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

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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

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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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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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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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Clinical sector careers advice

Do you work in the pharmaceutical or related industries? Have you ever thought about working in another sector of the industry or are you just beginning your career and are not sure where to start?

As part of our Drug Discovery and Development Careers spotlight, we have created information for each of the sectors that contribute to the pharmaceutical arena. We have included ‘a day in the life of’ interviews, infographics, surveys, interviews with experienced professionals offering advice based on their own experiences such as CRA’s and Medical Affairs Managers, and key information about each sector.

To access this information click on the  links below:

Look at the rest of our careers advice articles in this spotlight

Or if you would like to find out how you can get your foot in the door, click here to view our infographic

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Fancy a career in clinical operations?

Are you trying to make a decision about what to do with your career? Or are you considering a career change? Have you ever thought about clinical operations as a career option? Do you know what function it performs?

The role of clinical operations is to ‘manage’ a clinical trial through the provision of administrative roles such as a Clinical Trial Administrator, or Clinical Trial Associates who travel to various sites to ensure a trial is being run correctly. Clinical Study / Project Manager manage the team or manage the running of the trial. At the top are the Directorship roles where the responsibility of the running and success of the trial sits.

The delivery of these roles is highly important in the drug development process and requires expertise, accuracy and speed to ensure the medication is available as soon as possible.

Read more about careers in clinical operations, or any other area of the drug discovery and development process click here

Or if you would like to find out how you can get your foot in the door, click here to view our infographic

 

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The geographical locations of clinical operation’s roles

Once upon a time if you were looking for a clinical operations job you would need to relocate to the South East of England, apply for a role with one of the pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies that were based there and hope for positive feedback. These days life science companies are venturing out of the Greater London area to more accessible parts of the UK, meaning relocation is not always a pre-requisite for application.

Clinical Operations offers a variety of roles, ranging from CTA, CRA and Clinical Project Manager to Clinical Outsourcing, Clinical Contracts, Trials Coordinators, Research Nurses and Patient Recruitment Specialists, to name just a few, and some of these roles can be done from a home based location.  If the role you are seeking doesn’t fall into the ‘home-based’ category then the news that life science is slowly moving away from London is great news to hear.

Over recent years we have seen some of the large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies setting up satellite sites and trials centred in cities outside of London.  Some of the benefits for doing this could be to focus on a particular patient group or to utilise a healthcare system that lends itself to managing a trial effectively.  Another main reason is cost, as sites are cheaper to manage and set up in the North of England, Scotland and Wales thus reducing trial overheads.  It has also had a knock on effect in encouraging start-up companies to set up in science parks located in these regions. With new life sciences developments happening in Cambridge, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and various locations in Scotland, this could mean that in 10-15 years time there will be less reliance on London-based locations for these companies to base themselves.  In addition to this the UK is currently focused on better transport links to the North and key areas like Cambridge, further confirmation of the move away from a centralised hub for drug development.

Overall it’s good news for clinical operations candidates who are looking for a good rate/salary with cheaper outgoings as this should help you widen your search next time you are looking for a new role.

If you are looking for a next clinical operations role click here to search our jobs

 

If you would like to discuss this topic further please click here to contact Russell Oakley

 

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Top tips on how to keep good staff

With recruitment proving challenging for employers many organisations are looking at how to keep their current workforce. CK have collated results from several surveys to provide you with what makes your employees stay, what makes them leave and what you can offer as an organisation to improve your staff retention rates.

To read this article in full click here

This article is part of our Drug Discovery and Development spotlight employer series which aims to help you improve your ability to recruit and retain quality staff. All our articles have been sourced or created to support the results of our recent research which indicated that recruitment has become increasingly challenging within the pharmaceutical industry due  to skills shortages and recruitment processes.

To take a look at our research results and our other employer aimed advice articles click here

 

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6 tips to help you improve your people management skills

This week, as part of our Drug Discovery and Development spotlight, we are focussing on providing you with some tips to improve your management skills so you can work towards a happy and contented workforce.

Covering items such as communications, office environments and positive attitudes, this advice articles has just six tips to help improve the productivity and effectiveness of your workforce. If you would like to read in full click here

 

Or click here to view more of the advice articles from our drug discovery and development spotlight.

 

 

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Have you considered a career in Drug Safety?

Are you looking for a career in a clinical field? Have you considered Drug Safety or Pharmacovigilance?

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. Cases can come in from clinical trials as well as medicines that are already available in the market place.

The entry requirements for Drug Safety is a  pharmacy, medical or life science degree but once you have got your foot in the door there is quite a straightforward career path, as well as the opportunity to work in either a permanent or contracting capacity.

Career opportunities and remuneration in Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance are extremely good so if you are keen to explore a career in this clinical field, click here to find out more.

 

Or click here to visit our spotlight on drug development and discovery careers

 

 

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