Senior/Principal SAS Programmer Opportunity – Norfolk

Do you want to work for one of the world’s most innovative and respected CROs? 

The opportunity has become available for an experienced SAS programmer to join a well-established Clinical Research Organisation to provide leadership to the internal team, and support the creation of new processes, systems and SOPs within the organisation. The role is permanent and can be fully home-based, and includes the responsibilities of:

  • Creating and maintaining SAS programs in order to map and present clinical trial data for inclusion within study reports
  • Maintaining CDISC data standards
  • Developing SDTM and ADaM programs to support the creation of specific study documentation

The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least 5 years SAS Programming experience
  • Strong data analytics and programming skills, CRO experience is highly desirable
  • Strong knowledge of CDISC standards, including the creation of data mapping specifications
  • Experience with SAS v9 and macro development

If this role interests you, you can find out more and apply 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.



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



7th November


Stevenage Football Club
The Lamex Stadium
Broadhall Way



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: /01246 457705



Author: Lauren de Frece

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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 expand Account Management Team

The CK Group are very pleased to announce the expansion of their Key Account Team. The team will now support contract and temporary recruitment programs with a number of global pharmaceutical organisations.

This team will provide an improved client and candidate experience in the recruitment process by focussing on a number of key clients who have requirements within the life sciences sector.

The team have 68 years combined recruitment experience with the CK Group working in the pharmaceutical and science industries ranging from the science, clinical IT and engineering areas.

They will provide account management, recruitment, contractor support and management, compliance and reporting services to our client candidates, thereby ensuring that the experience of working with the CK Group is as efficient, smooth and professional as possible.

The team consists of:
Julie Marshall, Account Manager,, 01438 842978
Hannah Oakley, Account Manager,, 01246 457711
Joanne Newbould, Account Manager,, 01246 457704
Heather Deagle, Senior Account Executive,, 0191 3706482
Kate Edwards, Account Executive,, 0191 370 6487
Lucy Stendall, Account Executive,, 01246 457725
Jenni Woolley, Account Executive,, 01438 768 710

Jennifer and Lucy have both moved to the Key Accounts Team from CK Clinical due to their vast experience dealing with large pharmaceutical organisations and have already made a great impact in the new team.

If you are interested in working with a global pharmaceutical organisation or would like to speak to a member of the team do not hesitate to contact them.

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Join our clinical recruitment team

Are you looking for a job that uses your clinical and scientific skills but is not in a laboratory? Then a job in clinical recruitment could be for you.

CK Group is looking for two outgoing, confident and ambitious Graduate Recruitment Consultants, one to be based at it’s Stevenage office and the other at the head office in Chesterfield.

This is an opportunity to join an expanding clinical division where you will be working with some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and life science organisations.

If you want to work within a great team, in which opportunities are offered, skills are stretched, innovation is welcomed, and excellence is rewarded, you should consider a career with CK Group. We might be exactly what you’re looking for.

To find out more take a look at the full job description here

Russell Oakley, Clinical Research Recruitment Manager, has been working for CK for 13 years and has said about working for us; ‘I can honestly say it’s a great place to work. Aside from the fact that the recruiters are experts within their fields, the teams are highly dedicated, friendly and enthusiastic all of which comes across to fellow employees and candidates alike. I can honestly say without such a team I don’t think I would still be working here 13 years on!’

Find out a little more about us in this video here:

CK Group – Join us from CK Group on Vimeo.

If you would to know anything more please get in touch either by email on or tel. 01246 457700.

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Job of the week: Scientific Director/Real-World Data Scientist

This week we have chosen a Scientific Medical Director/Real-World Data Scientist role as the job of the week, we have picked this role as it is:

  • A fantastic opportunity for a Scientific Medical Director or Real-World Data Scientist with experience in Public Health / Epidemiology / RWE studies to join a global scientific research company
  • This is a permanent role based in central London
  • Offering a salary between £70,000 -90,000
  • Ideally, the candidate will hold an MD or have an equivalent degree with clinical experience
  • You will provide clinical and methodological insights and senior review of study documents, involving a variety of real-world study designs
  • You will lead and manage the design, execution of epidemiological studies

Find out more or apply for this role here

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Rise of the Machines

You may well have seen a film, TV series or read a book where humans have developed technology that learns to think for itself and then turns on its maker.

So how close is this to becoming a reality? And what does it have to do with recruitment?

Over the last 12 months, here at CK, we have noticed the increase in the number of job vacancies that include the use of new technologies and techniques such as Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

So what is machine learning?

Machine learning is a type of AI that can teach a software program to predict outcomes without having to be programmed. In a basic sense, you have to create an algorithm that receives data and then use statistical analysis to predict the outcome within a certain range.

In layman’s terms, Machine Learning tells a computer program “HOW TO LEARN” to solve a problem, rather than the traditional method of “HOW” to solve a problem.

Where can you study/learn about Machine Learning?

Computer science degrees often now include modules specifically covering areas such as machine learning, AI, speech & natural language processing, neural computing, and cognitive modelling.
Machine Learning is closely related to computational statistics and mathematics and as such the skills required are very similar – such as the use of scripting languages such as Python, Java, R.

In the UK the top Universities for machine learning and AI include:

What are the commercial uses of Machine Learning?

As the amount of data stored and the relative computer processing power have increased, this has led to the increase in Machine Learning.

In the Life Sciences sector, Machine Learning is being used in a variety of different applications to bring about advances in areas such as clinical trials research, drug discovery, personalised medicine, Bioinformatics, Chemoinformatics, Computational Anatomy, DNA sequencing, and Medical Diagnosis.

What companies are using and recruiting for Machine Learning specialists?

Any company that processes and stores masses of data will be thinking about the application of Machine Learning to help deal with the data and make the most of it. At the forefront are companies such as Google’s Deepmind, IBM Watson, and social media giants such as Facebook and Pinterest.

However, within the STEM sector, the number of companies looking at the use of Machine Learning is growing and includes the likes of big pharma clients, medical device companies and data science/technology focussed start-ups.

Want to get into Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence?

To start with you need to learn and be proficient in a scripting/coding language such as Python, R or Java. If you don’t already have the knowledge and experience, you will also need to learn about statistics and maths in order to create and build the machine learning algorithms.

Other relevant technology areas and skills include big data, analytics, data science, SQL, C++, apache spark, Amazon AWS, Hadoop, and Tensorflow.


The average UK permanent salary for Machine Learning specialists is £60,000, with interim roles paying in excess of £500 per day.
The number of positions that require Machine Learning has roughly doubled from 2016 to 2017 and this trend is forecast to continue through 2018.

For further information or to discuss the points or job types mentioned in more detail, please contact Steve Lord.
T: 01246 457 738


Source: 27/11/2017

Author: Steve Lord

Steve Lord


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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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CK Clinical’s Hot Jobs: 17.07.2017

This week our clinical hot jobs include:


Head of EMEA Medical Affairs, Oncology

Location: Hertfordshire

Salary: Competitive

Reference number: 39579

  • An opportunity for a GMC Registered Physician with therapy experience to lead an International Medical Affairs group within Oncology.
  • Covering Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia and Australia.
  • You will take responsibility for the strategic and operational leadership of the oncology team with 9 direct (33 total) reports.

Click to apply


Director Global Medical Communications, Oncology

Location: Frankfurt area, Germany

Salary: 145,000 Euros

Reference number: 39497

  • An opportunity with a Global Pharmaceutical company to secure a Publications Director for their oncology and immuno-oncology business.
  • This is a large and critical therapy area of the company with ongoing and future launches in abundance.
  • It will manage a team of 4 Associate Publication Directors along with taking responsibility for the creation and execution of global publication strategy plans.

Click to apply


Medical Affairs Manager

Location: Hertfordshire

Salary:  £100,000 – £115,000

Reference number: 39086

  • The role sits within a global specialty pharmaceutical company with a relatively new entity in the UK.
  • With three launches planned this year along with a solid pipeline coming to market this role offers the opportunity to define, establish and expand a medical affairs team.
  • This is a very diverse, high profile role in a driven and cross-functional team. You will report directly to the EU Medical Director and manage two MSL’s.

Click to apply


Clinical QA Manager

Location: Hertfordshire

Salary: Competitive

Reference number: 39569

  • A permanent opportunity with an innovative global pharmaceutical company
  • You will plan, conduct and report Investigator Site Audits across the EMEA region
  • Candidates will need extensive GCP auditing experience

Click to apply


Respiratory Specialist Research Nurse

Location: Field based covering London region

Salary: £230 per day (PAYE) plus expenses

Reference number: 39573

  • A specialist Research Nurse in a respiratory trial.
  • Supporting patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in patient assessments and scans.
  • This is an ad-hoc interim role working around 2-5 days per month.
  • Covering London region but can be based elsewhere as full travel and accommodation expenses covered.

Click to apply


Life Science Experience Architect/Multichannel Marketing

Location: London, Nationwide travel

Salary: £92,000 to £118,000 pa

Reference number: 39517

  • A permanent opportunity with a very successful global professional services company
  • You will lead the design and development of client strategies for digital marketing, sales and service and marketing
  • You will need proven experience of business development and major account sales for digital marketing and/or professional services for C-Suite or senior executives
  • Ideally you will have strong experience in a top-tier interactive marketing agency, digital consultancy, marketing services firm or digital technology supplier with demonstrable success in establishing and building trust with clients

Click to apply


Senior/Principal Statistician

Location: Cambridge/full remote working

Salary: Very competitive hourly rate

Reference number: 39594

  • A contract opportunity with a very successful global pharmaceutical company
  • You will be providing statistical expertise to support the design and interpretation of clinical programmes, regulatory submissions and commercialisation
  • Candidates will need to have a good understanding of statistical methodologies applied to Phase II or III Oncology studies

Click to apply


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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

Click to apply


 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

Click to apply


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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