Senior Consultant/Principal Consultant with a focus on Chemicals Policy, location Norwich, London or UK flexible

Senior Consultant/Principal Consultant with a focus on Chemicals Policy, 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 chemical policy development for the UK and EU, with some work also in the areas of REACH authorisation and chemical regulatory advice.

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 reinforce our chemicals’ policy area for UK and EU REACH clients and are looking to recruit a senior/principal consultant with experience in policy development, analysis and impact assessments, strong communication and organisational skills.

You will be working with a multidisciplinary team, in a supportive and dynamic environment, working on multiple projects at the same time. You will thrive working against deadlines whilst delivering to a high quality.


  • Typically 5 to 10+ years of experience (longer experience expected as Principal Consultant) within policy consultancy, focusing on regulatory and policy development and implementation processes in the EU or the UK.
  • Excellent project management and 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.
  • Experience in leading and writing tenders for the public and private sector, ability to maintain excellent client relationships and generate new business leads.
  • Experience in economic and policy analysis, development and evaluation of policy measures, data collection, validation and analysis, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Detailed knowledge of chemical regulations, particularly REACH, but other regulations also relevant, e.g. CLP, CMRD, Food Contact Materials etc.
  • Good understanding of the processes behind the development of public policy in e.g. EU or UK REACH, Biocides Product Regulation, CLP, Chemical Strategy for Sustainability etc., how to assess the impacts of policy options, and the need for intervention by authorities.
  • Knowledge about the EU Better Regulation Guidelines or UK Green/Magenta book.
  • Exceptional critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
  • 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.
  • You will be interacting with private businesses and therefore an understanding of Confidential Business Information, and how to treat, aggregate and share confidential data are essential.


  • Demonstrable experience in gathering data from stakeholders, running surveys in EU survey or other platforms, interviews and site visits. Preferably also experience in running workshops, focus groups and semi-structured interviews.
  • Contribution toward business development and mentoring more junior colleagues.
  • Postgraduate qualification in chemistry, environmental science, economics, engineering or similar.
  • Knowledge around substitution principles, constraints (such as legal or technical function requirements) and the development of analysis of alternatives.
  • One or more EU languages besides English.


RPA operates a transparent pay policy and pay is based on relevant experience. The Senior consultant level starts at £35,500 and the Principal consultant level starts at £50,000.


  • 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 policy), 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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