Ricardo: SDS Authorer (consultant/senior)

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SDS Authorer (consultant/senior)

  • Role type
  • Full time, Part time, Permanent

  • Location
  • Oxfordshire (Harwell)

  • Closing Date
  • 26/06/2021

Job Description

Role Title SDS authorer

Salary range:  Dependent on relevant experience,

Location: Various UK Based Role 


The National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC), founded over 4O 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 registration and representation, technical document authoring (SDS, etc.)), software packages for managing SDS and chemicals, as well as training and crisis consultancy and incident notification.

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, taking advantage of new market opportunities. We are looking for a consultant to support our delivery of SDS. The role will be tailored to the skills and experience of the successful candidate alongside our existing team. You must have proven expertise in supply regulation and SDS authoring on a global level, be an expert communicator and customer project/relationship manager.


NCEC offers a range of consultancy services to its ca. 1,000 customers in the chemical sectors, although its primary focus is on telephone-based chemical emergency response. Its customers are based internationally and are faced with many varied challenges beyond emergency response as a result of fast-changing chemical regulations such as CLP/GHS and REACH. In response, NCEC has developed a range of regulatory consultancy services which have supported these requirements over a number of years. These services include;

  • SDS Authoring
  • SDS Management software (incoming and outgoing SDS)
  • REACH services
  • Poison Centre notifications
  • Training (including COSHH)
  • DGSA, and
  • Other bespoke consultancy projects

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 SDS consultant will be responsible for:

  • Undertaking a range of client work including Safety Data Sheet authoring and supporting other technical areas including REACH, Poison Centre notifications etc.
  • Understand the regulatory landscape and being an expert in this field
  • Excellent project management and customer management skills, allowing you to manage our clients proactively, delivering excellence and winning repeat business
  • Great communications skills
  • Providing extensive technical knowledge especially in the area of SDS authoring, undertaking authoring work using NCEC’s 3rd party SDS authoring software
  • Providing expert technical consultancy input to support the growth and development of technical regulatory consultancy products and services
  • Identifying and helping to take forward opportunities that are uncovered through the technical work e.g. through technical conversations around Safety Data Sheets uncovering where the customer may require additional support in REACH, Poison Centres and Emergency Response or training opportunities

Key competencies and experience:

  • Have an extensive background in supply regulations (and potentially transport regs as well); safety data sheet authoring, understanding how to classify both substances and mixtures and author a fully compliant safety data sheet, expert knowledge of REACH and knowledge of Poison centres desirable but not a necessity
  • Performing and managing high quality technical consultancy in the field of chemical regulatory affairs
  • Have and maintain expert knowledge of the regulations affecting the worldwide chemical industry, in particular supply regulations GHS and CLP.
  • Keep up to date with market trends and developments
  • Contribute ideas to the development of business strategy with respect to regulatory consultancy
  • Be an excellent communicator


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 make your mark. 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.