Careers advisor from the RSC answers your questions

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.

Charlotte Ashley-Roberts a Careers Consultant at the Royal Society of Chemistry has provided us with very informative answers to your questions:

I‘m a graduate of Industrial Chemistry. I started my career in the lubricant industry and I have over 4 years experience in this field. I need to further my education to boost my career and I can’t seem to find any post graduate course in my field. What advice do you have for me?

I would say that further education is unlikely to help in most cases. If the roles you are applying for specifically ask for a qualification you don’t have then it might be worth pursuing but this isn’t normally the case. I would advise that you have your application checked by an experienced professional as it is more likely you aren’t selling your skills well enough. If you do decide to go for a postgraduate course then it doesn’t always matter if it’s not in the ‘right’ field – choose one which interests you.

I work in Nigeria and my family is in UK. I had my PhD in the UK. I have been looking for job in the UK both as a lecturer/research assistant or postdoc and in the industry as an Analytical/Environmental chemist but have not been able to get one mainly because I don’t have UK working experience. Please what can I do to be considered for a job in the UK. I do not have visa problem and I will be grateful for any advise.

I would speak to your network already based in the UK in academia as they will be best placed to answer your question. I would also look at www.vitae.ac.uk which gives information on how to apply (and what to include) for academic applications. There are 4 main things they will look for: teaching experience, independent research, publications and revenue generation. It may be that interviewing you when you are abroad is tricky? Finally, I would say that it is an extremely competitive environment so it may just be a matter of time.

How can we ensure that employers are not losing valuable skilled potential employees trying to return to a more-flexible employment situation after extended parental leave?

Wow, that’s a big question, one I don’t have a solution for I am afraid. I am not sure we can, it will come down to the employer and their strategy, flexibility and willingness to employ parents. Many employers allow flexible working and there are laws in place to support parents at work. I think we need to ensure they see that parents bring value to the workplace and we (as parents) have some responsibility to demonstrate our skills to the employer too.

What maximum age is considered for a job in a chemical industry?

There is no maximum age, age discrimination is illegal in the UK and you are allowed to work until you don’t want to. We don’t see any problems at any age (in my experience).

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Sales Manager – UK / Germany

Andrew Bolton at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Sales Manager to join a world leading Chemical Manufacturer specialising in products for the Fine Chemical, Pharmaceutical & related industries at  their sites in either the UK or Germany.

Responsibilities:

As a Sales Manager, you will be part of a European Sales Team responsible for:

  • Technical sales of the organisations range of chemical & related technology products.
  • Identifying new customers and markets and carrying out business development.
  • Key account management of an established customer base.
  • Working closely with customer’s technical, purchasing and manufacturing teams to identify products to suit their requirements & offering problem solving

Qualifications and skills:

As a Sales Manager, you will have the following qualifications, skills & experience:

  • A qualification in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or equivalent industrial experience (or equivalent).
  • Demonstrated experience in a Sales Manager or related Commercial function gained within a Chemical
  • Manufacturing, Technology Organisation, Pharmaceutical or relevant industry.
  • Fluent written and verbal English.

The following would be advantageous but are not essential:

  • Additional language skills including German, Italian or other European languages.
  • Experience specifically in the Fine Chemical industry.

Benefits:

As a Sales Manager, you will be joining an industry leading Chemical Manufacturer who in return offer a salary of between £40,000 – £50,000, coupled with excellent benefits including a bonus scheme, company car, mobile, laptop and pension.

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Please contact Andrew for more details.

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply to the role of Sales Manager, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.   Please quote reference ST25875 in all correspondence.

 

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Shift Chemist – Teesside, UK

Barney Smith at CK Science is recruiting for a Shift Chemist to join a global inspection company to work in an analytical laboratory in Teesside.

Responsibilities:

The Shift Chemist role involves analytical testing of Oil, Gas and Chemicals using GC, GC-MS, AA, IC, UV, IR and wet chemistry. The role will also involve working on site, at heights and in confined spaces.

Qualifications:

As a Shift Chemist you must be qualified to minimum degree level in chemistry or related subject or possess equivalent industrial experience. A flexible approach to working will be required as you will be working around shipping itineraries.

The company:

The company are a global inspection company with offices worldwide.  The company culture is to promote from within so with flexibility on location there will be opportunities to progress your career.

Barney Smith - Manager at CK ScienceHow to apply:

Apply online:

For more information or to apply for these contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH24897 in all correspondence.

 

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Latest Science Jobs 23.7.2012

Here’s a list of the latest science jobs which CK Science is recruiting for in the UK. Please click on the links below to find out more and apply.

 

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GSK give a £12 million grant to the University of Nottingham

GlaxoSmithKline and the University of Nottingham are to collaborate together to establish a new laboratory to accommodate the Centre of Excellence for sustainable chemistry and to construct an innovative carbon neutral sustainable chemistry laboratory.

The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry will be based on the University’s Jubilee Campus and its construction is being supported by a £12m grant from GSK

The focus on sustainability will be reflected in the building itself, which will incorporate the latest technologies to allow it to be carbon-neutral over its lifetime

Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK said: “The carbon neutral laboratory will help affirm the UK as a global hub for the future of the life-sciences industry

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Process Development Chemist – North West

Hannah Milward at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Process Development Chemist to join a chemical manufacturer who specialise in the application of novel enzymatic systems and flow technologies join their team for the duration of 3 months with the view to go permanent. This role is based in the North West

Qualifications:

To be considered for this Process Development Chemist position you will have a good degree/PhD or equivalent in science, have sound knowledge of organic chemistry and be familiar with HPLC, GC and NMR techniques.

How to apply:

Apply online now

For more information or to apply for this Process Development Chemist role please contact Hannah Milward on 0114 2839956 or email hmilward@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH23939 in all correspondence.

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Looking for a Job in the Chemical Industry? Join our Linkedin Group Today!

Are you looking for a new position in the Chemical Industry? Join CK’s specialist Chemical Industry Network on Linkedin!

CK Science are specialists in Chemical Industry recruitment. We have a dedicated Linkedin group to help jobseekers in the Chemical Industry.

CK utilise  this group in order to provide our members with the most up-to-date job opportunities, careers advice and industry news. We’ve also found that it’s a great place to network with others in the area!

This specialist group is a really useful resource for you and your colleagues within the Chemical Industry.

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Analytical Chemist Job (XRD, Chemical) – Berkshire

Jason Johal at CK Science is currently looking for an Analytical Chemist to join an industry leading Chemical and Metals Manufacturer, at their Testing Laboratory based at their state-of-the-art facilities in Berkshire.

Responsibilities:

As an Analytical Chemist, you will be responsible for supporting the R&D Teams through carrying out testing & characterisation of the organisation’s catalyst products & materials, using a routine powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) system and a specialist XRD system coupled with an advanced variable temperature in-situ reaction cell.

Qualifications:

To be considered for this role Analytical Chemist role, you will have a qualification in Analytical Chemistry, Material Science, Physics or a related discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated experience using powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD).

Benefits:

This Analytical Chemist role is an excellent opportunity to join a market leading Chemical Manufacturer, which in return offers an attractive salary & benefits package.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Analytical Chemist role please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST23434 in all correspondence.

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Looking for a Job in the Chemical Industry?

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CK Science are specialists in Chemical Industry recruitment. We have recently set up a dedicated Linkedin group to help jobseekers in the Chemical Industry.

CK will be utilising this group in order to provide our members with the most up-to-date job opportunities, careers advice and industry news. We’ve also found that it’s a great place to network with others in the area!

We are confident that this specialist group  will be a really useful resource for you and your colleagues within the Chemical Industry.

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Tata Chemical’s UK Subsidiary Take over British Salt

iStock_000006963239Medium1-300x299The UK Subsidiary of Tata Chemicals LTD has signed an agreement to acquire British Salt, a leading salt manufacturer based in the UK. The deal, worth £93 million will ensure a steady source of raw material and also give the company a foothold in the UK food and industrial salt market.

Tata’s UK Subsidiary, Brunner Mond, makes soda ash which is widely used in the chemicals industry and in consumer and food products.

Speaking of the acquisition, Managing Director of Tata Chemicals R. Mukundan stated,  “The acquisition is in line with the strategy of Tata Chemicals to deepen its presence in the ‘food and farm sectors’ and will result in securitising raw material for Brunner Mond’s operations. This will help Brunner Mond maintain its low-cost manufacturing position in Europe and provides a great opportunity to optimise the costs further.”

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