Job of the Week: Senior Consultant

CK Science have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Consultant to join a food research company that provide practical solutions that cover all stages of a product’s lifecycle. The role will be on a permanent basis at their site in Epsom.

  • The successful candidate will play a lead role in business development and marketing, engaging in thought-leadership and client development activities including pitch and proposal development.
  • You will have proven experience blending consumer insight, sensory science and consumer behavioural understanding to inform innovation. In addition, you will have experience in developing strong client relationships and have a passion for innovation projects.
  • The company offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary of up to £65,000.

Find out more and apply for this role here


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Job of the Week: Data Scientist

CK Science have an excellent opportunity for a Data Scientist to join a global biopharmaceutical organisation at their research facilities located in Slough. This position will be on a one year contract with the possibility of extension.

  • The role will be responsible for establishing genomic data processing pipelines and analytical plans to inform target identification, validation and biomarker discovery.
  • The ideal candidate should have a thorough understanding of statistics, data mining and visualisation of biological data types.
  • This is a great opportunity to join a globally recognised biopharmaceutical company whose products treat thousands of patients around the world living with severe diseases.

Find out more and apply for this role here

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Job of the Week: Product Manager (Genetics)

CK Science have an exciting new opportunity for a Product Manager with a genetic toxicology background to join a leading company that provides solutions to the global health and life sciences community. This permanent role will be based at their site near Cambridge.

  • The successful candidate will be part of a small team, where they will be responsible for assessing customer requirements and working closely with developers to advise the direction of their product development.
  • The role will involve remote and face-to-face interaction with the company’s worldwide customers – with visits to their sites and attendance at international conferences and exhibitions.
  • Degree or equivalent in a life sciences subject is required, with genetic toxicology knowledge and experience highly desirable.

Find out more and apply for this role

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Excellent Technical Transfer Lead Opportunity

We are recruiting for an experienced Technical Transfer Lead to join one of the world’s leading manufacturers of biosimilar and biopharmaceutical products used in the treatment of a wide range of human health conditions. The role is based at their site in Dun Laoghaire on a 12 month contract, and is offering an hourly rate of €56.25.

Within this role, you will have the chance to support new product introductions and lifecycle management changes, as well as establish yourself in a product lead position.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Knowledge of cGMPs and other worldwide regulatory requirements.
  • Experience in supporting Commercial Protein Drug Product (DP) processing in specific areas such as sterile processing, process characterisation, tech transfer or validation.

Find out more and apply for this role here

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Job of the Week: Development Chemist

CK Science have an excellent opportunity for a Development Chemist to join a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets. In this role, you will be responsible for developing cementitious products and leading projects, therefore strong experience in development is essential.

This role has been chosen as our Job of the Week as it offers:

  • Great benefits including pension, up to 26.5 days holiday and options for flexi-working.
  • Competitive salary.
  • An easily accessible work location from surrounding areas such as Tamworth, Wolverhampton and Stoke on Trent.

Find out more and apply for this role here

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Analytical Chemist Role

CK Science have an excellent opportunity for an Analytical Chemist to join a leading global adhesive specialist in the industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets, at their site based in Stafford. This is a varied role where no two days will be the same, responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking research into traditional and new polymer platforms.
  • Carrying out characterisation of polymers, other raw materials and formulated products via a range of analytical techniques including – GC-MS, GPC and FTIR.

Benefits of the role include:

  • Generous holiday allowance and pension contribution.
  • An easily accessible work location from surrounding areas such as Tamworth, Wolverhampton and Stoke on Trent.
  • A competitive salary.

Find out more and apply for this job here

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Job of the Week: Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager

CK Science have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager to join an innovative and expanding multinational biotech at their site in Stevenage, on a permanent basis. The company focuses on the development and commercialisation of gene therapies for debilitating disorders. We have chosen this as our Job of the Week as it offers:

  • An excellent benefits packaging including a bonus and private healthcare.
  • The chance to apply your skills with exciting research projects in a highly supportive environment that values your development within a multidisciplinary team. This regulatory role will focus on early development projects and the scope to take products through to market approval.
  • An easily commutable work location by both train and road networks, with connections to London.

Find out more and apply for this role here


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Job of the Week: Qualified Person

CK Science has an excellent opportunity for a Qualified Person to join a leading biopharmaceutical company on a six month contract, with the possibility of an extension. The ideal candidate for this role will have over two years of experience acting as a QP within the pharmaceutical/biological manufacturing industries, good working knowledge of GDP and GMP requirements, and good interpersonal communication skills.

We have chosen this as our Job of the Week as it offers the following:

  • The chance to join a well-established biopharmaceutical R&D facility.
  • An excellent, easily commutable work location based in Slough, with good transport links to London, Reading and Oxford.
  • A competitive hourly rate and flexible working options.

Find out more and apply for this role here

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Job of the Week: Technical Manager

A great opportunity for an experienced individual in raw materials and manufacturing to take on a Technical Manager position within the paper and supply chain industry

  • The company has a highly acclaimed reputation
  • A highly competitive salary
  • This role is located in Moreton-in-Marsh. The site is commutable from Gloucester, Warwick and Oxford.

Find out more about this job here

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CK Group Receives AgileOne’s Gold Award

We are proud to announce that on 19 September, 2019, the company received AgileOne’s Gold Award for supplier excellence. The award was presented to Liam O’Connell during an award ceremony that took place during the AgileOne Supplier Excellence Awards held in London, England.

“With each candidate interaction and each successful placement, our suppliers play a critical role in our success at AgileOne. We are constantly evaluating our suppliers to ensure they are providing the best possible service to our clients. The Supplier Excellence Awards allow us to recognize the suppliers that consistently exceed expectations,” Brian Clark, Senior Vice President Global Operations of AgileOne. “As a trusted partner, CK Group has risen to the challenge of delivering world-class customer service and high-quality talent for AgileOne’s clients around the world.”

“The entire Global Strategic Sourcing team is dedicated to building strong partnerships with suppliers around the world. The Supplier Excellence Awards are just one of the many ways AgileOne seeks to showcase our ‘Best of the Best’ suppliers,” said Jaideep Majumdar, Associate Vice President of AgileOne “Our supplier partnership program strives to connect, build, foster, and grow our supplier partners so that they curate innovative, technology-based workforce solutions to better serve our clients. From sharing world-class processes to giving suppliers the opportunity to grow their business, our ‘Best of the Best’ suppliers serve as an example of what can be done when you create win-win partnerships that benefits everyone.”

The CK Group are delighted for the fourth year in a row to win the Best of the Best award for Agile One in the UK.

“Through the last 10 years we have developed an excellent strategic relationship enabling us to support AgileOne on their programs providing much more than recruitment services. We look forward to developing and strengthening this relationship and to continue to work closely with the excellent staff at AgileOne.” Liam O’Connell, Operations Director of CK Group.

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Job of the week: QC Analyst

We have an exciting opportunity for a Shift QC Analyst to join a leading global chemical solutions provider. The role is an initial 3 month contract with a competitive  salary. The role is based at our client’s Duxford site, just south of Cambridge.

  • Role will involve performing analysis on raw materials and final products using specialist analytical instrumentation
  • 3 week shift rotating pattern comprised of 6am-2pm, 10am-6pm and 2pm-10pm working hours
  • Fantastic training and development opportunity

Find out more about this role here.

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Careers advice from Darren McKerrecher at AstraZeneca

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.

Darren McKerrecher, Associate Director at AstraZeneca, has provided us with some excellent answers focussing on getting a scientific job:


Is it harder for graduates who have studied Biological Science to enter the pharmaceutical industry?   Also, how related is working in the pharmaceutical industry to medicine?

We recruit many biological science colleagues across multiple disciplines.  If you are talking about careers in chemistry though, we do look primarily at candidates with recent and relevant experience in medicinal, analytical or synthetic organic chemistry as the backbone of a chemistry career in pharma.   I’d recommend you seek to identify potential gaps that an employer could be concerned about, and look to augment your interest & existing experience with activities focussed on those areas.  Short-term roles or even attending conferences would be valuable to demonstrate your commitment.  Regarding relation to medicine, most of our work as chemists is pre-clinical, but we work closely with clinical colleagues to select the best targets to work on and follow the transition into the clinic of our successes.  When successful, we often get to hear video stories directly from patients describing the impact of our research on their disease and lives – few things are more inspiring!


How can one convince an employer that 25 years plus of broad experience in the Chemical Industry is worth employing? And can add value to any employer even if the CV does not contain the required search words for computer controlled search for the perfect candidate?

I can’t speak for other organisations, but our chemistry recruitment within AZ is not done by computer-controlled search – we read application forms, CVs & cover letters.  We have recently recruited several staff with >25 years experience each in the industry.  While this was partly to fill a skills gap as part of our move to Cambridge, the primary driver was that each demonstrated a continued drive and passion to do chemistry, evidence of keeping knowledge up to date, and articulated what skills they could bring to the organisation.  It may be better to think in positive terms of what you can bring with your experience, rather than fear it may be an issue – doing the latter may come across in your application / interview and decrease your chances.


What advice would you give to a student who wishes to continue researching novel medicines on the best route into the industry? Also is a PhD essential to continue on this route.

As discussed, the right PhD can help, the wrong one can hinder.  Gaining independent research experience during a PhD in a good group in a relevant field is undoubtedly a help in fast tracking your career, but the competition is strong and there are no guarantees.  Alternative routes are to look at summer placements & sandwich years during your degree and also graduate intern schemes to broaden your experience, increase your networks and decide whether this is the right path for you.  Ultimately, we are looking for talented, motivated and flexible researchers, whether they have a PhD or not.


How late can you change careers/speciality? And are transferable skills really seen as transferable?

As I mentioned in the webcast, never underestimate how impressive the analytical skills chemist have can appear in alternative environments.  As part of AZ’s transition, many ex-colleagues have moved into new careers / specialties and are almost all making excellent progress.  I think the key aspects are (a) providing a credible narrative about why the new specialty is for you (not just because my current job ceased to exist and I need something else – no matter how true this is!), and (b) identifying examples which showcase your transferable skills so that these can be used by the recruiter to picture you in a different role.


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Jobs of the Week: 14/10/2013

Here is a selection of our jobs of the week:


South East:

Sample & Logistics Technician – Kent

Process Scientist – Kent

Operations Director – Water Utilities – Kent/East London

Water Process Scientist – Wastewater, Essex

Biochemist – Enzymologist – West Sussex

Cell Assay Pharmacologist – West Sussex


Home counties:

Service Engineer – Instrumentation, Berkshire

Cell Culture Scientist – Surrey



Senior Analyst Health Economics – London

Operations Director – Water Utilities – Kent/East London

Sample Technician – London

Marketing Manager – London

Biotech Business Development Executive – London



Regulatory Affairs Assistant – Leeds

CAPA Administrator – Leeds



Analytical Chemist in Montrose

Site Chemist In Peterhead


North East:

GCMS Analyst – Teesside


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Jobs of the Week – 07/10/2013

Here is a selection of our latest jobs in this week:



Technical Sales Executive, Home Based


North East:

Production Operator in North East England

Senior Microbiologist in Grangemouth



Technical Sales Executive – Waste Management – Oxford & Berkshire

Device Technologist – Hertfordshire

Laboratory & Facilities Coordinator – Herts


South East:

Process Scientist – Kent

Senior Assay Development Scientist – Wiltshire

Laboratory Technician – Chemical, Hampshire


South West:

Microbiologist – South West England

Senior Assay Development Scientist – Wiltshire

Mechanical Engineer, Diagnostics – Wiltshire



Sales Specialist AKTA/Chromatography – Midlands

Senior Development Chemist, Staffordshire

Pilot Plant Team Leader – Birmingham


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Jobs of the Week – 30/09/2013

Here is a selection of the latest jobs in this week:



Senior Microbiologist in Grangemouth


Home counties:

Senior Artwork Technologist – Berkshire

QC Microbiologist – Surrey

Technical Support Officer – Hertfordshire

Development Scientist – Surrey

Water Microbiology Team Leader – London

Technical Services Manager – Yorkshire


South West England:

Senior Assay Development Scientist – Wiltshire

Mechanical Engineer, Diagnostics – Wiltshire

Sampling Chemist, Oil – Bristol

Molecular Biologist – Wiltshire

Graduate Chemist – Somerset


South coast of the England:

Maintenance Assistance – Waste – Hampshire


North East:

Project Engineer in Teesside

Technical Sales Coordinator in Newcastle

Inorganic Analyst in Newcastle



Senior QC Microbiology Analyst – Yorkshire

Technical Services Manager – Yorkshire


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Jobs of the Week – 23/09/2013

Here are a few of our latest jobs in this week:



Laboratory Technician – Wolverhampton

Technical Sales Manager, Midlands


North East:

Development Chemist – Cramlington



Production Manager in Livingston

Chemist in the Borders

Waste Chemist in Central Belt Scotland


Home counties:

Night Shift Pharmaceutical Production Technician

Associate Scientist – Hertfordshire

Shift Chemist – Chemical, Peterborough



Test Technician – Leeds

Laboratory Manager (Microbiology)- Humberside

European Sales Administrator, West Yorkshire

Site Business Manager, Lancashire

Resident Engineer – Barnsley

Quality Assurance Microbiologist Technician, Yorks

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Jobs of the Week – 16 September 2013

Here are some of our top scientific jobs in this week:


South East:

Process Microbiologist – Sussex

QA Scientist – West Susex

Administrator (document control) – Surrey

Analytical Chemist – Surrey


South West:

Microbiologist – South West England



Area Sales Exec –  Camb/Lincolnshire

Senior Group Leader, Molecular Pharmacology – Cambridge

Senior Group Leader, Cambridge

AD, CNS Pharmacology/Drug Discovery, Cambridge



Laboratory Technician =East/west Midlands



Analytical Chemist in Edinburgh

Senior Molecular Biologist in Ayr

Sales Scientist in Ayr


North East:

Resourcer at CK Science Durham

GCMS Analyst – Co. Durham




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Scientific Jobs of the Week

Here is a selection of our top scientific jobs from the past week


Label Regulatory Reviewer – Switzerland

Complaint Handling Manager  – Switzerland

North East

Biopharmaceutical Scientist – Billingham

Senior Downstream Process Scientist – Teesside

Senior Bioanalytical Scientist – Teesside

Senior Upstream Process Scientist – Teesside

Stability Analyst – North East

Packaging Materials Analyst – North East

Process Technologist – North East

Yorkshire and the Midlands

Laboratory Scientist – West Midlands

Logistics Support Officer – Yorkshire

Process Engineering Manager – Northamptonshire

Development Analyst – Yorkshire

Microbiology Technician – West Midlands

National Planner – West Midlands

South East and London

Analytical Chemist – London

Scientific Assistant – Cambridge

Analyst – Cambridge

Quality Engineer -Surrey

Senior Chemist – Oxfordshire

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CK Science’s Jobs of the Week

Here is a selection of our best jobs this week

Northern Ireland

Business Development Manager – Northern Ireland

Validation Manager – Northern Ireland


Quality Engineer – Switzerland

CAPA Consultants – Switzerland

Purchasing Manager – Italy

North East

Pilot Plant Manager – Teesside

Compliance Manager – Teesside

QA Officer – Newcastle

Lincolnshire and the Midlands

Production Assistant – East Midlands

GMP Specialist – Lincolnshire

North West and Yorkshire

Production Team Leader – Blackpool

Heat Treatment Sales Position – West Yorkshire

Southern UK

Product Manager – Hertfordshire

Senior Chemist – Berkshire

Cell Manufacturing Scientist – London

Protein Formulation Scientist – Cambridgeshire

Process Development Engineer – Surrey

Mechanical Technician – Oxfordshire

Design Engineer – Surrey

Service Delivery Scientist – Suffolk

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CK’s Top Science Jobs This Week

Here is a selection of the best science jobs from the past week:

North East

Development Chemist – Newcastle

Polymer Chemist – Co. Durham

Microbiology Assistant – Teesside

North West

Batch Release Quality Assurance Representative – Liverpool

Northern Ireland

Analytical Team Leader – Northern Ireland

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