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Lead Toxicologist Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Health / Environment / Safety
Posting Date:  Dec 28, 2021

Division: Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs

Location: King of Prussia


Situation in organization

The Lead Toxicologist reports to the Manager, Toxicology.


Job dimensions

  • Oversight of outside laboratories and consultants regarding toxicology, ectotoxicology and environmental fate projects
  • Provides information and evaluations and serves as a primary resource on toxicology/ecotoxicology and environmental fate issues in areas of human health, environmental safety and regulatory compliance for Arkema products and processes.
  • Provides technical judgments to evaluate potential hazards that could have a direct effect on uses and commercialization schedules of new products and/or viability of current Arkema products.
  • Uses critical reviews and evaluations to justify and/or defend product safety in a world-wide regulatory arena and legal proceedings.
  • Interacts with federal agencies, plant managers, business managers, and business unit presidents, product safety, research chemists, legal department, Arkema toxicologists (US and France), industry associations, and customers.


Key Activities and responsibilities

  • Uses sound toxicological and scientific principles to advise Arkema management and persuade government agencies in the proper course of action for assessment of potential toxicological and environmental effects of Arkema products. (10%)
  • Evaluates the impact of new information or new regulations on a product, and suggests strategies to manage issues that subsequently arise. Keeps HES and business management informed of new information or proposals and the impact of these developments on aspects of the life cycle of the product, including manufacture, uses, transportation, and disposal. (25%)
  • Ensures that the toxicology/ecotoxicology programs use the current regulatory-required protocols, and sound data interpretation while considering regulatory changes in world-wide markets. (10%)
  • Optimizes program designs to maximize the acceptance of data and assessments in a global market. (5%)
  • Designs and monitors toxicology and ecotoxicology studies to ensure they meet regulatory requirements and business needs. (10%)
  • Prepares risk and hazard assessments to support new chemical registration applications (ex. TSCA PMNs), new regulated applications for existing products, safety data sheets, product stewardship activities and global product safety summaries. (30%)
  • Provide support to trade association panels regarding health or environmental effects issues dealing with our products. (10%)




Context and environment

  • Provides toxicology/ecotoxicology support to the business units and corporate staff and able to work independently.
  • Develops GHS classifications for Arkema products.
  • Makes recommendations or provides creative solutions to influence changes in current procedures or work practices.
  • Secures the delivery of a good results through the ability to influence and gain the cooperation of others
  • Work well in team situations to achieve the compliance and quality goals of the corporation while keeping in
  • Support site HES policy and comply with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participate in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Support, promote and report all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents


Required Education/Qualifications /Work experience

  • Ph.D. with 5+ years or Masters with 10+ years of equivalent experience in toxicology/ecotoxicology with in-depth technical experience in principles / theories / methods of toxicology testing, study management and complex risk assessments
  • Demonstrated skills in developing and maintaining technical testing and evaluation programs dealing with diverse and complex issues in a productive and consistent manner.
  • Knowledge of regulatory and environmental regulations and safety assessment procedures in major world markets, particularly GHS and new chemical registration requirements (REACH, TSCA, K-REACH, etc).
  • Competency in standard office software and competency in, or demonstrated potential to learn, specialized software applications. SAP experience preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Able to represent the department or company at senior level meetings, and to express complex concepts, thoughts and ideas clearly and simply.
  • Capable of conducting formal training sessions within, and outside the company.


Demonstrated Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal, listening, communication and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to concurrently lead and/or manage multiple complex projects in a fast paced and complex environment.
  • Detail oriented, with excellent prioritization and follow-up.
  • Ability to challenge and influence decision making to diverse groups at all technical levels such as regulatory agencies, other industry representatives, customers, technical consultants, contractors, engineers, attorneys, etc.
  • Self-directed with strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to effectively navigate and work within in a global and culturally diverse environment.
  • Effective leadership capable of managing and developing subject matter experts

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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