CK caught up with Global Pharma Senior Manager after helping him find his first scientific job

In 2012, our Senior Key Account Manager Hannah Oakley found Balraj Rai, now a Senior Manager at GSK, his first role in the science industry. He had just finished his degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and was keen to get started in the sector. Hannah helped him find his first role at Eurofins in Genomic Sales where he worked for a year.

Over seven years later, he has fulfilled his goal of working with GSK gaining a breadth of experience.

Hannah recently caught up with Balraj to find out how he is getting on and she was delighted to hear of his progress.  Hannah asked him what his current job involves, what gave him the inspiration to pursue this career and what tips does he have for others who want to work within pharmacovigilance and drug safety.

Take a look at the full interview here

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Watch our IR35 Information Event Video

We recently hosted an IR35 Information Event with two excellent speakers designed to help contractors and employers learn more about the extended IR35 legislation.

By popular demand, we filmed the event so that delegates could watch it back and those people who missed the event could watch it as well.

Watch it here:

The event was very well attended and it was fantastic to have so many questions and interaction with between the delegates and speakers.

Our specialist speakers are experts in the tax and legal space, Lewina Farrell, the Head of Legal Services at REC (The Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and Chris Humphreys, Head of Tax at BHP, one of the largest accountancy firms in the UK.

They discussed the following:

  • Explain the changes to the IR35 legislation
  • The implications of the legislation
  • How this will affect employers, agencies and PSC/Ltd company contractors
  • Planning for April 6th, 2020
  • Offer information as to the steps to take
  • Get you to think about contractual arrangements
  • What conversations you should be having with your accountants, advisers and/or agencies

Payroll alternatives post IR35

The IR35 regulations have not changed but how they are to be administered will. This means that many personal service companies and their employees could well be impacted by the changes and will be asked to work in a different way. CK Group has a tried and tested payroll service that has been used by clients and contractors for the last 28 years to provide compliant PAYE solutions.

Do you engage contractors?
If you engage contractors through personal service companies (ltd co) and have undertaken your assessment as to whether or not they are inside or outside IR35 and found that they are “in”, you may well be looking for an alternative legally compliant way to engage these workers. This is where CK can help. We offer a scalable payroll solution for contractors from a single person through to teams into the hundreds. We have a track record of compliance and a high level of customer service. We can engage these workers on your behalf and offer them a PAYE contract and a simplified single monthly invoice for the service. Speak to CK about how we can transfer your workers and save you money in the process.

Are you a contractor that will be impacted by IR35?
If you are a contractor seeking a platform to be able to deliver your flexible services to your client, CK Group is able to offer you a payroll solution with weekly or monthly payroll, expenses processing, access to a private health scheme and pension facilities. Unlike umbrella companies, CK Group will not charge you for this service.

If you have any questions regarding the information then please contact Liam O’Connell here.

 

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Two x Connect 4 Champion at PHUSE 2019

We exhibited at the PhUSE EU Connect this week in Amsterdam. Stephanie and Andy were delighted to meet so many new faces and catch up with some familiar ones to mark the 15th year of PhUSE. We hosted the annual Connect 4 Championship and ran a prize draw to win an Amazon Echo Dot.

The 2017 and 2018 Connect 4 Champions, Chris Harris and Michael Brockman, were back to defend their titles. It was a fierce competition with some competitors even practicing on an app in between sessions!

Kriss and Michael competing at PHUSE

In the end, 2018 Champion Michael Brockmann from Chrestos Concepts retained his Connect 4 title, beating Thomas Ellebæk from Ferring Pharmaceuticals 2-0 in a gripping final!

Our second competition was to win an Amazon Echo Dot. The lucky winner was a delighted Yohann Omnes who is a Biostatistical Programming Senior Manager at Amgen based in Bromely in the UK.

Congratulations to Michael Brockmann and Yohann Omnes on their wins, and particularly to Michael Brockmann who is now the 2 x CK Connect 4 Champion (Michael is pictured right, holding the trophy)

If you met up with Stephanie or Andy at the event and would like to get in touch with them, contact them here.

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IR35 Information Event – 7th November

We are pleased to announce that we are hosting a must attend IR35 Information Event on the 7th of November 2019 at 4pm at the Stevenage Football Club, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

What is IR35? What is changing? How does it affect your business? How will this affect you and your PSC? Why do you need to prepare now?

If you are an employer or you currently work on a contract basis then this is an essential event for you to attend. This event will explain the changes to IR35 legislation in the private sector, how it will affect you and your business as well as the steps that you need to take now in order to be ready for April 2020.

Our specialist speakers are experts in the tax and legal space, Lewina Farrell, the Head of Legal Services at REC (The Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and Chris Humphreys, Head of Tax at BHP, one of the largest accountancy firms in the UK.

They will help you with the following:

  • Explain the changes to the IR35 legislation
  • The implications of the legislation
  • How this will affect employers, agencies and PSC/Ltd company contractors
  • Planning for April 6th 2020
  • Offer information as to the steps to take
  • Get you to think about contractual arrangements
  • What conversations you should be having with your accountants, advisers and/or agencies.

A little bit about our speakers:

 

Lewina Farrell Head of Legal at REC

Lewina Farrell- Head of Legal at REC

Lewina Farrell qualified as a solicitor in 2004. She joined REC in 2008 and is now Head of Legal Services. She advises businesses on employment and commercial law with a focus on IR35 and data protection.

 

Chris Humpreys - Head of Tax

Chris Humphreys – Partner and Head of Tax at BHP

Chris is an experienced Tax Practitioner who prides himself on looking at tax issues with a commercial eye and is able to explain them in a way that takes the jargon out of complex tax legislation. Chris has over 25 years’ experience, dealing with a wide variety of owner managed businesses, growing companies and family businesses, and advising on their taxation issues. Chris specialises in Corporate and Personal Tax.

 

Agenda:

16.00 – Welcome by CK Operations Director Liam O’Connell

16.10 – Lewina Farrell

17.10 – Chris Humphreys

17.40 – Q&A

17.50 – Networking and refreshments.

Don’t miss out on this free event!

 

Register for the event here

 

Details:

7th November

4PM

Stevenage Football Club
The Lamex Stadium
Broadhall Way
Stevenage

Herts
SG2 8RH

 

Plenty of parking is available at the football club and as well as only 5 minutes by taxi from the train station.

Refreshments will be available on the day.

This event is free.

 

Find out more about IR35 here:

IR35 – Businesses

IR35 – Contractors

 

Any questions regarding the event please get in touch with Lauren de Frece: ldefrece@ckgroup.co.uk /01246 457705

 

Lauren

Author: Lauren de Frece

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Four easy steps to leading a healthy work-life balance

Today the perception of work has shifted. Having a healthy work-life balance has become a necessity for many, so much so that millennials prioritise this over pay and career advancement. Yet with social media and our ever-growing addiction to technology, it is more difficult than ever to switch off and escape the demands of work outside the office.

Mental health issues are currently on the rise, with 74% of individuals in the last year feeling so stressed that they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope. The Mental Health Foundation calls the increasingly demanding work culture in the UK “perhaps the biggest and most pressing challenge to the mental health of the general population”

With work related stress costing Britain 10.4 million working days per year, maybe it is time we pay more attention and prioritise our own work-life balance.

To help get you started we have created 4 simple steps to improve your work-life balance.

 

Step 1: Turn off technology

We live in a world that never sleeps. Smartphone users unlock their phones on average 85 times daily and use it for over five hours a day. With the constant distraction of emails and social media, it is extremely hard to set boundaries of when our working day begins and ends. Furthermore, using our phones at home not only disrupts family time but also affects sleep.

As a tip, to help separate your personal life from your home life, make a rule not to answer any emails in the evening and be present with your family, or take part in a sport or hobby to help you switch off.

 

Step 2: Work smarter not harder

Rushing around and chasing the clock seems to be the norm in today’s society. Most individuals feel they never have enough time to get everything done. However, this can be tackled by improving your own time management skills.

To help feel on top of life and tasks, it is extremely important that you learn how to work smarter, and not harder, to make the most effective use of your time.

  • Ensure you organise your day appropriately by creating a to do list and focusing on the most important tasks
  • Review all work meetings to see if they are necessary, and if they are, make sure they are sharp and straight to the point. Try limiting them to 30 minutes with a specific desired outcome.
  • Devote your entire focus to the task at hand. Many people think that they will get more done when multitasking, however multi-tasking can reduce productivity by as much as 40%. Put your phone away, close browsers and concentrate on one task at a time.

 

Step 3: Take time to exercise

One of the most beneficial activities to participate in before or after work is exercise. Exercise is a fantastic stress reliever and improves our sense of well-being and overall mood. It is estimated that exercising three times per week can reduce the risk of depression by up to 20%. This In turn helps us be more productive at work.

Try to keep your exercise plan flexible and make it fit around your timetable. For example, you could include lunch-time walks or runs, early morning workouts, or a fitness class on your way home. Try and strike a balance between cardio, weights, and relaxing workouts such as stretching or yoga, to best reap the benefits, otherwise you could end up doing more harm than good.

 

Step 4: Learn to say no

Despite everyone leading busy lives, many of us often find ourselves taking on tasks that we don’t have time for or would rather not do. Whether it’s agreeing to overtime, doing someone a favour, or socialising when you don’t want to, if these activities are causing you to feel exhausted or stressed, it is time to learn to say no more often.

Steve Jobs once said “I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.”

Saying no can have a very positive influence on your life and is essential when it comes to your work-life balance. Saying no shows you value your time, you understand what you want, and makes it easier to fill your life with activities and people who bring you true happiness.

 

It is important to realise that a healthy work-life balance means something different to everyone and it is crucial to find the right balance for you. However, no matter what career you’re in, or however many additional commitments you have, creating a healthy balance between work, play, and recharging, is essential to leading a happy, healthy and productive life, both at home and in the workplace.

 

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Head Of Regulatory Affairs – Gloucester or Surrey

We have a fantastic new Head of Regulatory Affairs role with a successful organisation within the food and drinks sector.

  • This is an opportunity to join an expanding regulatory team in a senior position in the R&D food and drink industry.
  • The role will include line management, budget management, business development and service delivery.
  • The role offers a competitive salary of £50,00 and some great benefits.
  • This role has the possibility of being based in Gloucestershire or Surrey.

Find out more about this job here.

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CK Clinical Co-Sponsor Clinical Operations in Oncology Trials Europe

We are pleased to announce that CK Clinical will be co – sponsoring the Clinical Operations in Oncology Trials Europe Conference in Munich from the 14-15th of November.

After a successful event in 2017, the conference will be returning to Munich for the its edition, with more interactive content and senior level speakers than before. The 2018 programme will host speakers representing organisations such as Roche, AstraZeneca, Celyad, Bayer, Karma Oncology and Zelluna Immunotherapy.

Russell Oakley and Stephen Lord will be attending the event and if you would like to arrange to meet, network or get some recruitment insight please look out for them at the event or arrange a meeting with them in advance here:

Steve Lord

Stephen Lord – Principal Consultant
Tel: +44(0)1246 457722
DD: +44(0)1246 457738
E: slord@ckclinical.co.uk
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrstephenlord/

A picture of Russell Oakley

Russell Oakley – Clinical Manager
T: +44 (0)1246 457733
DD: +44 (0)1246 457709
E: roakley@ckclinical.co.uk
LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/russellckgroup

There is an exciting programme lined up, highlights from this years’ agenda include a practical workshop on strengthening collaboration through vendor management; a global project leader discussing how and why patients should be involved in protocol design; and a technology spotlight session where you will discover how digital platforms can be successfully integrated into oncology trials.

If you are already attending this event, contact Russ or Steve to arrange an informal meeting.

Find out more information about the event here

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CK to attend RQA’s 2018 Annual Conference

CK will be exhibiting at the RQA’s 2018 Annual Conference that will be held at the award-winning Manchester Central from 31 October to 2 November.

The theme this year is ‘Data and Quality: Is the tail wagging the dog?’ This year’s conference will include presentations, case studies, clinics, debates and, for the first time, all-new ‘fringe’ sessions, where more informal discussions will be held in a roundtable environment. The programme includes representation by the MHRA, as well as a range of presentations on hot topics such as Data Integrity and GDPR.

Jim Gleeson and Ben Traies will be attending the event and exhibiting at stand number 30. They will be happy to talk to you about your career path or future roles. They will also have an array of promo goodies so be sure to pop by the stand if you are attending this event.

If you would like to meet up at the event for a confidential chat, please contact Jim here.

 

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The CK New Scientist Live Careers Hub

We were delighted to be the Official Recruitment Sponsors at New Scientist Live at the ExCeL in London in September.

What an event it was, from the Mars Rover, the Slime Olympics to Tim Peake’s talk, it was incredible.  Thank you to everyone who came to the New Scientist Jobs and CK Group Careers Hub.

We were overwhelmed with how many people wanted careers advice, many of whom are aspiring scientists as well as people working in the industry already.

Many people wanted advice as to the best route into industry, what to do after their education and quite a lot brought their own CV’s to the careers hub for improvement tips.

It was great to meet so many people who wanted to pursue a career in STEM. Here are a few photos from our stand:

Naynesh at New Scientist Live
The team at New Scientist Live giving careers advice

If you are still looking for careers advice, we have teamed up with New Scientist Jobs to provide essential career advice tips, take a look at our latest article here.

We also have a whole host of careers, job hunting and work place advice articles and videos in our Career Zone, take a look at these here.

If you are searching for a new role, take a look at our latest jobs here and if you would like to make the job applying process a little bit quicker, join CK Plus here.

Thank you to everyone who came to the Careers Hub and we hope to see you next year.

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CK attend the PIPA Conference 2018

CK Clinical is pleased to be exhibiting the PIPA Conference 2018 which will be held at the Legoland Conference Centre in Windsor on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th October.

This two-day event includes a full and varied conference programme with presentations, exhibitions and half-day workshops intended to provide comprehensive information on “hot topics” and skills relevant to the PIPA membership.

Hendre Moolman and Ben Traies will be atteding the event, Hendre has been a member of PIPA for many years and is delighted to be able to take part in the event this year.

If you are attending the conference, look out for Hendre and Ben, they will be more than happy to talk you through your career options, give a market update or offer career advice.

Contact Hendre ahead of the event here

 

 

 

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