Scientific Advisor

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Date: Oct 15, 2021

Location: London, Greater London, GB

Company: Bureau Veritas

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Scientific Advisor, London


We are looking for a Scientific Advisor to join our London based team providing consultancy services to various UK Fire and Rescue services.


The role will provide specialist scientific support for all aspects of Fire Service incidents involving Hazardous materials, including investigating the causes and spread of fires, investigating the causes of accidents and equipment failures and provision of training to the Fire Services and other clients covering a variety of relevant scientific disciplines and specialist subjects.


Make an impact doing work you can be proud of at Bureau Veritas. Contribute to a global mission to enhance standards with integrity, and help us create a brighter future for our next generations, and a safer society for us all.


Responsibilities include


  • Providing consultancy services on all aspects of dealing with Fire Service incidents involving hazardous materials. This will include consultancy on planning and policy, selection and use of PPE, the deployment and maintenance of monitoring equipment, decontamination of Fire Service PPE and equipment and liaison with other agencies.
  • The investigation of the causes and spread of fires both on site and in the laboratory working alongside specialist Fire Service personnel
  • Investigating the causes of accidents and equipment failures as part of a multidisciplinary team to drive improvements in safety.
  • Provision of technical training to Fire Services and other clients covering a variety of relevant scientific disciplines and specialist subjects.
  • Preparation and delivery of scientific reports in fulfilment of all services provided including production of witness statements and briefing documents.
  • Continuous professional development of skills and capabilities.


Qualifications & experience


  • A chemistry degree is preferred but consideration may be given to other scientific subjects which include a chemical aspect, or to field-relevant experience. 
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body would be preferred.
  • Excellent organisation and planning skills & strong attention to detail with ability to multi-task and prioritise
  • Focused on exceptional customer service
  • Existing knowledge & capability regarding the characteristics & properties of hazardous materials and their interactions with each other and the environment
  • Experience of investigating the causes of fires would be desirable.
  • Willingness to engage in continuous professional development associated with all aspects of the department’s work.  This may require development of entirely new skillsets.
  • Confident presenter able to develop capacity to prepare and present technical training to audiences with a range of technical ability.  Ability to research new subjects and prepare technical presentations working effectively to tight deadlines.

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