How to Work With a Recruitment Agency: Watch Our Webinar

We hosted a webinar with the Royal Society of Chemistry last week themed ‘How to work with a recruitment agency’. The webinar has now been posted to RSC’s YouTube channel for you to rewatch and share with friends or colleagues who would like more information on how to work with a recruitment agency and the benefits of doing so.

In today’s world, working closely and having a good relationship with a recruitment agency can be key to a successful job hunt. Not only can recruitment agencies open up the door to a huge amount of opportunities, they can introduce you to a vast network. In the webinar Victoria discusses:

  • Why you should work with a recruiter
  • How to maximise the effectiveness of working with a recruiter
  • Examples of our success stories

 

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Jobs in science are on the rise – take a look at our infographic

 

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Jobs in Science are on the Rise

Great news!

Since March 2020, job hunters have seen a sharp decline in new jobs being listed globally. However, due to the recent lifting of some lockdown policies, job postings are now stabilising and beginning to rise again in the science sectors. This means that now could be the perfect time to search for a new role, as companies resume recruitment activities.

 

infographic about science jobs increasing

 

Globally, job postings have stabilised for the first time since February, according to Indeed.

Reassuringly, job vacancies across the scientific sectors are on the rise after hitting their lowest at the beginning of March.

According to CV Library, the number of pharmaceutical, medical and scientific job postings has increased by 36%.

The job site Reed suggests that there are almost 400 more jobs available now than there were one month ago.

In the UK and Ireland, jobs are on the rise in many key industries including biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceutical, environmental and life sciences.

Search for the science job you’ve always dreamed of here

Or, visit our career zone for job hunting advice

 

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Why It Might Be Time to Look For a New Biotech Role

Consider the career goals you set yourself some time ago: have you achieved them? Are you on your way to achieving them?

You might have decided that a career in biotechnology was the right one for you, but if you have been working within the same company for a while now, you might not be accomplishing the goals you once were determined to.

We’ve compiled a list of questions to help you evaluate whether it might be time to find a new role in biotechnology, and whether you are reaching your full potential.

Are you cutting edge products and technology?

Working in biotechnology should provide opportunities to work on a variety of exciting projects, offering a diverse and always interesting work day. No two days are often the same, meaning that your mind should be stimulated and you should be able to acquire and improve a wider range of skills than you would in any other environment. If the company you currently work for are not employing this state-of-the-art technology, this could be a sign that it is time to look for a new role with an organisation that offers a greater range of products and technology.

Are you being provided with opportunities for development?

We have noticed that teams are expanding quickly in many organisations which is opening up a multitude of opportunities for advancement towards higher paying, more senior roles. You may possess the right experience and educational background to aim for positions with more responsibility or a wider breadth of techniques, however your current job might not be providing these opportunities. This could mean that you are not achieving your full potential or spending your time wisely. Some companies offer leadership development programs that will help you progress, so it might be time to place yourself within one of these.

Are you working within an innovative and fast-moving environment?

The environment in which you work should fast-paced and highly advanced with an array of remarkable projects going on. Status-quo is often unheard of within biotechnology companies, as techniques and technology are ever-evolving for the better. Is the company you currently work for mundane and slow-moving? This could increase the likelihood of workplace burnout, therefore if you like change, working within a fast-paced biotech environment would be much more stimulating.

Are you making a difference to peoples’ lives?

The work that biotech companies do is potentially lifesaving, and therefore should be fascinating and extremely rewarding. Moving jobs could mean contributing to creating treatments that have the power to cure millions of people around the world, and that may be one of the most fulfilling things you can do.

Are you being rewarded for your efforts?

Many biotech companies reward their employees with a range of perks, including a high salary and top-tier benefits. According to Indeed, the average annual salary for a Principal Scientist is £53,000, whereas a Clinical Programme Lead could earn in excess of £80,000. As well as being mentally rewarded by the work you contribute on a daily basis, you should be valued by your employer, and moving jobs might be the way to achieve this.

Are you using the most up-to-date techniques?

If you are an Assay Development Scientist, are you familiar with qPCR, Western Blot and ELISA? If you are a Microbiologist, are you experienced in VITEK 2 and Bioburden testing techniques? In order to progress within biotechnology, it is important that you are experienced with the most current practices. It may be worth researching the latest techniques used in the industry, and evaluating whether the company you are currently working within is providing the opportunity to implement such practices.

Think it might be time to move on?

Search our Biotechnology jobs here

Read our job hunting advice here

 

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From Industry to Recruitment: Why Make the Jump?

“Knowing you have shaped the careers of individuals as well as impacted a business’s future…well there is a sense of pride in that.”

Recruitment is a versatile career, valuing experience from a wide range of backgrounds. At CK, our recruitment consultants bring with them experience from sales and customer service, to roles within the industries we recruit for.

One such member of our team is Naynesh Mistry, who spent eight years in industry before joining CK. Naynesh has since worked his way up through the ranks, starting with us as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant and now holding the position of Recruitment Manager of Pharma and Life Sciences.

We recently spent some time with Naynesh to get to know his background a little better, and why he chose to make the jump from industry into recruitment.

What was your background in industry before recruitment? 

Prior to joining CK, I spent nearly eight years in industry. I started my career at Pfizer as a Scientist, and following this I went to work for 3M Healthcare as a Formulation Scientist.  I have also worked as a Pharmaceutical Lab Manager at Keele University.

What attracted you to consider a career in recruitment?

Similar to industry, I wanted a career where I knew I was helping others and making a difference. I came to a point in my career where I could stay on the same path or take on a new challenge, and I chose to do something new. What attracted me the most to CK Science and recruitment was the fact that it was relevant to my background – they specialise in Pharma and Life Science recruitment and I came with industry knowledge. Though I came with no sales experience, I believed in myself and wanted to help individuals secure their first roles, take on new challenges like myself and attain their dream jobs.

What do you like most about recruitment?

Every day is different. It is fast-paced and I enjoy talking to individuals from all types of backgrounds and meeting new clients. It’s a great feeling when you help someone on their journey into their first industry role or secure a new opportunity.

What 3 things would you tell someone looking to enter recruitment?

  1. Ask yourself first: is this for me? Recruitment is like a rollercoaster, you have your highs and your lows. You will speak with a range of people where you will be offering guidance and mentorship and it is a great feeling when you help them. However, you may be let down from time to time so you need to have a strong character and remain positive at all times. 
  2.  A lot of recruitment companies state that you need to have a sales background, but I didn’t. 9 years on and I am still with CK, now as a Manager of the Life Science Team. It is hard work and exhilarating at the same time.
  3. Recruitment may not be for everyone. It is a pressured environment but it can be very rewarding. Knowing you have shaped the careers of individuals as well as impacted a business’s future…well there is a sense of pride in that.

If you are considering a career move and think recruitment might be for you, please get in touch by visiting our careers page here

Or, you can apply for one of our current vacancies here

 

Naynesh Mistry

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Life Science Ireland Job Market Survey

We recently teamed up with Ireland based recruitment organisation CareerWise to find out the latest trends in the Irish job market for the life science sectors. Together we surveyed our candidates and the response was outstanding.

Ireland is known as up and coming in global biopharma and life sciences, and the future is looking bright. The life sciences industry in Ireland continues to thrive, with a number of well-defined pharma, medtech and biotech clusters benefiting from considerable recent investment. Which leads us to ask, what trends are we currently seeing for candidates in the life sciences sector?

WHAT OUR SURVEY REVEALED:

It’s a candidate’s market, and as our results show that 75% of our technical professionals surveyed intend to look for jobs in 2019/2020. The below infographic will give you some insight into;

  • What influence Brexit is having?
  • Why people are looking for a change, and why are they attracted to working in Ireland?
  • What obstacles they face?
  • What tools are candidates using when looking for a new role?

From the responses we have been able to create two infographics with top tips on the Irish job market:

  1. Infographic for employees/job seekers
  2. Infographic for employers

 

SUMMARY:

More than 75% of those asked stated that they would be looking for a new role in 2019/2020.

83% said that Brexit has NOT been a consideration when it comes to working in or relocating to Ireland.

WHICH REGION ARE MOST PEOPLE LOOKING TO LIVE AND WORK?

  • Ulster 11%
  • Leinster 35%
  • Connaught 20%
  • Munster 54%
  • Other 11%

(Tip: It is no surprise that the Munster area is the most popular since a huge amount of the life science industry is based around Cork. Be prepared to relocate if you want to work for one of these organisations)

THE TOP THREE REASONS WHY PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO MOVE ROLES ARE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Career progression
  2. A better salary or rate
  3. Looking for a new challenge

WHAT CONCERNS PEOPLE MOST ABOUT MOVING ROLES?

Loss of  security

  • Research the organisation
  • Review the new contract thoroughly
  • Check the company’s financial status with your recruiter and Google the latest news  reports featuring the company.

These 3 points may make you more confident in your decision.

New company environment

  • At the interview make sure you get a good feel for the  company environment. Check  their website and social media  carefully. What does this tell  you about their culture?

Loss of  status

  • Remember why you want to join this new company and why they  want you.
  • You might be the newest person at the company but you have  experience from other organisations  and a different perspective which is  invaluable. Bring that spark to your  new role.

IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING A MOVE TO IRELAND TAKE A LOOK AT THE TOP THREE REASONS WHY PEOPLE WORK HERE:

  • Quality of life: A 2018 UN report stated that Ireland is number 4 in the world for quality of life just after Norway, Switzerland and Australia.
  • Career Opportunities: Ireland is home to 24 of the world’s top biotech and pharma companies and the number continues to grow.
  • Culture: Ireland is known for traditional live music in every pub, stunning scenery, castles, rugby, horses, and being the home of Guinness! It’s not a surprise that people want to move here for the great culture.

People stay and move to Ireland because Ireland offers a great culture, quality of life and lots of career opportunities

WHAT TOOLS/PLATFORMS ARE THE MOST POPULAR WHEN SEARCHING FOR A NEW JOB?

Recruitment agencies: Working with a specialist recruiter such as CK or CareerWise gives you access to a wider range of jobs. Try to build a relationship with a recruiter so they contact you before a job is even advertised to the market.

LinkedIn: If you’re interested in a new job, ensure your CV is on LinkedIn. Some Recruiters such as CK Group also have LI Recruiter licences that are only available to recruitment firms. These licences give us a much larger network of clients and candidates, which in turn will give you a wider job search.

Job Boards: CK and CareerWise advertise most of their jobs on Irish Jobs, Indeed and CV Library for example but to get access to the jobs before the rest of the world, check our own websites regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just graduated and interested in working in Pharma?

Here are some career paths to consider.

Finishing university and finding your first job in Pharma as a graduate is a challenging period for most. With so many options available to you, how do you choose which roles to apply for?

To help you make that all-important decision, we have asked real life pharma experts to give us a bit of insight into their job roles and explain how they got there.

A Research Scientist

We recently interviewed Harpal, a research scientist Graduate working for a global biopharmaceutical company.

His job involves performing and optimising biochemical assays for analysing compounds. He chose a career in research as he wanted to be involved in discovering new concepts.

Although the job is very technical, planning and executing experiments, analysing data and writing reports, there is also an element of team work. Harpal liaises on a daily basis with his team and line manager to discuss progress.

Are you also interested in pursuing a career as a Research Scientist?

Prior to becoming a Research Scientist, Harpal completed a PhD and then found relevant industry experience in his field of research. He adds that if you are interested in performing biochemical assays, it’s important to understand FRET biochemical assays and data interpretation.

A starting point for becoming a Research Scientist might be to look at PhDs in the subjects that interest you the most. By doing a PhD, you would gain that valuable lab experience.

A Stability Analyst

Katie works for a pharmaceutical company as a stability analyst, measuring the stability of different products manufactured at the facility. She tests different batches at different time points and conditions, to assess whether there are any changes in the content.

The role is fast paced and involves a lot of focus, so is ideal for someone who enjoys working under pressure and has a keen eye for detail.

Interested in becoming a stability analyst? Recruitment managers would typically look for someone with a chemistry degree or pharmaceutical sciences as well as prior experience in an analytical pharma laboratory.

A Laboratory Analyst

Anthony is a laboratory analyst, working for a company who develops vaccines and healthcare products.

He is responsible for conducting all quality testing on products, writing up data and reporting the results. These results are then used to determine the quality of the product, and make decisions on whether the product is deemed safe to be used by patients.

Anthony finds his job particularly satisfying, knowing that he is contributing to helping people’s quality of life.

Interested in this role?

To apply to this type of job, you would be expected to have a chemistry qualification or pharmaceutical sciences and specific experience in the use and maintenance of HPLC systems. Anthony gained his qualification and relevant experience through an Apprenticeship scheme, proving that the typical university route is not the only way to a successful job in chemistry.

An Associate Scientist

Sarah works as an associate scientist for a company that researches and develops pharmaceutical products.

Her role involves collating information to create knowledge transfer packages for clients. She uses a variety of systems to search for product information, to compile comprehensive reports.

She chose this role as she enjoys the challenge of piecing together information as well as the customer interaction.

Sarah explains that this type of role is ideal for someone analytical, who wishes to work in science but also be customer facing.

Interested in this role?

To get to this position, Sarah did a degree in chemistry and additional training in project management. She then gained experience in product delivery within a contract manufacturing organisation.

A Regulatory Affairs Associate

Alaa is a contractor currently working for a science-led global healthcare company. As a Regulatory Affairs Associate, he ensures Over the Counter Medicines (OTC) are maintained, renewed on time and regulated by Health Authorities in different countries globally.

His day-to-day involves liaising with affiliates from different markets globally to meet deadlines, as well as working with internal stakeholders to improve processes for the company.

According to Alaa, a Regulatory Affairs Associate role would suit someone who is target driven, enjoys helping people but doesn’t need to be micro-managed.

Prior to this job, Alaa graduated with a degree in Forensic Biology and has a variety of experience from lab work to project management roles.  He also worked abroad, which helps him stand out from the crowd.

A life science or pharmaceutical science degree would also be considered for a career in regulatory affairs.

Feeling inspired? Why not read the interviews in full, as well as many others on our careers section. You can also have a look at available jobs or create a CK+ account, to find jobs tailored to your experience.

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How to find a graduate job in Science after University

Congratulations, you are about to graduate from university.

But what now?

Leaving university and finding your first graduate role in Science is a daunting process. With so many opportunities out there, where do you start looking?

Moreover, once friends start receiving job offers and family start questioning you about your own future, the pressure really builds up.

A job might no longer be for life, but your first job is the first stepping stone for your career path, and not a decision to take lightly. After all, you do spend a third of your life at work, so choosing something that interests you and leads to your dream job is vital.

As a starting point, we suggest creating a simple 4-step job-finding strategy. This will help you stay focused and engaged, and give you the necessary space to make that all-important decision.

Step 1: Do your research
We know, this is easier said than done!

This initial step is all about research and finding out what options are available to you.

Popular dilemmas for graduating scientists are firstly whether to work in research or not, and secondly whether to work in academia or industry.

Additionally, apart from the obvious decisions regarding what role to choose, there are other factors to consider such as ‘where’ you wish to work – for example, would you consider a role abroad? And what kind of environment do you work best in – somewhere fast-paced or somewhere where you can take your time?

If you have done internships while working and have some working experience, answers to these questions might be clearer. If not, there are other ways to carry out research, such as:

A. Getting in touch with a recruiter
A good place to start is to speak to a specialist recruiter. Not only will they give you a better feel for the different jobs available to graduates, they will also take the time to mentor you.

Our recruitment consultants at CK have years of experience matching graduates to roles in the science industry, and therefore are best placed to give you credible advice. They will act as your guiding hand during the whole recruitment process, from looking for jobs to applying, and are here to answer all your questions during this daunting time.

B. Reaching out to your network
When searching for a job, you will most probably have been reminded of the old proverb “it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know”. We would always recommend proactively engaging with your contacts to ask for advice, whether that be to better understand different roles or to ask if they know of any job openings. Most people are willing to discuss their careers, give advice and answer any questions.

C. Attending career fairs
Many universities will organise career fairs for their students. This is a brilliant opportunity to talk to experts in the industry, to get a feel for the different types of companies and roles available to you, and more importantly, to ask questions!

For more information read how to make the most of careers fairs.

Step 2: Start your applications
After your initial research, you should have a good understanding of the different roles available to graduates, and which of those roles interest you. And now it’s time to start applying.

The science job market is a very competitive job market, especially for recent graduates with little experience.

At this early stage in your career, the aim is to gain as much experience as possible, to build up to your dream role. With that in mind, we would suggest applying to as many opportunities as possible in the field that interests you. To avoid disappointment, remember to apply to jobs suitable to your level of experience and field of expertise.

To increase your chances of finding that ideal first job, our advice would be to not just look at opportunities close to home, but to also look further afield.

If you struggle to find job opportunities, get in touch with CK and we can help find those opportunities for you. This will help you from feeling overwhelmed.

Step 3: Tailor your application
So many people start their job search by updating their CV and resume. But without knowing which jobs you are applying for, this makes little sense.

Hiring managers and recruiters receive hundreds of applications for every graduate job, leaving them only a few seconds to scan each CV and resume. In this competitive job market, make yours count by tailoring it and keeping it succinct.

As well as thinking about your individual skills and experience, this means finding out more about the company and demonstrating an understanding of their business, their challenges and the broader sector in which they operate.

Step 4: Don’t give up
Rejections happen, especially when you are applying for a lot of jobs at the same time. Try not to get disheartened but instead think about why you might have been rejected, and how you can improve your application for the next job.

If you have made it past the first stages of the application, ask the hiring manager for feedback.

Applying for your first job is not easy, but remember, once you have found that dream graduate role, all that job-finding stress will be long forgotten about.

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The benefits of using a specialised recruitment agency when applying for jobs

Finding the right job can be arduous for any one, and even more so when you work in a specialised industry or sector.

If you are searching for a job in the science and clinical industry, working with a specialised recruitment agency such as CK Group could be the solution to your job-hunting challenges. Here are some of the main benefits of using a specialised recruitment agency when applying for a new job.

 

Access to jobs and companies that are not always advertised

Surprisingly, only 30% of all new jobs are advertised.

However, recruiters working on behalf of multiple businesses at once are the first to know who will be hiring, even if the position isn’t advertised yet. Working with a recruitment agency can provide you with that insider information, giving you a head start.

By using CK Group as your recruitment specialist you will have access to a large array of job opportunities in the scientific, clinical and technical industries, from the top life science companies to the latest start-ups.

 

Recruiters can assist and advise you on your resume and application

Did you know that 59% of applications will be rejected based on poor grammar or spelling errors, and a further 50% of candidates will be rejected if their resume is full of clichés? If you want to get noticed it is highly important to get your resume spot on.

Recruitment agencies are experts at helping candidates with resumes and application forms. They understand exactly what hiring managers are looking for, and how to make you stand out from the crowd. They will provide you with constructive feedback, giving you the best possible chance of success.

 

Recruiters can help with your interview preparation

In a recent survey, 33% of hiring managers said they know whether they would hire someone in the first 90 seconds and 47% stated that they wouldn’t offer the job to a candidate if they had little knowledge of the company. It goes without saying that interview preparation is essential for successfully securing a role.

Recruitment agencies give you a great advantage in preparing for your interview.  Not only will they have more knowledge of the hiring companies’ cultures and job specifications than available to you online, they can also give you more of an understanding of what the companies expect when it comes to your application, interview and the hiring process.

 

A recruiter can save you time and energy

Searching and applying for jobs is a very time consuming and tedious process, especially if you are working full-time. With there being hundreds of jobs listed online, it can be a struggle knowing where to start. In a competitive job market, you may find yourself applying to jobs for a while before the right one comes around. According to the Department of Labour, the average job search takes an astonishing 10 months.

By having a large network of staffing consultants with hundreds of job openings on file, recruitment agencies can save you a huge amount of time; you will have only the most suitable jobs selected for your skill set, with interviews, inductions, reference checks and all other additional time-consuming tasks being arranged by the agency.

 

What happens once I get the job?

CK Group will be on hand throughout your job-hunting experience – and once you have successfully secured your job our support will continue. If you feel you need to negotiate your salary, CK will know what the company can or cannot afford and will be able to give you an idea of what other companies in the space are paying their employees, ensuring you get the highest salary possible. Paperwork and documentation will also be handled by your recruiter, guaranteeing everything is in place for your first day.

CK Group has built strong relationships with a client base that includes 26 of the world’s top 30 leading blue-chip organisations, as well as a multitude of SMEs and everything in between. We strive to be the best provider of staffing and outsourcing services for the science and technology community by providing an excellent experience for our candidates.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you in your job search, why not take a look at our website and register for CK+?

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Why Ireland is so Attractive for Careers within the Life Sciences Sector

The Irish economy has turned full circle over the last 10 years, from the failing Celtic Tiger in the aftermath of the global economic crisis, to one of the fastest growing global economies – particularly in the STEM sectors.

The life sciences and medical devices industries, in particular, are to the forefront of this growth and recently published information by the IDA in Ireland highlight this phenomenal growth. The government industrial strategy, ranging from a favourable tax regime to investment in third level education and training, grants and support for capital investment has helped encourage many of the global pharmaceutical and medical device companies to set up large operations in Ireland.

This has opened up opportunities for scientific and engineering professionals both on permanent and contract basis and with the finite number of local candidates for positions, Ireland is becoming the place to work for EU STEM professionals.

The facts at a glance

  • 24 out of 25 of the world’s top pharma and biopharma companies have a presence in Ireland
  • 18/25 of the worlds top medtech companies have a presence in Ireland
  • Government commitment of 8 billion euros to research funding
  • Ireland is the 7th largest exporter of medicinal and pharmaceutical products in the world, resulting in 39 billion euros of annual pharma, bio and chemistry exports

Ireland has the advantage of ever improving transport links, an excellent education system and relatively affordable accommodation, with an ever-increasing number of exciting opportunities which offering excellent remuneration packages make it the place to work in 2019.

If you would like to know more about the opportunities available within the STEM sectors in Ireland contact loconnell@ckagroup.co.uk

 

Search our latest jobs in Ireland here

 

Stats taken from IDA Ireland Statistics

 

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New Year, New Job

The New Year often signals a sign for change, a new challenge or an exciting opportunity. It therefore isn’t a surprising that January is the most popular month to make a career move.

A survey by Gallup showed that 85% of workers worldwide admitted to not enjoying their jobs, with ‘lack of job satisfaction’ being cited as the number one reason for wanting to change roles.

If you are feeling the January blues and are particularly interested in a fulfilling career within the scientific and clinical industry, as with any goal the first step to success is organization and planning.

Here are our top five things you should consider whilst looking for your new job:

 

  1. Know what you are looking for

First and foremost, to ensure you find a job that satisfies you, you need to do a bit of introspection and understand what exactly you want to achieve from it. For example:

  • Are you wanting a change of career/industry or just a different position?
  • What interests you?
  • What skills and experience do you have to offer?
  • Would you be willing to re-train or go back to study to get the position you want?
  • How much responsibility are you willing to take on?

 

  1. Find a job which you will find rewarding, even when times are not so rosy

We spend a substantial portion of our life at work, a third of our lives to be exact. It is therefore important that you find your job enjoyable and rewarding.

However, chances are you will never love every aspect of your work – whether it’s the admin side of the job, the long hours or the people you work with. People who tend to focus on those negative areas rather than being grateful for the positives are more likely to feel depressed and discouraged. It is important you find a role that is professionally and personally rewarding, but it’s also important to remember to focus on the areas you like and not just those you don’t.

 

  1. Find a job that adds balance to your life

Your job and career are an important part of your life, they give you a sense of purpose and money to pay your bills and do things you enjoy. However, when looking for a new job it is important to consider the balance between work and play. For example, if you are currently very overwhelmed and stressed in your workplace, think about looking for a job with less responsibility, or flexible hours. Although this may result in a pay cut, it will improve your overall work-life balance.

 

  1. Find a job that offers the opportunity to learn and grow

A study by Quantum Workplace showed employees listed growth opportunity as one of their highest drivers of engagement. This could take the form of:

  1. Financial growth – increased income related to performance, or promotional opportunities
  2. Career growth – moving up the ranks in the organization, more significant duties, increased job titles
  3. Professional knowledge growth – ensuring you can increase your knowledge in your field

If these are important to you, when applying for a job remember to ask what the opportunities are for progression and training.

 

  1. Does the company culture fit your personality?

Company culture defines the environment in which employees work; some companies have a relaxed team-based culture, and some a strict corporate management style.

It is important to do your research about a company’s culture when job searching. This can be done by looking on sites such as Glassdoor for reviews.

You are much more likely to enjoy time in your workplace and have high job satisfaction if the company culture is one that you enjoy and can relate to.

 

  1. The company’s values align with yours

Many people these days favour a more meaningful career over the option of climbing the corporate ladder. To increase your job satisfaction, it is important that your personal values are in line with the company’s values. The best way to define this is to:

Step 1– Take time to identify your personal core values; what do you place importance on, what values do you dislike etc.

Step 2– Familiarize yourself with your organization’s values; what matters most to the firm, how do they treat employers, what area of the company do they invest most in.

Step 3– Create a plan; if there are certain attributes or values that are extremely important to you, ensure your workplace places importance on them too.

By following these steps, you will hopefully find a company with the same values as yourself, making life at work much more rewarding.

Many organizations start their recruitment process at this time of year, so it’s a great time to take stock and re-evaluate what you really want. By following our tips and advice, you can make sure you’re clear on what you want and be prepared to grab the opportunity when the right one comes around.

If you are aiming for a fresh start in your career in 2019 keep an eye on our job listings here . We can help you to kick-start your job search in the right way.

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How to start a career in chemistry – New Scientist

As part of our careers advice series with New Scientist Jobs, Victoria Walker who is a specialist in recruitment in the chemical industry has given us her top tips of how to get started in a career in chemistry and to where this could potentially take you. Take a look here:

 

First you might ask, why would I want a career in chemistry? The answer is because it provides so many diverse opportunities! Having a career within chemistry is not just limited to working in a lab (although there are many exciting lab-based jobs!). For example you could move into a field service role which would provide travel opportunities; you could get involved with plant based operations including scale up and process chemistry; and you could eventually use your career and knowledge in chemistry to educate, inspire and motivate a new generation.

So if you have a desire to work with polymers, coatings, fragrances, colours and more – follow these tips:

 

GCSEs or equivalent level qualifications:

Most employers look for at least A-C grade (9-4 in new GCSE grading system) in Science and Maths as a minimum. Good maths skills are very important in landing your career in chemistry as it is necessary both to use these skills on a daily basis (such as measuring out chemicals and calculating proportionate yields) as well as having a sound understanding of maths on which to base the chemistry knowledge.

 

Further study:

As people are now required to stay in full-time education until the age of 18 in the UK, options include 6th form or college, or alternatively starting an apprenticeship or trainee-ship.

If you opt to stay within traditional education, a chemistry A Level is the obvious choice. Supporting subjects include maths or physics. Should you wish to start an apprenticeship, try to find an opportunity with a chemical manufacturing company, or one with a company that may provide you with transferable skills.

Depending on the level of knowledge you are looking for and whether you intend to specialise, you may wish to embark on a University career in chemistry, and then perhaps a Masters or PhD. Please note these qualifications are not essential to obtain a career in chemistry; some employers do prefer a chemistry degree however a Masters and/ or PhD education is only for certain niche areas.

 

Work experience:

Aside from having a knowledge and understanding of chemistry, work experience is going to be one of the main drivers in securing your career in your chosen field. We would highly recommend that you take any opportunity to immerse yourself in the industry, whether it’s only shadowing someone for a few days, voluntary lab experience, or paid temporary work/ a year in industry during university. While employers value a good chemistry education, more and more they are turning to experience as being the main tick in the box. Having gained voluntary experience also indicates that you are taking your career in chemistry seriously.

Chemistry

Flexibility:

Ultimately, after you have achieved the above, be flexible. There are so many opportunities out there. You may have your heart set on becoming a New Product Development Chemist within water-based adhesives for the packaging industry, however please refer to our previous point – experience is everything. Appreciating that you may need to gain experience in a few other areas before being able to pursue your dream job will firstly take the pressure off, but secondly may mean that you find many other areas within chemistry that you weren’t aware of before.

 

If you would like more careers advice get in touch with Victoria Walker here or take a look at our careers zone here.

 

Prefer video? Watch Victoria talk about this subject here.

Author: Victoria Walker

 

 

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How to increase your chances of finding a job at a careers fair

Autumn is renowned for being careers fair season. Whether you are a graduate or more advanced in your career, careers fairs are a great way to discover new opportunities and to ask employers questions directly.

If you come prepared, a careers fair can also significantly enhance your chances of gaining a job, as representatives of companies will be on the look out for potential recruits. To increase your chances, we have come up with our top tips to help you make a lasting impression.

 

Know what you are looking for

First and foremost, in order to get the most out of a careers fair you need to do a bit of introspection and understand what exactly you want to achieve from it.

Looking for your first job? Or looking for a change? Think about the following questions:

  • What types of roles are you looking for now?
  • What is your 10-year career plan?
  • What skills and experience do you have to offer?

Based on our experience, the candidates who stand out from the crowd are those who come up to a stand and know exactly what they are looking for. It helps both the employer and candidate alike to find the right fit.

 

Do your research

Take a look at which companies are attending the fair, and which you find interesting. This information is normally available on the career fair website.

Once you have made a shortlist, research your favourite companies and have a look at what types of jobs they offer.

The main benefits of career fairs are that they give you the chance to ask employers questions directly, so make the most of it. Prepare a list of questions you want to ask each company– this could include questions about the business, the specific roles, what they look for in employees, progression opportunities and about the recruitment process.

If a company you like the look of doesn’t have any relevant job openings, it might be worth asking them how often opportunities do become available.

 

Come prepared

Prior to the event update your CV and print copies out ready to hand out. You could even go a step further and create some tailored CVs to specific job openings that you found during your research.

On the day it’s advisable to dress professionally as if you were going to a job interview. And don’t forget to bring a notepad and pen to take notes.

 

Prepare your elevator pitch

Exhibitors will have spent the day speaking to hundreds of candidates just like you. Make an impression and speak with confidence by preparing what you want to say in advance.  

Your pitch should be no longer than a minute long and should include a brief outline of your past experience and what you are looking for now.

Be prepared with personal, sincere answers to questions the representatives are likely to ask you. These will most likely be centered around the kind of research you carry out, your technical skills and training and why you are interested in their company.

 

Keep focused

On the day you will have a lot of talking to do in what seems like very little time. Use a map of the fair to plan your route, aiming to talk to the companies on your shortlist first and allowing enough time for questions and note-taking in between stands.

If you plan on arriving early, this allows you to talk to your favourite employers before they get too busy. However, staying until the end also gives you the opportunity for more one-to-one conversations, after most other candidates have gone home.

A good tip is to ask for business cards or write down the email addresses of the representatives you got on with the best. This allows you to have a direct way into the company when applying.

 

Keep an open mind

However, once you have done the rounds and spoken to those companies which originally caught your eye, take the time to investigate other opportunities and ask questions to those you haven’t necessarily considered. You never know – the smaller, niche companies can sometimes surprise you!

 

And remember to follow up

The careers fair is only the beginning. Afterwards take the time to follow-up with an email and a tailored copy of your CV to the representatives of your favourite companies. As mentioned before, this allows you to have a direct way into a company, sometimes allowing you to skip parts of the corporate application process.

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5 ways Chemistry has helped shape the modern world

According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, interdisciplinarity between chemistry and other sciences is indispensable for innovation and tackling global challenges.

One pivotal example is the influence of chemistry in technology. The advancements in chemistry, especially materials chemistry, have allowed tech firms to experiment and create cutting edge products that are helping shape the world.

In this article we highlight some key technological innovations that could not have happened without chemistry.

 

Touch screens

Chemistry has helped develop most of the tech products we use every day like our computer or our mobile phone. Without chemistry the mobile phone would not exist as we know it. In fact, out of the 83 nonradioactive elements, around 70 of them can be found in a phone.

The touch screen on a mobile phone is made of a combination of plastics, transparent metal coatings, adhesives and other products, all working together to allow a single touch to activate the phone. This invention is now in everyone’s pockets and is widely used across most other devices.

However it doesn’t stop there. In 2018 we are seeing a tendency for screens to get thinner to enable increased interactivity. So the chemistry industry still has a lot of work left to do in this domain.

 

Nanotechnology

Chemistry has also been at the forefront of nanotechnology breakthroughs. Nanotechnology, the science of extremely small structures, is being used in many sectors from creating higher performance materials to improving efficiency of solar energy production.

One extraordinary nanotech discovery has been the drug-carrying Nanoswimmers. These are nano particles designed to deliver drugs to targeted parts of the body. It is hoped that they will soon be able to combat certain types of cancers and other diseases. As the population lives longer and consequently the global pharmaceutical sector is set to grow by 160% between now and 2030, pharma companies are going to depend on chemical innovations such as Nanoswimmers to help them support this growth.

 

Photovoltaics

Chemistry has become a vital player when it comes to finding sustainable energies for the long term. As there is increasingly more pressure to find better solutions, chemists and tech experts have been working together combing their skills to find solutions. We are currently seeing a lot of research around photovoltaics and ways to use sunlight as a source of energy. In turn these technologies are being used to create safer and more sustainable photo batteries for devices.

Although still in the discovery stages, this technology offers significant potential for the future and could soon be found in everyday electrical devices.

 

Electric vehicles

Another breakthrough technology in the past few years has been the electric car. As the electric car market grows, there has been a drive to develop them further, focusing on improving their performance, battery durability and lightness.

Electric cars have many advantages. They are low maintenance as they have less parts, they are cheaper to run as they don’t need petrol and more importantly they are better for the environment. However, as we stand, electric cars are expensive to produce and not yet dependable enough.

Chemists and engineers are working hard to improve battery durability, and consequently improve the distance range and battery cost. They are also researching lighter materials to help improve performance.

Hopefully, as chemistry helps upgrade the electric car, we will see more affordable models released to the mass market. As Tesla already has half a million pre-orders for its $35,000 Model 3, the success of future affordable electric cars looks very promising.

 

3D printing

In recent years three-dimensional printing has proven to be a no waste, quick and cost-effective way of reproducing goods. The technology has been used universally, transforming many research and manufacturing sectors.

Advancements in printable materials coupled with better mechanical techniques have enabled new developments in three-dimensional printing. Some notable ones have been printing with metal and the creation of 3D printed vaccines.

In 2017 engineers at MIT created a 3D printed vaccine, composed of 3D microparticles capable of holding vaccine doses. By making the microparticles biodegradable, this type of vaccine could deliver multiple doses of a vaccine over time, helping immunity for those who have limited access to healthcare.

Additionally, thanks to chemistry 3D printing is getting faster. Californian-based Carbon3d are designing alternative printed processes using photocurable resins. This has helped speed up printing from hours to minutes. Their 3D printers are relying on the chemical processes, rather than just additive layering.

 

These examples are some of many modern day discoveries that have been made possible as a result of chemistry, tech and engineering experts collaborating together – a perfect example of interdisciplinarity leading to innovation.

The future of the chemical sector is certainly looking bright. If you have a chemistry background and are looking to get involved in exciting new projects, then search our latest jobs here or get in touch with one of our recruiters for careers advice.

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Is it time to call it quits?

You spend on average a third of your life at work, so making sure you enjoy your job (most of the time!) is essential for your well-being.

Work can sometimes be stressful and hard, but when it gets unsatisfying it may be time to say enough is enough. But this is easier said than done.

Are you undecided about whether to stay or go? We’ve come up with the following list of questions to help you make that ever-so-important decision.

 

Are you working towards certain aims?

Having a goal to progress towards is vital to keep yourself motivated.

Whether it is working towards getting a promotion, a bonus or aspiring to move abroad with your company, having these aims will stimulate you to keep trying your best.

If your company doesn’t offer opportunities or progression, your work life can get monotonous pretty quickly, leaving you feeling deflated.

Furthermore, being in a job that isn’t helping you progress can stunt your career path, and the longer you stay the harder it will be in future to get back on track.

So ask yourself – is your job repetitive, unchallenging and not leading anywhere? Maybe now is the time to reconsider.

 

Do you feel passionate about what you are doing?

To be successful you need to be passionate about what you are doing.

If that passion has faded over the years and you no longer feel enthusiastic about your projects, it may be time for a fresh start.

Whether you just need a change of scenery to regain your passion, or whether you need a complete career switch, finding a new job could help you rekindle your passion.

 

Do you feel like work affects your mental health?

Do you spend your weekend dreading Mondays? Do you come home feeling depressed or exhausted on a regular basis?

Feeling down because of work can lead to mental health issues such as depression. To avoid this situation it is essential to spot the warning signs early on and make a change before it is too late. No job is worth sacrificing your health for.

 

Is your job affecting your relationships?

Following on from the point above, if you are suffering because of your job this can also have some seriously negative affects on your social life and relationships.

If you are hardly at home or are stressed when you are, this can put a strain on your relation with your partner, children and friends. Is your job really worth it?

 

Do you appreciate your peers, boss and management team?

When you spend so much time with your peers, it becomes very important to be able to tolerate them. They create your working environment, and if you don’t appreciate the way they do things maybe it just isn’t the right environment for you.

However, above all, getting along with your boss is vital. Your boss dictates your projects, your success and your progress. If you feel disappointed by their actions you can be left feeling demotivated to work for them.

Likewise, if you don’t trust your company’s management team you can easily start wondering why you ever worked there in the first place.

 

Do you have faith in your company?

Another good reason to be questioning leaving a company is if you think it might be on its last leg.

Companies are not invincible, and only a third of small companies survive over 10 years. If your company is suffering it may be worth leaving before the bitter end.

A few signs to look out for: management suddenly gets very fussy about expenses and starts having a lot of closed-door meetings.

 

Of course, these are not the only reasons you might quit a job, but essentially the question to ask yourself is ‘are you happy?’.

Life is too short to waste time at a job that doesn’t satisfy you.

If you think the grass is greener on the other side CK is here to help you make that next move. Whether you just want to browse jobs and see what’s out there, or whether you need advice, why not visit our website. You can also sign up to CK + to easily get access to any new jobs relevant to your requirements.

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The best job perks to attract candidates

Studies have proven that in all industries, including STEM industries, salary and career opportunities are the two biggest incentives for candidates when it comes to choosing a place to work. However, according to a recent survey by Glassdoor, over a third of people admit to choosing a company over another based on the extra perks. Increasingly, the desires of candidates are shifting and they tend to be more interested in a good work-life balance rather than a big pay package.

Besides, job perks don’t only attract new talent – they also help with staff retention. According to Capita’s latest employee insight report, nearly 70% of staff are more likely to stay with a company if they feel they are offered good benefits.

Perks teamed up with salary increases are the best combination to keep your workforce satisfied and motivated, creating a nicer working environment and boosting productivity overall.

In this article we investigate the UK’s favourite perks.

 

Flexible working hours

Rather than the traditional nine to five, companies are increasingly offering Flextime – allowing employees to work when suits them best.

Some employees will like a lie in and come to work later. Others, notably parents, may prefer to come in earlier and leave when school finishes, to spend time with their children.

Offering employees this flexibility means they work their 37.5 hours when they feel most motivated and will help them attain a better work-life balance.

 

Remote working

Interestingly, 30% of people would rather have the option to work from home rather than get a pay rise.

Many roles don’t require employees to be in the office every day. Giving staff the option to work from home from time-to-time helps them save money and time by avoiding their daily commute.

This perk is especially useful for those employees who live further away or have families.

 

Childcare help and additional parental leave

High childcare costs often put new parents off returning to work or persuade them to work part-time. A good way to attract and retain new parent employees is to offer onsite childcare like a nursery or to help out with childcare costs.

Being a parent is stressful enough – if companies can help relieve some of that stress then these employees can be more relaxed at work and consequently be more productive.

Another attractive perk for soon-to-be parents is extended parent leave. Again, this won’t cost a company much but will keep these employees satisfied and encourage them to return after their parental leave.

 

Office outings

Office outings are a great way to boost office morale and help with team building.

They can create a community feel in the office and build staff confidence.

Office outings are especially useful for newcomers to get to know their peers. When applying for a company, the prospect of feeling welcomed into the company community straightaway can be appealing.

 

Extra holiday time

Holiday time is precious – and the more a company offers, the more attractive it becomes.

Furthermore, holiday time allows staff to rest and rejuvenate, keeping them happy and relaxed.

Some companies have gone as far as allowing employees to take unlimited paid leave – leaving them the choice to have time off whenever they wish and avoid feeling burnt out.

 

Other favourite perks worth considering

There are many other popular company benefits that can attract candidates and satisfy current staff – some others include:

  • Entertainment for the office (pool table, drinks on Fridays, office pets…)
  • Free food
  • Retirement plan
  • Performance benefits
  • Health and life insurance
  • Gym memberships

So, if you are looking to recruit or are struggling with employee retention, it may be worth reconsidering your company benefits.

Many of these don’t necessarily cost much – but will have massive returns on investment in terms of employee satisfaction, overall productivity as well as more candidates applying for your company.

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Our Chemical Industry Candidates: August 2011

CK Science are experts in recruitment for the chemical industry.

Please click on the links below to view details of chemical industry candidates based in your area:

South, UK

  • 1st Class Chemist with Placement Year
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Polymer Technologist
  • Technical Sales Manager

Midlands, UK

  • Organic Chemist
  • Technical Service Chemist/Manager
  • Stability Chemist
  • Analytical/R&D Chemist
  • R&D Chemist

North, UK

  • Development Chemist
  • Chemist
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Chemist
  • QC Analyst
  • Analyst

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Our Analytical candidates in the South, UK

CK Science is helping a number of excellent Analytical candidates currently based in the South of England. Please see below to find out more:

Chemist

  • Reference:  00101815
  • Salary: £18,000+
  • Location: Will relocate from Essex 
  • Availability: Immediate                                          

This candidate is a recent MChem graduate with a placement year in the Polymer Materials industry. A flexible and driven graduate, he is keen to gain a role in industry which allows him to use his laboratory skills while developing further.

Throughout his placement year, he developed an array of skills including strong formulation, development & characterisation of various polymer materials (incl. adhesives); a depth of testing experience using physical (DSC, Particle Size, Viscosity), mechanical (Tensile, Friction, Stress) and chemical (HPLC, AA, GC, UV) techniques as well as running application testing of materials.

Currently looking for an opportunity to break into industry and available immediately to interview and start.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

 

Assay Development Scientist

  • Reference:  00101863  
  • Salary: £25,000
  • Location: Peterborough
  • Availability: Immediate                                                          

This candidate is an experienced Assay Development Scientist and is immediately available to start work. She has worked with global pharma companies and has routinely run assays as well as developing and optimising new assays for novel targets.

She is highly experienced in tissue culture, including maintenance, transfection, cloning and use of mammalian cell lines and is also experienced with the production and purification of proteins, expressed in bacterial and mammalian cells-from initial vector construction, to analysis of the final purified product.

Available for an immediate interview and happy to relocate in necessary.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

 

Research Scientist

  • Reference:  00107455
  • Salary: £21,000+
  • Location: Hampshire
  • Availability: One Month                                         

This candidate is skilled in a wide range of techniques including  ELISA, Immunodot Blotting, SDS PAGE, Western Blotting, Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, molecular cloning techniques, BCA Protein Assay, protein purification, refolding by rapid dilution, protein concentration etc.

She is extremely bright and eager and is willing to relocate anywhere to secure a role.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

Method Development Scientist

  • Reference:  00108366
  • Salary: £28,000
  • Location: Swindon
  • Availability: Immediate          

This candidate is an experienced pharmaceutical development analyst looking for a new and interesting position, in a pharmaceutical laboratory. She has extensive analytical chemistry experience including Method development/validation using HPLC and RRLC, GC, UV spectrophotometry, dissolution method development and validation etc. and is skilled with stability and compatibility studies.

Having worked in senior positions she wants to secure a laboratory based position that will allow her to impart he knowledge to a team. She is immediately available and is looking for roles in the Oxon/Wilts area

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

 

Senior Microbiologist

  • Reference:  00065887
  • Salary: £28,000 – £30,000
  • Location: Berkshire
  • Availability: Immediate                                          

This candidate is currently working as a Senior Microbiologist and is looking for her next challenge. She is experienced with a wide range of microbial tests including environmental monitoring, endotoxin test, sterility tests, bioburden tests etc. She is also experienced with developing new and managing existing methods and procedures to ensure continual improvement in testing to GMP standards and the validation of new methods and microbiological laboratory equipment. Other skills include supervising and training junior members of the team, participating in in-house audits as part of the QA quality system, carrying out investigative, problem-solving studies on failed batches and ensuring the completion of all associated GMP documentation.

As a Senior Microbiologist she enjoys this type of responsibility and is looking for a similar or more senior post. She is available on one months notice and happy to relocate.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

 

 

QA Specialist

  • Reference: 00078482
  • Salary: circa £30,000
  • Location: Hertford, will relocate
  • Availability: Immediate                                     

This candidate was most recently working as a Quality Assurance GMP Associate and is actively looking for her next role. Within this role she ensured compliance to cGMP activities related to the development of pharmaceutical products for use in clinical trials. She reviewed and approved production, analytical and other information/documentation accompanying the release of API, excipient, clinical suppliers and packaging components. She reviewed and updated SOPs and analytical test methods as well as reviewing Batch Analysis Reports, Batch Manufacturing Records, Batch Packaging Records and technical documents received from contractors. She also provided support to process and analytical method validation projects, managed product stability studies and ran and participated in Lean Sigma activities such as Quality Circles, MDIs and 5S audits.

She is available immediately and will relocate for contract and permanent positions.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

 

 

Analytical Chemist

  • Reference:  00110762
  • Salary: £22,000
  • Location: Happy to relocate from Herts
  • Availability: Immediate                          

This candidate has recently finished a contract with a global pharma company and is looking for his next role in industry. He has worked in analytical roles throughout his career and as such has excellent knowledge and experience with analytical techniques such as HPLC, GC, UV, IR, TGA, DSC etc.

He is available immediately and happy to relocate anywhere.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

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Our best Pharma & Biotech candidates…

The Consultants here at CK Science are currently helping some excellent candidates who are looking for new positions in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries.

Please click on the links below to find out more about candidates currently based in your area:

South, UK

  • Assay/Cell Culture Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • NPD Scientist
  • Method Development Scientist
  • Senior Microbiologist
  • QA Specialist
  • Formulations Chemist
  • Product/Manufacturing Technician

 

Midlands, UK

  • Validation Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Analyst
  • Senior Laboratory Technician
  • QC Analyst

 

North, UK

  • QC Manager
  • GMP Technician
  • Senior Supervisor
  • Graduate Analyst
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Food Industry Candidates, in the South of England

CK Science are specialists in recruiting for the Food Industry. We are currently working with a number of excellent candidates who are currently based in the South of England, but are willing to relocate nationwide. Please see below for more information:

QC Officer

  • Reference: 94500
  • Salary: £21,000
  • Location: Willing to relocate

This candidate has recently completed a QC role for a Food Snacks company where he was involved in the analysis of samples using HPLC, GC, FTIR and UV. He is also skilled in the analysis of oil samples, moisture content, flavour presence, and other QA duties in the food snacks QC department. He is living in London but would have no issues relocating. He would be happy to take on any further training and could start on short notice.

For more information, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

Process Development Scientist

  • Reference: 58491
  • Salary: £30,000
  • Location: Willing to relocate

This candidate is responsible for managing, planning and organising full scale factory trials for NPD projects (packaging and ingredients) and/or existing products. He manages and organises sensory assessments routinely and also for NPD, interprets results and generates organoleptic information for each product. Other responsibilities include investigating all non conformances resulting from daily checks carried out by Quality Technicians, monitoring customer complaints, managing the development of new variants from concept to launch and managing product refinement and process reduction projects. Available on one months notice.

For more information, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

Regulatory/Compliance Manager

  • Reference: 107198
  • Salary: £Negotiable
  • Location: Willing to relocate

This candidate is an experienced Regulatory Manager who ensures compliance with regulatory requirements and emerging scientific principles. She is skilled in providing regulatory advice throughout the product development process and post launch period and with being a representative on a variety of industry committees (Chair of Food & Drink Federation Food Law & Labelling Committee). She is also experienced in all aspects of marketing, research and development, legal systems, communications, brand planning, graphics and consumer information. Looking for a new challenge and immediately available.

For more information, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

 

QA Scientist

  • Reference: 62548
  • Salary: £28,000+
  • Location: Willing to relocate

This candidate is an experienced QA Scientist who looks after company standards to ensure compliance to corporate and government legislation. He deals closely with customers and handles any complaints, and is the key contact in the company for the provision of technical information such as nutrition, fat content, energy, regulatory, HACCP regulations and GMP.  He maintains the quality management system, writes protocols and organizes cleaning rotations. He is available for work at short notice and is happy to relocate.

For more information, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

Microbiologist

  • Reference: 105257
  • Salary: £20,000
  • Location: Willing to relocate

This candidate is a Quality Control Officer with experience of performing microbiological, physical and chemical analysis on different batches of milk samples, media preparation, culturing of inoculants and reading of plates. He is accustomed with cleaning and setting up laboratory apparatus, environmental monitoring of warehouses and production facilities and ensuring compliance with company health and safety procedures. Immediately available.

For more information, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

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A few of our best Environmental Industry candidates

CK Science are specialists in recruiting for the Environmental Industry.

Please click on the links below to find out about our great Environmental Industry candidates based in your area:

 

South, UK

  • Analytical Consultant
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Environmental Chemist

 

Midlands, UK

  • Chemist/Inspector
  • Energy Consultant/Researcher
  • Quality Systems Coordinator
  • Commercial and Technical Coordinator
  • Technical Manager

 

North, UK

  • Senior Analyst
  • PhD Environmental Scientist
  • Site Manager
  • Lab Technician
  • Environmental Manager
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