Environmental Scientist

Closing Date - Monday 17th December 2019

Location: Boxworth, Cambridgeshire

The role

We are intent on growing our team which provides support to companies seeking to establish safe use of chemical substances with respect to risk to groundwater.  We are looking for a numerate early-stage environmental scientist, who we can develop and grow into a professional capable of providing high-level smart-consultancy in environmental safety aspects associated with groundwater risk assessment and monitoring.

This will involve

  • Providing consultancy including analysing existing and collected physico-chemical, hydrogeological and groundwater monitoring data; spatial assessment using GIS, groundwater modelling including model parametrisation, calibration and validation/evaluation; applying approaches to solve specific regulatory problems; and production of regulatory documents.
  • Providing innovative solutions to clients’ problems, including bespoke study design and implementation.
  • Managing the delivery of groundwater risk assessment and monitoring projects, for commercial clients, throughout the complete project cycle.  This will include managing all commercial aspects, from the conduct of desk-based modelling risk assessments to the deployment and management of resource and equipment for field studies, management of sub-contractors and the placement and monitoring of field studies. 
  • Contributing to the sales process and the development of client relationships. Representing CEA externally to a range of corporate and government clients, at all times maintaining and building CEA’s reputation and relationship with clients.
  • Writing high-quality summary reports, conducting literature reviews and web-searches.

Successful candidates will

  • Hold at least a graduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline, e.g. hydrogeology.
  • Provide chemical regulatory consultancy by interpreting, summarising and drawing conclusions from scientific and technical references, guidance and statutory documents, to the required standards and regulations.
  • Be able to: manipulate large data sets using R/Excel/Access; manipulate spatial data using GIS; parameterise and run groundwater chemical fate models; code using python or similar programming language would be an advantage.
  • Write clear and accurate documents for submission to clients and regulatory authorities, ensuring that deadlines are met and delivery is within the time allowed.

The company

Cambridge Environmental Assessments (CEA) provides strategic and dossier support for chemical and product registrations across Europe encompassing agrochemicals, biocides, veterinary and human pharmaceuticals, food additives, novel foods and general chemicals. CEA specialises in designing and conducting higher tier modelling, effects and fate studies and regulatory environmental risk assessments for chemicals, toxicology and REACH compliance.

In the pesticidal products area, CEA undertakes data evaluation, standard and higher tier exposure/fate modelling, the preparation of risk assessments and regulatory documentation (dossier segments), including project management and coordination of work packages. In addition, CEA offers bespoke higher tier aquatic (mesocosms and laboratory studies) and higher tier environmental fate studies, according to GLP. CEA has a well-earned reputation for providing higher tier, non-standard support for challenging products in an increasingly demanding regulatory environment. 

CEA is part of ADAS, the UK’s largest independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy, research and development, and policy advice. ADAS has an amazing track record of providing environmental consultancy and research expertise to an enviable range of clients both in the private and public sector.  We are a recognised and highly respected leader in the environmental and rural sectors.

CEA and the wider ADAS are supported by parent company, RSK Group, a leading provider of engineering and environmental consultancy and technical support services. 

What can you expect from us?

We recognise that staff are our most valuable asset and that their integrity, commitment and loyalty is vital to how we conduct our business, and to the long-term success of the company.  In addition to a competitive salary, you can expect an open and relaxed management culture.  We also offer a flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care and regular training and development opportunities.

We operate an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. This also enables us to achieve a staff turnover rate that's consistently below the industry average. Adopting a proactive growth strategy helps us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all.

As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track. Further, retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. As a company, RSK wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work-life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential.  Having been recently placed within the top10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst, December 2017) and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fastrack 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join. 

How to apply

To apply for this position please visit the RSK Group careers portal and click ‘apply’.  A personal online account will be set up so you can review the progress of your application.  If you require any additional information about the role please contact Lisa Hallington, HR Advisor on 01623 848341 or email Closing date for application is 9.00 a.m. on Monday 17th December 2019.

Please apply early as this vacancy will close as soon as we identify a suitable candidate. Applications are being reviewed as received and successful candidates invited for interview.

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain. RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Visit our websites to find out more about CEAADAS or the RSK Group.

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