Liam chairs REC’s life science meeting

Director and co-founder of the CK Group Liam O’Connell and also Chair of REC’s Life Sciences Executive Committee chaired  the REC’s Life Science meeting.

The REC’s Life Sciences Sector Group met on Thursday the 12th of March at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s sumptuous Burlington House. A total of 35 attendees, claiming literally every seat in the house, discussed the question of ‘third party scientific recruiters: friend or foe?

The event had representatives from Kellys OCG, Fieldglass, Volt and Chemistry World among others arguing their causes.

Here is a short summary of the meeting;

Thorsten Koletschka, Global Talent Strategist for Kelly OCG strongly argued that third party recruiters are recruiters’ friends not foes, stressing recruiters and RPOs can work together as partners. He gave three recommendations for success when working with an RPO or MSP:

  1. Define your unique position within the talent supply chain
  2. Make strategic investments in relationships with your third parties
  3. Know what a high-performing programme looks like and avoid those that will not work for you.

Claire Bubb, Programme Manager at Volt Consulting Group, also argued that recruiters and third parties can work together, discussing in detail Volt’s experiences as a Managed Service Provider for Pfizer. This relationship has been highly successful, with 100% of hiring managers at Pfizer happy with their services and 97% considering it fast and efficient.

Mikael Lindmark, Vice President at Fieldglass, discussed their services and the growing demand for internal oversight and control of recruitment processes. He also examined the changing demographic and technological trends impacting on recruitment, pointing out that non-payroll labour is now the largest spending category for many companies, totalling $3.3 trillion annually.

Following the presentations there was a panel discussion and questions from attending members. The key take away message from the session was that third party scientific recruiters are now an established part of supply chains for large companies and recruiters must learn to work with them.

Adam Brownsell, Editor of Chemistry World spoke on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry, focusing on the recruitment channels offered by the magazine.

Lastly, Kevin Green, CEO of the REC gave a brief update on the REC’s Scale Up Live Campaign, which helps members to grow their business, and the REC’s manifesto for the 2015 Election


This meeting was very productive and each member took away new and interesting thoughts. The event would not have been possible without the efforts of the Life Sciences Executive Committee and in particular the chair, Liam O’Connell.


Find out more about Liam here

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CK Group a top SME in Derbyshire

CK Group is one of North Derbyshire’s top 50 SME’s according to research undertaken by Barber Harrison & Platt (BHP), a local chartered accountants. Contributing to an annual turnover of £633 million and the employment of nearly 4300 people, CK Group is proud to have become a central part of the economic growth of the region.

With three regional offices across the UK, CK Group are the owners of three recruitment brands – CK Science, CK Clinical and CK IT which specialise in the recruitment of scientific, pharmaceutical and technical roles across the UK and Europe.

CK Group has big plans in place for 2014, including responding to global recruitment demands, establishing our position as a leader in workforce outsourcing solutions and launching a new, dedicated Engineering division.

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Careers advice from CK Science

Having been established over 20 years ago as a specialist recruiter for the science based industries, we are well positioned to provide candidates with career advice.

The long term relationships we have we both our clients and our contract workers, alongside our experienced and qualified recruiters mean we have become adept at understanding what hiring managers are looking for.

Using this information we have created a series of advice articles and videos to help you find the best jobs, with the best companies, with the best salary.

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Validation Engineer – Livingstone

Graeme Pallas is recruiting for a Validation Engineer to join a multi-national life science company at their facility in Livingstone on a permanent basis.

As a Validation Engineer you will be required to coordinate, provide guidance and support all colleagues to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, quality standards and business objectives.

The client is looking for someone with experience in validation within a drug manufacturing, medical device or biologics industry environment.

Click here to find out more and to apply 

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Bioinformatician Scientist – North West

Hannah Oakley is recruiting for a Bioinformatician Scientist to join a molecular diagnostics company based in Manchester on a 6 month contract basis.

They are looking for an individual with excellent scientific programming or statistical and qualitative skills, to design, implement and optimise the data analysis processes to support the design, development and validation of molecular diagnostic products for prenatal screening.

If this role is of interest to you, click here to read the full description and apply

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London Life Sciences Gets Boost

London’s life sciences industry received a boost as a US company invested £750,000 into a healthcare accelerator fund, reports the Evening Standard.

The US investment firm, Sandbox Industries, launched Healthbox, to give 10 entrepreneurs £75,000 and links to healthcare professionals, investors, retailers, office space and links to the NHS. The enterprise is backed by Bupa and Serco, which runs blood testing laboratories, with mentors coming from across the healthcare professions.

Looking for a job in the healthcare industry? Start by clicking here, now

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Life Science Jobs Created at the University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen, Life Sciences Jobs, UK, ScotlandAs announced by First Minister Alex Salmond, the University of Aberdeen is to receive £2.6m of funding which is set to create dozens of life science jobs in Aberdeen.

The money will come from the European Regional Development Fund and will be used to fund a new life sciences business project. This project is set to create 69 life science jobs in Aberdeen.

The funding is part of a £9.3m imitative across Scotland which is expected to create 740 jobs. Mr Salmond said: “Scotland continues to make an immense contribution to shaping the modern world through innovation and this £2.6m investment in the University of Aberdeen’s new £5.8m life science facility will support the area’s expanding life sciences industry.”

Prof Stephen Logan, senior vice-principal for the University of Aberdeen, said: “Funding for the building is further evidence of the region’s growing reputation as a centre of excellence for life sciences.”

Other universities that will receive funding will include Napier University in Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde.

Looking for a life science job in Scotland? Click here to search our current  life sciences job vacancies.

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