CK at the BMJ

The BMJ held its annual Careers Fair at the Business Design Centre in Islington last Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October 2017. Julia Day and Farzaana Khan both Consultants from CK Clinical’s medical team attended to meet with the pharmaceutical companies exhibiting as well as some new faces seeking advice about or a change in their career.

The BMJ Careers Fair offers physicians and other healthcare professionals in attendance an opportunity to attend a wide range of seminars and that can help them better understand how to transition their career from the NHS to the pharmaceutical industry. It also gave delegates the opportunity to explore a range of opportunities through the various exhibitors in attendance at the fair.

Julia and Farzaana were on hand to speak to delegates with the aim of establishing what they were looking to get out of the careers fair. For some of these delegates, it was seeking experience in new areas or looking to explore where their career might take them and how CK might be able to help them achieve these goals. We spoke to many of the physicians in attendance looking to pursue a career within the pharmaceutical industry predominantly in the areas of medical affairs, clinical development and pharmacovigilance.

In addition, we met with the BMA and ABPI (Faculty of Medicine) in relation to creating careers guides and offering support for physicians about a career within the industry. This could be helping with a CV format, interview guidance, general job help or of course a discussion of roles and options.

For trainee or experienced physicians who were unable to attend the 2018 Careers Fair this year, please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance on how to make that transition into the pharmaceutical industry or if you’re hiring how we can help support your recruitment.

Find out more about the CK medical recruitment team here

Take a look at some advice articles, interviews and ‘a day in the life of’ articles for medics here

Author: Farzaana Khan, Senior Recruitment Consultant

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Consider a career in clinical operations

It could be that you are at the very start of your career or perhaps you’re thinking about a career change.

If so have you considered a career in clinical operations? If you have a background in the life sciences and are looking for a career that is satisfying as well as offering excellent benefits then a career in clinical operations could be just for you.

But what exactly is clinical operations? Russell Oakley, a recruitment specialist in this sector answers this question here:

Clinical trials require operational management and thus require key individuals to coordinate the project or particular phase of the drug development process.  These positions range from administrative roles or Clinical Trial Administrators, supporting the day to day activities for the trial, field-based monitors or Clinical Research Associates who travel to different Clinical Research Units to ensure the trial is running correctly, Clinical Study/Project Managers who manage the teams or running of the trial (usually on a region or global level)  to Directorship roles within clinical operations where the person will have sole responsibility of a trial.

Operational roles tend to focus on the smooth running of the clinical trial in accordance with the trial protocol, GCP and ICH guidelines and the people tasked with these roles are measured based on whether the trial is on schedule and patient recruitment numbers are at required levels.

Operational jobs require individuals to be able to converse and liaise with key opinion leaders in the drug development process and thus require incumbents to have strong communication and influencing skills.

Clinical operations is a highly important part of the drug development process and encompasses the whole clinical trial process from phases I-IV.  This part of the process requires expertise, accuracy and speed, as it is essential for a drug to get to market as soon as possible in order for the pharmaceutical company to receive a return on their initial investment.

People working in clinical operations are usually paid very good remuneration due to the importance of their role and the responsibility it carries.  The jobs they work in, tend to be contractual due to the nature of the work, but there are permanent positions available also as companies will transfer their workforce from one project to another.

If you are interested in learning more about a career in clinical operations, follow the links below:

  1. How do I get into clinical operations?
  2. A day in the life of a CRA
  3. Where can this career take me?
  4. The demand for CRA’s continues to grow

Author: Russell Oakley

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A positive outlook for the pharma and biotech sectors

Operations Director, Liam O’Connell has written an article highlighting the latest data from the IHS Markit Europe PMI Composite Index and it shows a very positive outlook for the pharma and biotech sectors. Take a look at the report here:

The latest IHS Markit Europe PMI Composite Index for July actually showed a slight decline on the previous month for all sectors. Despite this slight cooling from 55.8 in June to 55.3 in July,  economic growth across Europe remained strong and among the highest over the last six years.

Beneath the overall figures, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors are gaining momentum with strong order books and profit margins. Alongside transportation, pharma and biotech are the strongest performing sectors at the moment, which is great news for investors and people working in these fields.

IHS Markit Europe PMI Composite Index graph

The growth of output through July in the pharma and biotech sector is the fastest for the last ten years and considering the sector was in contraction 12 months ago, the growth during this period is extremely positive.

Through 2015/16 the trend in new orders had been negative with companies experiencing a slow down until August 2016 when the rebound started and a change in momentum occurred.

Read the rest of the article here


Author: Liam O’Connell

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CK Clinical top jobs: August 2017

This month, we have a range of exciting and unique roles from a Regulatory Submissions Specialist to the Senior Manager of Global Safety Compliance, take a look at these roles here:


Senior Manager of Global Safety Compliance

Location: Maidenhead
Salary: £90,000, car allowance, 10% bonus, stock, 2 days remote working
Reference: 39889

  • A new permanent opportunity within a team of four, reporting to the Director of Safety Compliance
  • This role is not a hands on CAPA management role and is more about giving guidance, following up, setting metrics and generally looking at continuous improvement
  • You can become more of an enabling function so there are plenty of opportunities to become a driver of change.
  • The right person should have a good PV background at a senior / above country level, or you might come from an auditing background
  • Understanding of PV systems and what a QMS (Quality Management System) is and why it’s important

Click to apply


Regulatory Submissions Specialist

Location: Uxbridge
Salary: Competitive
Reference: 39863

  • Working for an innovative global biopharmaceutical company with a focus in Oncology
  • Using electronic publishing systems, support the regulatory teams with the preparation and coordination of submissions
  • You will be responsible for global submissions including the US and EU regions
  • If you have significant regulatory operations experience across multiple regions then this would be an opportunity to join a fantastic team

Click to apply


Global Director Medical Communications, Oncology

Salary: €140 circa
Location: Frankfurt area Germany / Boston area US
Reference: 39497

  • A rare opportunity to join lead a Global communications team of nine
  • This is a high visibility and high impact role working with a wonderful product portfolio
  • A strategic and tactical role with the chance to develop and lead a highly capable and ambitious group
  • You will have extensive experience within medical publications and communications as well as both global and management experience

Click to apply


Head of EMEA Medical Affairs Oncology

Location: Hertfordshire
Salary: Competitive
Reference: 39579

  • A chance to lead an International Medical Affairs group within Oncology, working on an existing and growing portfolio of medicines
  • You will have first and second line reports (30+) and lead the strategic and operational activities of the department
  • You will be a GMC Registered Physician with significant experience of oncology and medical affairs, ideally with management experience

Click to apply


EMEA Medical Manager, Neurology 

Location: Hertfordshire
Salary: Competitive
Reference: 39741

  • An opportunity to join an EU+ medical affairs group, assisting the Head of with strategy creation and implementation
  • Working across the neurology portfolio you will work within dementia, sleep and epilepsy amongst other therapy areas
  • You will be a Physician with experience of Neurology (ideally a neurologist) and working within medical affairs / clinical development

Click to apply


Clinical Trial Assistant

Location: Crawley
Salary: £25000-30000
Reference: 39834

  • Exciting opportunity for a Clinical Trial Assistant to join a well established and growing Clinical Research Association.
  • Role is office based in CrawleyInvolves working specifically within Oncology
  • Involves providing administrative support to project teams in conducting and collating information from feasibility studies.
  • The CTA will work closely with Clinical Project Managers, Clinical Research Associates and other members of the Clinical Operations team.
  • Provide administrative support to project teams in conducting and collating information from feasibility studies.

Click to apply


Clinical Research Scientist

Location: Hertfordshire
Salary: Competitive
Reference number: 39569

  • An interim position with a global, mid-sized pharmaceutical company
  • You will provide scientific support for late phase oncology clinical trials
  • Duties will include review of Clinical Trial Protocols, analysis of study data and input into the preparation of Clinical Study Reports
  • Candidates will require late phase oncology experience

Click to apply


If these roles are not quite right for you, take a look at our other roles here.

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Is using a recruiter the best way to find the right staff?

CK Group MD, Jonathan Hart-Smith has created a short article answering the often asked question, should I use a recruiter?

Here is a snapshot of his response, it might surprise you.

Should you use a recruitment consultant to help find your staff? As somebody that operates a recruitment company, you would expect the answer to be yes!

However, the answer is actually, “not always”.  Using an external recruiter has a time and place.  In the current age of technology, if you have the time, resource and budget to find the right talent to support your business then using an external recruiter can be a genuine luxury.

Having said this though, there are times and sectors in which a good recruiter can be worth their weight in gold.  Knowing when and how to use a recruiter will make it a positive experience and get the results you want for all concerned.

A combination of uncertainty in the UK economy as a whole, given a looming Brexit and a shortage of qualified scientists creates an environment where attracting a talented person away from their current role to join your business is tough…………

Read the rest of the article here

Author: Jonathan Hart-Smith – MD

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Scientific Consultant Job – Video

Russell Oakley is currently recruiting for a Scientific Consultant to work for a groundbreaking scientific consultancy. The company brings together the capability of in-house scientific consultants with a unique process and interactive decision-making technology.

Russell has made a short video where he shares more information about the job and this innovative organisation, watch it here:

Find out more about this role here

For more information or to apply for this position, please contact Russell Oakley on 01246 457709 or email

Find out more about Russell here


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A guide to career paths in Drug Safety and PV

Pharmacovigilance and Drug Safety jobs are incredibly important in the development of new pharmaceutical drugs and there are many areas within the sector where there are severe skills shortages and where qualified workers are in demand. But how can you develop a career in Drug Safety and PV? Hendre Moolman, a specialist in PV and Drug Safety recruitment has written “A guide to career paths in Drug Safety and PV”. Take a look here:

Drug Safety has a very straightforward career path with the potential to work in both permanent and contracting capacities. Depending on the level of exposure achieved, career progression in Drug Safety can lean towards line management or a more technical direction which includes signal detection, risk management and epidemiology.

As a Pharmacovigilance or Drug Safety Scientist, your role will be focused on the detection, evaluation, knowing and prevention of adverse effects (AE) of drugs. You will also have a role in assessing the risk/benefit of products to ensure that they are safe to use.

The general academic requirement for Drug Safety vacancies are successful graduates with a pharmacy, medical or life science degree, and in some instances further qualifications in project management or a Masters in Drug Safety.

Drug Safety cases can come in from clinical trials, as well as medicines actively being marketed. Once a side effect is reported in the company database additional follow-up may be required to complete gaps in the case. The completed reports are forwarded to the regulatory authorities for review.

The initial salary levels are based on academic background, which differs from year to year, as well as from company to company.

Starting level titles tend to be Drug Safety Associate or Drug Safety Coordinator where the focus is mainly case processing; which involves doing data entry of cases; making sure drug identifiers are captured correctly, and the event reports are detailed enough for the evaluator to decide on the cause of the adverse event………………

Read the rest of Hendre’s article here

Take a look at our latest jobs in PV and Drug Safety


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Clinical Hot Jobs – 23.06.2017

This week’s clinical hot jobs include:

GMP QA Associate

Location: Oxford

Salary: £35-40K

Reference number: 39285

  • A permanent opportunity with a very successful global pharmaceutical company
  • You will closely with a specials manufacturing team to ensure that the highest quality standards are adhered to
  • Candidates will need to have worked in an aseptic manufacturing environment and have GMP Quality Assurance experience

Click to apply


Senior Clinical Research Associate

Location: Hatfield

Salary: Competitive (discussed upon application)

Reference number: 39244

  • Exciting opportunity as a Senior CRA to work for a large global pharmaceutical company
  • Great opportunity for a monitor looking to move away from extensive travel and take on an office based position, overseeing the company’s outsourced monitoring activities, moving more towards a project management position
  • Permanent position with good company benefits, including a car allowance and an annual bonus
  • Minimal travel involved in the role

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 Medical Writer

Location: Hatfield

Salary: Competitive

Reference number: 38359

  • This contract role will be focusing on working directly with clinical study teams, the oncology medical writing teams, regulatory affairs personnel, and the publishing group in preparing regulatory documents
  • You will have the opportunity to work as part of a small group of writers, increasing and expanding your skill set through the variety of projects you will work on
  • The manager is an advocate of internal development, providing scope and a variety in responsibilities to add to your experience
  • The role has easy access to and from London, with core working hours, up to 2 days remote working and really vibrant company culture

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Medical Science Liaison

Location: Field based (Midlands)
Salary: Competitive (discussed upon application)
Reference number: 39359

  • Exciting opportunity to join a growing MSL team in a global pharmaceutical company
  • The role will focus on the cardiovascular therapy area although prior experience in the therapy isn’t essential so this could be a great chance to broaden your experience as long as you have a background as an MSL
  • Permanent position with good company benefits, including a car allowance and an annual bonus
  • A field based position covering the Midlands from the East Coast to North Wales

Click to apply


These are just a sample of the roles we are currently recruiting for at CK Clinical. Click here to search our other jobs


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Build a career in Quality Assurance

A clinical practice Quality Assurance role is a high profile job that can offer excellent opportunities for development as well as very good salaries, however, it can be quite a tricky area to get into.

Jim Gleeson, a Clinical Manager and Recruitment Specialist has written a short article outlining the best and most effective career paths for aspiring professionals who wish to get into QA. Take a look at Jim’s article here:

Compliance with internal, national and international regulations in every aspect of clinical development is absolutely essential. Serious failures can be dangerous for patients, extremely costly and highly damaging to a company’s reputation plus they tend to attract a lot of publicity. Therefore, the role of the Good Clinical Practice QA professional is a high profile one and can offer excellent opportunities for development.  Such positions are not ‘siloed’ in the way many other roles can be, a career in CQA can give exposure to all aspects of the clinical trials process, many different therapeutic areas and types of organisations.

Those working in GCP QA will typically have a life science or nursing degree and a background in clinical operations, such as experience as a Clinical Research Associate or Project Manager, so they will have practical experience of having performed many aspects of the activities that are to be audited. A CRA’s monitoring experience will put them in good stead for the typical entry level role of GCP QA Auditor. Like a CRA, this can be a very ‘on the road’ position, involving travel to a variety of sites, often internationally. There are very many aspects of a clinical trial that need to be looked at, not only the obvious ones such as the documentation, investigator sites, manufacturing and packaging but also functions such as laboratory analysis, biometrics and translation services, often performed by third party suppliers. Another key duty is the hosting of inspections by regulatory authorities such as the MHRA and FDA. This will involve ensuring that all staff and process are suitably prepared beforehand, hosting the inspection itself, subsequent liaison regarding the results and management of any corrective actions required.

Read the rest of this article here

This article is one of our Drug Discovery and Development spotlight which aims to highlight the vast range of roles available in this sector such as medical affairs, quality assurance, clinical operations and drug safety, along with tips on job hunting, CV’s and interviews. If you would like to find out more click here

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Career opportunities in medical affairs

Medical Affairs is a crucial function within a pharmaceutical company as it is required to be the bridge between the industry and its stakeholder via the medical community.

There are a number of roles within the medical affairs field, including:

  • Junior Medical Information
  • Senior Medical Information
  • Scientific Advisors
  • Medical Science Liaisons

Within this field you will be uniquely position to link science and commercial activity ensuring a very diverse work environment. It also promises good progression opportunities and a long career.

To find out more about the roles available in medical affairs click here

This article is one of our Drug Discovery and Development spotlight which aims to highlight the vast range of roles available in this sector such as medical affairs, quality assurance, clinical operations and drug safety, along with tips on job hunting, CV’s and interviews. If you would like to find out more click here



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