using dedicated consultants that ensure high levels of quality service and are free of charge up to candidate commencement.

If you would like any advice on the above or assistance with your recruitment, please contact James Horne on 0191 384 8905 or

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Job of the week: Quality Associate – Dublin

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Quality Associate to join a global pioneering biotechnology company at their manufacturing site in Dublin. The organisation can offer the following:

  • Salary will be equivalent to £30 per hour (up to 35 euros per hour)
  • The position is offered on a 12-month contract
  • The site also includes also includes a bioprocessing suite, laboratories and warehouse/packaging capabilities
  • This organisation has a presence in approximately 100 countries worldwide and has reached millions of people in the fight against serious illnesses

The company are looking for someone that can offer the following skills:

  • The ability to provide quality support for investigations of all classes of non-conformance (NC) events
  • Address root cause issues and ensure implementation plans are in place
  • Participate in customer complaint investigations
  • Provide training and advice to staff in order for them to perform their desired functions
  • Significant experience gained within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry would be preferable
  • The successful candidate will have a degree or equivalent qualification in a Science or Engineering related discipline

This is a fantastic opportunity to live and work within a short distance to this vibrant capital that moves at an easy going pace. Dublin is located on the East Coast of Ireland and this site is approximately 35 minutes from the airport.

Find out more about this role here

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