What are the top pharmaceutical jobs?

The pharmaceutical industry is massive. Ill-health and disease steals tens of millions of lives every year, so a lot of money is invested in the search for new drugs. Many people enter the pharmaceutical industry because they want to make a difference, but it is useful to remember that many pharmaceutical jobs are also very well paid.

The sector is predicted to continue growing over the next five years. The continued development of strategic new drugs and therapeutic vaccines presents great opportunities for scientists and sales reps alike, so if you are considering a career in the pharmaceutical industry, the future looks bright.

Here is a list of the five top pharmaceutical jobs.

1. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist

Senior research scientists are at the top of their game. They are responsible for managing research projects, making applications for research funding, reporting back on research findings, and keeping a close eye on new technologies. A familiarity with software development and IT is also desirable in the high-tech world of today. To reach this level within a pharmaceutical company, you need to have a broad skillset, which includes project management experience as well as plenty of time served in clinical research.

2. Research Scientists

Research scientists work in the laboratory or out in the field. To qualify for a position as a research scientist, you will need to have experience of laboratory procedures, including setting up and monitoring experiments. Research scientists typically write the proposals for research funding, so excellent writing skills are required, as well as the ability to present findings clearly and concisely.

3. Field Sales Reps

Field sales reps may not have experience of working in a laboratory setting, but they do need to have a thorough understanding of the products they sell. Sales reps are responsible for selling a pharmaceutical company’s products to new and existing customers. Excellent social skills are essential. If you are good at your job, your earnings potential will be very high.

4. Pharmaceutical Financial Analyst

The pharmaceuticals industry is first and foremost a business. Pharmaceutical companies are in the game to make money – serious money – so financial analysts are employed to make sure the business is stable and profitable. Your job is to advise management on which investments are likely to be the most profitable, as well as the areas where cost savings can be made. Pharmaceutical financial analysts will normally have a background in finance rather than pharmaceuticals.

5. Pharmacist

A career as a pharmacist is generally seen as less attractive than medicine, but if you want to be at the cutting edge of pharmaceutical technology whilst retaining a degree of patient interaction, this is the career for you. To get your foot in the door, look for summer internships or placements, as these will give the experience required once you have graduated from university.

Jobs in the pharmaceuticals industry are highly sought after and competition is fierce. You will need the right qualifications and an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline is essential for research-based careers.


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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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Sarah speaks at Durham University careers event

Sarah Farrow attended the Explore Science Event held at Durham University on Wednesday the 16th of March 2016. This event was held by the careers team at Durham university and was aimed at science based undergraduates, postgraduate researchers or post doctorates.

Sarah, a Senior Recruitment Consultant was asked to give a presentation highlighting her own career path, what specialist recruitment organisations can offer candidates and how to get a job in science. She underscored that recruiters can offer candidates interview and careers advice as well as introducing them to a range of organisations from blue chip pharmaceutical organisations to new industry start up enterprises.

Other presentations were given from a Sales Manager from Heraeus and from medical graduates who have found relevant jobs.

The event went really well and some valuable information was given to the attendees.

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NEW SCIENCE JOB: Pharmaceutical Stability Manager

A reputable pharmaceutical company based in Hertfordshire that researches and develops dermatological treatments is recruiting for a Pharmaceutical Stability Manager .

The main responsibilities of this role will be to manage all aspects of the stability programme and ensure compliance with internal procedures, industry regulations and regulatory guidance documents. There is also ownership of process procedures and therefore responsibility for implementing improvements that drive efficiency, effectiveness, compliance and robustness.

They are looking for someone who has previously conducted stability studies and has experience with statistical applications for stability data evaluation and shelf-life determination.

For more information on this job, or to apply, click here


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Science Jobs of the Week 25/09/2014:

Here are our latest science jobs in this week 25/09/2014:


North West:

Silicone Technologist, Greater Manchester

QA Specialist – Cumbria


North East:

Research Scientist – Teesside

Quality Manager / QP – North East

QC Microbiologist – Sunderland

Development Technologist – Tyneside



Laboratory Analyst – South Yorkshire

Production Shift Supervisor – Yorkshire

Laboratory Manager – Grimsby


South East:

Analytical Chemist – Herts

Laboratory Analyst – Berkshire



Validation Manager – London



QC Technician – Derbyshire

Development Chemist, Derbyshire

Chemist or Technical Manager, Derbyshire



Chemist in Aberdeen


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Science Jobs of the Week: 18/09/2014

Here are our latest science jobs in this week: 18/09/2014


South East:

Supply Chain Administrator job – Berkshire

Senior Inorganic Chemist – Kent

Business Development Director job – Cambridgeshire

Senior Scientist, Biologicals, Cambridgeshire

Senior Scientist – Bioanalysis, Cambridgeshire

Microbiologist job- Sussex

Sampler – Hampshire

Research Chemist job- Hertfordshire



Proteomics Research Assistant – London


North East:

Analytical Chemist job – Northumberland

QC Laboratory Manager – North East

QC Analyst Job – Sunderland


North West:

Intumescent Coatings Chemist, Greater Manchester



Clean Room Supervisor – Yorkshire

Metallurgist/Laboratory Manager – South Yorkshire



Laboratory Technician Testing Engineer, West Mids.

Certification Officer, West Midlands

Heat Treatment Technician, West Midlands


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Rob Walker starts at CK Science

  • Rob Walker has recently started at CK Science as a Resourcer based in the Chesterfield office, but working with the Stevenage team.

Rob has extensive experience working within the recruitment industry and whilst he is moving into a new area of recruitment, he is quickly getting to grips with the ins and outs of scientific recruitment.

He will be recruiting across all the scientific sectors, and focusing on both permanent and temporary positions throughout the UK.

Please join us in welcoming Rob to our team!


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Procurement Manager – Merseyside

Naynesh Mistry is recruiting for a Procurement Manager to join a well-known biotech and pharmaceutical company to be based in Merseyside.

In the main, you will be expected to deliver sourcing projects to ensure adherence to company policies and provide support to the users and the purchasing teams.

For this role, it is necessary to have had extensive experience in a procurement role the manufacturing or scientific sectors, as well as a large amount of SAP knowledge with regards to procurement.

To apply, or to find out more information, please click here


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Principal Research Associate – Oxford

Jocelyn at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Principal Research Associate to join a rapidly growing pharmaceutical company based in Oxfordshire.

This role primarily involves assisting the development of SNARE cleavage assays using methods such as Western Blotting, HPLC and FRET.

A BSc in a relevant field is essential for this role, and knowledge and experience of working with proteins and botulinum neurotoxins would be beneficial.

For more information and to apply for this role, click here


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CK Science in University of Sunderland Liaison Visit

Last week, Barney Smith, Recruitment Manager for the CK Science Durham office, visited the University of Sunderland’s Sciences Complex for a careers advice session with students.

CK Science have had a long standing relationship with the University of Sunderland and been on hand on many previous occasions to offer advice on CV presentation, interview techniques and careers options for scientists.  On this occasion, Barney provided the students with a rare opportunity to speak to a senior scientist within a global organisation as he was accompanied by one of CK Science’s most valued clients, Myfanwy Lancaster, Lab Manager at Koppers, a leading integrated producer of carbon compounds in Middlesbrough.

Myfanwy is an Environmental Scientist by discipline and she previously worked for Yorkshire Water and Reckitt Benckiser but joined Koppers 10 years ago to run the analysis lab.  She talked to the students about the challenges she has faced both as a scientist finding her way in the industry, and as an employer in finding good candidates to work for her in the laboratory.

Myfanwy provided some excellent advice for the students, particularly about how important it is to make a good impression at interview:

“Your CV is important as it will help you to get noticed and to secure an interview, but it’s your enthusiasm and personality in the face-to-face meeting that will get you the job.”

And expanded this to more specific areas of the interview process :

“If you have a lab tour as part of your interview, be aware that it’s actually a test. The interviewer is looking to see how you cope with being in the lab and is hoping to find someone who shows lots of interest and asks pertinent questions.”

In a group discussion at the end of the meeting, students were keen to ask both Myfanwy and Barney a series of questions on subjects ranging from how to go about securing a summer placement to whether jobs for life still exist.

The session came to a close with a poignant piece of advice from Dr John Lough, a Reader in Pharmaceutical Analysis in the University’s Department of Pharmacy, Health and Well-Being, Faculty of Applied Sciences:

“Mostly importantly, don’t forget to get good marks in your degree.

For more information on CK Science, contact Gail Whittle on 0114 283 9956 or email on gwhittle@ckagroup.co.uk


CK Science has been established in scientific, pharmaceutical, life-science, waste, chemical, and biotechnology recruitment for over 20 years. With an exceptional background in recruiting high calibre candidates for clients ranging from SMEs through to global industry leaders, we ensure we find the right job, for the right people. Visit www.ckscience.co.uk today


University of Sunderland Sciences Complex

Sunderland University

In 2011 the University of Sunderland invested over £7million in a new Sciences Complex at the City Campus.

The Sciences Complex development includes a new Health and Science Academy – a state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities for health science provision.

Features of the new development:

  • A central hub for the Health and Science Academy with a highly visible atrium area and reception, opening out to attractive landscaped public realm space as part of a new university square.
  • High quality teaching and learning facilities, including a professional development suite for the delivery of higher level skills for students and continuous professional development facilities for health professionals.
  • High quality multi-disciplinary science laboratories including new equipment for drug discovery, pharmaceutical and health-related sciences.
  • A new integrated industry-standard Analytical Services laboratory and scientific imaging suite.
  • A sports science research facility equipped to analyse aerobic capacity, track body temperature, and assess biometric performance.
  • High quality social learning spaces for staff, students, and external partners including a dedicated Bioinformatics IT suite.
  • Exhibition space to promote leading-edge science to the young people of the region, the wider community, industry and the health professions.
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Fastest rise in job vacancies since May 1998

The latest REC/KPMG “Report on Jobs” for January 2014 has just been published. This monthly report provides the most up to date picture of recruitment, employment, staff availability and employee salary trends available.

The January report highlights the continued growth in both permanent and temporary appointments with the fastest rise in job vacancies since May 1998. Salaries for permanent staff have continued to rise over the last 12 months, while the availability of candidates particularly in the highly skilled sectors continues to fall.

The overall growth in the demand for permanent staff has been strongest in the private sector which is no surprise as the government cutbacks continue to bite, and there has been particularly strong growth in the engineering, scientific and technical sectors where demand for staff has increased dramatically compared to January 2013. There has also been an upsurge in the number of vacancies within the senior staff/managerial levels which has led in turn to increased salary pressure. This growth in demand reflects the continued upturn in the UK economy.

There has also been strong growth in demand  in the engineering and scientific fields for temporary/contract staff, which while not matching the growth in demand for permanent staff highlights companies need for staff in the short term.

The growth in the permanent recruitment area reflects the continuing confidence within the chemical, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries that we are over the worst and organisations within these sectors are starting to invest in staff, plant and R & D. However there is a potential cloud on the horizon, with increased pay pressure and skill shortages becoming a concern.

Overall, it has to be said that the pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences industries are projecting a very positive outlook in terms of growth and demand for staff.

Click here if you would like more information on the “Report for Jobs” contact Liam O’Connell


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Almac cancer research funding boost

Almac has invested £13 million into two cancer research ventures, with £7 million to be spent in Northern Ireland.

The pharmaceutical company, in a partnership with Queen’s University, are set to undertake research into the clinical performance of a drug developed within Northern Ireland. There will also be a project that has the intention of setting up a drug discovery unit in Queen’s Cancer research and Cell Biology centre at Belfast City Hospital.

Almac  is an international organisation providing a comprehensive range of services from research through pharmaceutical development to commercialisation of product. For more information on Almac’s services and the company itself, click here.

To search through our current science vacancies, click here.

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Oxfordshire Science Park to Create 1,000 Jobs

Culham Science Park in Oxfordshire is set to expand, with up to 1,000 new science and technology jobs.

Three new research labs and office space have been discussed at the Abingdon site, and a planning application has been sent to the council. The 1,000 jobs include skilled and unskilled workers, including the construction of the new buildings and the scientists then working in them once they have been completed.

The created jobs are set to expand the workforce at the Science Park by 50%, to near 3,000. Should planning permission be granted, private companies will be invited to move operations to the park, before construction begins. Currently with 2,000 staff and 45 companies, the Culham Science Park is part of Science Vale UK, which includes two other Oxfordshire sites employing over 10,000 people between them. The expanding of the Abingdon site can only boost the area’s scientific centre credentials further.

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Big Biotech companies proving more valuable

Pharmatimes reports today that big biotech companies are frequently demonstrating that they are better positioned to respond to the needs of the healthcare system than big pharmaceutical companies.

As healthcare shifts towards a new value-based focus biotech companies have been seen to outpace their pharmaceutical counterparts in terms of growth income, investment in R&D and market cap over the past three years, according to analysis undertake by life science financial services firm, Burrill & Co.

“As the industry migrates away from an era of the one-size-fits-all blockbuster, the biotechnology industry’s strength at developing innovative therapies that meet unmet medical needs and target the molecular mechanisms of diseases gives it an upper hand in creating value,” said the firm’s chief executive, G Steven Burrill.

Big Biotech experienced a 57% increase in market cap for the three years ended December 31, 2012, as the total value of the group climbed to $260.6 billion from $160.1 billion at the end of 2009, says the analysis. That compared to a 17.4% increase for Big Pharma during the same period as the market cap for the group climbed to a collective $1,257 billion from $1,070 billion.

“The big jump in the value of Big Biotech companies is not just a matter of investor speculation – these companies have had significant clinical and market successes that have driven their value higher,” Mr Burrill points out.

Are you  interested in a career in the biotech industry?

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Biotechnology Recruitment at CK Science    Biotechnology Recruitment at CK Science

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CK Science Salary Survey 2013

Your chance to complete the 2013 CK Science Salary Survey is almost over.

Science jobsThe science salary survey will be closing at the end of February so this is the last chance you will have to  take part. It takes only 5 minutes to complete, and your participation will help us understand what the 2012 science salary brackets were. The results of this survey will be published and will help you with your job and salary expectations for 2013.

Click on the link below to complete the CK Science Salary Survey


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Laboratory Analyst – County Durham

Graeme Pallas at CK Science is recruiting for a Laboratory Analyst to join a blue chip pharmaceutical company at their site in Barnard Castle, County Durham on a contract until the end of the year.


As a Laboratory Analyst you will be responsible for:

  • Carrying out analysis on pharmaceutical products and raw materials by HPLC, UV and Dissolution techniques
  • Follow SOPs in strict compliance to cGMP
  • Perform general laboratory maintenance duties


As a Laboratory Analyst you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Degree in chemistry or related subject
  • Analytical experience in a commercial laboratory

The successful Laboratory Analyst will be joining a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry at their site in Barnard Castle.  This is initially a contract until the end of 2013, however, there is a strong likelihood this will be extended.

Graeme Pallas - Recruiter at CK Science

How to apply

Apply online now

For more information or to apply for this Laboratory Analyst position, please contact Graeme Pallas on 0191 384 8905 or email gpallas@ckscience.co.uk  Please quote reference DH25927 in all correspondence.

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New Science park creates over 2000 jobs

ThA new-state-of-the-art Science park will bring 2,000 jobs to Wiltshiree Swindon Advertiser has reported that a new state-of-the-art science park will be developed at Porton in Wiltshire creating more than 2,000 jobs over a 10-year-period and bringing national and international investment into the area.

Wiltshire Council and a joint development company, comprising Trebor Developments LLP and Wrenbridge Land Limited, will develop the science park. The successfully bided  for £10m funding from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). This will help kick-start the first phase of the science park project, creating the infrastructure for the planned 355,000 sq ft science park and a new 23,000 sq ft innovation centre

This new science park will  provide facilities for science- and research-based industries and could attract £70m of private sector investment over the next 10 years.


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Pharmaceutical Export Sales Manager – Home working

Jason Johal at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Pharmaceutical Export Sales Manager for an amazing role with an MHRA licensed pharmaceutical manufacturing organisation based in London on a full time, permanent basis.


This newly formed Pharmaceutical Export Sales Manager role offers a blank canvas in regards to where you can take it and what you can achieve. It would be ideal for a person with an “explorer” personality and for someone looking for a role with autonomy, challenges and happy to travel globally.

The company are looking for someone that can grow their export business by developing strategies, using current/new contacts within Europe, the Middle East and by utilising their regulatory and pharmaceutical knowledge.

As an Export Sales Manager you will:

  • Develop the overall sales strategy plan for export sales
  • Plan and manage overseas sales through direct customers, distributors and other relevant sales outlets
  • Identify potential partners / distributors / countries for export opportunities
  • Manage export accounts to achieve sales targets, liaising closely with the Sales & Marketing Director, to develop and maximise all sales opportunities
  • Negotiate and manage contracts for sales/ distribution as required to enable effective trading, operations and customer relations
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of local requirements for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and “specials”.
  • Develop export programmes to promote new products and actively support all product promotions to customers
  • Liaise with customers services to process orders, enquiries, sample requests, catalogue requests and offer quotations
  • Deal with customer complaints in a professional and helpful manner
  • Organise and attend customer visits and represent company at trade shows as part of an agreed plan
  • Manage the movement of products in and out of the country in accordance with organisational policy and procedure, and to comply with relevant local, country and international law and process
  • Manage the necessary administration and documentation for the efficient, cost-effective and lawful execution of all export activities. Liaising with regulatory, finance and other departments as required


The successful applicant for this Export Sales Manager will have the following qualifications, skills & experiences:

  • An experienced Pharmaceutical export sales professional
  • An understanding and experience of setting up distributors in overseas markets
  • Knowledge or experience of the ophthalmology (highly advantageous not essential)
  • The ability to travel for prolonged periods of time
  • A working knowledge of regulatory issues overseas
  • The ability to develop and execute coherent business strategies and plans
  • A detailed understanding of Pharmaceutical industry
  • Be self motivated (minimum supervision required)
  • Strong Communication skills (Verbal and Written)
  • A second European language would be an advantage but is not essential


This Pharmaceutical Export Sales Manager role is a really exciting job for a pharmaceutical sales professional as it offers the opportunity to establish and then develop your own strategies and the freedom to build your career in the direction you want to go.  If successful, you will be joining a Specials Manufacturer with a growing portfolio of branded licensed products coupled with a world renowned reputation. In return there is an attractive salary, coupled with excellent benefits and travel opportunities.

Jason Johal - Pharmaceutical Recruitment

Please contact Jason for more details.

How to apply:

Apply online:

To apply for this Export Sales Manager position, contact Jason Johal via email: jjohal@ckscience.co.uk or 01438 723 500. Please quote reference ST25513 in all correspondence.


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Science Jobs in the UK and Ireland – 22/10/12

Here is a list of our latest science jobs in the UK. Click on the links below to find out more and be the first to apply:

South of the UK:

Sales Manager – Polymer, Chemical, South West

Polymer Chemist – Material Science, Hampshire

Home counties:

Analyst – Hertfordshire

Laboratory Analyst – Hertfordshire

Shift QC Analyst – Hertfordshire

PScience jobs in the UK and Irelandroduction Technicians – Clean Room, Surrey

Scientific Communications Officer – Hertfordshire

QC Scientist – Med Device, Pharmaceutical, Surrey

Process Engineer – Surrey

Senior QC Scientist – Pharmaceutical, Surrey

North East:

Purification Team Leader in Teesside

Process Chemist in Durham

Science jobs in the UK and IrelandScotland:

Molecular Biologist in Edinburgh


Trainee Recruitment Consultant – Chesterfield


Liquid Innovation Technologist in Glasgow

Science jobs in the UK and IrelandValidation Engineer in Irvine

North West:

Chemical Sales Representative – N.West


Analytical Chemist – Petrochemical, East London


Science jobs in the UK and IrelandShift Manager – Manufacturing – N.Ireland


Shift Laboratory Technician – Bradford


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