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Principal Geochemist

SLR Consulting
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

Job Details

SLR's busy Land & Water team has an exciting opportunity for Geochemists at Principal level to join us. You will contribute a combination of project execution and delivery, and business development activities.  

The position can be flexible to office locations across the UK. SLR offer flexible, agile and hybrid working which enables staff to tailor hours worked around core hours, and our family friendly policies help balance the needs of professional and family life.  

About the role
You will provide input to development of site investigations including sampling programmes, analytical suite, standard operating procedures etc.  You will adept at developing and assessing output hydrochemical models and completing risk assessments. 

You will apply your knowledge and application of H&S tools including the production of risk assessments and supervising staff is essential. 

You will be able to work independently and within a team to deliver projects and help to develop new and existing business. You will act as a project manager, write proposals and manage client relationships. You will help to provide workload to others in the geochemistry team and will be expected to mentor and coach others. You may also be required to undertake independent peer reviews as part of, or sperate, from Due Diligence projects. 

You will keep abreast of technical innovation and work with the technical leader to bring this aspect to our team and our clients. Experience of relevant international and local (UK / EU) technical guidance in the mining, land quality and waste characterisation is an important aspect of the role. 

You will work alongside our Mine Water and Mine Waste Engineering team on a range of international mining projects as well as Waste Management and Land Quality teams on UK and EU projects. You will engage with SLR staff in disciplines including the Advisory, Environmental Management and Compliance, Engineering and Environmental Specialist Services Groups. 

The role will involve travel across the UK, Europe and internationally, and it is likely that you will advise or support other members of the team working abroad.  
About You
You will have a relevant first degree and postgraduate geochemical or related qualification and be working toward or being registered as Chartered through an UK recognised organisation or equivalent overseas organisation.  

You will also be working towards or being registered as Qualified Person (Claire Code of Practise), Suitably Qualified Person (through NQMS) or Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC) or similar 

Demonstrating experience and technical competence as a geochemist and/or hydrochemist in the consulting environment you would have worked in relevant industries (including but not restricted to) the mining sector and waste management.  Experience in land quality (Contaminated land) and groundwater chemistry would be beneficial.   

Proven knowledge and application of geochemical modelling using bespoke software and the use and interpretation of water quality modelling tools is beneficial. Proven project management skills using online tools and the ability to manage projects and staff financially is required. 

As a senior position you will be able to demonstrate business development capabilities associated with geochemistry and or hydrochemistry work. 

SLR has a thriving mentoring scheme and experience in mentoring technical staff would also be expected. 

Your position would also mean you will require experience of being the technical lead on a project with the ability to supply technology transfer to others in the Land and Water Team. 

Must have a full current driving licence valid in the UK and there will also be an opportunity to travel internationally with the role when opportunities require. 

About SLR 
SLR are global leaders in environmental and advisory solutions helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals. We are a consultancy with over 3400+ staff across 6 regions – including over 1200 staff across Europe. SLR’s ‘one team’ culture is at the heart of our business; providing a collaborative and supportive environment for professional development. Along with competitive salaries, our staff enjoy a comprehensive benefits package including a company pension and healthcare offering, travel and life insurance, critical illness cover and a structured career framework with regular reviews offering outstanding opportunities for progression. Alongside 25 day’s annual leave. 

The geochemistry team undertake a wide variety of work and have produced innovative solutions to complex problems, many of which have been published in the scientific community. Fields where our skills sets are a differentiator include mining, waste management and contaminated land studies. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SLR  

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer, and our expectations go beyond purely complying with legislation. Through our Regional DE&I Committees, Global Council and Employee Networks, we foster an inclusive environment where all individuals regardless of their background can thrive.   

We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of their background, including those from groups that are currently underrepresented at SLR, such as: LGBTQ+ people, ethic minority groups, women, and individuals with visible or invisible disabilities, including those who are neurodivergent.   

For more information on our commitment to DE&I, and the great work we are doing, please click here: and scroll to the bottom of the page.  

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SLR exists to support clients on this journey. Our strategic, engineering and technical teams take the pain out of navigating the ever-shifting context of sustainable business and support you in Making Sustainability Happen.

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