Technical Transfer Lead in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We are recruiting exclusively for a Technical Transfer Lead to join a biotechnology manufacturer who is globally one of the leading suppliers of biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical medicines.

The company:
This household name is one of the world’s top manufacturers of biosimilar and biopharmaceutical products used in the treatment of a wide range of human healthcare conditions from cancer to arthritis. This company is a strong believer in helping patients by developing new treatments and taking them to market via their global network of specialist aseptic manufacturing, packaging and distribution sites.

The location:
The client site is located in a state of the art manufacturing facility based in Dun Laoghaire. Brightly painted houses, palm trees, and townland parks greet visitors to Dun Laoghaire, an elegant port town just 13km from Dublin’s city centre.
It’s a vibrant cultural hub which is best known for its maritime history and locally caught seafood. The site is easily commutable from Kildare or Wicklow by car and there is a good public transport network if you would prefer to live within Dublin itself.

The role:
The main purpose of the role will be to lead the management of cross-functional activities, required to successfully and effectively receive a portfolio of complex drug manufacturing processes.

The role will involve leading new product introductions, ensure the success of product transfer projects from initiation through to the transfer as well as providing process development expertise for commercial drug processing in specific areas such as sterile processing, process characterisation, tech transfer, and validation.

This would be an exciting opportunity for a Technical Transfer Lead, with drug product experience and project management skills, to work exclusively with a new product introduction cycle on a contract basis for 12 months initially.


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Job of the week: Senior Compliance Manager

This week we are recruiting for an excellent and rare permanent Senior Compliance Manager job for a computerised systems role. It is:

  • A fantastic opportunity to join a long established and highly successful consumer health business, one that is continually investing and focusing on research and innovation.
  • Based at their site in the UK’s City of Culture 2017, Hull
  • A permanent role
  • This role comes with an exceptional salary and extensive benefits package.

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Women in Industry: Mary Kenneth Keller

Mary Kenneth Keller: The first woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science in the US was also a Nun.

Continuing with our adventure into the world of science and technology pioneers, who also happen to be women, I would like to introduce to you Mary Kenneth Keller.

Mary Kenneth Keller was born in Ohio in 1913. Although not too much is known about her early life we do know that in 1932, at the age of 18, she entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and went on to take her vows as a nun in 1940. Not too many years later she earned a BSc in Mathematics from DePaul University, quickly following it up with a Masters in Mathematics & Physics. She became the first woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science in the United States.

She studied at some of the most prestigious universities in America and worked in the Computer Science Centre workshop in Dartmouth College (a male only institute at the time). During her time there she assisted in the development of the BASIC computer language.

Up until that time only mathematicians and scientists were able to write custom computer code. The creation of BASIC completely changed that and gave anyone who could learn the language the ability to program thus making computing accessible for most of the population. She went on to found the Computer Science department at Clarke College in Iowa and remained their Director for twenty years.

Mary Kenneth Keller was passionate about computing at a time when it was mostly reserved for the academic elite who were also mostly male. She envisioned a world where computers could learn on their own and considered Artificial Intelligence to be an extremely achievable goal stating “For the first time, we can now mechanically simulate the cognitive process. We can make studies in artificial intelligence.”.

More than that though she could see the potential to radically change how we educate ourselves and provide information to everyone, anywhere! She was a true pioneer.

Take a look at other inspiring women in our series, Women in Industry here

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Job of the week: Hardware Engineering Manager

We are recruiting for a Hardware Engineering Manager to join a newly formed company from a joint venture between a global electrical and specialist scientific equipment company.

  • Based in Oxford it has strong transport links to the surrounding areas
  • Excellent base salary on offer of up to £70,000pa
  • An exciting opportunity to work alongside development teams researching new technology for the scientific equipment industry

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Job of the week: Mechanical Engineer

This week we have a fantastic Mechanical Engineer job with an innovative company designing and producing powder handling systems. This job has been chosen as it is:

  • An amazing opportunity to join a well established and specialised company in the heart of Chesterfield on a permanent basis.
  • You will join a small and dynamic team to work on a range of different bespoke projects from planning and design through to installation.
  • This role comes with an excellent salary of £30,000 to £45,000 pa dependant upon experience.

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Women in Industry: Sameera Moussa

We are pleased to launch a monthly series about inspiring women in industry. It is widely known that women within the STEM sector are vastly under-represented and we would like to encourage more women to consider a career in STEM. This year is also the 100th year since the first British women were given the right to vote.

Bearing this in mind we wanted to showcase the most influential women in history who have contributed to discoveries in science. Some of these women you may have heard of and some are unsung heroines.

The first woman in this series is Sameera Moussa:

Sameera Moussa – Nuclear Physicist, March 3, 1917 – August 5, 1952

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive materials to help diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases. It is quick, painless and usually performed as an outpatient procedure. It has literally saved and improved the lives of countless people, but did you know that one of the early pioneers of nuclear medicine was a woman called Sameera Moussa? I bet you didn’t.

You may never have heard her name before but you definitely should have. She was a contemporary of many famous scientists such as Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Watson & Crick.

Sameera’s mother died of cancer while Sameera was still very young. This left a long-lasting impression on the young girl and is likely one of the reasons she dedicated her life to making nuclear technology accessible for medical use. She once claimed she wanted to make nuclear treatment as cheap as Aspirin. Throughout her life she volunteered at various hospitals, helping care for cancer patients.

Sameera excelled in her primary and secondary education, eventually winning a place at Cairo University where she joined the Faculty of Sciences to study for a BSc in Radiology. She finished her degree with First Class Honours and followed up this triumph with a doctorate in Atomic Radiation. She later became a lecturer and assistant professor at the university, the first woman to hold such a post there.

She was awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Fulbright Scholarship which allowed her to travel to America and study at the modern research facilities in California. She was even given permission to visit secret US atomic facilities in recognition of her pioneering nuclear research. She was the first non-US born person to be granted that privilege.

While working in the UK she discovered an equation that would make nuclear bombs cheaper, however, she also set up the Atomic Energy for Peace conference because she knew that radiation was more than just a destructive force.

Sadly her life and pioneering work were cut short. She was killed in a tragic car accident while in California when the vehicle she was travelling in fell from a height of 40 feet.

Who knows what she could have accomplished if she hadn’t died so young.

The Egyptian Army honoured her in 1953 and she was posthumously awarded the Order of Science and Arts, First Class. She has a school and laboratory named after her in a village she lived in.

You now know who Sameera Moussa was and why she should be your new hero!


Take a look at our article ‘the future is bright for women in engineering featuring Hedy Lamarr’.

Author: Natasha Young

Natasha Young


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Meet the Employers at Manchester Metropolitan

We are attending the Meet the Employers event held at the Manchester Metropolitan University on Wednesday the 24th of January 2018.

This is a specific engineering focused event organised by the Manchester Metropolitan University where students meet and network with potential employers.

We will be exhibiting at the event but also holding roundtable discussions where we will be giving engineering students advice on how to find their first role in industry.

If you are searching for your first engineering job or are looking to progress your career, we have some handy job hunting advice tips to help you through, take a look at our job hunting advice section here.

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CK Engineers job of the week: CNC Precision Machinist

To start the new year we have an excellent CNC Precision Machinist role, this has been chosen as the job of the week as it is:

  • A fantastic opportunity to join a leading provider of metal to metal downhole sealing solutions to the oil and gas industry on a permanent basis
  • This role is conveniently located in Warrington with commuting routes from parts of Manchester and Liverpool
  • It comes with a good salary of up to £35,000 per annum plus benefits package
  • Day shifts only
  • This position would suit an experienced CNC Operator who has overseen small teams of CNC Technicians

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Hertfordshire Employer of the Year Award

We are pleased 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.

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Job of the week: Engineering Manager

This is an exciting opportunity for an Engineering Manager to join a global leader in the medical device industry at their site based in Liverpool on a permanent basis.

  • This site focuses on developing and manufacturing products that help end-stage renal diseases.
  • An opportunity to be involved in managing the maintenance engineering department, focus on project engineering and facilities management functions of the business as well.
  • A relevant engineering qualification and have experience of working in a pharma, food or any other GMP regulated environment is ideal.
  • My client is offering a salary of £50,000pa to £62,000pa for the right candidate and comes with excellent benefits including working flexitime.

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