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Risk & Policy Analysts

Job title Consultant / Senior Consultant
Location London UK, Norwich UK
Salary range Competitive & reflective of experience
Sector Consulting
Reference Chemwatch19a
Date posted 11-Jun-19
Apply by 24-Aug-19
Contact Panos Zarogiannis
Tel: 01508 528465

Risk & Policy is an independent consultancy with a strong reputation and proven expertise in the fields of environment, economics, chemicals, UK & EU policy and sustainability and particularly at the forefront of work in the field of chemicals risk management.  RPA is an employee-owned business run through an employee ownership trust (EOT) where staff own 75% of the business through the trust, with future profits being shared equally.

At policy level, RPA has provided advice to the European Commission, for example on the impacts of changes in the scope of REACH, but also to national governments and industry associations. RPA also leads a framework contract with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to provide consultancy support across a range of areas.

RPA’s services to industry (associations, consortia and individual companies) are tailored at assisting organisations to meet their obligations under the REACH Regulation.  In particular, RPA is advising a range of clients on how to respond to the requirements for Authorisation of the continued use of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) and has been involved in the preparation of Applications for Authorisation for 9 substances covering more than 50 uses. 

RPA also provides support to industry in relation to proposed REACH restrictions on substances, as well as substance defence, more generally with respect to the impacts of harmonised classifications under the range of EU legislation; this includes the impacts under the Biocidal Products and Plant Protection Products Regulations.

Currently, we are experiencing a surge in demand for our services across all of these different areas and we are also looking to expand our service offering in the area of regulatory observatory/surveillance activities.

As a result, RPA is seeking a Chemical Risk Management Specialists at the Consultant or Senior Consultant Level to join our international Chemicals Team in the UK.

Description of tasks

The successful applicant (Consultant or Senior Consultant) will be required to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team on:

  • Collecting and analysing information on the conditions of use and markets for substances of concern, including literature reviews;
  • Assessing the availability, suitability and feasibility of potential alternatives;
  • Supporting the analysis of socio-economic impacts arising from chemicals regulation;
  • Organising and executing consultation exercises for a variety of stakeholders (clients, supply chain participants, regulators) in variety of forms (questionnaires, email communication, webinars);
  • Monitoring regulatory developments and events of relevance to ongoing projects and clients; and
  • Preparing written reports to a high standard.

A Senior Consultant will require relevant previous experience and will have the opportunity to manage individual projects and act as RPA’s liaison with the client and the regulators.

Description of the ideal candidate

The work requires people who are not only methodical and analytical but also fast-learning, flexible and prepared to tackle unfamiliar subjects with enthusiasm.  The ideal candidate will have:

  • A relevant degree, ideally at postgraduate level, in a relevant discipline, such as Chemistry, Chemical engineering, Environmental chemistry/technology, Toxicology/ecotoxicology, Life-cycle impact assessment;
  • Relevant past experience (particularly for a Senior Consultant position) gained through practical chemical risk management work at a company level, a consultancy or regulator environment – experience with REACH Authorisations will be advantageous;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as computer skills (word processing and spreadsheets);
  • Ability to work well under pressure both independently and as part of a team on concurrent projects;
  • Motivation to further develop their expertise as a member of one of the leading chemical risk management teams in Europe;
  • Proficiency in another European language would be an advantage
  • Salary is competitive and reflective of experience and expected contribution. The position can be either full time or part time. Staff are able to take advantage of flexible working time (choosing between 8am to 10am start; 4pm to 6pm finish) and the option to take unpaid leave for extended holidays. After 6 months you will join the employee owned trust and become a co-owner of the business, with the benefits that this brings such as a voice in the future of the company, tax free bonuses and participation in dividends.

If you are interested, either contact the Chemical Director Panos Zarogiannis for an initial informal discussion or send your CV and a brief summary of why you are looking to join RPA and what you could contribute to the company to

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