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Environmental Chemist

  • Role type
  • Flexible Hours, Full time

  • Location
  • Flexible

  • Closing Date
  • 30/06/2021

Job Description

The National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC), founded over 45 years ago, is the market leading provider of chemical emergency response services globally, dealing with over 4,000 emergency calls a year on behalf of over 550 companies, including 50% of the largest chemical manufacturers in the world. We are recognised by our clients, the industry and our peers as being the premium provider of these services, and our reputation is based on the outstanding level of knowledge and technical expertise of our emergency response team.

Alongside the emergency response services, we also offer a range of regulatory compliance services including REACH, SDS authoring, Poison Centre notification, software packages for managing SDS and chemicals and training. We also work closely with the Policy team to deliver work relating to chemicals from EU and UK Governments.

Today NCEC is part of Ricardo Plc’s subsidiary company, Ricardo Energy & Environment; a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, air quality, transport, water, environmental and our chemical risk expertise with strong marketing, IT and economics capability.

NCEC is seeking to significantly expand its regulatory consultancy offerings, continuing to capitalise on excellent growth we have had in several areas and taking advantage of new market opportunities. We are looking for an Environmental Chemist to support delivery on a number of projects and to help drive future growth in this area. The role will be tailored to the skills and experience of the successful candidate alongside our existing team. You must have proven expertise in the environmental risk assessment of chemicals, be familiar with chemical regulations such as REACH and GHS, be an expert communicator and customer project/relationship manager and will ideally have other niche technical skills e.g. endocrine disruptors, nanomaterials, biocides, PPPs etc.

NCEC has a number of full-time employees deployed on these projects, and a team of shift-based emergency responders who have chemistry degrees and regulatory knowledge so also contribute towards project delivery.

Key accountabilities:

The Environmental Chemist will be responsible for:

  • Providing technical knowledge in some or all of the following; ecotoxicology, environmental fate, phys-chem, exposure assessent and multimedia fate models, QSARs, statistical methods, chemical analysis, risk assessment, scientific writing.
  • Undertaking a range of client work bringing their own specialisms as well as contributing to delivery and sales across a number of areas.
  • Help us open up new consultancy offerings to existing or new potential customers e.g. biocides, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, agrochemical registrations etc
  • Managing one’s own workload in relation to technical projects and client work as agreed with Product Managers (ensuring the quality, accuracy and timeliness of deliverables)
  • Supporting collaborations with marketing and sales staff to ensure effective promotion of NCEC’s capabilities in support of sales activities to grow these areas
  • Identifying and helping to take forward opportunities that are uncovered through technical work and working with colleagues across the business to close these.
  • Keep up to date with market trends and developments and provide technical support to colleagues in the development of new service offerings and creation of technical papers.


Key competencies and experience:

  • Have a strong background in the environmental risk assessment of chemicals in a regulatory context; placing, reviewing and interpreting regulatory ecotoxicology and environmental fate tests, use of alternative methods (QSARs, read-across, in vitro) to address data gaps and minimise animal use, exposure assessment and risk characterisation, PBT/POP assessment.
  • Educated to Master’s degree level or higher in environmental toxicology, chemistry, biology or a related discipline.
  • Evidence of scientific excellence in the field, delivering and communicating work (both verbally and in writing).
  • Experience working within industry consortia and/or trade associations an advantage.
  • Knowledge of global chemical regulations REACH, GHS/CLP, safety data sheets. Other regulatory knowledge desirable e.g. POPs, cosmetics, BPR, PIC, Water Framework Directive, PPP.
  • An independent self-starter able to manage one’s own workload but also work collaboratively and effectively within a team
  • An excellent communicator, used to presenting your ideas and project outputs to a range of stakeholders.
  • Bringing your own network of contacts from customers and stakeholder organisations.


This is an exciting opportunity for someone to make their mark in a growing team. We will be recruiting for a number of additional roles over the next few years and so you’re joining at a key time to help us grow our consultancy services. NCEC provides a fast-paced and challenging environment offering you the opportunity to grow and develop. You will join a professional and enthusiastic team tasked with achieving significant organisational growth over the coming years.  You will have support from the wider business for your career to develop. 

Ricardo Energy & Environment strives to be an equal opportunities employer.