Finding the right candidates for science recruitment

Selecting the right candidates for science recruitment necessitates a lot of time and effort. It can be a challenging process. Putting into place a comprehensive recruitment strategy is essential to ensure any potential risk is eliminated when introducing new employees to the workplace.

We have written some advice to help guide your through the interview process.

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Science jobs of the week: 24/09/2015

Here are our latest science jobs in this week: 24/09/2015:

Yorkshire jobs:

GC-MS Field Maintenance Engineer – York


South East jobs:

Market Research Associate – Basingstoke

Senior QC Plant Chemist – Hampshire

Pool Water Treatment Consultant – London

Synthetic Organic Chemist – Hertfordshire

Production Operator – Home Counties

Packaging Technologist – Home Counties

Supply Chain Programme Manager – Hertfordshire

Validation Coordinator – Berkshire


Midlands jobs:

Sales Specialist (Molecular Biology) – Field

Chemical Process Operator – Derbyshire

Technical Manager – West Midlands

Laboratory Technician – Staffordshire

Waste Team Leader – Birmingham


North West jobs:

Product Designer / Colour Formulator – Merseyside

Product Development Chemist – Merseyside

Analytical Chemist – Lancashire

Shift Quality Control Technicians – Merseyside


North East jobs

Stability Analyst – County Durham

Laboratory Technician – Haltwhistle


Scotland jobs

Global Regulatory Compliance Specialist – Aberdeen


Northern Ireland jobs

Senior Analysts – Northern Ireland



Scientist (Quality by Design) – Iceland

Senior QA Specialists – Ireland


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CK Science launch biotech campaign

This month CK Science is focussing on careers in the Biotechnology sector by launching a mini, video-led campaign aimed at graduates and recent entrants into the industry. Our aim is to give a better understanding of the careers available in the industry, and the skills most employers need.

The growth of biotechnology in the UK has been phenomenal and in recent years we have noticed a dramatic uplift in the demand for biotech professionals. This is largely due to a large number of biotech businesses emerging to explore new and innovative therapies. As a recruitment consultancy specialising in the scientific industry we are uniquely positioned to identify employment trends and skills shortages so feel we can share our expertise and knowledge with those that need it most.

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Maintenance Supervisor – Kent

Andrew Bolton at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Maintenance Supervisor to join a leading Diagnostics Manufacturer at their R&D and GMP Manufacturing facilities based in Kent on a full time, permanent basis.


As a Maintenance Supervisor, you will be leading a team of 5 Maintenance Technicians and 1 Administrator that are responsible for preventative & reactive maintenance across 3 sites based within close proximity in Kent.

Your duties will include:

  • Day-to-day management of the team including work load scheduling / management and budgets.
  • Ensuring maintenance of research, production and related facilities including pressure systems, electrical & electro-mechanical equipment & utilities.
  • Develop & maintain the organisation’s Computerised Maintenance Management System.
  • Performing Root Cause Analysis (RCA) on all re-occurring faults and performing Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) to establish potential improvements.
  • Maintain records & documentation for regulatory purposes.


As a Maintenance Supervisor, you will have the following qualifications, skills & experience:

  • A qualification in an Engineering discipline (or equivalent).
  • Demonstrated experience in a multi disciplinary maintenance (electrical bias) environment or a relevant field such as facilities or equipment.
  • Experience in the Diagnostic, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology or a related GMP manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated supervisory, team leader or management experience.


As a Maintenance Supervisor, you will be joining a leading Diagnostic Organisation which offers a supportive culture, coupled with a package including a salary between £35,000 – £38,000 depending on experience, pension & private medical.

Andrew Bolton - Senior Recruiter at CK ScienceHow to apply:

Apply online:

For more information or to apply to the role of Maintenance Supervisor, please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723500 or email  Please quote reference ST25601 in all correspondence.


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Contract Quality Engineer – South Wales

Hannah Milward at CK Science is recruiting for a Contract Quality Engineer to join an international medical devices organisation at their site in South Wales

The Job:

As a Contract Quality Engineer you will join an international medical devices organisation, with a reputation for developing innovative and cutting edge products within this dynamic industry, This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Contract Quality Engineer to enhance and develop their career.


As a Contract Quality Engineer you will be responsible for the following:

  • Support Design teams, providing directed quality engineering and regulatory expertise in support of component design realisation.
  • Ensuring solutions are compliant, in the most efficient manner with ISO 134585, FDA 21 CFR Part 820, MDD 93-42-EEC
  • Liaison with vendors for co-ordination of component qualification activities, review and approval of quality related documentation via ORACLE PLM or other systems.
  • Initial and surveillance assessment audits of vendors quality and manufacturing systems.
  • Assist in the development of appropriate component verification and validation strategies including test method validation for products, processes and components.
  • Ensuring vendors generate process validation plans, review and approval of validation documentation as part of component submission documentation.
  • Provide ad hoc Quality Engineering support in other areas such as: other projects, operations problem analysis, process analysis and process and vendor improvements.
  • To adhere to the Rules and Regulations of the company as laid out in the Staff Handbook.


To be considered for this Contract Quality Engineer position you will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • An HNC or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Experience in vendor auditing
  • Experience working with precision mechanical small scale components
  • Experience producing high standard documentation within regulated industry.

Hannah Milward - Recruitment Consultant at CK ScienceHow to apply:

Apply online:

For more information or to apply for this Contract Quality Engineer role please contact Hannah Milward on 0114 283 9956 or email Please quote reference SH24543 in all correspondence.

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QA Manufacturing Support Engineer – Yorkshire

Hannah Milward at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Quality Assurance Support Engineer to join a large multinational organisation involved in the treatment of musculoskeletal systems with products that include joint implants, trauma devices and biologic products. This will be on a contract basis for approximately 6 months at their site in West Yorkshire.

Job role:

The purpose of this Quality Assurance Support Engineer job is to provide quality engineering, process excellence support in a defined business unit / value stream environment for in-process, finished product, first articles and new product introduction.


As a Quality Assurance Support Engineer you will:

  • Actively support all Compliance Initiatives with the Value Stream and Plant
  • Actively support all defined Value Stream and Plant goals and objectives.
  • Identify projects to resolve scrap, reprocessing and special causes that have a negative impact on Value Stream and Plant Goals and Objectives.
  • Compile Quality Process Specifications for new/transferred products/processes
  • Be responsible for the introduction and correct use of statistical QA methods into the production environment, and provide technical resource for production team on relevant IQ/OQ/PQ protocol issues.
  • Produce and maintain appropriate and comprehensive quality process specifications as required during the development and implementation of new products. Quality process specifications to be compiled for on site production and purchased for resale goods (Goods In Check procedures)
  • Reviews product designs, test protocols and co-develop critical characteristics/tolerances for initial testing and validations and subsequent routine manufacturing controls.
  • Assist and where appropriate lead in the compilation and execution of validation protocols for new product/processes and software.
  • Ensure correct implementation as per standard validation procedures.
  • Re-validate as required due to engineering change, deviation analysis or upgrade in systems and materiel.
  • Manage QA related change control for specific projects as directed
  • Participates in process evaluations (e.g. FMEAs).
  • Devises and implements methods and procedure for inspecting, testing and evaluating plans for subsequent routine production.
  • Support Quality System activities within manufacturing cells such as Internal Audits, complaint investigations, close call and corrective action investigations.
  • Perform/document dimensional/visual inspections and non conformance and deviations as required
  • Manage a variable workload to meet operational requirements.
  • Ensure that all Health, Safety and Environmental requirements are fulfilled.

Qualifications and experience required:

The successful candidate for this Quality Assurance Support Engineer job must have an engineering degree or equivalent in quality, manufacturing, engineering and/or experience in quality assurance/engineering. They must also have:

  • Proven track record in Compliance & Continuous improvement projects
  • Basic PC Skills.
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings/specifications.
  • Familiarity in areas of various Inspection Techniques.
  • Process Excellence Green Belt/Black Belt
  • Working knowledge of Quality Systems (FDA/ISO) within a regulated environment

They will also have the following skills:

  • High Attention to Detail
  • Pro-active approach to Work
  • High Standards
  • Flexible
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Team Player
  • High level of Numeracy
  • Highly Computer Literate
  • Planner & Organiser
  • Active Listener
  • Technical Report Writing

How to apply:

Apply online now:

For more information or to apply for this Quality Assurance Support Engineer  role please contact Hannah Milward at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email Please quote reference SH23883 in all correspondence.

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Tissue Regenix ask for a new dedicated science park in Leeds

The Yorkshire Post has reported that the medical devices company Tissue Regenix has asked for a new dedicated science park in Leeds

Mr Antony Odell the managing director of Tissue Regenix said it and other science firms need a dedicated science park, where they can grow and develop as a cluster, to retain skills and wealth in Yorkshire.

The company recently raised £25m to commercialise its innovative technology.  Currently they are outgrowing its space at York Science Park. Mr Odell also said “We are looking at premises in York and Leeds. There’s not a dedicated bio park in Leeds”

Leeds City Council said it has narrowed down five possible sites to develop a healthcare science park. The sites include Leeds Valley Park, Logic Leeds, Thorpe Park, Hawks Park and Thorp Arch Estate near Wetherby.

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QA Officer – (Medical Device) Oxfordshire

Our client is a world leading Medical Device Organisation who is involved in the development of various medical devices & diagnostic products. They are currently looking for two QA Officers at different levels to join their Quality & Regulatory Team based from their site in Oxfordshire.


As a QA Officer (Medical Devices) you will be responsible for:

  • Assisting with the development of process & procedures on site
  • Review of quality documentation (ISO 13485) and device history records (DHRs) including approval/rejection of DHRs prior to release to sales & distribution
  • Provide support during internal and customer audits when required.

The senior of the two roles will also lead members of the quality team in absence of the team leader.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with a leading name in the Medical Device industry. In return they offer an attractive salary and excellent benefits.

Qualification and Experience:

To be considered for this role, you will have demonstrated experience gained in a quality function including knowledge of ISO 13485 gained within the medical device, diagnostic or a related technology sector.

Apply now:

For more information or to apply for this QA Officer – Medical devices position.  Please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or Please quote reference ST22052 in all correspondence.

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