Jobs of the Week: 06/05/2014

Here are our latest job in this week 06/05/2014:



Head of Immune Status – W Mids

Raw Material Supply Manager – W Mids

Head of Clinical R&D – W Mids

German Speaking Resourcer – East Midlands

French Speaking Resourcer – West Midlands



Operations Chemist Lab & Office – Leeds

Haematologist – Leeds

QC Analyst – Yorkshire



Technical Manager, Lancashire



Clinical Account Manager – Surrey


North East:

QC Analyst in Middlesbrough

Quality Lab Technician – Gateshead

Process Technologist in Barnard Castle

Laboratory Technician in Middlesbrough

Monoclonal Antibody Scientist – Teesside



QC Analyst – North London

Bioassay Analyst – Hertfordshire

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Marlow Foods creates new jobs

The BBC have reported that North East food manufacturer, Marlow Foods, will be creating 400 jobs following an investment of £30 million to build a third fermenter at their Billingham site.

The deal will create 100 jobs during construction, and a further 300 jobs to operate the facility, and will increase production by 50%.  The firm, which produces Quorn products, currently employs 600 people and exports globally.

CK Science have worked with Marlow Foods in the appointment of technical staff and we are delighted to wish them every success in their new venture.

Click here to search our food manufacturing roles

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CK Aspire exhibiting at OCT Europe

CK Groups functional outsourcing division, CK Aspire, will be attending the Outsourcing in Clinical Trials event in Brussels on 20-21st May.

The event brings together senior representatives to discuss the latest challenges within clinical outsourcing, such as vendor sourcing, selection and contracting, as well as communication, oversight and management. This high profile event is the perfect forum for discussion giving industry leaders the opportunity to share best practice, innovation and personal experiences.

CK Aspire will be exhibiting in the main hall and will be on hand to talk about some of the innovative case studies that have been delivered including Real World Evidence studies, Drug Safety, Biometrics, Medical Writing and Synthetic Chemistry outsourcing.

If you would like to attend, click here to register

 If you would like to arrange a meeting with one of our CK Aspire colleagues email Andy Watt on or call on +44 (0) 1483 768 718


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LC-MS/MS Bioanalyst – Montreal, Canada

Jason at CK Science is recruiting for an LC-MS/MS Bioanalyst to join a global player in early stage clinical research and bioanalysis. Based at their bioanalytical facility in Montreal, Canada on a full time, permanent basis with all costs attached to visas covered by the company.

The main responsibilities for this position include developing multi-analyte bioanalytical assays for concentration determination in biological fluids employing LC-MS/MS (AB Sciex  QTRAP5500, TripleTOF5600, API5000, and API3000; UPLC/HPLC) technologies. You will also develop efficient extraction procedures such as PPT, LLE, SPE and on-line extraction.

Our client is looking for with:

  • Experience in bioanalytical method development
  • Extensive Mass Spec experience in particular LC-MS/MS.
  • Extensive Mass Spec method development experience including developing complicated methods

In return this company are offering an extremely generous package.

For more information or to apply for this position click here


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CK Group launches engineering division

The CK Group is delighted to announce the launch of our new division, CK Engineers, which is dedicated to the recruitment of highly skilled engineering professionals within the scientific industries. The CK Group is a leading recruitment organisation with over 23 years experience providing services to the pharmaceutical, chemical, life sciences, waste, food, aerospace and related industries. Our team of dedicated consultants aim to provide an excellent service to clients and candidates in the engineering sector.

The new division has been launched in response to increasing demand from clients and candidates for a recruitment offering with particular focus on engineering within the scientific industries. It will complement the existing recruitment divisions within the CK Group: CK Science, CK Clinical and CK IT.

Liam O Connell, Operations Director at the CK Group says of the new division, ‘Having dealt with scientists and engineers for over 23 years I have gained a real appreciation for their expertise and dedication to their chosen professions and as such I am delighted and very excited by the launch of CK Engineers. We have recognised that the demand for highly skilled engineers is continuing to increase within the scientific industry and as such aim to meet this demand by establishing a team of dedicated staff to focus solely on this sector”

The CK Group has an enviable reputation for customer service, professionalism and expertise and with a candidate database of over 70,000, CK Engineers has all the recipes to be extremely successful.

Click here to visit the CK Engineers website


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Cell Therapy Catapult acquire brand new custom built facilities

Cell Therapy Catapult has recently moved in to new state of the art facilities in the Tower Wing of Guy’s Hospital in London.

This brand new, custom built 1200m2 research environment comprises of fully equipped and modular laboratories. The laboratories are designed to mimic manufacturing suites to enable progress of cell therapies from the laboratory to commercial release via pilot process development.

The designers of the facilities have also created an innovative viewing area between the laboratories and office space to encourage interaction staff.

Cell Therapy Catapult has fully moved into their new facilities and will be leaving their interim premises in the next few months.


If you would like to work for an innovative organisation like Cell Therapy Catapult, please contact us here 

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Gap in the market for QA candidates – Video

CK Science have found that there is a significant gap in the market for people with experience in Quality Assurance.

Jason Johal a Manager of the CK Science Stevenage office speaks more about this skills gap in this short video:



If you would like more information please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 500 or email



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REC supports bid for international STEM students

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has published a report on International STEM students which has included recommendations made by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Recommendations made by the REC were based on evidence they had collected which highlighted the struggle to fill key, in-demand STEM positions across the UK, traditional filled by international candidates.  The change in international student VISA’s has seen far fewer applicants for specialist STEM positions resulting in vital skills gaps. The desperate need for a wider pool of talent to ensure UK businesses can continue to forge ahead formed the basis of the REC’s recent advice to the House of Lords.

The recommendations, which included the reinstatement of the Post Study Route, are being considered so the struggle to fill specialist STEM jobs may soon be over.

Contact CK to discus your recruitment needs


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What is Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)?

Over the past couple of weeks we have been giving you an overview of what outsourcing is and introducing one of the core services offered through outsourcing – Functional Service Outsourcing (FSO).

To catch up on those articles click on the relevant links below:

This week we are looking at Recruitment Process Outsourcing which is the other main outsourcing solution offered by CK Aspire.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing is more in depth than our FSO service as it involves outsourcing all or part of your Human Resource function to an external specialist. This is usually a solution companies adopt if they are experiencing issues such as:

  • More vacancies than they can manage
  • A recruitment process that takes too long
  • A cost per hire that is too high

CK Aspire can take on part or all of your recruitment process so that your business can continue to perform, and your staffing concerns are taken care of.

This flexible solution offered by CK Aspire can help you regardless of the size of your business. So if your business is currently experiencing recruitment challenges contact CK Aspire on 01438 743 047 or

Or click here to visit the CK Aspire website


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Are you looking for a QA job?

If so contact CK Science today! We currently have a number of junior and senior level QA roles based in London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, such as:

  • QA Officers
  • QA Execs
  • QA Managers
  • QA Auditors
  • QA Validation experts
  • Qualified Person (QP)

So if you have experience in QA area and some of the following skills:

  • Batch review
  • CAPA
  • Continuous improvement
  • Auditing
  • ISO: 9001
  • ISO: 13485
  • ISO 17025
  • RCA:
  • Medical Device Directive MDD
  • In Vitro diagnostics directive IVDD
  • MHRA
  • FDA
  • UKAS
  • IQ, OQ, PQ
  • GMP, GLP
  • CMC
  • IMP
  • Specials

WIth a background in either pharma, biotech, chemical or med devices/diagnostics then call us on 01438 723 500 or click here to search our QA jobs


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Congratulations Sarah!

CK Science would like to offer Sarah Johnson their congratulations after she got married recently.

Based in our Durham office, Sarah has now changed her name to Sarah Farrow to reflect her new married status.  Should you want to contact Sarah, email her on

Or click here to visit her meet the team page


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What is Functional Service Outsourcing?

In our article last week we gave you a brief overview of workforce outsourcing – click here to read

This week we are giving you an introduction into Functional Service Outsourcing (FSO), one of the services our CK Aspire division offers as part of its outsourcing offer.

FSO is the Outsourcing or Management of a team or departments or function to a third party leaving you free to concentrate on your core business.  How we do that is up to you, as we are 100% flexible but we do also offer 3 core service options, which are:

  1. Insourcing –  we provide you with temporary support to complement your existing workforce.
  2. Strategic Partnering – we work alongside you on a specific project. Should you need to outsource an entire project, we would work alongside you to identify the skills required, and then build and manage the team to deliver your project. This team would work to your SOPs, within your budget and also give you real time access to results.
  3. Functional outsourcing –  we supply you with an entire department or function, leaving you free to concentrate on the core area of your business.

One of the core benefits of our Functional Service Outsourcing solutions is that in providing you with a team of dedicated professionals to aid you in your innovations, we also manage all elements of the HR process including recruiting, screening, contracts, payments and annual reviews.

Please click here to find out more about CK Aspire’s Functional Service Outsourcing solution


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Rosy outlook for science jobs

The results of the latest employer “Jobs Outlook” published by REC are in and they make very positive reading for job seekers within the scientific fields. The report is published following a survey of over 400 employers throughout the UK and some of the interesting results include:

  • Nearly half of all employers (48%) plan to increase the use of contract employees in the short term (3 -6 months)
  • More than 75% of all employers expect to recruit additional permanent staff in the medium term (within 1 year)
  • Only 9% of UK hirers have spare capacity to take on more work with their current staffing levels
  •  More than 1 in 4 employers state that they will give their staff a pay rise this year

This positive news is reflected across CK Science where we have seen a 10.3% rise in the number of vacancies registered in the first ¼ of 2014.

If you are interested in attaining additional information on the results of this report or are actively seeking a new role contact CK Science  


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Last chance, take part in our waste industry survey

This week is the last chance you will have to complete our waste industry survey and have the chance to win an Amazon Kindle.

We are conducting this survey to gain a better understanding of the waste industry on order to improve the quality of service we offer to our candidates and clients. Our aim is to find you the right job, with the right company, in the right location, and at the right salary.

If you do complete  our survey then we will enter you in to our free prize draw to win an Amazon Kindle.

This survey will close on the 11th of April.


Complete the survey here


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Have you heard about outsourcing?

Outsourcing has evolved and is now fairly commonplace in the industry, especially now there are examples of successful projects being showcased. However, we are still often asked what it is.

The action of outsourcing is to get an external company to provide you with workforce solutions to cover small teams, projects, departments and whole functions. Many companies now choose to outsource so they can benefit from the cost and time efficiencies, increased productivity and flexibility of their new workforce.

The CK Group offers a workforce outsourcing solution through their CK Aspire division, which delivers high quality workforce support to the science, technology and pharmaceutical market by providing external departmental or bespoke project management services for customers.

These labour solutions are offered through two separate services: Functional Service Outsourcing (FSO) and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO).

Next week on the news area of the CK Science website we will give more information about Functional Service Outsourcing (FSO).


In the meantime find out more about outsourcing here


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Do you know about our refer a friend scheme?

We have been operating a refer a friend scheme for quite a few years now and many candidates have benefited from it.

This scheme is really very simple, it rewards you with a £50 Amazon gift voucher if you refer a friend or colleague to CK Science and we successfully find them work.

If you have friends or colleagues that are currently looking for work and are not working with CK Science, refer them to us and we will do the rest.


Find out more about the scheme here



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CK Science launch mobile website

CK Science has launched two new features to their website that aims to enhance the user experience and simplify the job application process regardless of your device, these are:

  1. an interactive, new mobile website with functionality that takes mobile job searching one step further
  2. the new ‘email a job’ function which adds another level of usability to job seekers

The mobile site provides the ultimate job-hunting-on-the-move experience by accepting job applications from registered CK+ users. It also gives access to many of the desktop site features, including job searching, news updates, access to your CK+ account and even our range of videos.

The new ‘email a job’ feature has been tailor-made to personalise the job hunting process for mobile device users. Designed with simplicity in mind, it enables candidates to send jobs of interest to their email account so they can apply later. The email a job function is also available on the mobile site so whether you are registered as a CK+ member or not, you do not have to miss out on the perfect job.

CK Science is committed to continually developing the website to ensure our candidates get the best user experience. Keep an eye open for further developments throughout 2014.

Join us on our LinkedIn page to give us feedback on our new website


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Can you complete our waste industry survey?

We are currently conducting a waste industry survey to find out a bit more about the waste and environmental sectors. The information gained from this survey will help us to find you the best jobs at the best companies for the best salaries.

If you do complete  our survey then we will enter you in to our free prize draw to win an Amazon Kindle.


Complete the survey here



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Experienced Recruiter gives CV advice tips

Barney Smith has been recruiting specialist candidates for scientific jobs for over 10 years, for all sorts of companies from leading global organisations to new start up enterprises.

Using the experience he has gained during the last 10 years as to what to do and not to do on a CV,  he has made a short video that gives CV advice tips in order to help candidates create a CV which will attract the attention of employers.


Watch Barneys video below:



Watch our other advice videos her in the career zone 




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Resourcer attends first client visit

Emily Major, Resourcer for CK Science’s Stevenage team, attended her visit client visit last week.

Accompanied by Senior Consultant, Andy Bolton, Emily went to visit chemical manufacturer Huntsman to tour their Manufacturing Plant. To comply with H&S both Andy and Emily were supplied with the relevant attire, however Emily showed her small stature when their smallest size swamped her.

As part of our client relationship management, CK Science consultants arrange frequent visits to sites to ensure they are fully comprehend how the businesses operates, the market it operates in, plans for the forthcoming year and any recruitment requirements they have. These visits are considered essential as it enables CK Science consultants to recognise the specific skills or personality types that would fit each individual business.

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For more information on how CK Science can help you with your recruitment needs click here


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