Chemists (Shift and Day Positions) – North East

Barney Smith at CK Science is recruiting for a number of Chemists to join a company that provides analytical services to the Oil & Gas and Chemicals sector at their site in the North East

The job:

The company have openings for a number of chemists at different levels to work either on days or on shifts in analysing bitumen, oil and petrochemicals.

As a Chemist you will be required to collect samples from external sources which will involve climbing ladders and working in confined spaces.  It is a high throughput environment with quick turnaround times and the analysis will involve GC, AA,IR, UV and Karl Fischer.

Qualifications and skills:

The successful applicant for these Chemist roles will receive full training but must have at the very minimum a basic level of understanding of chemistry and ideally commercial lab experience.  The ideal candidates will be able to drive, be happy working unsociable hours and be able to work at heights and in confined spaces. They must be flexible in their approach to work and be happy to take on responsibility. 

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply for these Chemist roles please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email Please quote reference DH23940 in all correspondence.

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Technical Sales Manager Job (Adhesives, Coatings) – South, UK

Our client, an innovative Chemical Manufacturer specialising in Adhesives & Coatings, are currently looking for a Technical Sales Manager to join their UK Sales Team in a field based role within the South of the UK.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a innovative and forward thinking Chemical Manufacturer, which in return offer a competitive salary, a benefit scheme including company car as well as an attractive commission scheme.



Working as a Technical Sales Manager, you will be responsible for selling the organisation’s Adhesive and Coating product ranges to industrial based customers across the whole of the South of the UK. Your duties will include technical sales to both an established, yet ever growing client base; key account management of core customers as well as offering technical support via phone/email and in-situ including carrying out product demonstrations.


Person Specification:

To be considered for this role, you will have a degree in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Material Science or a related Scientific or Engineering discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated experience in a Polymer or relevant Chemical industry. The successful candidate will either have previous experience in a technical sales function or experience in a technical function with some customer support who is now looking to move into technical sales.

A full UK Driving Licence and the willingness to travel within the south of the UK is essential for this position.


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For more information or to apply for this Technical Sales Manager position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email  Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference ST21427 in all correspondence.

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Top Chemical Candidates in the Midlands

R&D Chemist/Supervisor

  • Reference:106266
  • Salary: £35k
  • Location: NW/ Yorks/NE

This R&D Chemist is currently looking for a new position as the security of his present role is uncertain.

Having worked with fine chemicals for the past 15 years, he is particularly experienced in organics and hazardous chemicals and has routinely developed processes and scale-up experiments.

Having also been involved with the H&S departments both at his current and previous companies, this candidate is ideally looking for a managerial or perhaps safety orientated role.

He is able to consider work commutable from his home in the North West of England but will also consider suitable positions elsewhere, particularly in Yorkshire and the North East.

For more information, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email

Managing Director – Manufacturing

  • Reference: 105828
  • Salary: £55-65K
  • Location: UK Wide

This highly skilled candidate is looking for a new role and is able to relocate UK Wide. With vast experience in a manufacturing environment as well as knowledge of the water treatment, agrochemicals, oil & gas and pharmaceutical industries, he is MBA and six sigma qualified amongst other achievements.

He has extensive experience of directing technical teams and is also comfortable with other personnel such as HR management.

Immediately available for work, this candidate is happy to travel overseas and is ideally looking for £60K+ but can be somewhat flexible depending on the role.

For more information, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email

Senior Analyst

  • Reference: 106478
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Salary: £26k+

This candidate is an experienced analyst for the Defence industry with a PhD in Analytical and Forensic Chemistry and MChem in Chemistry with Forensic Science and Toxicology.

She has successfully been promoted in her current role which will unfortunately end due to redundancy in the next couple of months, and is looking for contract or permanent roles nationwide.

She is a certified Six Sigma specialist and has successfully managed a team to deliver results and key objectives.  In regards to analytical experience she has a wide range of testing experience in ICP, HPLC, GCMS, UV spectroscopy, IR Spectroscopy and Laser Induced Fluorescence and specialises in electrophoresis.  She is available for interview at short notice.

For more information, please contact Russell Oakley at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or eail

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Government Call for Action to Save Chemical Jobs

iStock_000006963239Medium[1]As reported by the BBC, the Government is calling for action to save jobs at a chemical firm based in the South of Scotland.

The Merseyside-based Phoenix Chemicals, recently went into administration which has had the knock-on effect of putting jobs at risk their site in Newbie near Annan.

Politicians Elaine Murray and David Mundell have called for urgent action to rectify the situation. Murray stated, “Eighty jobs were lost when Shasun Pharma pulled out of Annan in 2008, and everyone was delighted that Phoenix Chemicals purchased the site the following year. We all hoped it would be a new beginning for the Annan site.”

Murray has subsequently asked for all agencies to work together to help find new posts for all those effected by the administration of the chemicals company.

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