Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology Lead

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Manchester, Glasgow, Shoreham-by-Sea, London, Oxfordshire (Harwell), Bristol

  • Closing Date
  • 06/03/2024

Job Description

 Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo


Role: Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology Lead

Location: London, Oxford, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Shoreham / Hybrid

Role ID: 2024-2230


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. 



Ricardo have a very successful chemical regulatory and safety business area and we have a unique opportunity for an experienced Environmental/Regulatory Scientist to lead our scientific consultancy offerings and to drive future growth in this area. As lead for the Ricardo Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology (ECT) team, you will address key challenges in the hazard and risk assessment 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 leader to make a real contribution toward the safe and sustainable use of chemicals. 


 Key responsibilities 

  • Delivering technical excellence in hazard and risk assessment of chemicals for Ricardo clients. 
  • Responsible for the overall success and financial performance of the ECT business area. 
  • Leadership of a team of expert scientists in human and environmental hazard and risk assessment. Driving engagement, growth and development across the team. Team leader responsibility for a number of direct reports. 
  • Accountable for the delivery of ECT projects, providing support to other project managers and ensuring the availability of adequate resources. 
  • Enhancing the Ricardo ECT team’s reputation through engagement in scientific research activities. 
  • Ongoing 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. 
  • Extensive technical knowledge across: (eco)toxicology, environmental fate, exposure assessment and risk characterisation. 
  • Hazard and risk assessment of chemicals in an EU regulatory context (e.g. REACH, BPR, WFD etc). 
  • A track record of scientific excellence, including publishing and presenting research, either independently or in collaboration with other partners or institutions. 


Skills and behaviours   

  • Dynamic, highly motivated, and productive individual. 
  • Passionate about assessing and managing chemicals, and eager to make an impact in this area. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to lead teams in complex technical disciplines. 
  • Strong commercial mindset and proven business development and strategic ability. 
  • Influencing and the ability to communicate complex information to different audiences.  


Working here

You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place.


We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on.  Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.


Work life balance 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is 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.



We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health. 


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.


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 to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.


Next steps

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.


Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.