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Careers FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions regarding recruitment and working at CPI

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers regarding your job application or what it is like to work at CPI…

Your Application

  • How does the recruitment process work?

    At CPI, our employees are our biggest asset. We strive to ensure that we have the right people, in the right place, at the right time.

    In recent years, CPI has significantly increased its headcount, and currently employs over 350 staff. With this figure being set to almost double in the next 3-5 years, it is crucial that our employees are equipped with the skills and knowledge to enable them to source and attract the right candidates. With the help of the Human Resources team, CPI ensures that its recruitment practices are effective, compliant, open and fair. In order for recruitment to be a success, the following three stages are followed:

    Human Resource Planning
    CPI’s hiring managers work closely alongside the HR team to plan what the future workforce should look like, in order to achieve its short and long term objectives. At this stage a job description and person specification will be designed to capture the skills, knowledge, experience and competencies required for the role.

    The Recruitment Phase
    The HR team will then generate interest from candidates through a variety of ways through the use of online advertising, networking, social media and external recruitment services. Candidates are required to complete CPI’s online application form, where they will be assessed against the criteria of the job description and person specification.

    At interview stage, candidates will be invited to speak with the hiring managers and HR, to share their relevant work experience and skills, and have the opportunity to find out more about the work that CPI do and how they will fit into the team. CPI utilise a variety of interviewing methods such as telephone, Skype and traditional face-to-face interviews, as well as inviting candidates to take part in group assessment days and tours of the facilities.

    Employee selection
    Once the interview stage has concluded, CPI will decide which applicant is offered the position, at which point an offer of employment will be made by the HR team. The successful candidate will be offered a range of benefits and in the meantime, CPI’s teams will work together to ensure that the candidate is equipped with all of the information and resources they need to begin their journey with the organisation.

  • CPI are not currently advertising a position which is suited to my skill sets, how can I register my interest with you?

    Unfortunately, CPI do not keep a register of speculative CV’s – we want to make sure that if we have a vacancy, we have the most up to date details for you (CV’s can quickly become outdated!). Alternatively, by signing up to CPI’s weekly digest, you will receive a notification of all new vacancies posted by CPI, at which point you can fill in an application form.

  • When will I hear back on the progress of my application with CPI?

    CPI will aim to contact you as soon as possible if you have been shortlisted for the position you have applied for. CPI receive over 1,000 applications a year from candidates, therefore if you haven’t heard back within 28 days of your application, please presume you have been unsuccessful.

  • I do not have right to work in the UK, can I still apply for a job?

    Unfortunately CPI do not offer sponsorship for candidates who do not have right to work in the UK at the point of applying for a job with us.

  • Can I send a CV rather than an application form – as long as I indicate which post I am interested in?

    No. Applicants need to be aware that submission of a CV is not acceptable and only a completed CPI application form will be considered by the shortlisting panel.

  • When I return my application form, will you acknowledge receipt?

    When you submit your application form, you will receive an automatic response to let you know your application has successfully arrived with CPI. If you do not receive the email, please get in touch with the HR team at recruitment@uk-cpi.com and they can confirm if they have received your application.

Working at CPI

  • How many holidays do I get?

    At CPI we understand that holidays are important to you and we encourage a good work life balance. Our holiday package has 25 days holiday plus 8 days bank holiday. We allocate these days in hours to provide you with greater flexibility, allowing our employees to take the exact time they need.

    CPI has a Holiday Purchasing scheme that allows you to purchase up to one extra week of leave per year. The scheme has been created to provide flexibility and promote to health and wellbeing by giving those who wish to, an opportunity to spend more time with friends and family, go on a special holiday or simply do more of what they love!

  • How many hours am I expected to work?

    CPI’s standard hours of work is 37 per week. This is 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday to Thursday, 8:30am – 4:30pm on a Friday with an hour unpaid lunch break per day.

  • Is CPI a safe and healthy place to work?

    Having a Safe and Healthy Working Environment is one of CPI’s core values. Through effective risk management, CPI strives to ensure its operations are suitably assessed with the risks reduced to levels which are as low as is reasonably practicable. CPI is fully committed to:

    • providing a safe place of work for all employees, visitors, customers, clients and contractors;
    • providing a work place which promotes the health and well-being of our employees; and,
    • minimising the impact of its operations on the environment.
  • What are CPI's Core Values?

    Visionary
    We have foresight of how science can help society

    Connected
    We collaborate closely in everything we do

    Enterprising
    We turn innovation into wealth

    Professional
    We always deliver on our promises

    Inspiring
    Our passion energises those around us

    Safety, Health and Environment
    We protect people and our surroundings

Training and Development

  • How does CPI train and develop staff?

    Learning and Development (L&D) within CPI supports the organisation’s overall vision in facilitating innovation and employee engagement whilst helping to drive high performance and business success.

    We recognise that success and the ability to deliver high-quality work to clients depends upon having properly trained and motivated employees who have the skills, experience and knowledge to deliver on projects and targets.

    CPI is committed to the development of individuals and teams in order to build organisational capability and human capital and aim to provide the right environment and opportunities to successfully achieve this.

    Individuals are encouraged to take ownership of their development and progression. CPI provides timely, informed, and relevant support, but it is the responsibility of the individual to drive forward their own career development.

    Learning and development encompasses three main activities:

    • Training: This type of activity is usually focused on the job that an individual currently holds. It can include safety, behavioural and technical training.
    • Education: CPI supports a wide range of educational requests from individuals and groups. This activity often focuses upon the jobs that an individual may potentially hold in the future.
    • Development: This focuses on the activities that CPI and/or the individual may partake in to ensure continued growth and progression.
  • Does CPI have apprenticeship opportuntities?

    CPI is very active in recruiting, developing and retaining apprentices within the business. We recognised the excellent and vital work that our apprentices carry out.

    Apprentices are key to our ongoing growth and success and provide a practical option to developing the workforce of the future with the right balance of academic study and work place experience.

    We employ a wide range of apprentices from level 3 to degree in a variety of business, engineering and scientific disciplines. Each of those apprentices is encouraged to continue in education as far as they would like to go, which makes CPI a progressive organisation in terms of individual development.


Still have questions that are unanswered? Please email recruitment@uk-cpi.com.