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Chemical Policy Consultant

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location
  • Oxfordshire (Harwell)

  • Closing Date
  • 19/07/2019

Job Description


Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, environmental and chemical risk and compliance expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.

We have an opportunity for a senior or principal policy consultant to support and lead a range of exciting and innovative policy projects within our Chemical Risk practice known as the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC). The role will be aligned to, and working as part of, our wider Environmental Policy team in the Policy, Strategy and Economics team allowing you to work across the business to provide policy support to other teams as required.

We are one of Europe’s leading consultancies supporting national Governments, the European Commission and international bodies in the development, implementation and appraisal of a wide range of environmental policy. Policy development and analysis is a critical component of the services we provide. You will be involved in stakeholder engagement, policy design and implementation, policy impact assessments, requiring skills in cost-benefit analysis, socio-economic analysis, feasibility assessment and evaluation. We expect you to understand the processes for development of public policy and the methods for assessing the social, environmental and economic impacts of policies and measures.

This role has a focus on the chemical policy area although there will be opportunities to work across a range of other policy areas including air quality, climate change, industrial pollution control, water and waste. The role has been created in response to our recent successes and growing demand for policy support in the chemicals area. Our Chemical Risk team has a strong track record of growth over the last 5 years and exciting client relationships, insights and differentiators which add value when bidding for wider chemical policy work where we have been successful to date on a number of fronts but would benefit from someone now leading on this activity from within the Chemical Risk practice. This is a great opportunity for a motivated individual to make their mark in a growing organisation.


Role Purpose

  • You will provide policy development and implementation analysis; evaluate existing policy and technical measures; support cost-benefit analyses, socioeconomic analysis and carry out stakeholder consultation.
  • You should have a strong knowledge of REACH, the CLP regulation and other related chemicals legislation at a national, EU and/or international level.
  • Ideally, you will have experience in leading or working on proposals and projects for clients such as the European Commission and national governments, trade associations or private sector clients. You will be familiar with the process of policy development and implementation, evaluation of technical and policy measures, cost-benefit analysis, data collection, validation and analysis.
  • You should have the ability to interact with policy makers at national and/or international level and to write reports in English to a professional standard.
  • Strong project management experience will be an advantage, as will be proven business development experience, including proposal writing, generation of new business leads, identification of new service offerings, building client relationships


Key accountabilities:


  • The role is a mid-level position with responsibility for:
  • Designing, structuring and undertaking studies involving policy development, implementation and assessment across a wide range of policy and topic areas
  • Leading, managing and contributing to complex policy proposals and projects
  • Working effectively as team member on a range of projects and proposals
  • Providing written content and technical analysis for the preparation of reports, as well as contributing to the development of proposals for new work
  • Presenting Ricardo Energy & Environment’s work at client meetings and conferences


Key competencies and experience


  • Educated to Master’s degree level in environmental policy, science (preferably chemistry related), engineering, law, economics, social sciences or a closely related subject. We would typically expect 5 to 10 years of relevant experience within consultancy, government, research or industry.
  • Candidates must demonstrate sufficient experience to show the required competencies, either through consulting work or in a related area.
  • Previous experience in consultancy and managing projects for international organisations and/or European Commission and/or UK Government would be desirable.
  • Fluency in English is essential, fluency in other languages is desirable
  • An understanding of national, European and/or international chemical (and other environmental) policy issues, gained during studies or work experience

Demonstrable experience in some of the following:

Policy cycle (ex ante impact assessment of policies and regulations; policy development and implementation, ex post evaluation of policies and programmes)
Tools and methods: survey design and execution, market analysis, cost-benefit analysis; data-collection, validation and analysis; stakeholder consultation

Skills and behaviours

  • Highly numerate, with a track record in carrying out complex quantitative analysis
  • Effective and proactive team worker, capable of supporting and developing peers and other staff members
  • Strong project management skills
  • Accurate and attentive to detail
  • Excellent written and spoken English; fluency in other European languages will be an advantage.
  • Effective oral and written communication, including concise and precise report writing.
  • Strong spreadsheet experience essential.


This is a fast-paced and challenging environment offering you the opportunity to make your mark. You will have support from the wider business for your career to develop into a wide range of future opportunities within Ricardo Energy & Environment. 

In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package, a personal development plan, and the opportunity to make a difference in a challenging and rewarding field.  Ricardo Energy & Environment is an equal opportunities employer