Job of the week: Associate Director of Statistics

This week we have an exciting opportunity for an Associate Director or an experienced Team Leader in Biostatistics, this job has been chosen as it is:

  • An exciting opportunity to join a respected global pharmaceutical company
  • This role could be located in Cambridge, UK or Maryland, US.
  • A permanent position
  • Very competitive salary package – £80-£100k+ base plus a very good benefits package
  • Opportunity to develop within a global team and to work for a company with an exciting pipeline

Find out more about this job here

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Job of the week: Senior Clinical Project Manager

This week we have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Clinical Project Manager to join a well established and highly successful consultancy based in Cambridgeshire. This role offers:

  • Salary £50-70k, depending on experience
  • You will be managing early phase trials/projects leading a clinical group and will bring your experience to team members through mentoring/training.
  • A broad role where you will be involved in all aspects of clinical drug development, not just trial management and very hands on.
  • Working directly with a broad range of clients – as a consultant, you will be a trusted advisor.
  • Great opportunity to work as either a Senior Clinical Project Manager or a hands-on Clinical Group Lead, depending on your experience and background.

Find out more here

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Job of the week: Pharmacovigilance Project Manager

We are recruiting for a Pharmacovigilance Project Manager to join a full-service clinical research company, this has been chosen as the job of the week as it is:

  • A 12 month fixed term opportunity with a privately owned full-service company that provides specialist drug development services that maximise speed to market and optimise commercialisation post-approval, right through to the end of the product life-cycle.
  • Offering a salary of £50,000
  • Provide pharmacovigilance consultancy and support for client projects and oversee the development and management of key client accounts
  • Advise on pharmacovigilance strategy and requirements for investigational and marketed products to pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients
  • Prepare, coordinate and review of key pharmacovigilance related regulatory documents for both investigational and marketed products, including the DSUR, PSUR
  • Ideally a Life Science degree, combined with previous experience in aggregate report writing and project management
  • Based at their site in Hitchen

Find out more about this job here

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Students required for 2018/19 placements at Mundipharma

Mundipharma is currently offering 6 fantastic opportunities for university students who are looking for industrial placements for 2018/2019. On behalf of Mundipharma we recruiting for the following placements:

These placements offer broad opportunities within a varied, exciting and challenging working environment. There will be scope to learn alongside experienced, industry leading professionals as well as taking part in a wide range of training programmes,

So, who are Mundipharma?… Mundipharma Research is a dynamic organisation wholly dedicated to the research and development of highly effective and innovative medications. Based in Cambridge the company works on behalf of the independent associated companies and in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies to bring medications to both the European and International markets. They currently have in the region of 275 employees and they focus on three main therapeutic areas – Pain, Oncology and Respiratory Diseases.

These are brilliant opportunities for those looking to develop professionally and add value to their future careers.

Does this sound like you? If it does, follow the link below.

Find out more here


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Pharma companies face talent shortage from overseas

In an article in the Telegraph on Sunday, it was stated that British based drug companies have been struggling to attract talent from overseas since the Brexit vote.

One Executive International Recruiter (DHR International) has produced data that shows the proportion of applicants from outside the UK for senior roles at pharmaceutical firms has fallen from around 40% to 15% in the year and a half since the referendum.

The Telegraph also stated that drug maker AstraZeneca said that, while it was “in part reassured” by the Government’s commitment to the sector since the referendum, it remained concerned.

An AstraZeneca spokesman said: “Continuing uncertainty around Brexit is impacting recruitment for skilled roles and we anticipate that some international applicants may go elsewhere until they know more about their future employment and security for their families in the UK.”

This article echoes the thoughts that were stated last year in the Independent by Ivan Jimanez, the head of Bizkaia Talent, an organisation that aims to keep skilled people in the Basque Country.
Nearly 50% of Basque graduates have science, technology and engineering qualifications which are critical to the UK economy. The UK has relied on attracting overseas talent for a long time and it’s been widely accepted that not enough British students have been studying these subjects to keep up with the demand. Because of the economic situation in Spain, the UK became a more favoured destination for Basques. Jimanez states that following the Brexit vote, this flow is beginning to reverse.

The CK Group is tackling this issue by casting the net far and wide to attract talent for our customers including setting up a new office in Switzerland to meet the growing demand for talent here. As members of the International Network of recruitment Agencies in Life Sciences (Inrals), CK Group are in an enviable position where we have the ability to access talent and help our customers recruit in up to 56 countries.

If your talent attraction strategy needs an additional measure to help you secure talent for the UK from overseas, please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

Contact us here

Author: Jonathan Hart-Smith

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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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The dreaded behavioural interview questions and how to prepare for them

“Tell us about a time you had to deal with conflict in your team”

During a job interview, it is more than likely that you will be asked a question along these lines. Unlike questions based on your technical skills and experience, these questions are all about how you have reacted to unusual or uncomfortable situations in the past. The idea is that the interviewer can predict how you will handle future situations, based on your past behaviours. These questions tend to be the most challenging part of an interview and are hard to prepare for.

Typically, there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to behavioural questions, however there are certain elements an interviewer will be looking for. We have come up with a few tips to try and tackle those daunting questions.

Stay relevant to the role

Behavioural interviewing is to identify whether you are well suited for the role you have applied for. The types of answers the interviewer will be looking for will be directly related to the position.

Before the interview make sure you review the job requirements carefully and write down a list of top competencies it calls for. For each one think of one or two stories that demonstrate your ability in that area. When it comes to the interview, you will already have some answers prepared with examples of skills that closely match the requirements.

Think of positive examples

When preparing your answers, try and think of positive examples of behaviour rather than negative ones. An interviewer will be looking to understand your attitude towards tricky situations. If your answer is negative, it won’t put you in a good light.

However, sometimes an interviewer may ask you to expand on an example of when you failed, or when there was a negative outcome. In this case, focus on what you learnt from the negative experience and what you would change next time something similar happens.

Use the STAR technique

Keep your examples concrete and engaging. Make sure you capture your interviewer’s attention by keeping your answers concise and focused. An interview answer should be between one to two minutes long.

The key is to use the STAR technique and break down your story into clear parts; Situation, Task, Action and Result.

Situation: Describe briefly the context of your story.

Task: Describe your responsibility in that situation.

Action: Describe what you did to overcome the challenge, or how you completed the task.

Result: Explain the outcome thanks to your actions. You might want to focus on what you learnt and how you could apply this in your next role.

Be confident

And finally, be confident. An interview is your time to shine and stand out from the crowd. Tell your behavioural story enthusiastically, and do not hesitate when giving your answer. An interviewer will be imagining you talking to your team, or explaining something to a customer, and will want to see that you can be affirmative.

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Job of the week: Global Principal Medical Writer

To kick off the new year we have an excellent job of the week, a Global Principal Medical Writer (Senior Manager) role. This is has been chosen as it is:

  • An exclusive opportunity available with CK Clinical for an experienced Medical Writer to join a growing company at Senior Manager grade.
  • The role can be based in Maidenhead or Amsterdam
  • Responsible for the global planning and preparation of high quality medical writing deliverables and manuscripts to support clinical development and regulatory requirements.
  • A truly global, diverse role allowing you to add value and impact in a highly visible role.

Find out more about this job here

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We won the Employer of the Year Award

We are excited to announce that we’ve been awarded Employer of the Year at the Hertfordshire Business Awards.

We attended the glittering ceremony on the 23rd of November at the Knebworth Barns, Knebworth Park and we were honoured to collect this award.

MD Jonathan Hart-Smith said “Winning this award this year really means a lot to us. We’ve put a lot of effort in over the past 26 years to make sure we are a fantastic company to work for, and the acknowledgement that we are Employer of the Year for 2017 in Hertfordshire really is a big tick in the box for everything we’ve done to look after our staff.”

Thank you to the Archant group and all of the judges for putting the night together and to Blue Arrow for sponsoring the award.

Find out what it is like to work for CK in our latest video here

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Clinical Manager Job, Orphan Drugs

We are looking for a Clinical Manager to oversee Post-Authorisation Safety Studies across Europe for a successful biotechnology company specialising in treatments for Orphan Diseases.

This has been chosen as the job of the week as it is:

  • A high profile role, interacting with Key Opinion Leaders in many countries.
  • Responsible for ensuring the continued success of the company’s flagship product.
  • An opportunity to become part of a highly innovative company, not afraid to challenge the established way of doing things.
  • Offers a very competitive salary.

Find out more about this job here.

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