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Environmental Policy - Consultant in Chemicals Policy

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Flexible

  • Closing Date
  • 19/01/2021

Job Description

Role Title:  Consultant – Chemicals Policy

Salary range:  £29-34,000 per annum plus benefits

Location: Flexible


Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, environmental, climate change and chemical risk expertise with strong IT, data science and economics capability. Ricardo is held in very high regard by our clients for the in-depth sector insight we demonstrate, our passion for delivering quality, and our reputation for producing innovative solutions. We are acutely aware of the importance of our role in safeguarding and enhancing our environment and fully believe in our mission to create a world fit for the future.


The Environmental Policy team at Ricardo work in partnership with governmental and private sector organisations on the development, implementation and evaluation of environmental policies, strategies and plans. The team predominately supports public sector clients such as national Governments, the European Commission and international bodies (e.g. the World Bank), as well as working for private sector clients. We deliver high-profile studies in areas that include industrial pollution control, water policy, air quality, chemicals policy, climate mitigation and adaptation and the circular economy. In the field of chemicals policy, our Environmental Policy team is linked with the staff running the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC).


In response to our recent successes we are further growing our Environmental Policy team: we have a vacancy for a Consultant. This Consultant will have existing experience working on chemicals policy for public and/or private sector clients. The role will primarily involve working on chemicals policy studies but not exclusively: there is the potential to support other policy areas too, such as industrial emissions, waste and circular economy, sustainable transport, climate change and energy.


Role Purpose

Working in international, multi-disciplinary teams, your primary role will be to deliver projects on chemicals policy. This delivery will include providing technical input; analysing policy development and implementation; evaluating existing policy and technical measures; supporting cost-benefit analyses and carrying out stakeholder consultations. With support, you will also contribute to writing high quality proposals for customers. Increasingly, and with our coaching and mentoring, you will be taking the management of tasks that you are involved in delivering.


Required competencies and experience

  • Qualified to Bachelor’s degree level in chemistry, environmental science, policy, engineering, law, economics, or a closely related subject
  • 2 to 5 years of relevant experience within consultancy, government, research or industry
  • Knowledge and experience working on chemicals policy and strategies in the EU and the UK. Understanding of the EU chemicals legislative framework, primarily REACH and CLP, but experience in BPR, PPPR, Waste legislation and OSH legislation would be advantageous.
  • Familiarity with the process of policy development and implementation, evaluation of technical and policy measures, cost-benefit analysis, data collection, validation and analysis
  • Excellent report writing skills (in English)
  • Excellent desk-based analytical research skills


Desirable competencies and experience

  • Qualified to Master’s degree level in chemistry, environmental science, policy, engineering, law, economics, or a closely related subject
  • The ability to interact with policy makers at national and/or international level
  • Task / project management experience
  • Understanding of and some track record in how to write winning proposals
  • Knowledge of the impacts of human and environmental exposure to chemicals
  • Knowledge/experience of methods for assessing the social, environmental and economic impacts of policies and measures
  • Experience in analysis of alternatives and socio-economic assessment would be advantageous, particularly in relation to assessments under REACH.
  • Knowledge and experience working on environmental legislation and strategies in the EU and the UK relating to areas other than chemicals policy


Skills and behaviours

  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate:
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Effective problem solving and creative thinking skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, combined with strong influencing skills
  • Flexibility, resilience and enthusiasm
  • Strong team working skills




This is a stimulating, exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. What sets us apart is our people. You will work with an exceptional team of talented, dedicated and supportive individuals. You will have a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development.


Our people are important to us and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.


Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality and inclusion approach as explained in this message from our CEO.


Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.