Patent Specialist (Food) – Cambridgeshire

Reena Dhana at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Patent Specialist in the food area to join a world leading Medical Device & Technology Organisation at their facilities in Cambridgeshire.  This is a contract role.


As a Patent Specialist your main responsibilities will involve patent searching, patent analysis and contextualising findings.


To be considered for this Patent Specialist role you hold a BSc in Food Science, Life science, Engineering or a related subject (or equivalent). You will also have:

  • Extensive experience in the food industry is essential.
  • Good working knowledge of the patent system and the ability to analyse patents in the food industry is also essential.
  • A background in industrial scale food processing technologies is essential.
  • Expertise in cereals and grain, including processing, formulating and finished products including, but not limited to breakfast cereals and grain-based snacks would be advantageous.
  • Expertise in process equipment and conditions used to manufacture completed grain-based products is also advantageous.

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this Patent Specialist role please contact Reena Dhana on 01438 723 500 or email Please quote reference ST23700 in all correspondence.

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QA Technologist Job in West Yorkshire

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is recruiting for a QA Technologist to  join  a Food Manufacturer at their site in West Yorkshire on a permanent basis.


  • Responsible for gathering food specification information both internally and externally
  • Interpretating/inputting the data so it matches the requirements for customer specifications
  • Updating and maintaining all finished product specifications
  • Creating pack copy for technical aspects of product artwork and labels
  • Liaising with ingredient and packaging suppliers
  • Maintaining technical information systems


The successful candidate  for this QA Technologist job will be educated to degree level, or equivalent in a food related subject with experience of BRC or ISO9000 auditing and have Quality Assurance experience including HACCP and internal auditing.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this QA Technologist position, please contact Naynesh at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email nmistry@c Please quote reference SH22603 in all correspondence.

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Lincolnshire Food Research Centre to Create Jobs has reported that a new research centre for food production could be built in the county and make the area a world renowned centre of excellence.

Plans are to be put forward in October and funding will be received from the Regional Growth Fund. University of Lincoln director Andrew Stevenson says that the centre “will attract world experts.” He added that the research centre will “help… producers become more efficient.” The centre is intended to take on students applying for undergraduate and post-graduate degrees as well as researchers and staff in current Lincolnshire businesses.

The centre will costs between £7 million and £10 million, and is expected to create 70 jobs directly, and over 200 jobs in the area. Chief executive of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, Mark Farmer, said that the plans “will put Lincolnshire on the map as a world-leader in a very important research sector.”

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Profit Boost for Nothern Foods

Northern Foods, Food Manufacturer, Food Science, Jobs, UKThe Leeds based food manufacturer, Northern Foods, has reported an increase in revenue for the the year ended April 3 from £975m to £977m.
The food manufacturer accounted the rise in profits to an increase in investment in brands, automation, food science and technology. This has positioned the company for continued growth.
Northern Foods also stated that the last financial year had witnesed te firm strengthen its capabilities by recruiting new talent. The food maufacturer has recruited five new scientists, one per business unit – in otder to support their cheif scientist and gain advantage over their competitors in the food industry.
A spokesperson from Northern Foods said: “Northern Foods has traded solidly in challenging market conditions. We expect these conditions to continue, but we remain well positioned for the future.

“Even during these uncertain economic times we continue to invest in brands, cost efficiency and technology to deliver long term shareholder value supported by our strong financial position.”

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Kraft Foods Plan Cut 600 Jobs

Kraft Foods Plans to Cut 600 UK JobsHaving recently completed a takeover of Cadbury’s, the leading food manufacturer Kraft Foods is planning to consolidate its research and development facilities and headquarters to the UK. The move is set to cut up to 600 British jobs at their current site in Cheltenham.

Kraft Foods is the name behind some of the world’s top food brands Dairy Milk, Toblerone and Green & Blacks will make Bourneville in the West Midlands, the centre of it’s research and development activity. Both Cadbury’s and Kraft Foods staff on the Bourneville site to create a global ‘Centre of Excellence.’

Kraft will move its current offices based in Cheltenham in 2011 and will transfer to their new offices in Bourneville within the following 18 months. Kraft’s Cheltenham site currently employs 450 staff.

Nick Bunker, President of Kraft Foods UK & Ireland said: “The UK is one of the company’s most important markets. Kraft Foods has been here for more than 85 years and Cadbury, of course, was founded here.

“We would be very sad to leave Cheltenham and we would provide significant resources to support employees from all affected sites during the move.

“However, the business rationale is compelling. Having our R&D, customer service and support functions working side-by-side will enable us share more insights, act more quickly and execute more flawlessly, thereby accelerating our growth.”

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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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Process Development Technologist Required for Leading Food Manufacturing company based in Leicester, UK

Our client, a leading food manufacturing company, is currently seeking to recruit a Process Development Technologist to work with them at their site in Leicester on a temporary basis for a period of 3 months.

This Process Development Technologist role will involve being responsible for coordinating the manufacture of products from kitchen concept into factory within the commercial criteria signed off by the customer. Key departments this role will be involved with will include Operations, Engineering, Technical, Procurement, Planning, Commercial and NPD therefore communication and teamwork are key for this role.

Key responsibilities of this Process Development Technologist role will include:

  • Attend product handover meetings to understand and challenge, where necessary, product attributes.
  • Provide details of necessary quality standards for new products (including product life) ready for customer technologist sign-off.
  • Completion of written and photographic standards for customer and operational areas
  • Prepare scale-up recipes.
  • Provide required packaging details to enable generation of keylines.
  • Manage the ordering of new raw materials and packaging onto site.
  • Effectively carry out and co-ordinate each stage of required factory trial programmes.
  • Run pre-production trials with the customer in attendance.
  • Send all required samples throughout the development process to the customer, as necessary.

The ideal candidate for this Process Development Technologist role will be educated to degree/HND level, or equivalent, in a food related discipline and have detailed knowledge of food manufacturing processes and experience in a high care chilled environment. Previous experience with M&S as a customer, an understanding of the underlying fundamentals of food processing specifically in the chilled food category as well as dough/pastry/batter knowledge would also be ideal but not essential.

If you would like to hear more about this job, please contact Russell Oakley on 0114 2839956 or email If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference SH19333 in all correspondence.

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