CK sign up for TOPRA Symposium

CK Clinical is thrilled to announce they are exhibiting at the upcoming TOPRA Symposium which is being held at the The Hilton in Amsterdam between 28th and 30th of September.

The Symposium, which is in its 13th year, has grown to become the key event in Europe for all those working in the healthcare regulatory affairs arena. The event attracts key professionals from across the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies and the European Commission to discuss and understand emerging regulatory issues, and debate the future of the sector. With a programme offering daily plenary sessions, a day dedicated to SME’s that explores their challenges and how best to support the emerging enterprises, as well as an extensive exhibition and a poster competition for university student, there is plenty to appeal to the vast delegate list.

The Symposium has a natural affinity for CK Clinical as we have worked within the regulatory affairs space for over 12 years. With a team dedicated to servicing the regulatory sector, and a client list that includes 26 of the top 30 pharmaceutical organisations, we have become the leading recruitment specialists in the sector.

So whether you are seeking a new regulatory affairs job or a new employee, we are able to help. If you would like to arrange a confidential conversation whilst at the event, contact our dedicated Recruitment Consultant, Oliver Care here. Otherwise make sure you visit our stand – next to the Business Centre.

 

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CK Clinical attending European Respiratory Society Congress

CK Clinical is attending the upcoming 26th International Congress of the European Respiratory Society in London.

The ERS Congress, which is taking place at the London EXCEL between 3rd and 7th of September, is the largest respiratory event in the world. Historically attracting over 20,000 professionals, it focusses on providing opportunities to share knowledge and network, alongside the intensive programme which includes symposiums, practical sessions and the exhibition.

CK Clinical has serviced the respiratory sector since our inception in 2004, during which time we have developed an expertise in recognising the skills and talent required by employers. We are specialist in recruiting Clinical Research Nurse’s, Physician’s, QA, Regulatory Affairs and Health Outcomes professionals.

As part of the CK Group, a family of science-based recruitment consultancies, CK Clinical’s unique service includes:

  • Specialist, experienced consultants
  • Long term relationships
  • Transparent costs and charges
  • Commitment to quality and customer service

If you would like to arrange a private conversation as either an employer or job seeker, contact our dedicated team:

Jim Gleeson

Jim Gleeson
Clinical Manager
T: 01438 842973
E: jgleeson@ckclinical .co.uk

Julia Day

Julia Day
Senior Recruitment Consultant
T: 01246 457719
E: jday@ckclinical.co.uk

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CRA Vacancies Market – 23rd August 2016

Whether you are a CRA looking for a new role or an employer seeking new CRAs to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential as the pharmaceutical jobs market in the UK moves incredibly fast.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many CRA jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. As always, there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary for week commencing the 23rd August 2016 relates to CRA vacancies posted on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that on these job boards a total of 654 CRA jobs were published in the last week:

  • 573 permanent roles
  • 81 contract roles

Job seeking CRA’s will have seen some positive growth this week with 85 additional clinical jobs being advertised since the previous week. With growth across both permanent (increased by 13%) and interim roles (increased by 26%), this has been an encouraging week for the clinical recruitment industry.

If you are looking for a CRA job click here to view our current roles

 

If you would like to find out how you can move into clinical operations click here

 

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How to prepare for a senior Medical Affairs interview

The importance of preparing for an interview is often over looked but we cannot emphasis the importance enough. Always prepare… make sure you know the basic 1-0-1 information, such as:

  • Where are you going?
  • When are you going?
  • How are you getting there?
  • Who are you meeting?
  • What is the format – is there anything additional you need to prepare (such as a presentation)?

Interview Tips and Preparation Advise

Look at who would be working in the team around you, what is their background? What are there roles and how do they fit with the team? Think about the structures you currently or have previously worked within and how you can relate. This will really help bring you’re story to life as well as demonstrating insight and understanding.

Know your own strengths and don’t be shy in selling them during your interview – Medical Affairs is so cross functional and having the presence and confidence in yourself and your abilities is as important in the job as it is at interview so demonstrate it.

If you’ve not done something directly before be prepared to demonstrate your input, awareness, willing ness to learn and how you would tackle the given task or situation if you were successful. For example, if you’ve not been responsible for producing the medical strategy plan, talk through your input and how you have seen it done successfully. If you’ve not had a huge amount of direct management experience, talk through your dotted line management / mentoring experience, involvement in training others (who and what) and how you have managed matrix relationships, particularly on a given project. Again this will help it be real and allow you to really engage.

Read about their products – know their therapeutic focus and research marketed products as well as those in development (what phase are they in? do they have ongoing IIT’s?).

Interviews are a two way process so you also need to ensure its right for you! Within medical there are so many variables to consider from the initial job, future progression and product pipeline to the companies compliance frameworks and risk appetite. You need to make sure the fit is mutual, so think of questions around the things important to you and that you will need to make a decision to join the organisation and accept this role.

During the interview – own the space you’re in – sounds silly but put your feet on the floor, shoulders back, make eye contact and engage! This is a senior role, an integral hire and the company are looking for someone to lead in terms of people, strategy and direction. (They have the advantage of knowing the individuals in the team who are undoubtable a mixed group – demonstrate your ability in dealing with a variety of different people and functions.)

For more advice on interview preparation read our personal SWOT article

 

Or take a look at our other interview advice articles here

 

Or find out more about the STAR interview technique click here to view our infographic

 

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CRA Vacancies Market – 9th August 2016

Whether you are a CRA looking for a new role or an employer seeking new CRAs to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential as the pharmaceutical jobs market in the UK moves incredibly fast.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many CRA jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. As always, there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary for week commencing the 9th August 2016 relates to CRA vacancies posted on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that on these job boards a total of 569 CRA jobs were published in the last week:

  • 505 permanent roles
  • 64 contract roles

There has been a continued decline in jobs this week with 14 fewer jobs advertised on the job boards. This is a smaller drop than the previous week, but implies that there are still some ongoing concerns regarding the UK’s future which is delaying in the recruitment plans for many organisations. This coupled with the normal summer season could create some unsettled figures over the coming weeks.

If you are looking for a CRA job click here to view our current roles

 

If you would like to find out how you can move into clinical operations click here

 

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CRA Vacancies Market – 19th July 2016

Whether you are a CRA looking for a new role or an employer seeking new CRAs to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential as the pharmaceutical jobs market in the UK moves incredibly fast.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many CRA jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. As always, there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary for week commencing the 19th July 2016 relates to CRA vacancies posted on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that on these job boards a total of 633 CRA jobs were published in the last week:

  • 545 permanent roles
  • 88 contract roles

There have been some good developments with clinical jobs this week, with a 3% increase in the total volume of advertised roles. Furthermore interim roles have grown by 39% which is a great sign after a few weeks of waning numbers. Permanent roles have not fared as well, but fortunately the rate of decline has slowed considerable, with only 1% fewer roles available. We hope that this is a sign that clinical recruitment is making a turn for the best.

If you are looking for a CRA job click here to view our current roles

If you would like to find out how you can move into clinical operations click here

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CRA Vacancies Market – 12th July 2016

Whether you are a CRA looking for a new role or an employer seeking new CRAs to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential as the pharmaceutical jobs market in the UK moves incredibly fast.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many CRA jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. As always, there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary for week commencing the 12th July 2016 relates to CRA vacancies posted on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that on these job boards a total of 614 CRA jobs were published in the last week:

  • 551 permanent roles
  • 63 contract roles

The referendum results have had quite a significant impact on the economic and political environment within the UK. We had also predicted some degree of fluctuation within recruitment due to the feeling of uncertainty within the corporate world. As such CRA jobs have continued to decline in volume, with interim roles reducing by 43% in the last three weeks. Unexpectedly, permanent roles have grown this week, only by a small percentage but let’s hope that’s a positive sign.

If you are looking for a CRA job click here to view our current roles

If you would like to find out how you can move into clinical operations click here

 

 

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CRA Vacancies Market – 6th July 2016

Whether you are a CRA looking for a new role or an employer seeking new CRAs to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential as the pharmaceutical jobs market in the UK moves incredibly fast.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many CRA jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. As always, there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary for week commencing the 6th July 2016 relates to CRA vacancies posted on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that on these job boards a total of 636 CRA jobs were published in the last week:

  • 542 permanent roles
  • 94 contract roles

We have been tracking a steady decline in clinical jobs over the last few weeks with a 10% drop in the last week, and 13% in the last three weeks. This behaviour implies that there is a degree of hesitation around recruitment in the clinical research field. This is not unexpected following the recent Brexit results and we anticipate this continuing over the coming weeks whilst companies become more confident in the future.

If you are looking for a CRA job click here to view our current roles

If you would like to find out how you can move into clinical operations click here

 

 

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How to start your clinical career

The role of a Clinical Trial Associate, some times known as a Clinical Trial Administrator or Clinical Trial Assistant can vary between company to company. A CTA vacancy is an entry level position into the clinical industry, which can often be quite difficult to move into however many large pharmaceutical company’s and clinical research organisations (CRO’s) offer entry level CTA positions. Entry level positions are mostly very competitive so it is important to make an impact with your application in order to stand out to the company.

The responsibilities of a CTA vary between different companies, but the CTA position is an office based support role. Some of the main responsibilities include the following:

  • Update and maintain clinical trial management systems, whilst maintaining and managing essential study documents like TMF, patient information sheets, informed consent forms and SOP’s,
  • Collect and monitor files according to SOP’s, ICH and GCP regulations,
  • Planning and setting up study and investigator meetings, having a presence in these meetings to provide support, study reports and any necessary documentation,
  • Monitor performance within given timeframes using clinical systems,
  • Communicate across clinical departments, providing support to senior members of staff such as Project Manager’s and Clinical Directors as well as supporting clinical teams as a whole,
  • Organisational and general administrative duties such as filing and minute taking.

The natural career progression from a Clinical Trial Associate is to move into a Senior CTA, Clinical Trial Coordinator (CTC), Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC), Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Junior Project Manager if you were to remain within Clinical Operations. Although many people remain as CTA’s, becoming what is known as a Career CTA or a CTA Manager, remaining for all or much of their career as a Clinical Trial Associate.

If you looking for a clinical job click here to search our jobs

 

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CRA Vacancies Market – 28th June 2016

Whether you are a CRA looking for a new role or an employer seeking new CRAs to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential as the pharmaceutical jobs market in the UK moves incredibly fast.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many CRA jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. As always, there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary for week commencing the 28th June 2016 relates to CRA vacancies posted on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that on these job boards a total of 707 CRA jobs were published in the last week:

  • 596 permanent roles
  • 111 contract roles

CRA recruitment has followed the anticipated trend that has been emerging since the results of the Brexit Referendum were announced. There has been a small decline in the total volume of advertised roles which has directly affected the permanent market with employers responding to the new uncertainty by halting recruitment and expansion. In contrast contract roles are climbing, with a steady 4% increasing roles so far. We will be continuing to monitor development so to provide job seeking CRA’s with advice and guidance in regard to their career.

If you are looking for a CRA job click here to view our current roles

If you would like to find out how you can move into clinical operations click here

 

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