CK Group launch new website today

The new CK Group site, which is live as of today, merges our four recruitment divisions and our Real World Evidence CRO together for the first time using our fresh new branding. The site and brand has been designed to reflect the core purpose of the business ‘to be the best provider of staffing and outsourcing services to the science and technology community’.

The new website will provide a gateway to current and potential clients to gain a greater understanding of the services we provide and the quality of service we aim to deliver.

Released in time to celebrate our 25th year in life science recruitment, the website highlights how far the organisation has come. Since it was established in 1991 by Ashley Kirk and Liam O’Connell the company has been committed to forming a strong, original, visual impression, starting with our first logo.

With an innovative Senior Management Team at the helm who are prepared to challenge the market place and invest in the future, the CK brand has been able to evolve to reflect the values of the business. So it is with great excitement we release our new brand and website

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Jonathan Hart-Smith, Managing Director of CK Group, said, “Customer service is key to the CK Group so we are always looking at ways to improve our customers’ experience. Whether it’s through a dedicated account manager or a user friendly site, we like to add value wherever we can. I feel our new website captures that perfectly and will ensure our customer relationships stay fresh and continue to go from strength to strength.”

To find more about the CK Group service and to visit our new website click here

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CK Quality Director joins REC Committee

Lorna Crombie, Quality Director at CK Group, has been appointed as member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s Professional Standards Committee.

In this new position Lorna will need to review serious breaches of the REC Code of Professional Practice, and issues sanctions against REC members under authority delegated to it by the REC Council. Decisions made by the PSC impact on REC members and wider industry. Members are committed to the highest standards of conduct and compliance and the promotion and implementation of best practice in recruitment.

For more information on this click here

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Formulation Development Scientist – Surrey

Julie Marshall is currently recruiting for a Formulations Development Scientist to join a Product Development Group based in Surrey.

The role is an exciting opportunity within which you will develop formulations to help when analysing and evaluating the materials and products at all the stages of the developmental process.

A degree in Chemistry or a related subject is necessary, as is a background in formulation development.

For more information, or to apply for this role, click here


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Principal Research Associate – Oxford

Jocelyn at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Principal Research Associate to join a rapidly growing pharmaceutical company based in Oxfordshire.

This role primarily involves assisting the development of SNARE cleavage assays using methods such as Western Blotting, HPLC and FRET.

A BSc in a relevant field is essential for this role, and knowledge and experience of working with proteins and botulinum neurotoxins would be beneficial.

For more information and to apply for this role, click here


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CK Group semi finalists in 2013 Supplier Excellence Awards

CK Science are pleased to announce that CK Group, owners of the CK group of recruitment companies which includes CK Clinical and CK IT, have been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2013 Kelly’s Supplier Excellence Awards.

Nominations have been based on our cost, compliance and performance metrics in the following areas:

  1. Professionalism
  2. Responsiveness
  3. Quality
  4. Problem Resolution
  5. Partnership
  6. Innovation

Further evaluations will now be undertaken by the awards committee before finalists are notified. Having won last year for the 2012 awards, CK Science hopes to continue their success with Kellys and win the 2013 award.

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Almac cancer research funding boost

Almac has invested £13 million into two cancer research ventures, with £7 million to be spent in Northern Ireland.

The pharmaceutical company, in a partnership with Queen’s University, are set to undertake research into the clinical performance of a drug developed within Northern Ireland. There will also be a project that has the intention of setting up a drug discovery unit in Queen’s Cancer research and Cell Biology centre at Belfast City Hospital.

Almac  is an international organisation providing a comprehensive range of services from research through pharmaceutical development to commercialisation of product. For more information on Almac’s services and the company itself, click here.

To search through our current science vacancies, click here.

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Resourcer and Trainee Recruiter roles at CK!

Interested in a career in recruitment and looking to work with a company who do something a bit different?

The CK Group are a specialist Scientific, Clinical, IT and Engineering recruitment consultancy dealing with the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, environmental, waste and food industries within the UK and Europe, providing both contract and permanent employment.

We are currently recruiting for Resourcers and Trainee Recruiters to increase our growing recruitment team. These individuals need to be outgoing with lots of personality who are hungry for success and will enjoy the satisfaction of providing a quality, professional service to both clients and candidates.

If you are interested in these roles, please find more information here.

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CK Managing Director’s Charity Bike Ride!

Our Managing Director, Jonathan Hart-Smith, has recently completed a 100 mile bike ride for charity.

Jon rode with several others in aid of Demelza Children’s Hospice, which provides children and their families the opportunity to spend time together doing a range of activities for all ages that they may not have been able to access otherwise. The hospice also provides support in what can often be an isolating time for many families.

The route taken by Jon, which follows the Olympic route from 2012 and traverses Box Hill amongst others, had some “fantastic sights,” alongside a fair amount of drama. One of the members of the group Jon was with came off his bicycle at 35mph, before using his shoulder and head as a brake. Luckily, no major injuries were sustained and the ride was completed with a few bumps, bruises and one significant headache!

A few celebrities also joined the group, cycling for their own charities, amongst those were Location, Location, Location’s Phil Spencer. Jon is pleased to say he has reached his fundraising target and is looking forward to his next challenge!

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REC Reveals Ways to Fill Skilled Work Vacancies

Operations Director Liam O’Connell has recently attended an REC Skills Summit in London, which was intended to explain the disconnect between those out of work and the vacancies in many areas that could be filled.

The Summit brought together many from across a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, engineering and technology, so as to try to address the issues facing them. It is clear from these discussions that there is a significant skills gap, with many employers predicting these issues to continue for the near future.

To combat these problems, the REC have come up with a variety of methods, from investments in skills training by businesses, to apprenticeships created thanks to government policy. The apprenticeship policy seems as though it would be most effective, as around a quarter of employers said that they did not hire young people due to lack of skills or experience. It is necessary to train these young people in order to ensure that the skills are there in the future, rather than seeing the gap widen further.

If you are someone who is looking to find a job in the science sector, please click here to search our jobs, now

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CK Celebrate 20 Years of Scientific Recruitment!

Here at the CK Group, we are proud to announce that we have reached our 20th year of science-based recruitment!

We would therefore like to say a big thank you to all of our fabulous clients who we have had the pleasure of working with over the past 20 years.

Not already working with CK?

With 20 years of experience behind us you can be assured that we know our stuff, so why not consider using one of CK’s dedicated divisions next time you are expanding your team or looking for a new position:


Contact Us

Want more information about how we can help you? We’d love to hear from you. Please contact us on + 44 (0) 1438 743 047 or email You can also visit our website:

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CK Science and CK Clinical…The Perfect Merger

CK Science and CK Clinical…The Perfect MergerWe are proud to announce that as of 1st November 2010, the two specialist recruitment consultancies, CK Science and CK Clinical will be merging and will now be known as the CK Group.

We hope you will agree that this is great news for both clients and candidates alike. As the newly formed CK Group, we aim to deliver a world class recruitment service in a socially responsible and fun way. At the core of this will be our main company values of honesty, integrity and transparency.

Here at CK, we are extremely proud to have such a rich pool of internal talent that will continue to provide you with an even more polished specialist recruitment service. In fact, one of the key reasons for the merger was to make the best use of the skills of our senior management team and to offer further training to staff. As a result, we will be continuously building on our existing strengths whilst helping to develop areas in which we as a company can improve, thus ultimately provide you with the best recruitment service possible.

Speaking of the merger of CK Clinical and CK Science, newly appointed Managing Director, Jonathan Hart-Smith stated,

“The combination of CK Science and CK Clinical as the CK Associates Group is extremely good news for our customers and the candidates we help.

“This merger creates a powerful leader in the niche recruitment industry sector, with greatly expanded areas of recruitment and a wider client and candidate base.  This means clients only have to come to one place and candidates have twice as many job opportunities available to them from one company.

“I am genuinely excited when I say that this is a great opportunity for our clients both old and new to receive a consistent quality service from the one company and the CK brand.”

Please note, that as a result of the merger, CK Science and CK Clinical will retain these trading names and the group will be known as the CK Group. The corporate entity will retain the CK Associates Ltd name.

About CK Science

CK Science was founded in 1991 by Ashley Kirk and Liam O’Connell and specialises in the recruitment of permanent and contract scientific and engineering staff for the chemical, environmental, pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields.

About CK Clinical

CK Clinical was founded in 2005 by Liam O’Connell, Ashley Kirk and Jonathan-Hartsmith. CK Clinical was founded to recruit any clinical discipline from Phase I to Phase IV and post marketed trials. The company has quickly grown to be one of the leading suppliers of clinical staff within the pharmaceutical sector.

Want to find out more? Contact Jonathan Hart-Smith, Managing Director, on 01438 743 047 or email

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CK Group Recruitment Consultants Pass the REC in Diploma in Recruitment Practice!

REC Pic Meera & AndyCongratulations to our two Recruitment Consultants, Meera Pattni and Andrew Bolton for passing their REC in Diploma in Recruitment Practice with flying colours!

Meera and Andrew covered four modules as part of the diploma programme including:

  • The Recruitment Process
  • Recruitment Law & Ethics
  • The Recruitment Project
  • Practical Interviewing Skills

The Diploma in Recruitment Practice is one of the recruitment industry’s leading qualifications and aims to give recruiters detailed knowledge and confidence to provide clients and candidates with a high quality consultancy service.

Meera Pattni, a Recruitment Consultant at CK Regulatory, specialises in Regulatory Affairs Recruitment. You can contact Meera at

Andrew Bolton, a Recruitment Consultant at CK Science, specialises in recruitment for the chemical and food industries. You can contact Andrew at

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