Senior/Principal Chemicals Assessor

  • Role type
  • Flexible Hours, Full time

  • Location/s
  • Flexible, UK, Madrid

  • Closing Date
  • 24/06/2023

Job Description

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Role: Senior Consultant/ Principal Consultant - Chemicals Assessor 

Location: UK Flexible (Commutable to Harwell, London, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow ideally)/ Madrid, Spain Flexible 

Role ID:  2023-1817


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.


We have a unique opportunity for an experienced Chemicals Assessor to work at the forefront of chemical assessment science. As part of the Ricardo Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology (ECT) team, you will address key challenges in the hazard and risk assessment and the regulation of chemicals. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with leading experts across Ricardo’s multidisciplinary organisation, and externally with academic, industry and regulatory partners. This is a fantastic opportunity for a dynamic and motivated individual to make a real contribution toward the safe and sustainable use of chemicals.


We are a fast-growing team and are interested in hearing from applicants with a range of experience and specialist expertise to enhance our capabilities.


Key responsibilities

  • Delivering technical excellence in hazard and risk assessment of chemicals for Ricardo clients.
  • Managing the delivery of projects, providing support and oversight for junior staff.
  • Enhancing the Ricardo ECT team’s reputation through engagement in scientific research activities.
  • Providing input and support to strategy and business development activities.


Key competencies and experience

  • Educated to Master’s degree level or higher in environmental toxicology, chemistry, biology or a related discipline with a minimum of five years’ post-graduate experience.
  • Hazard and risk assessment of chemicals in an EU regulatory context (e.g. REACH, BPR, PPP, etc).
  • A track record of scientific excellence, including publishing and presenting research, either independently or in collaboration with other partners or institutes.
  • Specialist expertise in specific technical areas or classes of chemicals.


Skills and behaviours 

  • Dynamic, highly motivated, and productive individual.
  • Passionate about assessing and managing chemicals, and eager to make an impact in this area.
  • Able to manage one’s own workload but also work collaboratively and effectively within a team.
  • Influencing and the ability to communicate complex information to different audiences.


Working here


Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having 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. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.


Wellbeing and work life balance


We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. 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.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and ensure a culture of inclusivity, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.




Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


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.