Environmental Services Manager – Specialism in Aquatic Ecotoxicology Studies

Role purpose – overview

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced individual to lead EPP’s Environmental Sciences Unit with a focus on study management and advocacy within the area of higher tier fish studies. The permanent position is at our Environmental Centre located on the Bush Estate just outside of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Manager of Environmental Sciences will be directly responsible for all aspects concerning scientific conduct, client liaison, expenditure, revenues, staff recruitment, training and assessment, and compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). The position will involve providing scientific advice on environmental sciences and technical assistance within and outside the Company.

The position covers ecotoxicology study management which entails supporting our clients’ development and registration of new and existing products by managing associated environmental studies. An understanding of the design and conduct of fish studies is required.

Accountabilities and responsibilities

Job Requirements:

  1. Strategic
  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of scientific and regulatory developments for Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sciences and ensure that the services provided meet world-wide regulatory compliance, test guidelines and internationally recognised quality standards.
  1. Operational
  • Review and monitor scientific integrity of studies according to study plans and SOPs in compliance with GLP and peer review reports.
  • Responsible for ensuring the Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate work is conducted safely following company and departmental Health & Safety guidelines.
  • Provide technical advice and training to staff as requested.
  • Prepare and check study plans and reports as required.
  • Develop study plan templates and reports for new study types when required.
  • Provide scientific input on SOPs.
  • Monitor and maintain metrics associated with management of studies.
  • Review current working practices and identify/implement new methodologies and processes to improve efficiency and quality.
  • Provide scientific input on SOPs.
  • Monitor and maintain metrics associated with management of studies.
  • Review current working practices and identify/implement new methodologies and processes to improve efficiency and quality.
  1. Management
  • Act as and provide the necessary management for the Environmental Sciences Department in respect to GLP regulations and study requirements.
  • Provide leadership to the department.
  • Responsible for setting departmental objectives, goals and timelines in consultation with senior management.
  • Effectively oversee the day to day organisation, and the management and administration of activities and resources.
  • Ensure timely issue of reports.
  • Manage forecasting and revenue recognition.
  • Take responsibility for the control of costs.
  • Make proposals for staffing levels.
  • Take the lead in staff selection, promotions and appraisal procedures as necessary, ensuring company objectives are met.
  • Review and maintain staff training records.
  1. Customer facing:
  • In conjunction with Sales, ensure Sponsors receive prompt and appropriate responses to enquiries, to include study pricing and timelines.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships and effective communication with all customers, internal and external.
  • Represent the company at scientific meetings and act as the primary scientific expert on ecotoxicology and environmental fate during Sponsor and Regulatory visits.

Job essentials

Summary of essential qualifications & preferred experience:

  • A BSc degree in a relevant area of environmental science, with either a higher degree or equivalent post-graduate experience relating to ecotoxicology.
  • Successful background in comparable function in a similar scientific area.
  • Successful background in managing scientific teams.
  • Experience conducting aquatic ecotoxicology studies (particularly with fish).
  • Ideally holds or in a position to apply and hold a UK Home Office Project Licence (Fish).
  • Scientific and regulatory knowledge.
  • Knowledge of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).
  • Knowledge of handling radiochemicals.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex data and make judgements on their potential impact.
  • Demonstrated project/programme leadership.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Performance management.
  • Customer facing.
  • Organisational and commercial awareness.
  • Ability to work within a team.
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