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Chemical Watch

Job title Data Analyst/Specialist
Location Home working, preferably within 2hrs of London. (Bath or Shrewsbury office also an option)
Salary range Depending on experience
Date posted 28-Jun-18
Apply by 31-Aug-18
Contact Kim Marshall
Summary An exciting opportunity for an information/data professional to join a growing company to work on a number of innovative information and data projects, including the development of new information products for our subscribers.

The company:

CW Research Ltd (CWR) provides the global business community with the facts and perspectives it needs to achieve safer chemicals in products. We provide a 360-degree view of this agenda, impartially reporting on the actions and opinions of all stakeholders in our community. Our company has a strong shared sense of purpose, fuelled by highly educated and motivated staff who want to make a difference with their work.

CWR has just celebrated its tenth anniversary year and continues to enjoy strong year-on-year growth which is forecast to continue in the next few years, and now employs some 52 staff. We are looking for an individual with drive, enthusiasm and passion. In return, you will find CWR a stimulating place to work and progress your career.

The role:

The Data Specialist will have responsibility for sourcing and organising data for CWR’s initiatives. As part of this the successful candidate will help to implement the new data management system for extracting data from the web and for delivery to internal users for use in news articles, resources and upcoming data driven solutions.  Our current centralised information function provides our editorial team with key announcements and press released developments, which they use alongside their own contacts and leads to develop news and other content. This process will need to be maintained while the new system is implemented. Once the new system is implemented and running smoothly, the Specialist will be expected take on even more responsibility for our upcoming data projects.

The candidate:

We are looking for a versatile team-player who can demonstrate success in delivering data projects. They should be able to identify our customers’ business needs, and work collaboratively with our team to translate that understanding into valuable information products.  They should be innovative, technically-skilled, and able to fit in with a small but fast growing company.


Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • working with the Data Manager to implement new data sourcing technologies (including managing the tool, maintaining the content extraction agents and the procedure for screening the outputs from this)
  • working with the Data Manager in the development of methods/platforms for disseminating sourced data internally and externally, especially as databases and data-driven solutions.
  • managing the existing information sourcing system (which is based on an automatic tool for tracking and mining data from web pages, bookmarks, and incoming press releases);
  • ensuring the existing information sourcing process is well maintained and fit-for-purpose until the new system is implemented;
  • daily searching (using existing information sourcing system, until new system is implemented), abstracting, and uploading relevant information to a spreadsheet in a clear and accurate way;
  • working with colleagues to provide them with new sources of data to suit growing and/or changing needs for data solutions;
  • working/liaising with colleagues on specific projects to identify new data sources, as necessary;
  • keeping up with the latest technological developments in data sourcing;
  • reviewing existing processes with a view to advising CWR on the application of new technology.
  • the creation of website, data solution and resource content, based on sourced data.

In addition, the successful candidate will:

  • have some understanding of chemicals, product safety, risks and regulation and how this impacts organisations, or is intelligent, keen and able to learn about this complex agenda quickly;
  • have well-developed research skills and the ability to spot gems of relevant information;  
  • be able to identify information relevant to the chemicals risk management agenda, and see value in it;
  • be comfortable reading regulatory text and searching non-English websites for relevant information;
  • be innovative, with awareness of users' needs;
  • have strong IT skills and knowledge, especially relating to the sourcing, organisation and dissemination of information;
  • show attention to detail, accurate, consistent in approach;
  • be confident and able to work independently, as well as interact with the wider CWR team;
  • have good time management to handle multiple tasks and flexibility to take on a variety of tasks;
  • and be scientifically minded, with at least a BSc. in Chemistry, Biology or other relevant scientific discipline.

Many of our staff work full time from home but we hold regular face-to-face meetings in London (home-working preferably within 1-1.5 hrs of London) and also have the option of working from offices in Bath and Shrewsbury.

Please send applications with a CV and cover letter to