Consultant/Senior Consultant in the Chemicals team, location Norwich, London or UK flexible

Consultant/Senior Consultant in the Chemicals team, location Norwich, London or UK flexible

We are looking to add further experience to our Chemicals team to support our services particularly in the area of REACH authorisation for the UK and EU, chemical policy development or chemical regulatory advice. We are seeking to increase the capacity of our team, build on our portfolio of existing contracts and expand into new areas of work. We are currently seeking individuals to join our Chemicals team at the Consultant/Senior Consultant level.

About RPA

Risk & Policy Analysts Limited (RPA) is an employee-owned, B Corp certified, independent consultancy with an established reputation and proven expertise in the fields of economics, chemicals, social and environmental policy. Our main office is in Norwich, and we have hubs in London, Cambridge, the North West and the South West.

We provide multi-disciplinary, innovative, expert advice and strategic analysis, assisting both public and private sector decision makers in the development and implementation of sustainable policies. We deliver this through a broad range of services and use a variety of skills to produce high quality, tailor-made outputs. The work we do places us directly at the centre of the UK and European legislative processes, providing us with an opportunity to help ensure public and private sector entities achieve their sustainability goals.

Over the past 33 years, we have innovatively and proudly pushed forward the boundaries of how impact assessments and evaluations, as well as broader policy analyses, are carried out across a range of different fields. Our work has often been used as examples of best practice. Our clients come to us for innovative approaches, creative thinking, critical analysis and impartial consulting.

About the job

We are currently looking to expand our Chemicals team. Depending on previous experience and passion, you may work within our REACH Authorisation area for UK and EU REACH clients, where you will contribute towards the development of analysis of alternatives and/or socio-economic analysis. Or you may be placed within the Policy area, supporting policy development, analysis and impact assessments. Or you may be support both areas. Strong communication and organisational skills are essential.

You will be working with a multidisciplinary team, in a supportive and dynamic environment, working on multiple projects at the same time. You will be required to work independently, be a self-motivator, apply creative solutions and be ready to support peers and seniors across the organisation.


  • Typically 2 to 5+ years of experience (longer experience expected as Senior Consultant) within chemical regulatory consultancy, or similar experience.
  • Knowledge of EU and UK chemicals regulation, such as REACH, CMRD, Food Contact Materials, Biocides Product Regulation, CLP, etc. Working knowledge of REACH advantageous.
  • Demonstrable experience in gathering data from stakeholders, developing surveys and analysing data. Preferably also experience in running workshops, focus groups and semi-structured interviews.
  • Project management, organisational skills and experience in scoping, planning, monitoring and leading relevant projects for public or private sector clients within budget and time constraints. Ability to manage subcontractors and projects with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. The ability to communicate clearly effectively with a wide range of stakeholders is essential. Demonstrable experience in presenting technical subjects to a wide range of audiences and writing concisely in good English.
  • Good critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to deliver quality outcomes to tight timelines while working on multiple projects.


  • Working knowledge around substitution principles, constraints (such as legal or technical function requirements), development of analysis of alternatives and/or socio-economic analysis in the context of REACH authorisations or restrictions is highly desirable but not essential, depending on other relevant factors.
  • Good understanding of the processes behind the development of public policy in e.g. EU or UK REACH, BPR, CLP, Chemical Strategy for Sustainability etc., how to assess the impacts of policy options, and the need for intervention by authorities.
  • Contribution toward business development and mentoring more junior colleagues.
  • Postgraduate qualification in chemistry, environmental science, economics, engineering or similar.
  • Experience in writing tenders for the public and private sector is highly desirable.
  • One or more EU languages besides English.


RPA operates a transparent pay policy and pay is based on relevant experience. The Consultant level starts at £28,500 and the Senior consultant level starts at £35,500.


  • Up to 38 days holiday a year (including bank holidays)
  • After 6 months, you will gain equity in the business via the Employee-Owned Trust which brings tax free profit share
  • We offer private health care to all employees from day one
  • 5% pension contribution
  • Enhanced pay family policies
  • 20 days full sick pay
  • 5X salary death in service cover
  • Paid volunteering leave
  • B Corp discounts

We operate an agile working policy allowing flexible working hours and location meaning each employee can manage how often and when they are in the office. We believe this helps our co-owners to have a good work life balance. When you want to be in the office, you can be based in one of our flexible local hubs or at our head office in central Norwich.

The position is permanent and can be full time or part time. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. You need to have the right to work in the UK.

If you want to be part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team with ample opportunity to help steer the future direction of EU and UK work, whilst contributing to a positive impact on society, please send your CV, and why you are looking to join RPA to (REF: RPA Chemical Consultant/Senior), or use the form below and upload your CV directly.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31st January 2024. Earlier applications are encouraged as interviews may start before this date.


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