Rob Walker starts at CK Science

  • Rob Walker has recently started at CK Science as a Resourcer based in the Chesterfield office, but working with the Stevenage team.

Rob has extensive experience working within the recruitment industry and whilst he is moving into a new area of recruitment, he is quickly getting to grips with the ins and outs of scientific recruitment.

He will be recruiting across all the scientific sectors, and focusing on both permanent and temporary positions throughout the UK.

Please join us in welcoming Rob to our team!

 

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Victoria Walker promoted to Team Lead

Victoria Walker has been promoted to Team lead within CK Science based in the Chesterfield office.

Victoria will become a team coordinator, organising regular office activities such as liaising with marketing, regularly ensuring business development is on track and feeding back directly to the Office Manager. Vicki has been successfully building up to this role, overseeing the Chesterfield based science recruitment team.

With the expansion of the CK Science team based in Chesterfield, it is vital that there is someone directly overseeing them, a position which Vicki is more than capable of.

Please join us in congratulating Vicki on her promotion!

 

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Site Chemist – Teesside

Barney Smith at CK Science is recruiting for a site chemist to work for a successful and expanding waste management company based in Teesside.

Responsibilities: 

The site chemist role will involve working on site in all weathers and your duties will include sampling and analysis of tanks, checking documentation, co-ordinating loads and waste streams, identifying non-conformances and daily site inspections.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate for this Site Chemist role must be qualified to minimum HND/HNC in chemistry or related scientific subject or possess equivalent experience, and be happy working outside in all weathers.

The company:

The company is a major player in the environmental sector and has an ever increasing range of services that they provide to their loyal customer base.

Barney Smith - Manager at CK ScienceHow to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this site chemist position please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or alternatively, please click on the link below to apply on line now.  Please quote reference DH24656 in all correspondence.

 

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MCerts level 2 Environmental Consultant – Dublin

Barney Smith at CK Science is recruiting for a MCerts level 2 qualified Environmental Consultant for an Environmental Testing and Monitoring company in Dublin on a permanent basis.

Responsibilities:

As an Environmental Consultant you will be responsible for air monitoring and stack emissions testing on a number of different sites based around the Dublin area.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate for this Environmental Consultant role must be qualified to minimum MCerts level 2 and have completed parts 1-4 within the course.

The company:

The company operate across the UK and Ireland, as a dedicated stack emissions testing contractor, providing independent advice and support to manufacturing and process sites in compliance with environmental legislation.

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For more information or to apply for this MCerts level 2 Environmental Consultant position please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH24652 in all correspondence.

 

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UK scientists grow GM wheat that repels aphids

The Independent reported that the world’s first genetically modified crop that has been engineered to emit a repellent-smelling substance against insect pests is now growing in a small patch of land in the Hertfordshire countryside.

A peppermint gene has been used to engineer a wheat strain that sends out chemical messages to ward off aphid pests. The genetic modification harnesses one of the plant world’s own defence mechanisms, the ability to ward off pests with pheromone odour signals. Peppermint produces a smell, undetectable to humans, which mimics an alarm signal generated by aphids when they are attacked by predators.

Farmers currently have to use pesticides to protect their fields against aphids, which would otherwise destroy up to £120 million of wheat per year.

This crop is not a commercial crop, the idea eventually would be to produce GM wheat varieties that do not need to be sprayed with harmful pesticides. The scientists believe that preventing aphid infestations would benefit the wider environment, including the songbirds that feed on aphids.

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Microbiology Analyst – North East

Heather Deagle is currently recruiting for a Microbiology Analyst to join a large pharmaceutical company to work on an initially temporary six month contract covering maternity leave.

Responsibilities:

As a Microbiology Analyst working to strict cGMP, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Performing and environmental monitoring of the clean room facilities on site
  • Sampling and analysis of the quality water systems
  • Ensuring that media and reagents are tested and approved within required timelines.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this Microbiology Analyst role will have a degree, HNC or similar in a microbiology or life science based subject with proven experience of ingram stain, biochemical identification, endotoxin testing and environmental monitoring.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Microbiology Analyst role please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH23419 in all correspondence.

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Laboratory Manager (Environmental) – Scotland

Barney Smith at CK Science is looking for a Laboratory Manager to join an Environmental Consultancy who provides a range of services to clients internationally to join them at their site in Scotland. Due to a significant increase in workload they have a requirement for someone to run their sample process laboratory.

Responsibilities:

This Laboratory Manager role is high pressure and will involve:

  • sample prep and analysis
  • work planning and scheduling
  • staff management
  • costing of projects and quotes
  • report writing
  • maintenance of quality procedures

Skills required:

For this Laboratory Manager role a background in science and laboratory management would be useful but project management skills and planning work are essential for the role.  You will also be confident enough to supervise staff, suggest change in procedures as required and negotiation. Your time will involve both analysis and management and you must be a self-starter who would be happy in a hands-on role.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this role please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference DH22579 in all correspondence.

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Is Motor Oil a Renewable Resource?

National Geographic News asked whether Motor oil could be a viable renewable source in their article Is motor oil a  renewable source – re finers say yes!

Currently tens of millions of barrels of lubricant pass through vehicle engines around the world each year, U.S. drivers alone produce about 1.3 billion gallons of dirty used motor oil annually. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 200 million gallons (757,082 liters) is dumped illegally each year. Some is “recycled,” but with dubious environmental benefit it typically ends up burned as a rather dirty industrial fuel source

However the National Geographic article tells us that there is another option which is to use  motor oil as a renewable resource. It is possible to re-refine used motor oil, restoring it to “good as new” quality. Then it can be resold over and over again at about the same price per quart as conventional motor oil.

In Europe, about 50 percent of motor oil is re-refined, thanks to regulations dating to 1975 that were revised in 2008, say analysts at Kline & Company, a market research firm based in Parsippany, New Jersey.  In North America, only about 10 to 15 percent of motor oil is re-refined. But that story is slowly changing as U.S. companies have begun to see a new market in “green” lubricant.

Kevin Ferrick of API says re-refined oil is gaining some traction in the marketplace. “We don’t track sales of re-refined oil but I will say that there are definitely more and more brands coming online that are claiming some percentage of re-refined oil,” he said. “It’s interesting that some of these have been around for quite a few years now and some marketers chose not to make that claim of re-refined content.”

Because U.S. regulations did not require marketers to label virgin-equivalent products as re-refined, marketers didn’t broadcast they were selling recycled product, fearing consumer reluctance to use “old” oil. But now, companies are recognizing a marketing advantage. “I’d say that because of increased environmental consciousness there seems to have been a change in attitude towards it,” Ferrick said.

Re-refined motor oil even has a presence on the NASCAR circuit through partnership with Safety-Kleen, the largest motor oil re-refiner in the United States. Safety-Kleen not only services race teams, but it collects motor oil for re-refining at NASCAR racetracks and team shops—some 185,000 gallons (700,300 liters) in 2010 alone.

Apparently it takes only about one-third of the amount of energy to recover re-refined base stock as it does to produce the same amount of base stock from crude oil, Using less energy means producing fewer carbon emissions. And the same oil can be re-refined over and over again said John Wesley CEO of Wichita, Kansas-based Universal Lubricants, producer of ECO ULTRA re-refined oils.

Kevin Ferrick of API said “If you’re concerned about the environment then by all means use re-refined oils,These oils are just fine for vehicles, as long as they are certified, and reusing something over and over again is always a good thing to do rather than wasting a valuable source”

Motor oil re-refining’s savings do add up over time, and the world’s total annual output of used motor oil is anything but trivial. That’s why, for many, a “closed-loop” system that puts the same oil back to work over and over again is a strong option.

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Plant Manager Job-Waste, Leachate – Buckinghamshire

Our client, an industry leading Waste Management organisation, are currently looking for a Plant Manager to join their state-of-the-art Leachate Treatment site based in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Working as a Plant Manager, you will be responsible for the following:

  • The assessment, selection and implementation of leachate treatment and disposal solutions across multiple sites within the group.
  • Assessing and selecting the most appropriate leachate disposal technologies
  • Maintaining a strong knowledge of technology advancements
  • Assisting regional sites in obtaining relevant permissions, consents and permits as well as working closely with the individual sites to ensure all leachate treatment plants are designed built and managed in line with project specifications.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join an industry leader who is at the forefront of technological advancements in Leachate Treatment & Disposal. In return they offer an attractive salary and benefits package.

To be considered for this Plant Manager role, you will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) and demonstrated experience managing projects (incl. budget & design of systems) within a leachate, waste, environmental or related industry.

 

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For more information or to apply for this Plant Manager position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST21128 in all correspondence.

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Oceanographer Marine Geoscientist Job (Environmental Industry) – Scotland, Australia

Our client provides research services for a range of companies worldwide in sediment and environmental monitoring.  They have an opportunity for an Oceanographer or Marine Geoscientist to work on a long term project based in Australia.

You will be required to work offshore and take sole responsibility for sample collection including sediment cores and sediment grabs for shipping back to the analytical lab in Scotland.

The role is permanent and future projects could also involve working anywhere in the world, or from their main Scottish site.  You must be qualified to HNC level in oceanography or marine geoscience or possess equivalent industrial experience, and have a proven track record in offshore core and sediment sampling.  Salary will be based on experience and the role would ideally start in January.  Entitlement to work in the UK is essential.

 

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For more information or to apply for this Oceanographer/Marine Geoscientist position, please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.

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Laboratory Manager Job (Microbiology) – London, UK

A growing UKAS accredited Analytical Testing Laboratory, are currently looking for a Laboratory Manager to be responsible for running their Microbiology Laboratory based at their site in London.

 

This is an outstanding opportunity to join an Analytical Testing Laboratory which has continuing success providing chemical and microbiological analysis to a wide range of industries. In return they offer an attractive salary and benefits package.

 

Responsibilities:

Working as a Laboratory Manager, you will be responsible for management of a team of Microbiologists and Technicians involved in the analysis of various water samples including day-to-day people management; ensuring sample turnaround; maintaining quality standards in the laboratory (UKAS, ISO) as well as liasing with customers throughout the process.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

To be considered for this Laboratory Manager role, you will have a HND / Degree in Microbiology or a relevant discipline (or equivalent) and proven practical Laboratory Management / Supervisory experience within an Environmental and/or Water Microbiology environment.

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For more information, or to apply for this Laboratory Manager position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20785 in all correspondence.

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Analytical Chemist Job (LCMS. Environmental) – Hertfordshire, UK

Our client, a leading Environmental Testing Laboratory, are currently looking for an Analytical Chemist to join their Laboratory facilities based in Hertfordshire.

 

Key Responsibilities

Working as an Analytical Chemist within a busy customer facing laboratory, you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of a small team of analysts as well as maintaining a hands on role in the analysis of environmental and water samples using techniques such as LCMS and HPLC including performing trace analysis.

As a senior member of a busy, customer-facing laboratory, you will also be involved in liaising closely with customers during the sample turnaround and relaying results.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a growing Environmental Testing Laboratory, who provide testing services to a wide range of clients across the Environmental, Waste and Water industries. In return they offer an attractive salary and benefits package.

 

Requirements

To be considered for this Analytical Chemist role, you will have a HND / Degree in Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry or a relevant discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated experience of using techniques including LCMS & HPLC gained in an Environmental, Waste, Water, Chemical or related industry.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Analytical Chemist job, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20776 in all correspondence.

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Lab Supervisor Job – North East, UK

Our client is a large organisation looking for a Lab Supervisor to set up the expansion and run their environmental laboratory based in the North East, UK.

Working to MCerts and UKAS standards, as Lab Supervisor, you will be responsible for analysis of samples and method development of instrumentation including GC-MS, Headspace GC, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, Thermal Desorption and wet chemistry techniques. In addition you will be responsible for planning work forthe laboratory, supervising staff and dealing with quality issues.

The ideal candidate for this Lab Supervisor role will be qualified to minimum HND in chemistry or related subject or possess equivalent industrial experience. You must also have a proven track record in analysis and method development within an MCerts laboratory.

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For more information, or to apply for this Lab Supervisor position, please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20543 in all correspondence.

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Waste Chemist – Scotland

A Waste Chemist is required by a waste management company based in Scotland to co-ordinate hazardous waste on site.

As a Waste Chemist, you will be responsible for the following:

  • On-site testing
  • Co-ordination of incoming tanker loads
  • Organising logistics and movement of hazardous waste
  • Ensuring H&S procedures are adhered to on site at all times

To be considered for this Waste Chemist job, you will be qualified to a minimum HND in chemistry or related subject or possess equivalent industrial experience. As this Waste Chemist role will be physically demanding, you will be physically fit and happy to work outside in all weathers.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a niche area of chemistry in the fast growing environmental and hazardous waste industry. Entitlement to work in the UK is essential.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Waste Chemist job please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.

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EHS Specialist (Chemicals) – North West, UK

An EHS Specialist is required to join a speciality chemicals company based in the North West of England.

The main duties of the EHS Specialist will be to ensure environmental, health and safety regulations are complied with and to assist the EHS Manager.

For this EHS Specialist position the responsibilities will be as follows:

  • You will conduct audits and keep procedures up to date as well as performing incident investigations and reporting H&S metrics as required.
  • Compliance: You will support the EHS Manager in compliance issues and this support is primarily related to the conduction of risk assessments, job safety analysis, environmental compliance such as emission monitoring, waste disposal and all related inspections from authorities.
  • You will develop proposals for improvement and follow-up corrective actions.
  • You will implement corporate EHS initiatives and identify opportunities for improvement as an advisor for the plant employees.
  • Responsible care management system: You will write, implement and keep the EHS procedures up to date and inform employees as appropriate. Reporting of accidents, incidents and hazards/near misses will be ensured by yourself and you will provide adequate tools to the site. You will carry out incident investigation with appropriate root cause analysis and identify corrective actions.
  • Auditing and inspection: You will be responsible for performing the necessary EHS inspections at the site related to work permits, the workplace and good house keeping practices. Regular safety tours on the plants will be conducted to ensure visibility and awareness to EHS. Internal audits will be required under ISO/RC 14001 certification as well as reporting and identifying opportunities for improvement. You will manage the internal safety observation programme and report results and support observers in their role.
  • Reporting and communication: Your will report performance indicators related to EHS for the site and prepare and submit reports coming from audits, inspections, training and monitoring activities. Ensurance of H&S communication by issuing safety information as appropriate to the employees.

The requirements for this EHS Specialist role are as follows:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related subject desired.
  • NEBOSH/ IOSH qualified or part qualified.
  • Previous work experience in a chemical manufacturing facility essential.
  • Prior management experience is a preference.
  • Thorough knowledge of H&S laws, regulations, standards and permitting requirements.
  • Fact-based analysis and reporting skills; strong technical, interpersonal and communication skills; Assertive and persuasive
  • Knowledge of ISO/RC 14001 principles and auditing.
  • Good basic working IT knowledge of Microsoft Office Professional.

 

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For more information, or to apply for the EHS Specialist job, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH19982 in all correspondence.

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Operations Chemist – Sheffield, UK

A Operations Chemist is required to join one of the UK’s most successful waste management companies based in Sheffield, UK.

As an Operations Chemist, you will be responsible for the safe receipt and identification of waste brought to site. This involves examination and analysis of packaged chemicals, in drums and boxes to ensure that they correspond to the description given by customers. Bulk liquid wastes are also received, which must also be sampled and analysed before discharging into tanks. Paperwork systems must be followed and maintained to ensure accurate tracking of the wastes.

Following full training, as Operations Chemist you will be required to drive several items of mobile plant including forklift trucks. Prior experience of driving such equipment would be an advantage.

The hours of working are 45 hours per week, consisting of five nine-hour shifts between 0700 hrs and 1800 hrs, depending on shift pattern.

The ideal candidate for this Operations Chemist job must be willing to work in the open air in all weather conditions testing packaged and bulk chemical wastes. This can often be a dirty and uncomfortable task. This Operations Chemist also job involves a certain amount of manual handling although mechanical assistance is provided for most tasks. There may also be offsite visits to customer premises or to collect wastes.

This Operations Chemist job demands a candidate who is educated to Degree standard or equivalent in Chemistry or a related subject. Previous experience in the waste industry is essential for this Operations Chemist role.

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For more information, or to apply for this Operations Chemist job, please contact Russell Oakley on 0114 283 9956 or email roakley@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH19826 in all correspondence.

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Site Chemist (Waste and Environmental) – Yorkshire

A Site Chemist is required to join a hazardous waste transfer station to be based in Yorkshire, UK.

The main aims of this Site Chemist role will include:

  • Checking inbound loads for compliance to waste management licence / permit and applicable statutory legislation.
  • Processing waste to reduce commercial liability and prepare for safe onward disposal.
  • Providing technical and operational assistance to the location.

The successful candidate for this Site Chemist job will hold a degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related subject and must be prepared to work outdoors for approximately 70% of the time.

This Site Chemist job also demands a candidate with experience of working in the waste industry. You must also be of an assertive nature and be confident in their chemical ability (whether from you degree of past experience).

Working hours for this Site Chemist role will be staggered so flexibility is a must.

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For more information, or to apply for this Site Chemist job, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 2839956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH19629 in all correspondence.

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Chemist- Electrochemistry – North East of England

An experienced Chemist with a strong background in electrochemistry and materials science is required to head the scientific services team of a company which provides consultancy services to the energy and engineering sectors based in the North East of England, UK.

Working as a Chemist you will work closely with clients and provide consultancy, test and research services both locally and nationally, within the electrical and energy industry.

The ideal candidate for this Materials Scientist position will be qualified to minimum BSc/HND level in chemistry, applied chemistry or material science and have a proven track record in the application of engineering materials and use of related environmental test facilities. This Chemist job also demands a candidate with some experience in leadership and business development.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Chemist to join a growing organisation at the forefront of environmental research.

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply for this Chemist job, please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckclinical.co.uk. Please quote reference DH19652 in all correspondence.

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Increase Investment in Science to Boost Economy

scienceAccording to a report by The Royal Society, if the UK does not invest heavily in science and scientific research, it will face decades of sluggish economic decline.

The report warned that Britain’s current advantage is in danger of being wiped out by the US, China, India, France and Germany who have increased spending in science to help boost their economies. For instance, the German government has said it will increase their budget for education and research by 12bn Euros by 2013.

Sir Martin Taylor, chair of the report’s advisory group stated: “As France announces a new €35bn investment in the knowledge economy, the UK cuts university budgets by £600m, with the threat of more to come.

“The UK has been in the top two of the scientific premier league for the last 350 years. It would seem obvious that politicians would recognise the need to invest in this competitive advantage rather than cutting funds.”

Lord Waldegrave, former Science Minister and provost of Eton College said: “Times are tough but this is exactly when you need to invest in the future and focus spending where you already have an advantage.

“Investment in science cannot be turned on and off on a political whim – we must have a long-term investment. If we cut science now, just as the benefits of nearly twenty years of consistent policy are really beginning to bear fruit, we will seriously damage our economic prospects.”

The report praises the fact that patents granted to UK universities have increase by 136% between 2000 and 2008, and that university spin outs employed 14,000 people in 2007/2008 with a turnover of £1.1bn. However, it seems that research and development is a weakness for the UK – in 2007 British companies spent 1.14% of GDP on R&D while in the US spent 1.9% and Germany 1.8%.

Experts in the field recommend the following to help remedy the situation:

  • Creating a 15 year framework for science and innovation with increased spending.
  • Prioritising investment in scientific skills and infrastructure, such as laboratories and equipment.
  • Better aligning science and innovation with global challenges.
  • Revitalising science and mathematics education.
  • And expanding the R&D tax credit.

Lord Sainsbury, the former science minister and member of the advisory group said: “We cannot compete with countries such as China and India on the basis of low wages, and science and innovation must, therefore, be the basis of the strategy for growth which we need to have as we go into a tough period of fiscal consolidation.”

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Napp Announced as 5th Best Company to Work for 2010

Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for 2010Napp Pharmaceutical Holdings, part of a worldwide association of independent pharmaceutical companies, has been announced as the 5th best company to work for by The Sunday Times. This is the first time in the 4 years the company has entered the contest, that they have broken into the top 5.

According to the survey conducted by The Sunday Times, one in five employees at Napp has worked at the company for over a decade. Further impressive findings include:

  • 84% of staff believe the company makes a difference to the world.
  • 83% love working for the company and are happy with their pay and benefits.
  • 69% of staff believe they are paid fairly for the work they do relative to others in the organization.
  • 71% say their salary reflects their responsibilities.
  • 77% of staff report that Managers regularly express their appreciation when a team member does a good job.
  • 80% believe that working at Napp is good for personal growth.

This positive culture at Napp has been the product of Managing Director, Antony Mattessich. He introduced the company ‘charter’ which established four core aims of the organization. This initiative allows employees to have their say on the direction of the business, giving them the freedom to discuess with the departments as to how they can help the firm meet its objectives.

Julie Worth, Area Sales Manager, has been part of the charter group. “It just amazed me — I was actually having a say in how the business was run,” she says. “You’re working with directors and you learn that people are genuinely approachable. They really listen.”

Mattessich’s positive impact on the company was reflected in the results of the survey conducted by The Sunday Times:

  • 73% of employees agree that senior managers listen to staff.
  • 81% feel inspired by Mattessich’s leadership.
  • 87% of employees are proud to work for the company.

So, what in your opinion makes a company a good place to work? Please feel free to share your comments and stories below.

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